10 Events in Toronto this Summer You Won't Want to Miss
Things are heating up in Toronto. With summertime almost in full swing, the city is about to come to life. These precious days of sunshine mean that you'll start to see a wide range of events dedicated to music, art, food and culture taking place throughout the Six.
If you want to visit during a festival weekend, you'll need to make sure to get a head start with your planning so that you can secure accommodations. Here's our list of the best summer festivals in Toronto for 2019. See which one piques your interest and begin booking your stay!
Over one million people attend Toronto’s annual pride party, which is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Running from June 21 to 23, visitors will find different events taking place in the city’s Church & Wellesley district and beyond, including outdoor garden parties, family-friendly activities and the epic Toronto Pride Parade to wrap things up on June 23.
NXNE: North by Northeast
This annual festival is mainly devoted to music but also touches on gaming, art, film and comedy. Between June 7 to 16, 2019, NXNE will host several events, including an eSports competition, panel talks and concerts at iconic music venues. The main event takes place on June 14, 15 and 16 when the festival will take over Yonge & Dundas Square for musical performances by artists such as Santigold, Cold War Kids and other up-and-coming musical talents.
Toronto’s International Arts Festival, also known as Luminato, will kick off June 7 until the 23. Dedicated to visual arts, music, film, theatre and dance, the festival sees various shows and installations at different venues across town. See which one interests you by reviewing their roster here.
Toronto Jazz Festival
From June 21 to 30, the Toronto Jazz Festival will host its 32nd annual event, with performances both large and small. Free shows will take place at different outdoor stages and venues throughout the city, while concerts with big-name artists like Diana Ross and Norah Jones require a ticket purchased in advance.
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
If you find yourself in Toronto between July 12 and 14, be sure to head to Nathan Phillips Square for the 58th annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. The event will showcase artworks and installations from over 360 artists, some of whom will win awards for their creative endeavours. The event starts at 10:00 am daily and is free of charge.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Another one for jazz lovers, this year will mark the Beaches International Jazz Festival 31st year of its grassroots music event, a month-long affair which will start July 5 and wrap up on the 28. Events include nightly street parties with musical performances, a block party at Jimmy Simpson Park and a Latin Carnival at Woodbine Park near the Lakeshore.
Toronto Caribbean Festival
Better known as Caribana, this festival will celebrate Caribbean culture and traditions from July 7 to August 11. Colourful costumes, lively music and all around lots of good energy will fill the streets during its annual parade, which will take place this year on Lakeshore Boulevard on August 3.
Toronto’s Festival of Beer
Toronto’s Festival of Beer, more commonly known as Beerfest, will happen this year from July 26 to 29. Thousands of beer-lovers will flock to Exhibition Place to sample from over 400 brands of beer on offer, many of which are independent brewers from Ontario. Also on the roster are a country music festival and performances by Ghostface Killah, Ja Rule and Ashanti.
Taste of the Danforth
Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood, which is known for its Greek community, will host its 26th annual Taste of the Danforth Festival from August 9 to 11. Food vendors will line the streets with culinary delights, allowing visitors to consider themselves Greek for the weekend as they savour souvlaki, spanakopita, gyros and other specialties amid live music performances.
Canadian National Exhibition
A collection of fairground rides, crazy food concoctions and a signature air show, nothing closes the summer quite like a weekend at the Ex. This all-time Toronto favourite takes place every year during the last two weeks of August and wraps up on Labour Day weekend (August 16 to September 2). It’s the perfect chance to linger in the last days of the summer heat and feel like a kid again. Our advice? Go hungry!
Is there something here you want to check out? If so, why not extend your stay and experience the everyday life of Toronto, which is just as entertaining once the festival ends. Let us know, and we’ll set you up with accommodations and guided tours.