I just love summer in Toronto. It seems like every weekend there’s a new festival or event going on. Here are the festivals that I go to every summer, and never miss.
Luminato: June 19th to June 28th
10 days jam packed with art, music, food and dance. Luminato brings together interactive performances, visual displays, literary talks and more each year. Tons of fun.
Summerlicious: July 3rd to July 26th
This year, Summerlicious is bigger than ever! Featuring 210 restaurants, enjoy prixe fixe menus at different restaurants all over the city, starting at $18 for a 3 course lunch.
Beaches Jazz Festival: July 10th to July 26th
This festival includes a street festival, farmers market and a Taste of Jazz food truck event! Of course, all the while you’ll be listening to live jazz from players from around the world.
Night It Up!: July 24th to July 26th
This night market gives you a taste of a traditional night market in Asia. There will be over 120 food and merchandise vendors selling street food and more! Are you brave enough to try the deep-fried stinky tofu?
Caribana: July 30th to August 2nd
Toronto’s vibrant Island community comes to life during this fun summer festival featuring dance, music and good eats. It all comes to a head for the massive parade on August 1st, complete with costumes, colourful floats and live music.
Scarborough Rib Festival: July 31st to August 3rd
If you are a BBQ lover, then you’re in luck! Vendors pack Thompson Park, selling ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings, brisket, corn bread and more. This year the festival is celebrating 14 years!
Taste of the Danforth: August 7th to August 9th
Prepare to be stuffed at this annual Greek festival! Booths line the streets of Danforth Ave filled with gyros, roast quail, skewers of meat, loukoumades and so much more.
Waterfront Night Market: August 14th to August 16th
This night market is downtown, and is hosted by T&T. Enjoy Asian street food eats, just like a traditional night market with live music.
Canadian National Exhibition: August 21st to September 7th
The CNE needs no introduction. This massive carnival includes a midway filled with rides and games, musical performances and my favourite- the Food building.
Toronto International Film Festival: September 10th to September
This marks the end of the summer for me. This is your best chance to spot a celebrity in the city, and to see little known films and blockbusters alike. Be sure to get your tickets early!
Are there any festivals that you love that I missed?