Best Festivals and Events in Toronto, Ontario

Toronto's top rated festivals and events. This is one city that hosts an amazing number of festivals and special events all year round. Although the summer months are the best time to catch the action, you'll find something is always going in Toronto.

There are a million and one things to do in Toronto. Of course there is no "best" thing to do in Toronto, it's all about your interests and willingness to explore. Use the following top rated sites and attractions as a guide to help you create your own perfect Toronto adventure.

Kensington Karnival.

Kensington Market was known as the Jewish Market in the 1920s, and today it has evolved into a multicultural mix of shops, restaurants, vintage clothing shops, and eclectic cafes. An international feast for the senses, it's truly a great place to wander and get a sense of Toronto's rich cultural mosaic.

December 21 If you're going to be in Toronto in December, a great time to visit Kensington Market is during the annual Kensington Karnival on December 21. This is an exciting and interesting event that celebrates the Solstice. The neighborhood dresses up in colorful and elaborate costumes and parades through the market area. Lots of great music, food ensure that it's a terrific time to be in the market. The best time to get there is late afternoon as the sun is going down.

Like to shop? Check out places like Dancing Days funky store. New, used and vintage clothing, fine batiks, unique jewelry and hemp culture products.
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Where is Kensington Market:
Between Dundas and College, west of Spadina Ave. If you're taking the TTC: Get off at Queen's Park Station, then take a streetcar westbound. Taxi drivers and locals can point you in the right direction.


Canada Day Festivities in Toronto

Canada Day Events in Toronto, Ontario. Okay, so you've figured out that Toronto is a fantastic place to be to celebrate Canada Day on July 1. Wear something red and white, bring your Canadian flag and an extra pair of boots and get ready to party with the city of Toronto.

There are lots of Canada Day events and festivities going on around the city, including:

  • Canada Day Concert and Fireworks
    Held at Mel Lastman Square.with a live musical concert starting at 8pm and spectacular fireworks for a fun Canada Day family party. Also check out Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square for another good fireworks display.
  • World’s Fare: Celebration of Food and Culture
    Venue: York Quay Centre, More info
    Enjoy global food and culture from five continents and an Eastern European experience!


Beaches International Jazz Festival

Beaches International Jazz Festival
The Beaches Jazz Festival has been running for many years, and it's a great place to chill out by Lake Ontario and catch some of the finest jazz musicians in the world. Not only for mainstream jazz aficionados, a great mix of music can he heard during the Beaches Jazz Festival, including jazz, blues, world beat, Cuban, Latin music and dance. This jazz fest is one of the largest of its kind in Canada and should not be missed if you are in Toronto. Almost one million people will be entertained this year, and you could be one of them.


Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Toronto's largest annual fair, and always a great concert lineup of big ticket bands and performers. With a huge midway to get lost in, tons of amusement rides, ferris wheels, roller coasters and all the candy cotton you can shake a stick at, the CNE (known simply as the 'Ex" to Torontonians) is an annual tradition for locals and tourists alike.

Tip: Combine your trip to the CNE fair with a visit to Ontario Place, which is located directly beside the CNE fairgrounds. Ontario Place is open all summer and has indoor and outdoor activities geared towards kids. Get wet with a wild water coaster, bumberboats, or stay dry and check out indoor exhibitions and events. Also, keep an eye to the sky for the Canadian International Air Show on Sept 4,5,6.

The Canadian National Exhibition is located near the heart of downtown Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario.


Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival

North America's largest Ukrainian street party is held every summer in Toronto's Bloor West Village. Enjoy fabulous Ukrainian food, traditional music, dance and crafts. A parade makes its way through the streets with colourful floats, marching bands and costumes. The festival showcases Ukrainian culture and shows how it has become part of the fabric that is Toronto.

The Bloor Street West Ukrainian Festival takes place right on (you guessed it!) Bloor Street West, between Jane and Runnymede. If you're taking the TTC, travel to either Jane or Runnymede subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line.

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Toronto festivals and annual event links:

  • Anime North
    Home of the annual Toronto Anime convention.
  • Toronto Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival
    One of Toronto's best festivals and one of North America's biggest annual Ukrainian festivals.
  • Canadian National Expo
    Toronto's annual comic, sci-fiction and anime conventions. Toronto accommodations, guests, features, ticket information, more..
  • Culinary Tourism Symposium
    See what Ontario has to offer through locally produced food and drink. Info and links to local Ontario culinary destinations.
  • Fashion Cares
    Annual Toronto fashion show in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Includes past shows, press releases, lists of sponsors, volunteer information and sign-up form, ticket information.
  • North By Northeast
    An important Toronto music festival dedicated to new and upcoming music. Indie bands and artists should take note of this festival.
  • St. Patrick's Parade Society of Toronto
    Great St Patrick's Day annual Toronto parade and other events commemorating St. Patrick's Day.
  • Taste of the Danforth
    This is a very good opportunity to taste wonderful Greek food. This is an annual event held along Toronto's Danforth Avenue.
  • Toronto Chinatown Festival
    The annual Toronto Chinatown festival celebrates Chinese culture. Great food, highly recommended. .
  • The Toronto Man Show
    This is a Toronto show for consumers with seminars, booths and products about adventure, sports, electronics and motorcycles.
  • Toronto Winterfest
    A popular winter festival. Held in February. Dress warm, it's always lots of fun!

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