It’s no surprise, with the ethnic diversity of Toronto that the city’s calendar is filled with an overwhelming number of festivals and special events throughout the year. Here is a listing of a few most notable. Check out our Toronto New Year’s Eve Guide to help you ring in the New Year!
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Summary of Some of Toronto’s major events:
The Toronto International Film Festival
Every September, this is a major film industry event, second only to the Cannes Film Festival.
If you’re going to be in Toronto in December, a great time to visit Kensington Market is during the annual Kensington Karnival.
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
This giant annual event kicks off mid-August and runs through Labor Day. There is something showcased for everyone, from agriculture to the sports
Though a relatively new celebration, people are talking about erasing the winter blahs by attending the WinterCity Festival. WinterCity festival offers a 14-day, citywide celebration from the end of January to the beginning of February.
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
Held on Toronto’s famous Yonge Street, all the events are offered free to residents and visitors. Throughout the weekend all festival sites heralded local and national talent, delicious cuisine and non-stop fun.
Irie Music Festival
One of many music festivals held throughout the year, the Irie Music Festival includes reggae, soul, world, gospel, dance performances, a literary tent and art exhibits.
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
This annual event, celebrating the Chinese culture and filled with much ancient lore, takes place in the Toronto harbor every June, off the Toronto Islands. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons.
Festival of Beer
For those of you looking for a little less artistry and just good old-fashioned fun in festivals, make plans to attend Canada’s premier beer festival held mid-August.
Santé – The Bloor Yorkville Wine Festival
Beer drinkers aren’t the only ones to get their own celebration. Wine enthusiasts can attend the 5 day- festival involving over 80 internationally acclaimed wineries from Canada and abroad.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
For every summer since 1989, the Beaches community of Toronto has presented world-class jazz performers, attracting nearly a million people to the water’s edge.