Festivals in the Toronto and GTA
Enjoy Toronto and it’s many culture.
Here what is happening in your city in the months of:
To March 18, 2018 – 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
WINTER AT ONTARIO PLACE
The West Island of Ontario Place is Toronto’s new destination for all your favorite winter activities. Take a stroll through the West Island to experience our beautiful winter setting and enjoy activities and attractions along the way. For more info please visit the website below.
Winter Light Exhibition
Daily: 5pm – 12am
Friday: 6pm – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 6pm – 11pm
Saturday: 6pm – 11pm
Sunday: 4pm – 8pm
Where: Ontario Place, West Island
January 19 to March 4, 2018 – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
TORONTO LIGHT FESTIVAL
Distillery Historic District
The Toronto Light Festival is a new visual journey and an imaginative cerebral adventure. During the cold, dark days of winter, City residents will be drawn out of their traditional indoor habitats to experience Toronto in a way they never have before.The Festival exhibits the creativity of local and international artists and is a winter experience designed to entertain & inspire.
January 26 to February 8, 2018
Various Toronto Restaurants
The WinterCity Festival wouldn’t be complete without Toronto’s favourite winter gastronomic celebration. Winterlicious again offers diverse cuisine through one-of-a-kind culinary events and delicious three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 top restaurants. Reservations are accepted starting January 11 for seatings between January 26 – February 8, 2018. Call the restaurants directly.
February 14 – 18, 21 – 25
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents
RHUBARB FESTIVAL CANADA’S PREMIER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
Canada’s premiere experimental performance Rhubarb Festival offers Toronto fresh, live encounters with contemporary theatre, performance art, dance and music. For two weeks, hundreds of local and international artists descend on Buddies to share new ideas in performance creation with adventure-loving audiences.
February 17 – 19, 2018
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 9280 Airport Rd, Ontario L0R 1W0
Kidsfest in Canada’s Largest Indoor Inflatable Show. Bounce, laugh, play, run and scream in North America’s largest indoor inflatables, enjoy one of our stage shows, or for a little extra, you can have your face painted. Shop in our vendor’s market place! Price of admission includes all rides, stage shows, and access to the vendor marketplace. All children must be supervised!
March 2 – 3, 2018 – 6:00pm – 11:59pm
WINTER BREWFEST 2018
Enercare Centre, Heritage Court
For a third year, lovers of craft beer are invited to inside Enercare Centre’s Heritage Court at Exhibition Place to celebrate our brewing wealth at Winter Brewfest 2018. March 2-3, come sample more than 150 beers crafted from brewers from across Ontario and Quebec. In a warm and festive setting, come and discover a wide range of local craft breweries and nibble on delicious gourmet food from Toronto’s best food trucks.
March 7 to 25, 2018
NEW IDEAS FESTIVAL
Studio Theatre, Alumnae Theatre Company
New Ideas Festival is an annual three-week juried festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre, with a different program of plays each week and staged readings on Saturdays at noon. The 2018 festival takes place in the Studio Theatre at Alumnae. We invite you to come enjoy three evenings of original plays and three Saturday readings, and give the playwrights your feedback.
April 13-14, 2018
Hall 1 Entrance, International Trade Centre
From fashionable to functional, get in-the-know and stay on top of what’s hot, new and next in the world of sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, paper crafts, embellishing and other creative art forms at Creative Festival 2018. Whether beginner or seasoned pro, find everything you need for your first or next project. Create it! Embellish it! Make it uniquely YOU!
ALL presentations and activities are FREE with admission. Pick up insider tips, tricks and techniques from industry experts at seminars, how-to demos, make ‘n takes and mini workshops
April 26 – May 6, 2018
HOT DOCS CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival. Each year, the festival presents a selection of more than 200 films from Canada and around the world. Through its industry programmes, the Festival also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.
May 3 – 13, 2018
TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival showcases feature drama and comedy, documentaries and shorts from Canada and all around the globe, often pairing screenings with the filmmakers for up-close and personal audience participation, interviews and Q&As.
May 7 – 13, 2018
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
Various Toronto Venues
Now running for it’s 36th year, it has become Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. The festival will take place in venues across Toronto from May 7-13, 2018, showcasing the talents of musicians from a wide range of genres for both international industry and general public alike.
May 26 – 27, 2018
DOORS OPEN TORONTO
Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits in nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. The annual Doors Open will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.
Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.
May 26 – 27, 2018
Woofstock has grown into a festive tour de force, now drawing tens of thousands of dogs in the know, their faithful humans in tow, from across the country and the U.S. It’s without question, the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America. Quirky and fun, Woofstock is a free, non-stop two day party taking place at Woodbine Park in Toronto Beaches, the City’s most dog “Paws-itive” neighbourhood!
June 6 – 24, 2018
Dundas Square and Various Locations
Luminato includes art, theatre, film, dance, music and literary events from local, regional and international artists, playwrights and filmmakers. They’ll be showcasing their talents to the city throughout the ten day event. David Pecaut Square (at the corner of King St. W. and John St.) continues to be the Luminato Festival Hub for the full ten days with nightly free concerts and events.
June 7 – 10, 2018
TORONTO TANGO FESTIVAL
Toronto Tango Festival is a four day celebration of Argentine Tango, with workshops for all levels, practicas, milongas, performances and more. Explore and enrich your passion for this captivating dance at the biggest Argentine Tango event in Toronto.
June 8 – 17, 2018
NXNE – NORTH BY NORTHEAST
Various Nightclub Locations
Take in a variety of music and films during the annual NXNE festival when it rocks Toronto to the core. NXNE showcases the best new music and film by predominantly independent creators and producers. NXNE has been recognized worldwide as a festival for working musicians, as well as an essential gathering in the music industry. Approximately 800 bands, 30 films, 80 interactive sessions and 75 comedians will perform during the week. Most shows are 19+, unless marked as otherwise.
June 15 – 17, 2018
MISSISSAUGA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Memorial Park-Port Credit
The Mississauga Waterfront Festival (MWF) is now celebrating its 22nd year. The festival is recognized as Mississauga’s Signature Family and Friends event. The MWF attracts over 70,000 people to the village of Port Credit over the course of the three-day weekend to enjoy live outdoor concerts, family activities, food and entertainment. This year’s Festival will take place Friday, June 15th through to Sunday, June 17th, 2018 in the picturesque Port Credit Memorial Park. Alongside a mind-blowing set of popular songs and original Canadian content, means the event is sure to captivate audiences of all ages.
June 22 – 24, 2018
PRIDE WEEK 2018
Pride Week in Toronto is one of Canada’s premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Together with the thousands of individuals, community groups, businesses and participating sponsors, we are proud to celebrate the lives and stories of Toronto’s Queer Communities. Pride Week features 10 days of world class arts and cultural programming, community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Family programming, Blackness Yes and Youth and much more.
June 26 – 29, 2018
TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER
Bandshell Park-Exhibition Place
A celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, hosted by experts of the brewing craft from around the country. Featuring more than 200 brands of beer on-site, this is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage.
SALSA IN TORONTO FESTIVAL
St. Clair Ave. West, Hillcrest Village, between Winona Dr. & Christie Ave
The Salsa in Toronto Festival promises to be one of the largest Latino-themed cultural celebrations in Canada. The three week festival is filled with music, dance, food and family fun. This free event, allows salsa lovers from near and far to explore Latin culture and take part in non-stop dancing in the streets!
July 4 – 15, 2017
FRINGE FESTIVAL- “TORONTO’S THEATRE FESTIVAL”
The Fringe Festival is the largest theatre festival in Toronto. More than 145 stage productions from across Canada and the world gather in downtown Toronto to showcase their art. With over 30 venues in downtown Toronto, there is truly something for everyone. All performances are under $12 so finding the next Broadway hit won’t break the bank. Performances include everything from dramas, musicals, comedy, improv and more! Special programming is also included for families at FringeKids! With free entertainment, phenomenal shows and food venues, this is truly a festival you don’t want to miss!
July 7 & 8, 2018
14th ANNUAL TD SALSA ON ST. CLAIR
St. Clair Ave. West, Hillcrest Village, between Winona Dr. & Christie Ave
Muchas gracias for making the 14th annual TD Salsa on St. Clair street festival the best yet! With hundreds of thousands in attendance, this year’s two day festival attracted more dancers, families and Latino culture lovers than ever before – from across the country and around the world!
Various restaurants in Toronto
Spend two weeks visiting over 200 restaurants across Toronto, tasting food made by Toronto’s finest chefs. Indulge yourself in mouth-watering meals from across the globe, all while staying in Toronto. With exceptional prix fixe prices and 3-course dining, your 2018 summer has never looked tastier.
July 6 – 29, 2018
BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 30th year, the Beaches Jazz Festival </a>promises to be a world-class event. This international festival is host to an annual audience of 1 million jazz lovers from across the globe. With performances by newcomers and favourites, there is sure to be something for everyone. This celebration of music features a dynamic roster, multiple stages and gourmet food trucks to keep up your energy. The best part, all performances are free!