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  • JUL

    July 3-23, 2017
    Salsa in Toronto Festival
    St. Clair Ave. West, Hillcrest Village, between Winona Dr. & Christie Ave
    salsaintoronto.com
    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 5-16, 2017
    Fringe Festival- “Toronto’s Theatre Festival”
    Various Locations
    fringetoronto.com
    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 7-9, 2017
    Taste of Lawrence Festival
    Lawrence Avenue East, Birchmount to Warden
    tasteoflawrence.com
    Scarborough’s largest street festival hosts a cultural flavour experience from every community in the Toronto area. Join more than 200, 000 locals and tourists alike as they enrich themselves in the diversity and multiculturalism of the Wexford Heights BIA and the Scarborough community. Spend three days exploring beautiful flavours and heritages from across the globe. With over 130 street vendors and exceptional international food options, you’re sure to find your new favourite cuisine. Take a break between meals with midway rides, two live entertainment stages and fun for the whole family!

    July 7-23, 2017
    Summerlicious 2017
    Various restaurants in Toronto
    toronto.ca
    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 2017 summer has never looked tastier.

    July 7-30, 2017
    29th Beaches International Jazz Festival
    Queen Street East and Woodbine Park
    beachesjazz.com
    Celebrating its 29th year, the Beaches Jazz Festival 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!

    July 8-9, 2017
    Afrofest
    Woodbine Park
    afrofest.ca
    Since 1989, Afrofest has been a Toronto tradition and the largest FREE African music festival in North America! With performances focused around the culture and sounds of Africa, this weekend long event promises to be an amazing experience for everyone. Relax while listening to the seasoned performers on the main stage and dance the night away to local drumming groups. Take a stroll through the marketplace for food, arts and crafts and the children’s creative village; all while diving into rich African culture and celebrating music in the heart of Toronto.

    July 8-9, 2017
    13th Annual TD Salsa on St. Clair
    St. Clair Ave. West (between Christie St. & Winona Dr.)
    salsaintoronto.com
    The TD Salsa on St. Clair Festival started as a local two-day event and has grown into one of the largest and hottest Latin festivals in Canada. The 13th annual event transforms a stretch of St. Clair Avenue West into Canada’s hottest salsa party.

    July 9, 2017
    Albion Islington Fusion of Taste Festival
    Albion Islington Square
    fusionoftaste.com
    On July 9, 2017, Albion Islington Square will transform into a celebration of multiculturalism. This FREE event has more than 100 artists and will showcase the diversity of the Albion Islington BIA. With over 60 creative and tasty food vendors, live music and children’s games, this promises to be a day of fun for everyone.

    July 11- August 7, 2017
    50th Toronto Caribbean Festival
    Various Locations
    torontocaribbeancarnival.com
    Prepare to be amazed by the colours, lights, costumes, music and experience that is the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America; the Toronto Caribbean Festival! People from around the world travel to Toronto each year to celebrate the Caribbean in this world famous festival. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary, so this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Check out all the amazing events happening throughout the 4 weeks of the festival, including the parade, annual ball, showcases, street dancing and more!

    July 13 – August 5, 2017
    Toronto Summer Music Festival
    Koerner Hall and other venues
    torontosummermusic.com
    The Toronto Summer Music Festival is the most highly anticipated classical music event of the year. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, this year’s festival will explore the sounds of Canada and feature the country’s world-renowned classical performers. Acts include violinist James Ehnes, soprano Soile Isokoski and a tribute to beloved Canadian pianist, Anton Kuerti. With international artists, masterclasses, lectures and free outreach concerts, this celebration of classical music is sure to hit every note.

    July 15-16, 2017
    45th Festival of India
    Sherbourne Common
    Festivalofindia.ca
    With a brand new festival space, and celebrating its 45th year, the Festival of India is sure to amaze. This two day, FREE festival will kick off with a euphoric parade down Yonge Street and continue with acclaimed music, dance and drama performances. A bustling South Asian Bazaar, exhibits on ancient spiritual culture, traditional face painting and outdoor yoga, are only a few of the many diverse activities to partake in.

    July 19-20, 2017
    CBC Kids’ Days
    CBC Building
    The FREE, kid focused event brings two days of activities, arts and crafts, and live performances by fan favourites of CBC Kids. The whole family is invited to take over the CBC building for two days of fun and excitement!

    July 20, 2017
    Feedback Innovation/Experimental Film Festival
    Carlton Cinemas
    wildsound.ca
    The best of short films from around the world! The line-up of alternative short films from countries such as Brazil, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway and much more! This pay what you can film festival is a perfect way to spend a night with friends and see something new.

    July 20-23. 2017
    10th Toronto Burlesque Festival
    Revival Bar & MOD Club Theatre
    torontoburlesquefestival.com
    From Thursday, July 20th to Sunday, July 23rd, the 10th annual Toronto Burlesque Festival is returning to the Revival Bar and MOD Club! Four days of sizzling performances, parties and talent from across the globe, promise to excite and impress everyone! Explore the world of burlesque at this star studded, talent infused festival!

    July 21-22, 2017
    Bollywood Monster Mashup
    Mississauga Celebration Square
    bollywoodmonstermashup.com
    One of Mississauga’s largest South Asian festivals is back for another year of celebration and culture. Join the festivities at Mississauga’s Celebration Square, for the Canadian premiere of international Bollywood performers and world class music. This diverse events showcases Mississauga’s strong South Asian population with performances by Bollywood stars, KidZone activities, a Monster FoodFest, shopping and more!

    July 22-23, 2017
    Big On Bloor Festival
    Bloor Street (Dufferin to Lansdowne)
    bigonbloorfestival.com
    This two day summer event presented along car-free Bloor Street is sure to be amazing! Join up to 100, 000 people as they celebrate local arts and culture, while enriching themselves in the community. With activities, displays and exhibitions, there’s something for everyone!

    July 22-23, 2017
    15th Festival of South Asia
    Gerrard India Bazaar BIA, Gerrard Street East
    Come to the Festival of South Asia for an authentic cultural experience, reflecting Indian, Afghani, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan cultures. Enjoy dancing, fashion shows and live entertainment, with major attractions including a Bollywood Pop-Up Museum and a culture Alley.

    July 23. 2017
    Youth Day Toronto 2017
    Yonge-Dundas Square
    youthdayglobal.com/toronto/
    The Youth Day Toronto is a FREE day dedicated to celebrating and showcases the art of young people across the country. With some 40, 000 visitors, Youth Day is a day full of entertainment with two stages, a street market and gallery devoted to the music, dance, art, photography, fashion and film of Canada’s youth. Join the festivities in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, and share in the celebration of positive achievements. BE PART OF IT!

    July 23, 2017
    14th Brazilfest Toronto 2017
    Earlscourt Park
    brazilfest.ca
    The rhythms of Brazil will be celebrated at this multicultural event that showcases the diviersity of Toronto with high quality performers and bands. Get a taste of Brazil with traditional Brazilian style foods and have fun with the whole family in the now dedicated family area. A huge variety of music and dance from across Brazil will be featured to satisfy all tastes and celebrate the rich culture of Brazil!

    July 27, 2017
    Feedback Fantasy & Star Wars Fan Fiction Festival
    Carlton Cinemas
    wildsound.ca
    The Feedback Fantasy & Star Wars Fan Fiction Festival is all things fantasy! Fans of Star Wars will love this night of short films featuring a variety of filmmakers from around the world.

    July 27-29, 2017
    29th Beaches International Jazz Festival Streetfest
    Queen Street East (Woodbine to Beech)
    beachesjazz.com
    Streetfest is a staple of the Beaches International Jazz Festival, showcasing the finest in Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, Smooth, Fusion, Afro-Cuban, Soul and more! With over 45 bands entertaining the crowds, music enthusiasts from near and far gather to celebrate and groove to the music.

    July 27-30, 2017
    Tirgan Festival
    Harbourfront Centre
    tirgan.ca
    Tirgan is the largest festival celebrating Iranian arts and culture in the world. Occurring every two years, Tirgan is back for another four days of live performances, traditional cuisine and beautiful art work. With over 200 artists and over 100 performances, this multicultural event is sure to be a hit for everyone.

    July 28-30, 2017
    Toronto’s Festival of Beer
    Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place
    beerfestival.ca
    Toronto’s Festival of Beer celebrates the finest brew and Canada’s rich brewing history. With over 300 brands from around the world, you’re sure to find your new favourite! This 19+ event offers more than the best beer, as it also features a main stage with daily performances, a grilling tent with tips and tricks and a World of Beer Pavilion.

    July 28-30, 2017
    Collingwood Elvis Festival
    Various locations in Collingwood
    collingwoodelvisfestival.com
    The Collingwood Elvis Festival is a salute to the legendary career and life of Elvis Presley. Spend the weekend with the family and with the world’s most celebrated musical icon. Have a fun summer trip to the historic downtown Collingwood for non-stop entertainment!

    July 29- August 17, 2017
    CNE Horsecapades
    Exhibition Place
    theex.com
    The CNE’s Horsecapades is back for another year of magic and fun. This event is for the young and young at heart, as you explore the world of horses! The interactive program includes learning about horses, direct interaction with horses and more!

  • AUG

    August 3, 2017
    10th Hart House Craft Beer Festival
    Hart House Quad
    harthouse.ca
    The 10th Annual Hart House Craft Beer Festival, is a Toronto beer lover’s dream! The festival features only the finest in Canadian craft breweries, as well as BBQ. Enjoy 8 beer sample tickets, take-home sapling glass and BBQ with each ticket purchases.

    August 3-13, 2017
    SummerWorks Performance Festival
    Various Locations
    summerworks.ca
    The SummerWorks Performance Festival is perfect for some late summer fun, as it showcases the work of seasoned veterans and up-and-comers. The festival features 52 unique projects over the 11 days, as well as artist workshops, performance experiments and nightly parties. Come and celebrate art at various locations across the city!

    August 4-7, 2017
    Toronto Food Truck Festival
    Woodbine Park
    canadianfoodtruckfestivals.com/toronto
    Better grab some napkins, because this summer never tasted so good! From August 4th to 7th, Woodbine park will be full of the best food trucks around! Grab a must-eat and enjoy the entertainment by Toronto’s best local talent and live-eating challenges.

    August 4-7, 2017
    Island Soul
    Harbourfront Centre
    harbourfrontcentre.com
    Head down to the water for some Island Soul! Enjoy and experience the rich legacy of Caribbean music from both Canada and the World. Move to the beat of reggae, soca and calypso music that has become a pivotal part of the Toronto music scene!

    August 4-7, 2017
    Scarborough Ribfest
    Thomson Memorial Park
    scarboroughribfest.com
    This event is sure to get your taste buds going as you chow down on delicious ribs, hot dogs, fried, corn on the cob and more! While you enjoy a rack of ribs, partake in the midway rides, skill testing games and karaoke competition. Take a stroll through the beer garden or get some shopping done at any of the many crafters and vendor tables.

    August 5, 2017
    Voices of Victory Music Festival
    Yonge-Dundas Square
    voicesofthenations.com
    The Voices of the Nation Christian Music Festival is sure to inspire with this year’s theme being Voices of Victory. Listen and participate in concerts all day that celebrate believers from all cultures! This FREE event features local artists and you can dance, sing and learn about the rich diversity of Toronto’s community.

    August 5-6, 2017
    VELD Music Festival
    Downsview Park
    veldmusicfestival.com
    The party begins at VELD Music Festival! The electronic music festival has brought in huge headliners such as Zedd, Major Lazer and Future. Tickets are for both days, and VIP packages can be purchased. Grab your dancing shows and be prepared to wear them out, as you’ll be dancing all night long!

    August 5-6, 2017
    Muslimfest
    Mississauga Celebration Square
    muslimfest.com
    MuslimFest celebrates the best in Muslim arts and entertainment. The event features local and international artists who showcase their talent in various areas, concerts featuring popular Muslim artists, comedy shows, a multicultural bazaar, a kid’s carnival, and more! With over 80 local and international artists, celebrating the Muslim community and engaging the broader community has never been easier. Join the festivities at Mississauga’s Celebration Square for two days of fun and culture.

    August 5-7, 2017
    The Pirate Festival
    Marden Park, Guelph, Ontario
    thepiratefestival.com
    With a new location of Marden Park, the Pirate Festival is sure to be exciting for the whole family! Become a pirate for the day and explore the vast activities featured at the festival, including kids’ activities, bouncy castles, archery and more! With performances, magic shows, live music and food and drink, this is a perfect way to spend a summer weekend!

    August 6-7, 2017
    Jambana One World Festival
    Markham Fair Grounds

    torontoreggae.ca
    The Jambana One World Festival will feature both Canadian and international reggae artists that will keep you entertained all day. Experience the globe through he sights, sounds and tastes at this huge festival featuring reggae, soca, jazz, gospel and many more music styles.

    August 7, 2017
    8th OVO Fest
    Budweiser Stage
    OVO Fest is the event of the year! Drake’s been celebrating his hometown since 2011 and always brings in the hottest artists of the year. Some headliners include PartyNextDoor, DVSN, Majid Jordan and Roy Woods. Taking place at the Budweiser Stage, going to this concert is sure to impress your friends!

    August 7-13, 2017
    Dusk Dances
    Withrow Park
    duskdances.ca
    This outdoor dance festival brings the world of dance to your own backyard. With high quality performances from all dance styles throughout the park, there is something new to see around each corner. All dances are inspired by the natural environment and audiences are encouraged to pay what they can. This is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one!

    August 10-13, 2017
    Boots and Hearts Music Festival
    Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, Ontario
    bootsandhearts.com

    Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! The Boots and Hearts Country Music Festival brings the country vibes to just north of the GTA in Oro-Medonte. Featuring both international stars and up and comers, this three day events is filled with excitement. From concerts all day to parties all night, this summer camping trip is the perfect way to spend your summer. The line-up for 2017 includes, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Eli Young Band and more!

    August 10-13, 2017
    12th Kultura Filipino Arts Festival
    Nathan Phillips Square, OCAD and other locations in Toronto
    kultura.ca
    The Kultura Filipino Arts Festival brings together the Filipino community and invites everyone to learn about and celebrate Filipino culture and history. This four day event features live performances, traditional and modern cuisine, interactive art and a marketplace.

    August 10-13, 2017
    Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games
    Fergus, Ontario
    fergusscottishfestival.com
    The 72nd year of the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games celebrates local Scottish heritage in the small and beautiful town of Fergus, Ontario. With a ton to do and see, it will feel like you have travelled to Scotland! Kids’ activities, dance lessons, live Highland dancing, singing, the Highland Games, and all the kilts will transport you into Scottish culture. Don’t forget to try the haggis!

    August 10-13, 2017
    Jerk Fest – Jerk Food Festival
    Centennial Park, Etobicoke
    Jerkfestival.ca
    Head on down to Centennial Park in Etobicoke for four days of non-stop fun! Feast on savoury jerk food while jamming out to the many performers throughout the festival. With kids’ activities and a selection of vendors and displays, this is family friendly and fun event!

    August 11-12, 2017
    TD Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival of Mississauga
    Mississauga Celebration Square
    mosaicfest.com
    The 12th year of Mosaic – South Asian Festival brings the biggest line-up ever. With the festival theme being Ekta (oneness and Unity), Mosaic is celebrating Canada’s 150th in style with over 200 individual artists and performers on two stages. The Rising Star musical competition will be back to feature young artists and you can enjoy some tasty food as you watch the performances.

    August 11-13, 2017
    Habari Africa Festival
    Harbourfront Centre
    harbourfrontcentre.com
    The Habari Africa Festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts festival that showcases the diverse culture of Africa, It is a weekend of engagement in art, sound and taste from across the continent of Africa. Enjoy performances, workshops and food throughout the weekend.

    August 11-13, 2017
    Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival
    Roundhouse Park
    craftbeerfest.ca
    The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival, hosted by Steam Whistle Brewing, is perfect for tasting Ontario’s finest craft brews and to try delicious meals from Toronto’s best food trucks. Stop on by the park for a relaxing weekend of good beer and good food.

    August 11-13, 2017
    Taste of the Danforth
    Danforth Ave. East
    tasteofthedanforth.com
    Travel down to GreekTown on the Danforth for 3 days of culture, cuisine and contests. Toronto’s signature event is back for another year, so join the thousands of hungry mouths from around the world who flock to GreekTown for this renowned festival. Break some plates, play some games, explore the sportszone and taste any of the delicious food offered by a he variety of vendors. You and 1.65 million annual attendees can become Greek for a Day!

    August 12-13, 2017
    Pan American Food and Music Festival
    Yonge-Dundas Square
    panamfest.com
    The 5th Pan American Food and Music Festival returns for another year of Canada’s only annual festival celebrating the Western Hemisphere’s rich diversity of cuisine, music and art! The free event is to help encourage and explore the growing cultural identity of Canada and the 40 other countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Experience the food, music and dance that this active and energetic festival has to offer.

    August 16-20, 2017
    20th Markham Jazz Festival
    Main Street, Unionville

    markhamjazzfestival.com
    The Markham Jazz Festival is back again for their 20th anniversary! This free event features all the best that jazz has to offer with a variety of venues featuring new and experienced jazz artists. Attendees can also experience world class performers for an extra cost, such as Barbra Lica, Juno-nominated artists and York Region Native.

    August 16-20, 2017
    African Fashion Week Toronto
    Royal Ontario Museum
    afwt.ca
    Head to the beautiful Royal Ontario Museum for one of Toronto’s most recognized Fashion Weeks in Canada, African Fashion Week. A week-long event dedicated to celebrating achievements in the African Fashion Industry. Students are able to showcase their work alongside industry professionals.

    August 17-19, 2017
    Sail-In Cinema
    Sugar Beach
    sailincinema.com

    Sail in Cinema is the only place in Toronto where you can view the hottest movies on the world’s first floating screen. Grab your friends and grab the popcorn for an epic movie night on Lake Ontario. This FREE event allows viewers to watch their favourite movies either from the water or the land. Gates open at 6:00pm and the movies start at approximately 8:45pm, so arrive early for the best seats!

    August 18-19, 2017
    Wheels on the Danforth
    Oakridge Park, Toronto
    wheelsonthedanforth.ca
    The Wheels on the Danforth will kick off with a free movie in the park and then the car show begins on Saturday! Cars galore, kids’ zone, live stage performances and more, this family friendly event is perfect for a late August activity.

    August 18-19, 2017
    Mississauga Italfest: Ferragosto in the City
    Mississauga Celebration Square
    mississaugaitalfest.com
    Experience Italy at Mississauga Celebration Square with music, dancing and food! Top Italian performers, emerging Italian-Canadian artists and a variety of music will keep you dancing, and culinary experts will whip up the finest in Italian cuisine, with cooking demonstrations, samplings and more! Heritage and arts will also be a main focus in this huge Italian event!

    August 18-20, 2017
    THE BIG FEASTIVAL
    Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte
    canada.thebigfeastival.com
    The BIGGEST festival of the year is here! All the way from the UK, The Big Feastival is a feel good festival of food and music for everyone! Jam out all weekend to headliners like Magic!, Weezer, Ok Go and many more! Settle your hunger with top chefs and the best food around. Bring the family for fun events and kid friendly activities.

    August 18-20, 2017
    Dundas Cactus Festival
    Dundas, Ontario
    dundascactusfestival.ca
    The Dundas Cactus Festival is a family fun event focused around the community coming together. The event will feature a main stage with the hottest bands, a family fun zone, midway, parade and the tastiest food around!

    August 18-20, 2017
    Port Credit Buskerfest
    Port Credit
    portcreditbuskerfest.com
    The Port Credit Buskerfest is an international festival dedicated to street performers. Circus like performances will be non-stop throughout Port Credit , Mississauga’s waterfront. Be in awe of the talent and eccentric characters that appear at the festival and have a visit to the kidszone over this 3 day event.

    cne-logoAugust 18 – September 4, 2017
    CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION

    Exhibition Park
    theex.com

    The 139th Canadian National Exhibition marks the end of another great summer in Toronto. The excitement and memories will happen from August 18th to September 4th. With new attractions and returning favourites the 2017 CNE is sure to be another spectacular year of fun for everyone! With fan favourite attractions like the SuperDogs Show, midway rides, Food Truck Frenzy & Craft Beer Festival and new comers like the CNE Gaming Garage, there’s something for everyone!

    August 19, 2017
    Tommy Thompson Park Butterfly Festival
    Tommy Thompson Park
    Butterflyfest.ca
    Late August is the perfect time to spot Monarch butterflies before they start their annual migration. Tommy Thompson Park is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures. The Butterfly festival will include nature hikes, educational displays and discovery centres so visitors can get to know the more than 55 species within the park.

    August 19, 2017
    TD Songs of Summer
    Oakville
    oakvillejazz.com
    This year Oakville Jazz has decided to replace their annual Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival with the Songs of Summer Music and Art Festival. The event will include entertainment from a variety of music genres, performing and visual art experiences, as well as shopping and food. This FREE event will feature 6 stages, over 40 performances and more!

    August 19, 2017
    Cityfest 2017
    Canoe Landing Park
    cityfest.ca

    Cityfest is a festival dedicated to celebrating local artists with live music, food trucks and fun activities and vendors. The event takes place at Canoe Landing Park and the line-up includes DJs and local talent.

    August 19-20, 2017
    Rastafest in The Village
    Black Creek Pioneer Village 7060 Jane Street
    rastafest.com
    Rastafest is Canada’s largest celebration of Rastafarian heritage and culture. This year the event will be held at Black Creek Pioneer Village in an effort to celebrate Canada’s 150th and Rastafarian culture together. This family friendly event highlights different aspect of the culture and will feature music, dance, ancestral drumming, arts and crafts, food and more!

    August 19-20, 2017
    Toronto Chinatown Festival
    West of Spadina Avenue (between St. Andrew Street & Sullivan Street)
    chinatownbia.com
    The Chinatown Festival becomes bigger and better each year! With delicious and traditional food, dragon and lion dances, Kung Fu performances and vendors, this is sure to be two days of excitement.

    August 19-20, 2017
    CariVaughan 2017
    Woodbridge Fairgrounds

    carivaughan.com
    CariVaughan is bringing the Caribbean to Vaughan with this family friendly event that features dancing, singing and cuisine from the Caribbean culture!

    August 25-27, 2017
    Taiwanfest: Kanpai, Japan!
    Harbourfront Centre
    harbourfrontcentre.com
    The Taiwanfest features enticing performances and tasty food from Taiwan and beyond! Enjoy exhibits and the culture at this beautiful festival.

    August 26, 2017
    Importfest 2017
    Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    importfest.com
    Importfest is Canada’s largest modified car show! This year’s show promises to be the biggest yet with an estimated 20, 000 attendees! See hundreds of modify cars and walk through the many exhibitors featuring accessories, tuning and lifestyles! With special guests and performers, this is sure to be the perfect day for any car enthusiast.

    August 26, 2017
    Coconut Festival Canada 2017
    David Pecaut Square
    coconutfestival.ca
    The Coconut Festival is a day dedicated to celebrating the many benefits that the coconut provides. This FREE event features over 70 vendors dealing with coconut in food, wellness programs, and native merchandise from Asia and Pan America. Taste and shop at the same time as you learn about the diverse use of the coconut and experience new cultures.

    August 26-27, 2017
    Scarborough Afro-Caribbean Festival
    Scarborough Civic Centre (Albert Campbell Square)

    scarboroughafrocarifest.com
    For a fun filled two days, head to the Scarborough Afro-Caribbean Festival to celebrate the diverse culture of this community. With performances by international and local performers, dance lessons, kids’ activities, mouth-watering cuisine, vendors and more, you’re sure fall in love with rich culture that makes up this community.

  • SEPT

    September 1-4, 2017
    Hot & Spicy Food Festival
    Harbourfront Centre
    harbourfrontcentre.com
    The Hot & Spicy Food Festival is back for its 20th year, with even better and hotter food! This year will showcase Canadian celebrity chefs, a food market and a ChiliKids cooking competition. Hot & Spicy is partnering with Toronto Blues Society’s co-presentation of Canada’s hottest blues. So come on down to the Harbourfront Centre for some spicy food and sizzling jazz.

    September 1 – 4, 2017
    TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BUSKERFEST ~ FOR EPILEPSY
    Woodbine Park
    torontobuskerfest.com
    Go where fearless meets funny, at the 2017 Toronto International Buskerfest! See jaw dropping performances and laugh your head off at spectacular feats. This festival supports Epilepsy Toronto, so come on down for a day of charity and fun!

    artfest-logoSeptember 1-4 2017 (Labour Day Weekend)
    Artfest at the Distillery: Fall Fine Art & Craft Show
    Distillery District, 11am to 6pm daily
    www.artfestontario.com/toronto
    This free outdoor art show features the best painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set in the Historic Distillery District, this event is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall!

    September 1-4, 2017
    Hispanic Fiesta
    Mel Lastman Square

    www.hispanicfiesta.com
    Join the 36th year of Hispanic Fiesta, a celebration of Spanish and Latin-American: arts, food, music and entertainment. This FREE event features amazing performances, exhibits and dances.

    September 6-21, 2017
    CARIBBEANTALES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Various Locations: The Royal Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox
    caribbeantalesfestival.com
    The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival celebrates the talents and culture of emerging and established Caribbean cinematographers. The films show a diverse range of stories that speak to the lives of those creating them. Tickets range from $8 to $25.

    September 7-16, 2017
    TORONTO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
    Carlton Cinema
    torontoshort.com/toindie/
    The Toronto Indie, or Toronto Independent Film Festival is a headline event for low and no budget films. This festival allows new talent to showcase their films and have the opportunity to be discovered. With over 80 features and shorts over the 10 days at Carlton Cinema, you’re sure to find your new favourite flick.

    September 7-17, 2017
    Toronto International Festival
    Various Theatre Locations
    www.tiff.net
    Toronto’s biggest and most prestigious event is back for another year of fantastic film and up and coming talent. The Toronto International Film Festival is a world renowned event held each year. This highly anticipated event features the newest works of cinema from both established and new talent. Lovers of film, industry professionals and the media watch the best films of the year over the ten days that the festival runs.

    September 8 – 10, 2017
    Southside Shuffle: Blues + Jazz Festival
    Memorial Park – Port Credit
    southsideshuffle.ca
    The 19th annual port credit blues and BBQ festival is back for another year of great jazz and great BBQ. 4 stages will feature the best of Canadian blues so you can swing to the beat as you chow down on any of the delicious food from the food court or beer and wine gardens.

    September 8 – 10, 2017
    Vegetarian Food Festival
    Harbourfront Centre
    vegfoodfest.com
    Enlighten your taste buds at the 33rd Annual Veg Food Fest! The largest vegetarian food festival in North America is back for another 3 days of delectable plant based dishes, gourmet food vendors and performances.

    September 8 – 10, 2017
    Cabbagetown Art & Crafts
    Cabbagetown District (bounded by Parliament, Wellesley, Gerrard and Yonge)
    www.cabbagetownartandcrafts.org
    The Cabbagetown festival will feature a variety of events throughout the weekend including the Cabbagetown Festival main events with kids zone, live entertainment and opening/closing ceremonies. It will also feature the Cabbagetown Festival Arts & Crafts Sale that will have beautiful handmade pieces for purchase. Attendees can also go on historic walking tours of the district and check out the short film and video festival happening at the same time.

    September 8 – 24, 2017
    Niagara Grape & Wine Festival
    Montebello Park and various locations in St. Catharines
    niagarawinefestival.com

    The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival features over 100 events including cellar door experiences, fresh food, parades and concerts. Festivities take place in the historic and beautiful Montebello Park in downtown St. Catharines where you can enjoy exquisite wines and gourmet food.

    September 9, 2017
    Jesus in the City Parade
    Queen’s Park
    jesusinthecity.com
    Join thousands of other worshippers at this party in the streets festival for a day of worship, music, joy and love. The Jesus in the City Parade features floats, banners, costumes and more at this multicultural event.

    September 9-11, 2017
    Taste of the Kingsway
    Bloor Street West (Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road)
    thekingsway.ca
    The Taste of the Kingsway features international cuisine, live entertainment and fresh food! Over 200 exhibitors will be featured with demonstrations and tasty food. Two main stages, midway rides, classic cars, dancing, the Scotiabank Dog Show and more make this a family fun weekend for all!

    September 15-17, 2017
    Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival
    Bloor West Village
    toronto.ukrainianfestival.com
    The Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival is North America’s largest Ukrainian Festival. This festival showcases the best in Ukrainian arts and culture and will include performances from both local and international artists. This free event is family friendly and a multicultural event celebrating the rich culture and history of Ukraine.

    September 15-23, 2017
    Toronto Beer Week
    Various Locations
    torontobeerweek.com
    A week-long festival dedicated to beer! What more could you want? The Toronto Beer Week is a week- long celebration of craft beer and the brewers behind them. Authentic and flavourful beers made by the best brewers are featured at this event as various locations around the city through the 100+ events being held.

    September 16, 2017
    Black Creek Pioneer Village Harvest Festival
    Black Creek Pioneer Village
    blackcreek.ca
    Travel back in time with the Black Creek Pioneer Village Mennonite and Pennsylvania-German festival featuring delicious handmade food such as pie, ice cream, apple butter, sausages and more! Highlight of this family friendly day include a quilt auction, wagon rides, international food, rummage sale and pioneer demonstrations!

    September 16-17, 2017
    Roncesvalles Polish Festival
    Roncesvalles Ave/Queen St. West
    polishfestival.ca
    North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture is back for another year of good food and good dancing. Jam out to local and international music, with Polish folklore, Polka and Euro dance bands and multiple stages. Taste delicious traditional food and shop along the 18 blocks of boutique shops and merchants, including the Polish Artwalk. Other highlights include an art zone, car show, midway areas and it’s all free!

    September 17, 2017
    Mississauga Ukrainian Festival

    Bloor West Village
    www.ukrainianfestival.com
    The Mississauga Ukrainian Festival provides a complete family experience showcasing Ukrainian culture, music, artisans, food, refreshments, entertainment and children’s activities all in one location – Mississauga Celebration Square.

    September 17, 2017
    Toronto Garlic Festival
    Artscape Wychwood Barns
    torontogarlicfestival.ca
    There is so much to do, see and taste at the Toronto Garlic Festival! Purchase rare garlic, taste the finest dishes from local chefs, enjoy live music, film screenings, speakers, cooking demos and more! Only a $5 admission, gives you access to everything you could hope for at this garlic themed festival, including a garlic breath contest!

    September 20-24, 2017
    Toronto Palestine Film Festival
    Various Locations
    www.tpff.ca
    The 10th annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival is dedicated to bringing Palestinian cinema, music, cuisine and culture to Toronto. With multiple events happening throughout Toronto, the Toronto Palestine Film Festival will feature a variety of Palestinian arts and culture through different mediums.

    September 21 – 30, 2017
    JFL 42: Toronto’s Comedy Festival
    Various Locations
    jfl42.com
    The Just for Laughs Comedy Festival will feature a variety of comedic acts through 42 performances over a course of 10 days. Headliners include John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Bill Burr and many more! There are a variety of passes you can buy, as well as individual tickets to the shows through TicketMaster.

    September 23-24, 2017
    Queen West Art Crawl
    Queen St. West and Trinity Bellwoods Park
    queenwestartcrawl.com
    The Queen West Art Crawl is a charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of the art, culture and diversity of Queen West in Toronto. The Outdoor Art Exhibition is the main event in Trinity Bellwoods Park and will feature over 200 artist vendors and a wide selection of food from food trucks. There will also be a kids zone, live performances and interactive art.

    September 24, 2017
    Word on the Street
    Harbourfront Centre
    thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto
    Experience the best of Canadian literature and authors at The Word on the Street Festival. This free festival gives you direct access to 200 Canadian authors, 150 events, 18 stages and 265 exhibitors. Go to readings by your favourite authors, participate in discussions and activities and shop at the marketplace for the best selection of Canadian books and magazines.

    September 24, 2017
    SOUPALICIOUS
    Artscape Wychwood Barns
    soupalicious.ca
    Soupalicious is a soup-tasting and harvest celebration featuring local gardeners, farmers, restaurants and community culinary talents. Taste signature soups and enjoy their ZERO WASTE environment with compostable cutlery. Presented by Plant a Row ·Grow a Row, a national initiative encouraging people to grow an extra row from their harvest to share with others, this family fun event will give you new soup recipes and new ideas on how to pay it forward.

    September 29-30, 2017
    TORONTO OKTOBERFEST
    Ontario Place
    torontooktoberfest.ca
    Join 5,000 others dressed in dirndls and lederhosen at Toronto’s largest Oktoberfest! This festival transports you to Munich, Germany for two days of festivities. Enter the Festhalle tent and enjoy the Bavarian Village and all that it has to offer, like authentic beer, delicious German food, singing, dancing, lederhosen and more!

    September 30, 2017
    Nuit Blanche
    Various Locations Citywide
    nbto.com

    Nuit Blanche is one night from sunset to sunrise where the city of Toronto is transformed into art. Unexpected public spaces are transformed into beautiful works of contemporary art and the city turns into an artistic playground. One night only, all night long, all free.

  • OCT

    October 12 -20, 2017
    Toronto After Dark Film Festival
    Scotiabank Theatre
    torontoafterdark.com

    The Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, cult, action and sci-fi movies. The 12th year of the festival features 9 nights of great film and thrilling Q&A sessions. This is an 18+ event and will feature a zombie themed night and Pub After Dark, a social hour where fans can meet the film makers.

    October 19-29, 2017
    International Festival of Authors
    Harbourfront Centre
    ifoa.org
    The Toronto International festival of Authors is a celebration of authors and readers alike, a celebration of words and ideas. This festival brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature. It will feature readings, interviews, discussions, book signings and special events.

    October 26-28, 2017
    Creativ Festival Fall 2017
    International Centre –Entrance 5
    www.csnf.com/fall-show/
    A shopping experience like no other! Enjoy all things creative with the Creativ Festival featuring exhibits on sewing, knitting, beading, quilting, scrapbooking, crafting and more! Get some new tips and tricks, and some new material at this show that allows you to shop while you learn and become inspired. See shows and get to create at this DIY festival.

  • NOV

    November 1-30, 2017
    TORONTO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
    Various locations
    TorontoChocolateFestival.com
    The Toronto Chocolate Festival is back for its 12th anniversary so prepare your sweet tooth! One month dedicated to all things chocolate, this festival hosts a variety of fun and entertaining events, all surrounding one ingredient: CHOCOLATE! Discover chocolate in all its magnificent and tasty forms through events such as The Luxury Chocolate Show and Chocolate Afternoon Tea.

    November 3 – 12, 2017
    95th ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR
    Exhibition Place
    royalfair.org
    The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. Head the fair to experience the best in horsemanship, riding and breeding. Explore through the fair to see all the best locally and internationally grown food and veggies, as well as livestock. This family filled event has lots to do such as see dog shows, enjoy live entertainment and the best in food and lifestyle.

    November 4-5, 2017
    Annual Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show
    Toronto Reference Library “Chocolate Salons”

    torontochocolateshow.com
    The Toronto Chocolate Shows celebrates chocolate in all its glory, all under one roof! With a new location this year, the 2017 show promises to be bigger and tastier than ever before. Occurring right before the holiday, the show is a perfect place to get a delicious chocolate gift for your friends and family. With exhibitors from around the world showcasing their finest products, the Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show is an international chocolate premier event!

    November 9 – 17, 2017
    TORONTO REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Toronto, North York and Richmond Hill
    reelasian.com
    The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of Asian cinema, featuring films from East, South and Southeast Asia. The artists come from across the world and festival provides a public forum for Asian artists to show their work.

    logo-gourmetfoodNovember 16 – 19, 2017
    GOURMET FOOD AND WINE 2017
    Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
    www.foodandwineexpo.ca
    The 23rd annual food and wine expo awaits! Travel on a food and beverage journey by tasting gourmet international cuisine and wines. With celebrity chefs, more than 1,500 wine, beer, spirits and food selections, demonstrations and tastings, this is sure to be one huge event!

    November 25, 2017
    CAVALCADE OF LIGHTS
    Nathan Phillips Square
    toronto.ca
    The annual holiday tradition is back for another year of beautiful lights, thrilling fireworks and live performances. Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights is the perfect kick off to the holiday season. The official lighting of Toronto’s Christmas tree and skating under the lights makes this the most magical evening of the year!

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