Summer isn’t over yet, Torontonians! With tons of food, music, and arts festivals happening between now and October, you can bet there’s still lots to do every week in the city.
Don’t start bundling up for fall just yet, and check out some of these exciting Toronto events!
Taste of the Danforth (August 11 – 13) – Danforth Street
It’s the 24th anniversary of Canada’s largest street festival celebrating all things Greek. Located all along the Danforth, otherwise known as Greektown, you can enjoy food, music, dancing, and lots and lots of excited people filling the streets.
Habari Africa Festival (August 11 – 13) – Harbourfront Centre, Queens Quay
A multi-disciplinary free festival celebrating of the unique diversity of global Africa through film, food, music, art, and more.
Harbourfront Centre, Queens Quay
Canadian National Exhibition (August 18 – September 4) – Exhibition Place
This is a world-famous exhibition that you absolutely need to be if you want to consider yourself a citizen of Toronto. At the CNE, you can find food, rides, carnival games, shows, parades, and much more. Thanks to Canada’s 150th birthday, this year is sure to be extra special. This is a rite of passage for some, but a pleasure for all when people descend upon the Princess Gates to celebrate all things Canada.
Taiwanfest (August 26 – 27) – Harboufront Centre, Queens Quay
Live music, cooking demonstrations, Paper play show, Taiwanese orchestra, and great food make the free Taiwanfest a must-see at the Harbourfront Centre.
Fan Expo (August 31 – September 3) – Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Like Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, or Star Wars? Fan Expo is the place to be! With amazing costumes, special guests, artists’ booths, and lots of free goodies, this ComicCon-esque conference is worth the price of admission.
Buskerfest (September 1- 4) – Woodbine Park
All it takes is a little stroll through Woodbine Park at the beginning of September, and you’ll be surprised with some of the world’s best buskers. Buskerfest is an outrageous dedication to the finest street performers, with plenty of performances, food trucks, and human oddities of all kinds. Plus, all proceeds go to a great cause – this is a great opportunity to have some fun way in the East End.
Hot and Spicy Food Festival (September 1 – 4) – Harbourfront Centre, Queens Quay
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Hot and Spicy food festival! This free festival showcases Canadian celebrity chefs, a curated food market, local farmers, and some sizzling jazz and blues music.
Southside Shuffle Jazz Fest (September 8 – 10) – Memorial Park, Mississauga
While not in Toronto Proper, this Port Credit/Mississauga festival deserves your attention for being one of Canada’s best music and food festivals. With four stages, great beer, and unbeatable bbq, it’s worth the drive out. Tickets are a little on the pricier side, at $70.
Toronto International Film Festival (September 7 – 17) – Various Theatres
With hundreds of films, dozens of celebrities, and some of Toronto’s best arts and culture on display, join the thousands of movie-goers who treat TIFF like the yearly holiday that it almost is. Don’t want to catch a film? Simply go downtown and check out the red carpet, or simply journey around the city in hopes of a star-sighting.
The Word on the Street Festival (September 24) – Harbourfront Centre, Queens Quay
For 27 years, the free Word on the Street Festival has celebrated diverse books and magazines with live readings, family-friendly activities, bookselling booths, and celebrity authors.
Oktoberfest (September 29 – 30) – Ontario Place
This is known as Toronto’s only authentic Oktoberfest celebration. For two days only, you can visit a massive festhalle tent and an outdoor Bavarian Village that captures that old-world European vibe. Eating, drinking, polka music, and lots of free-flowing beer, that sounds like the perfect combination for a fun night at Ontario Place.
Nuit Blanche (September 30) – Various Locations
See Toronto transformed into a living art gallery, accessible only by those brave enough to stay up all night. Food, music, interactive art, and crowds make this all-night art show worth seeing at least once. Once a year, Nuit Blanche becomes the talk of the town, so grab an extra cup of coffee and make your way around the city.
International Festival of Authors (October 19 – 29) – Harbourfront Centre, Queens Quay
Come see the best writers of contemporary literature for eleven days of readings, interviews, and book signings at this free waterfront festival.
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (November 3 – 12) – Exhibition Place
Known for being the largest indoor agricultural festival in the world, the RAWF has local food, equestrian competitions, family-friendly shows, and an entirely customizable experience, no matter your budget.
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