Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The top 55 summer festivals in Toronto for 2018

The top summer festivals in Toronto for 2018 are set to breathe life into the city with celebrations of culture, music and food through performances, showcases, storytelling and workshops. Plan your summer accordingly, it's gonna be a hot one.

Events you might want to check out:

Open Roof Festival (June 20 - August 22 @ Sterling Road)
Movies, music and beer are all going down at Open Roof's new location on Sterling Road, along with outdoor movie screenings and live music every Wednesday.
Wine and Spirit Festival (June 22-23 @ Sugar Beach)
Wine samples, craft beer and pairing seminars are all included in this festival, and a portion of ticket sales are donated to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.
Craft Beer Festival (June 22-24 @ Ontario Place)
The river of independently-brewed craft beer and ciders keeps flowing for an extra day this year, alongside tons of food and activities.
Redpath Waterfront Festival (June 22-24 @ HTO Park)
While the giant rubber duck may be gone, this year's beach ball installation looks to fill the void during this festival of art, music, food and shopping.
Pride Weekend (June 22-24 @ Church-Wellesley Village)
The last weekend of Pride Month marks this huge street festival with music, entertainment, food — all within the newly expanded festival footprint.
Taste of Asia (June 22-24 @ Kennedy Road)
This celebration of modern and traditional Asian food and culture takes over Kennedy Road with tons of vendors, performances and activities.
TD Jazz Festival (June 22 - July 1 @ Multiple Venues)
A sure sign of summer is this internationally-recognized jazz festival that sees musicians and artists flocking to Toronto from all over to play.
Junction Summer Solstice Festival (June 23 @ The Junction)
The longest day of the year gets a full day of celebrations with family-friendly activities, music, art, performances, food and drinks.
Bud Light Dreams (June 23-24 @ RBC Echo Beach)
Electro, EDM and trance artists arrive for this huge, two-day music festival featuring Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade and Galantis.
Pedestrian Sundays (June 24 @ Kensington Market)
Kensington goes carless for one day each month during the summer to make space for dancing, music, makers and meditation in the street.
Toronto Rib Fest (June 29 - July 2 @ Centennial Park)
Arguably one of the largest rib fest celebrations of the year, some of the biggest names in the rib game serve up some of the best ribs in the country.
Electric Island (July 1 @ Hanlan's Point)
Round two of this electro concert series on the Island kicks off with a special Canada Day celebration featuring Anna, Jackmaster Jade and more.
Toronto Fringe Festival (July 4-15 @ Multiple Venues)
Theatres across the city play host to a variety of plays by upcoming and established playwrites on the fringe of the performing arts scene.
Taste of Lawrence (July 6-8 @ Wexford Heights)
The Wexford Heights portion of Lawrence Avenue shows off its community colours during this three-day festival of food, activities, music and more.
Beaches Jazz Festival (July 6-29 @ Multiple Venues)
A celebration of all things jazz music by artists, local and international, is set to turn the Beaches in to a paradise for music lovers everywhere.
Salsa On St. Clair (July 7-8 @ St. Clair Ave West (Winona Dr. to Christie St.))
Salsa takes to the streets during this three-week outdoor party alongside St. Clair with events, food, music and, of course, dancing.
Maker Extravaganza (July 7-8 @ Toronto Reference Library)
Makers from all over come to Toronto to show off the creative goods, products, gadgets and everything else they've been working hard on.
Afrofest (July 7-8 @ Woodbine Park)
This free festival is dedicated to showcasing African music from Toronto and around the world with storytelling, music, dance and special programming.
Vector Festival (July 12-16 @ Multiple Venues)
This festival looks to showcase digital games and creative media practices with exhibitions, screenings and performances for the curious and creative.
Summer Music Festival (July 12 - August 4 @ Multiple Venues)
Spots all over the city bring the classical music experience to the masses with programming that includes concerts, classes, lectures and workshops.
Night It Up! (July 13-15 @ Markham Civic Centre)
Markham's annual outdoor festival is back, showcasing Asian street foods and nightly performances.
BurgerFest (July 13-15 @ Campbell House)
Located in the heart of downtown, this festival brings together the best burgers the city has to offer for a weekend of food, drinks, music and fun.
Festival of India (July 14-15 @ Multiple Venues)
Now in its 46th year, this annual festival shuts down the downtown core in celebration of Indian heritage and culture, and ends with a huge parade.
Vans Warped Tour (July 17 @ Budweiser Stage)
Vans Warped Tour comes to an end after 24 glorious years of raucous partying and music with performances by Sum 41, Bowling for Soup, and The Used.
Big on Bloor (July 21 @ Bloor Street West)
Bloor Street explodes with music and life during this huge street festival with events, activities, displays and exhibitions peppered along the strip.
Toronto Burlesque Festival (July 26-29 @ Multiple Venues)
All things burlesque takes over Toronto with performances and parties featuring innovative artists skilled in the art of burlesque.
Fusion of Taste Festival (July 29 @ Albion Islington Square)
A spread of goodies from the diverse Albion Islington community is up for the tasting during this outdoor celebration of different cultural offerings.
Toronto Food Truck Festival (August 3-6 @ Woodbine Park)
Scattered around the city no more, food trucks from all over will fill Woodbine Park with all kinds of tastes, smells, brews and activities.
Caribana (August 4 @ Multiple Venues)
A month of Caribana celebrations capps off with the Grand Parade; a spectacle of stunning colours, extravagant costumes, music and dance.
Taste of the Middle East Food Festival (August 4 @ Dundas Square)
This Middle Eastern food fest kicks off with favourites like Turkish coffee, Arak and grilled halloumi, plus art, music and dancing.
Veld (August 4-5 @ Downsview Park)
The hip-hop and electro gods are set to bless Toronto with a stacked lineup of performances by DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Migos and a lot more.
JerkFest (August 9-12 @ Centennial Park)
JerkFest is back and grilling up mountains of grilled chicken and other Caribbean favourites alongside games, music and dancing.
Summerworks Festival (August 9-19 @ Multiple Venues)
New and experimental works take the spotlight with performers trying out different material, pushing boundaries and creating new audience experiences.
Manifesto (August 9-19 @ Multiple Venues)
Ten days of arts, culture and community takes over the city with performances, workshops and competitions — all ending with a big party in City Hall.
Waterfront Night Market (August 10-12 @ Ontario Place)
Back after last year's venue debacle, this night market is known for a huge selection of Pan-Asian food, as well as art and lifestyle goods.
Taste of the Danforth (August 10-12 @ Greektown)
All things Greek take over the Danforth with patios, street food, music and activities in celebration of Toronto's Hellenic community.
Sweetery (August 11-12 @ David Pecaut Square)
For all the sweet tooths out there, this festival of desserts features local chef, student and artisan creations of the sugary persuasion.
Vegandale Food Drink Festival (August 11-12 @ Fort York National Historic Site)
Plant-based foodies take over Fort York for two days of vendors serving up food and drinks, and goods and products from non-animal sources.
CNE (August 17 - September 3 @ Exhibition Place)
The Toronto tradition of ending the summer at the CNE continues this year with two weeks of food, rides, games, shows, activities and more.
Toronto Chinatown Festival (August 18-19 @ Chinatown)
Toronto's vibrant Chinatown community looks to celebrate its rich culture with vendors, performances and activities throughout the neighbourhood.
Taste of Manila (August 18-19 @ Bathurst Street)
Toronto's Little Manila community shows off its cultural offerings with two days of traditional Filipino music, food, entertainment and a parade.
Camp Wavelength (August 18-19 @ Fort York National Historic Site)
Two days of dreamy synths, electro grooves and chill vibes is going down alongside art installations, dance, games and activities.
Toronto Cider Festival (August 24-25 @ Sherbourne Common)
Ciders from Canada and all over the world are paired alongside a curated selection of food vendors during this annual two-day festival.
TAIWANfest (August 24-26 @ Harbourfront Centre)
Mandarin culture, food, music and shopping takes over the Waterfront with a rotating focus on a specific Asian culture each year.
Bloorcourt Festival (August 25 @ Bloor Street West)
Local Bloorcourt vendors along Bloor Street West come together for a festival of artists, musicians and crafters alongside goods, music and entertainment.
Tamil Fest (August 25-26 @ Markham Road)
Now in it's third year, Tamil Fest looks to celebrate Tamil culture with exhibitions, traditional food, entertainment and performances.
Fan Expo (August 30 - September 2 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
Start planning your weekend now because Fan Expo is ripe with everything comic books, gaming, film and television, panels, programming and more.
BuskerFest (August 31 - September 3 @ Woodbine Park)
Woodbine Park gets taken over by spontaneous, outrageous and artsy performances from comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists and more.
Toronto International Film Festival (September 6-16 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
Toronto gets the star treatment as TIFF showcases the best in local and international filmmaking with screenings, panels, special events and more.
Veg Food Fest (September 7-9 @ Harbourfront Centre)
Over 140 vendors take over Harbourfront with a variety of vegetarian vendors selling goodies, both sweet and savoury.
Taste of the Kingsway (September 7-9 @ The Kingsway)
The Kingsway transforms in to a international food experience for three days during this street festival with vendors, live entertainment and activities.
Spark Arts Festival (September 8 @ Ontario Place)
New this year is this full day of family fun with music, live art, crafting, and programming for kids and adults to enjoy.
Toronto Ukrainian Festival (September 14-16 @ Bloor St. West)
Ukrainian culture takes over Bloor Street with traditional dancing, food, music and activities. If you haven't tried real borscht or paska yet, this is the time.
Roncesvalles Polish Festival (September 15-16 @ Roncesvalles Village)
This yearly staple is set to overtake Roncy with Polish cultural offers of food, music, dance, entertainment and a polka party.
Toronto Garlic Festival (September 16 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
Garlic—the most glorious of plants—gets a festival to itself with garlic-y food and desserts, products, music, talks, workshops and more.

by Lisa Power via blogTO

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