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*Please note all dates and locations for 2014 Toronto festivals
remain to be confirmed; unless otherwise stated.
These are approximate dates based on previous year.

logo-goodfood.gif (17416 bytes)April 3-6, 2014
Festival & Market

Direct Energy Center

It's Canada's largest celebration of home cooking and eating. The Festival is all about food and LOTS of it! Explore what's new in the world of ethnic cuisine, gourmet fare, natural foods, cooking ingredients, and expert advice.

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Creativ Festival
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. 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

logo-hotdocs.gif (5385 bytes)April 24-May 4, 2014

Bloor Cinema, Isabel Bader, The ROM Theatre, Innis Town Hall, Al Greem Theatre Royal Cinema
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary festival. Each year, the festival presents a selection of more than 100 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programmes, the Festival also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.

logo-kwef.gif (14895 bytes)April 30-May 3, 2014
The Kids' World of Energy Festival

Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place

Since 2008, the Kids' World of Energy Festival - has directly engaged over 17,000 students and parents in the connection between energy and the environment and working towards an energy conscious world.

Held at Evergreen Brick Works, a community green space in the heart of Toronto, the four-day Festival offers Gr. 5 and 6 students a unique range of hands-on workshops involving renewable energy, conservation, electricity, art and active participation.

The Festival's Community Day is open to the public, providing activities and workshops for youth and adults alike.

logo-tjff.gif (5116 bytes)May 1-11, 2014
Bloor Cinema

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.

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May 1-31, 2014
Various Locations

CONTACT's 2014 thematic programming highlights the relationship between identity and photography by focusing on images that explore individual and collective attributes. The Festival's Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations include photo-based works by Canadian and international artists, both emerging and established, that address issues of character, nationality, migration, race, class, gender, feminism, masculinity, and sexuality.

May 8-June 1, 2014

Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Pia Bouman School

The Toronto Festival of Clowns brings together clowns and physical theatre artists of all disciplines and backgrounds and provide a common space to showcase their work. Now entering our 9th year, the festival continues to encourage the risk and exploration of the clown, hosting new and established works that inspire and delight.

Past festivals have hosted top practitioners from Canada, the USA and Europe, including Ravi Jain, Amy Lee and Heather Marie Annis (Morro and Jasp), David Craig (Napalm the Magnificent), Eric Davis (Red Bastard), Adam Paolozza, Helen Donnelly, Mark Andrada, Balthazar Gaulier, Chris Gibbs, Melissa D'Agostino, The Naked Empire Bouffon, Jan Henderson, Anand Rajaram, Rachelle Elie, Leah Cherniak, Christel Bartelse, Jeff Krahn, Theatre Smith Gilmour, Christian Laurin, Sandra Battaglini, Jeff Kraun, Phil Luzi, Rick Roberts, Mysterion the Mind Reader, Sue Morrison, John Turner (Mump and Smoot)… to name a few.

More information: 416-821-3833

logo-doorsopen.gif (4920 bytes)May 24-25, 2014
Various Neighbourhoods

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 15th 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 on Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25, 2014.

Doors Open is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

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May 24-25 2014

St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood

Woofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America. Quirky and fun, Woofstock is a free admission non-stop party that takes place at our hip, newly expanded location, the historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood, home to the world-famous food market as well as the dog-friendly Sunday Antique Market.

May 30-June 1, 2014

Harbourfront Centre

SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival is Toronto's first-ever a cappella festival, dedicated to celebrating Canadian and International vocal artists, and joined in collaboration by the same goal: to illustrate that the voice knows no limits -- knows no constraints of genre, language or cultural background; to inspire and educate today's youth; and to foster a new and revitalized patronage for the vocal arts.

June 4-8

Village of Streetsville-Mississauga

This year we will be celebrating a Homecoming Theme-- a place for old friends to reunite and make new ones. Don't miss our talented line-up of live performers for children and adults, alike, a wide selection of carnival rides, games and hands-on educational demonstrations for the whole family... and of course, FREE Bread and Honey.

June 12-15 2014

Various Locations

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.

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June 13-22, 2014

Various Nightclub Locations

Take in a variety of music and films during the 19th 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. Artists performing at this year's fest include indie rockers The National, hardcore favourites F*cked Up, Quebecois singer Coeur de pirate, indie rock/hip-hop hybrid Why, punk rock legends Social Distortion, Outkast's Big Boi and more.

June 19-21, 2014

Sugar Beach (Lower Jarvis Street and Queens Quay)

We return to Sugar Beach! The Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival; Toronto's first outdoor wine and spirit festival, is back for its 6th year!

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June 11-14, 2014

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 14-16, 2014
Taste of Little Italy

College Street between Bathurst and Shaw Streets

College Street between Bathurst and Shaw Streets Little Italy is one of Toronto's most popular entertainment areas with a great variety of Italian restaurants, trattorias, bars and cafés. Other cultures have also made culinary inroads and you'll find Japanese, Mexican, and Portuguese eateries as well. Come enjoy this kick off to summer with world music bands performing on street corners, and tasting tables offering samples of their menus for $1-$5.

June 13-15, 2014

Memorial Park-Port Credit

This year, the show will go beyond last year's performance by delighting and inspiring with more musicians (including a new horn section), more songs, more lasers, a bigger light show, a celebrity cameo (TBA) and -- the piéce de résistance -- a brand new composition commissioned exclusively for the 2013 MWF! This, alongside a mind-blowing set of popular songs and original Canadian content, means the event is sure to captivate audiences of all ages.

June 13-15, 2014

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.

June 14-16, 2014

TIFF Bell Lightbox

When the real world lacks the colour we need, animation can transcend those boundaries and take people to a new realm to let their imagination run wild. This three-day festival celebrates that world of imagination with a wide number of things to do for children and adults. Over 100 shorts and 5 feature films from around the world will be shown. Special workshops run by master trainers will be on offer. Several parties will be hosted, including the return of the beachside event "Nelvana Bouncing Ball." There will even be a Pitch-A-Palooza where you can get a chance to pitch your animation idea to industry experts. The event will take place at both TIFF Lightbox and Chorus Quay, each one hosting their own specific events with specific prices, but a weekend pass will cover everything at the festival.

logo-tojazz.jpg (15927 bytes)June 19-28, 2014

Nathan Philips Square & Various Locations

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival will kick off its 28th edition this summer at a familiar stomping ground - The Entertainment District - where Metro Square will be the new headquarters for the Main stage Marquee. What began in 1987 as an eight day showcase of jazz now attracts in excess of 500,000 loyal patrons annually over 10 days. Attractions include more than 350 performances with over 1,500 musicians performing at approximately 40 locations around Toronto. The heart of the Festival is now located at Metro Square in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District with an impressive 1,200 seat fully-licensed Main stage Marquee and outdoor stage, and where many extraordinary events are offered free to the public.

Pride Week TorontoJune 20-29, 2014
Various Locations

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.

dragonrace.gif (18304 bytes)June 21-22, 2014
Centre Island

A two-day fun-filled event that brings sports, team spirit and community spirit to Toronto Centre Island. The Festival, which started in 1989, entered the international arena in 1993. From the humble beginning of only 27 teams participating in the first festival back in 1989, it has evolved to a much bigger operation over the past two decades. Organized by the Toronto Chinese Business Association and the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, the Festival in 2013 will once again expect 180 to 200 teams with 5,000 athletes. Paddlers of different backgrounds from all over the world will take part in the ancient Chinese tradition and friendly competition.

Toronto RibfestJune 27-July 1, 2014
Toronto Ribfest

Centennial Park

Toronto Ribfest, the largest Canada Day celebration, is held over the long weekend at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. Make Ribfest your family destination; there's fun and excitement for all! In its 12th year, this popular event put on by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke attracts over 100,000 visitors who come to enjoy live music, succulent ribs and the beer tents. Children are delighted with candy floss, carnival rides, the climbing wall and pony rides. On Canada Day, a lively fireworks display celebrates Canada's birthday at dusk.

June 28, 2014

Albion Islington Square

The Eighth Annual Albion Islington Fusion of Taste Festival is an open house for the Albion Islington Business Improvement Area. It features live music, arts and crafts, a free raffle and a diverse selection of dining options representative of the neighborhood's residents. Children are welcome to partake in amusement rides, play midway games and try the on the spot drawing competition. For the first time, there is a culinary competition open to Albion Islington BIA restaurants. The competition employs web-based voting to award the best dishes in two categories, savory and sweet, with a celebrity presenter on hand.

June 29-July 1, 2014

Exhibition Place

This 3-day event attracts 250,000 people annually and remains the largest, free picnic in the country. Come and experience the sights and sounds of the CHIN International Picnic ... with free admission, come every day! Each day enjoy a star-studded lineup of performers from around the world; thousands of community singers, dancers and performers; family fun with Zero Gravity Circus shows, K-9 Dog Challenges, Jungle Cat Shows, Midway circus shows; petting zoo, pony rides, midway rides and amusements, and much more! International Shopping Bazaar in the Better Living Building; Miss CHIN Bikini and Mr. CHIN Competitions; Midweek Cycling Club pro-am cycling races; Maximum Pro Wrestling shows; Ontario Boxing Tournament; World Cup Soccer Fever; Beer garden, and dozens and dozens of food and beverage concessions. Best of all, admission to all events and shows are FREE.

June 29, 2014

Downtown Toronto

This year, Toronto celebrates 34 years of Pride and the excitement of hosting WorldPride 2014. From the corner of Church St and Bloor St all the way down Yonge St to Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto's LGBTTIQQ2SA communities will dance to celebrate our victories, march to honor our losses, and RISE UP to keep moving forward. Tell us your stories through art direction, costume design, choreography, music and special effects. Go glitz & glam. Be colorful and creative. Go big. And have fun!
July 2014
July 8-August 2, 2014

Various Locations

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. In its 46th year it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As this Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. This colourful exhibition and display of genius is truly a musical panorama that is certain to bring a pleasing smile to the ancestral titans of Pan and Calypso music. Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an expression of Toronto's multicultural and multiracial society. An increasing number of attendees and participants come from the US and overseas. The events are planned months in advance. The costumes and mas band displays are elaborate and oh so delicately worn and designed for movement. Every move they make, in a breath-taking spectrum of colours that is best reflected in the King and Queen Showcase on Parade Day. No Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is complete without African Drumming along with the Arts and Crafts displays celebrating "Things Caribbean"!

luesJuly 11-13, 2014
Woodbine Park

The ninth annual Waterfront Blues was once again marked by an outstanding array of Blues only artists and associated performances. We usually use this space to provide a snapshot of the Festival and spotlight some of the highlights of the event.

July 18-21, 2014

Harbourfront Centre

An ancient celebration of Iranian arts and culture Tirgan refers to an ancient festival traditionally held in the month of July (the month of 'Tir' in Persian Calendar), inspiring what is currently world's largest celebration of Iranian arts and culture, taking place biennially at the Harbourfront Centre.

beaches-logo.jpg (23779 bytes)July 18-27, 2014

Queen Street East / Woodbine Park / Kew Gardens and The Boardwalk

The Beaches International Jazz Festival has grown steadily since that first year of an afternoon of Jazz in the park into a world-class event that attracts an annual audience of 1 million people. Now, in celebration of its 24th anniversary, Beaches Jazz-voted Toronto's #1 music event in a 2006 Toronto Star Decima Poll-has been enhanced to include an additional weekend at Woodbine Park to complement the well-established Main Stage concerts at Kew Gardens, StreetFest, and Jazz related workshops. Also new this year is the Latin Square on the boardwalk near the Leuty Lifeguard Station.

July 19, 2014

Evergreen Brick Works

Last summer there was UNO, now we have DOS bringing food, street art and music to Evergreen Brick Works. There are 40 international artists on site, all with original pieces to show off. Music will be provided by DJ Platum, Grandtheft, Don Valley and Brains4Breakfest. La Carnita, who created the event, will be joined by Chicago's Big Star to fill the event with taco creations.

July 19, 2014

Opera House

The Opera House hosts an evening of Toronto's best indie artists, from hip hop to acoustic to electro at the Coalesce Festival, or Where Music Meets. Founded by Champ, the lead singer of The Panda Chronicles, this fest is a celebration of the city's ethnic and musical diversity and a fundraiser. Headlined by rappers The Panda Chronicles, the Coalesce Festival also features Gen Why, Kilowatt, JDG, Diemens, DJ Wade-West and the U of T Varsity Dance Crew. Some of the proceeds from the concert will go to benefit SKETCH Toronto, a local organization that encourages artistry in homeless and at-risk youths.

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Yonge-Dundas Square

Bigger, better and greener than ever, this year's Green Toronto Festival will transform Yonge-Dundas Square into a celebration of all things green! Stroll through more than 100 exhibits of green products and services, sample some scrumptious locally grown food and enjoy live bands & special guest speakers, all in a car-free environment — Yonge Street will be closed to traffic from Dundas to Queen.

July 19-20, 2014

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

The Beruna Music Festival takes over The Flats at Molson Amphitheatre for two days. The Christian music festival will have many international artists, speakers and performers.

July 19-21, 2014

T&T Supermarket

A Toronto tradition, the T&T Waterfront Night Market treats visitors to an authentic Asian night market experience, with a range of Asian street foods and vendors from throughout the province. The market also features a center stage, where a lineup of local entertainers and cultural performances keep the energy up throughout the night. With rides, carnival games, shows, and plenty of food, the market is a cultural fair that aims to make the most of Toronto's hot summer nights.

July 19-20, 2014

Bloor Street (Dufferin to Lansdowne)

Car-free Bloor St., Toronto, Dufferin to Lansdowne, celebrates arts, culture, community & small business with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions including: Bloordale Market: more than 200 arts, crafts, vendors and information tables!

July 21, 2014

Yonge-Dundas Square

Over 30,000 attendees expected! Proclaimed an Event of Municipal Significance by the City of Toronto

Over 100 live performances including music, dance, and speakers. Includes the work of over 350 youth 14 – 29 Headliner & Feature Performances! A number of recording artists support Toronto's youth and endorse YD with the contribution of their time Youth Gallery Expansion! High demand has grown the gallery both in size and in diversity to now include 2D, 3D, audience interactive and live art and photography. Featuring a variety of styles of youth and mentor artist work Yonge Street Closure! Vendors, of a variety of types, will be lined on Yonge Street to host the festival visitors Fashion Show! Featuring youth and mentor designers showcasing a variety of styles for all ages, sizes, and backgrounds!

July 21, 2014

Earlscourt Park

The Festival will offer its attendees the opportunity to be closer to the performers, get a chance to enjoy a taste of Brazil with Brazilian style foods and a family area for families with children to enjoy the day. BrazilFest is now considered a part of the Toronto calendar list of many great events that stimulates and celebrates the collective heritage and multicultural diversity of Toronto. The event is listed and affiliated with most of Toronto's cultural links A huge variety of styles of music and dance from all parts of the country, with something to offer for all tastes; rhythms and melodies that reflect the rich cultural heritage of Brazil. Free admission.

logo-tsmfest.gif (8802 bytes)July 22-August 12, 2014

Edward Johnson Building (Faculty of Music) at the University of Toronto

Entering our ninth year of bringing outstanding classical music experiences to the city in the summer, Toronto Summer Music Festival features renowned Canadian and international artists performing in mainstage concerts at Koerner Hall and Walter Hall, plus an elite Academy for emerging classical musicians. Masterclasses, lectures, interviews, workshops, free outreach concerts, and more.

beaches-logo.jpg (23779 bytes)July 24-26, 2014

Queen Street East

During Beaches Jazz Festival StreetFest, Queen Street E. will be closed from Woodbine Ave. to Beech Ave. from 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm nightly. The north / south streets of Waverley Ave., Wineva Ave., and Lee Ave. will remain open throughout the evening.

July 24-27, 2014

Gladstone Hotel

2014 marks the 7th annual Toronto Burlesque Festival, coming up July 24th-27th. Featuring the best in local, national and international talent, while providing opportunities for performers to network together and build community. Presenting four fantastic showcases at The Virgin Mobile Mod Club in addition to the annual brunch.

July 24-27, 2014
Various Locations - Collingwood

This summer join friends, family, and fans in the heart of Historic Downtown Collingwood, 1.5 hours north of Toronto on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay, for four days of unparalleled entertainment.

July 26, 2014

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building

Combine one part glitz and glamour, with one part sleek and cool design engineering; add in some lovely ladies and you have a recipe for the hottest car show in North America. Showcasing over 400 modified sport compact cars from across North America and hosting various exhibitors and manufactures including accessories, performance parts and other car merchandise; this show has something for every car enthusiast alike.

July 26-27, 2014

The Guild Inn Gardens

The Guild Alive with Culture Art Festival is a two-day event featuring artists, vendors, music, and demonstrations. The festival showcases local talent in music, and visual arts, new eateries and more. Family friendly - there are also community groups, live entertainments and children's activities taking place.


Withrow Park

Withrow Park hosts the 20th season of the Dusk Dances festival. This year's event includes pieces by dance artists such as Susie Burpee, Melanie Kloetzal, and the Throwdown Collective. Choreographers of different dance backgrounds create ten-minute pieces inspired by the natural beauty around them. This outdoor dance festival takes places in various areas of the park as the sun sets. The event is open to anybody and audiences are encouraged to pay what they can.

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Downsview Park

Edgefest is back at Dowsnview Park with indie rockers The Lumineers, Band of Horses and more. Also on the roster are The Neighbourhood, Monster Truck, Mother Mother, Dinosaur Bones, Capital Cities, Wake Owl, July Talk, Twin Forks, Great Bloomers, Hey Marseilles, You Won't, Imaginary Cities, Lucius and The Terrible.This event is rain or shine.

July 31-August 3, 2014

Mosport International Raceway

Boots and Hearts music festival brings country music to the GTA. The three-day celebration brings international stars and up-and-coming acts together on stage, with nighttime partying and overnight camping available. This year's lineup features Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry and Dean Brody. The show is at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville.

August 2014

August 2, 2014

Yonge-Dundas Square

Now in it's 7th year, Voices Of the Nations is the annual celebration of diversity and unity for the Christian community in the city. Our purpose is to bring together believers from all cultures and denominations to bring hope to the lost through the power of Music. Taking place in the heart of the city we showcase the very best in Christian artists & Praise and Worship Teams. Voices of the Nations has been happening since 2006. Since its first edition the event has witnessed tremendous growth, with over 5000 people in attendance at last year's event alone. This growth has been recognized by the city of Toronto and endorsed by City Council members.

August 2-3, 2014

Downsview Park

VELD Music Festival brings electronic artists for a weekend concert at Downsview Park this August. This two-day event is rain or shine, and all tickets are for both days.

August 2-4, 2014

Milton, Ontario

Join us again for 3 glorious and exciting days in the Village of Dry Bluffs. All the Pirates are scurrying, busy chasing gold – in fact, anything and everything that glistens! Watch carefully, to discover what these have pirates tucked in their packs? Could it be sacks of gold, gems and stones? Treasure is as abundant as are tricky Pirate Thieves! Be On Guard! Watch your treasure ... Some treasure may be of great value, while some may be fool’s gold. Perhaps only the Chandler and the Chandler’s Wife can tell. For those who join us on Saturday night, the Captain’s Keg will present a fun and enjoyable evening full of glistening memories!

August 2-5, 2014

Harbourfont Centre

Island Soul celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging art forms, innovative expressions and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean.

August 7-10, 2014

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

African Fashion Week educates the public on African fashion while showcasing the work of African designers. In addition to runway shows, this event features designer competitions, workshops, seminars, exhibits and parties.

Several exhibitors from outside the fashion industry, including cosmetic and health food companies, will also be in attendance. New designers and students have the chance to show off their work and get feedback while mingling with some of the top professionals within the fashion industry.

August 8-10, 2014

Danforth Ave. East of Broadview Ave.

GreekTown Taste of the Danforth is one of Toronto's signature events, showcasing Hellenic cuisine and culture. You can enjoy mouth-watering Greek cuisine such as souvlaki and spanakopita. The festival also offers the multicultural tastes of the city. The street festival is in the heart of Toronto's GreekTown, and attracts hungry mouths from all over the world for this renowned street festival. They come for the food, the entertainment, the atmosphere, and to be Greek for the weekend! This festival is a must for food-lovers as samples of a variety of the ethnic dishes available at Greek Town restaurants are available for tasting. The event also includes two stages for bands, a Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyle Village, a midway, a sports area, a Beer Garden, a Martini Lounge and the Greek Wines Garden.

August 14-17, 2014

Main Street-Unionville

A free weekend of high-quality performances during the day and evening on August 14-17. To compliment the Main Stage events, "Hot Spots" (a variety of venues in Unionville and Markham) present fantastic jazz artists in a "Street Festival and Concert Environment'. Festival attendees can wander from venue to venue, soaking up the party atmosphere, the jazz music, and the historic beauty of the villages of Unionville and Markham- a truly a magical experience. The festival will highlight a large variety of music within the family of jazz. The festival committee has worked hard to recruit a wide range of diverse, interesting and well-known artists who will present jazz in all its forms.

August 16-17, 2014

Along Eglinton Ave. West corridor from Marlee Ave. to Dufferin Street

The York-Eglinton International Street Festival offers everyone a weekend of hot music and fun activities. Begin your weekend with music and a sidewalk sale on Eglinton Ave. West. On Saturday, live musical performances, dancers, street magicians, buskers, face painters, a kid zone, and a variety of vendors will take over the street and offer something for everyone! There'll be exciting giveaways, kids' activities, and more. Best of all, admission is FREE!


Nathan Phillips Square and Queens Park

The 11th annual TD IRIE Music Festival is a multi-media extravaganza featuring dance, visual art, spoken word and of course great music from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and North America. Dance from the African Diaspora, spoken word/literature, visual arts exhibition, film, food and drinks. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto, taking place in two great locations: Nathan Phillips Square and Queens Park.


Thomson Memorial Park

In honour of one of the most beloved parts of the cow, the Scarborough Ribfest celebrates its twelfth anniversary. Musical performances, midway rides, and games are on hand, along with karaoke competitions and an all day beer garden. Lots of different foods are also available like hot dogs, french fries, and corn on the cob, though ribs will be out in force. A number of vendors will be selling a wide variety of ribs, offering a way of tasting them you may have never experienced before. Parking is free parking and free shuttle buses are also on hand for anyone not able to make the drive.

August 21-24, 2014

Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood

There is much to celebrate at the 2013 Scotiabank BuskerFest - and that celebration will be taking place from Queen to College Streets on Yonge Street and nearby streets.

August 29-September 1, 2014

Mel Lastman Square

Splendid sounds, tempting treats and colorful culture that the Hispanic heritage is famous for is what's in store for you. Hispanic Fiesta features the best known local & International Hispanic performers covering 20 different countries that speak Spanish. More than 300 local, national and international performers will be taking part in the festival.

August 29-September 1, 2014

Distillery District

Artfest Toronto, in its 8th year, is emerging as one of Toronto's favorite summer art shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada's top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto.

September 2014

Harbourfront Centre

If there's one art form that defines the city of Toronto, it's cinema; many Hollywood flicks are shot here and we're home to one of the world's top-ranked film festivals, along with many smaller ones. Harbourfront Centre presents the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase, a large showcase of movies from the Caribbean diaspora. This 11-day September festival is a gold mine for film screenings and networking, as well as an opportunity to learn about contemporary Caribbean culture. It's only one of many weekend festivals that are taking place at Harbourfront Centre over the summer months, celebrating culture from all around the globe.

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Various Theatre Locations

The Toronto International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For ten days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent. The Toronto International Film Festival presents one of the world's largest annual showcases of Canadian film with the Canada First!, Short Cuts Canada and Canadian Open Vault programmes.


Memorial Park-Port Credit

The Blues Pavilion plays host to a fantastic line-up of acoustic and electric musicians. A large grassy seating area directly in front of the ground level stage provides the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the music. The Food Court and Beer Garden located nearby ensure you are well-fed and refreshed for the day. As the gateway to the Festival, Mississippi Dave de Eyre Square welcomes visitors to the festival with an eclectic mix of acoustic and electric performers. Great sound, wide-open spaces and clear sightlines create a comfortable viewing area to stop and enjoy the music.


Bloor Street (Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Rd)

Discover international cuisines, quality entertainers, a fresh food market, and celebrity chefs at a culinary theatre - all conveniently located at Royal York Station on the subway line. I mean, who can drive on a full stomach? This annual fall festival, presented by the Kingsway BIA that runs along Bloor Street West between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Rd., isn't the same old food festival - this is a culinary experience! Two main stages at either ends of Bloor Street feature continuous live entertainment from well-known artists, performers and musicians.

Over 200 exhibitors will be participating in this year's event along with the ever popular Scotiabank Dog Show, Rock Climbing Walls and Street Performers. .

Taste the food...feels the excitement......see you soon!


Harbourfront Centre

Regarded as the largest event of its kind in North America, the annual Vegetarian Food Festival gives you an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine.


Cabbagetown District (bounded by Parliament, Wellesley, Gerrard and Yonge)

The Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale is held each year during the Cabbagetown Festival and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival. The sale takes place on the weekend after Labour Day and attracts over 20,000 visitors to Riverdale Park West, in the heart of Toronto's historic Cabbagetown.


Historic Fort York

From children's toys to delicate works of art, model soldiers make up a diverse field, as shown by the existence of the Ontario Model Soldier Society. The organization holds its annual event, On Parade, at Historic Fort York for part of a Saturday, with displays of thousands of model soldiers and more.


Queen's Park

It's a party in the streets as thousands join in this year's Jesus in the City Parade, meeting at Queen's Park, for a day of music, worship and celebration. With a colourful display of banners, floats, biblical costumes, gospel music and more, the event aims to spread a message of peace, love and joy through the downtown streets. This year's festivities include a t-shirt design contest and multi-cultural kick-off concert.

Opera House

Spread the Metal Festival is a two-day festival featuring performances from Skull Fist, Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury and more. The two-day fest is in support of Kiva, a non-profit organization aiming to alleviate poverty. The first day of performances include heavy metal rockers, Answer With Metal, The Catalyst, Skull Fist, Suffocation, Augury, and Evertrapped. The final day showcases even more heavy metal bands like Nephelium, Hallows Die, Crimson Shawdows, Beheading of a King, Sanktuary, Edge of Attack and Agonist hit the stage.


Cold Creek Conservation Area, King Twp.

A leisurely, sumptuous experience celebrating the sustainable growth, preparation & consumption of organic food. Feast of Fields will be an afternoon of indulgence, featuring abundant samples of local wines, craft beers and farm-fresh organic delicacies created by top Southern-Ontario chefs.


Various Locations

Toronto Beer Week is back this year, with an even bigger celebration of beer in the city of Toronto. The weeklong event features some of the city's experts in the industry. Attendees have the opportunity to visit top restaurants, bars, breweries, markets and more to learn and appreciate the amber brew.Participating venues include Mill St. Brew Pub, the Monarch Tavern, Beer Bistro, Bar Hop, The Painted Lady and more. The Homebrew Competition is back as well, and features the best in homemade beers.


Bloor West Village

The Annual Toronto Ukrainian Festival in the Bloor West Village! The Toronto Ukrainian Festival is the largest Ukrainian street festival in North America showcasing the best of Ukrainian arts and culture. The Festival is free and provides an entertainment experience for the entire family.

For more information contact, phone: 416-410-9965


Roncesvalles Avenue / Queen St. West

Czesc! North America's largest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto's best neighbourhood! Now entering its eighth year, the Festival adds an old-world charm to today's Roncesvalles Village, well-known as one of Toronto's most vibrant, diverse and creative communities.

Mississauga Celebration Square

Everyone is welcome in this non-competitive cycling event which offers 30 km, 60 km and 100 km options and more! Discover Mississauga's hidden gems which can only be seen by bike!


Various Locations in Toronto

The fourth annual Canada's Walk of Fame Festival, is three days of music featuring some of Canada's most popular and iconic performers starting September 19 to September 21, 2013. The Festival is held at a variety of venues in downtown Toronto, most of them free. Audiences will enjoy a broad range of events, from Canada's most celebrated performers to exciting emerging artists breaking out onto the world stage.

JFL 42

Various Locations

Just For Laughs presents a new kind of interactive festival, JFL42. Over 10 days, there will be 42 'cool things' happening in the city, including art, comedy, music, dance, and more. One pass gives access to all 42 events, in a schedule decided by the audience. Smart phone users can select what they want to see and based on interest events can change locations or have an extra date added. This year's headliners are comedians Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and an edition of Family Guy Live. Other performers include Maria Bamford, Anthony Jeselnik, Hannibal Burress, John Mulaney, Jeanne Garofalo and Marc Maron. Each pass comes with four credits, which give access to the 42 shows. Use your smartphone to check in immediately before or after an event to earn back a credit and see even more events. Pass options include access to all three of the headliners, or to one headliner of your choosing


Montebello Park and various locations in and around St.Catharines, Ontario


Harbourfront Centre

The Pan American Food Festival takes over Harbourfront Centre for three days, showcasing the wide variety of culture throughout the Americas – North, South and Central. It's a chance to sample all sorts of international cuisine from various chefs and restaurants, while enjoying the art and music of the Western Hemisphere. The performers at the Pan American Food Festival include Alfredo De La Fe, Gran Cocina Latina with Maricel Presilla and Henry Vivel & Orchestra. It's only one of many weekend festivals that are taking place at Harbourfront Centre over the summer months, celebrating culture from all around the globe.


Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek's Annual Pioneer Harvest Festival celebrates the Mennonite and Pennsylvania-German pioneers with food, arts and crafts and activities for the whole family. Highlights of the festival include a quilt auction, featuring hand-made Mennonite quilts, horse-drawn wagon rides, demonstrations and various foods to eat there and take home.Demonstrations including apple pressing, butter churning, cheese making, sausage meaning, apple schnitzing and candle dipping, Food provided includes homemade pies, hand-made ice cream, apple butter, cheese curds, sausages and more.


Corso Italia

Corso Italia presents the Grapevine Festival, an annual street fair celebrating Italian culture and community in the heart of Toronto. From wine and cheese tasting to kids' activities and entertainment, this year's festival offers something for the whole family. The event takes over St. Clair Avenue between Dufferin and Lansdowne for a day of local and international music, food and drink.


Steam Whistle Brewing

Cities around the world love to observe their own versions of the famous German Oktoberfest festival, and Toronto is no exception, especially at the Steam Whistle Brewery. This year, the Brewery celebrates Oktoberfest for the third year, filling an entire Saturday with giant pretzels, sausages, sauce and, of course, Steam Whistle beer.

Steam Whistle founders Cam & Greg, along with Brewmaster Marek, start things off with a ceremonial keg-tapping; George Kash and the Oktoberfest Express host the festival. The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810 in Munich, with horse races; today, the Munich festival is a world-famous event that lasts 16 days.


Lakeshore Boulevard West

What better way to welcome in autumn with a carnival and shopping festival in the Lakeshore Village neighbourhood? Shop the Shore fills the area at Lakeshore West and Islington with fun for the whole family, complete with live music, food sampling, lots of kids' activities and plenty of shopping from local businesses.

Shop the Shore kicks off on the Friday evening with sidewalk sales, barbecue eats and a performance by The Homeless Band on 5th Street; Saturday offers a full day of music, plus a Kids Zone and Artists Zone. Face painting, rock climbing and prize giveaways add to the fun.


Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Since 2006, Kollaboration Toronto has been working to promote the art and entertainment of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community in the city, in contrast to traditional stereotypes. The collective is back with its annual talent show, which happens this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's John Bassett Theatre.

Founded in 2000 on Los Angeles, Kollaboration is a movement that has spread to 14 cities in Canada and the United States, including its Toronto launch in 2005. Among the established artists who've supported Kollaboration are Far East Movement, John Legend, Taboo, BoA, John Cho, Justin Chon and Grace Park.


Queen Street West from Bathurst to Roncesvalles

The Queen West Art Crawl began as a one-day event in 2003. Since then it has blossomed into a weekend-long festival of creativity and community. Our goal is to celebrate and cultivate the unique character, diversity and ethos of Queen West-a natural habitat for individual artists, arts organizations, artist run centres and businesses that promote art and culture.


Evergreen Brick Works

The 2014 Toronto Garlic Festival is for garlic farmers and urban gardeners, food lovers and chefs, and herbalists and chocolatiers to meet and mingle under one roof.-Buy Ontario garlic direct from garlic farmers. Taste delicious food dishes from Thai, French, Italian, Mexican and other cuisines. Watch garlic cooking demos, and taste the difference local farming makes.

Hear about the health benefits of garlic. Take home a selection of rare and heirloom garlic varieties to plant in your garden, including Czech Broadleaf, Spanish Roja, Russian, Romanian Red, Korean, Italian, and many more. Go to our website for pre-festival garlic activities throughout the summer. Cost: $10, Children Free. Prepared food and crafts for sale. For more information 416-888-7829


Queen's Park

Celebrate reading, writing, and literacy at Canada's largest book and magazine festival: The Word on the Street. Visit any of the 250 book, magazine, and literacy exhibitor booths to discover new writers, new publications, and new talent. Take in readings, ask questions, and get your books signed by almost 200 authors, performers, and storytellers. Enjoy great programming all day at any one of 18 performance venues, which include a Bestsellers Stage, Children's Activity Tent, and the Wordshop: The Place for Writers. Last year more than 200,000 people enjoyed The Word on the Street; come see what all the type is about!


Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village presents A Spirited Affair, a celebration of beer, whiskey and wine of the 1860s and 1920s. The event allows guests to experience the drinks and social cultures of the time periods, with live music, a silent auction, fun games and Charleston dancing. Guests are immersed in the late 1800s and the 1920s as they are able to interact with characters while sampling gourmet food paired with beer, whiskey and wine.


Various Locations

The Toronto Palestine Film Festival begins with several pre-festival screenings leading up to the Film Festival. Salt of this Sea is screened outdoors on July 5, prefacing the Festival's programming with a 2008 romantic drama that follows one woman's return home.

The unreleased film program includes a variety of films as well as special, non-film programming. With multiple locations, the festival is a non-profit, volunteer-run initiative that also hosts cultural events outside of the annual festival.


Artscape Wychwood Barns

With the bounty of Ontario's fresh harvest and the talents of local chefs, the creation of soups is the perfect opportunity to showcase Ontario's culinary, agricultural, environmental and social connections in a fun and tasty way! Soupalicious is presented by the Plant a Row.

Grow a Row program: Building upon the long standing traditions of gardeners loving to share their harvest with those in need, Plant a Row: Grow a Row is a national initiative that encourages folks to grow an extra row of food and share extras from their harvest with those in need. The program is spearheaded by The Compost Council of Canada and Garden Writers Association, with the support from local food banks. The roots of Soupalicious began in Toronto during the late 1990s and Compost Week celebrations when the story, Stone Soup, was read on top of a compost pile.

October 2014
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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche


Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event. For one sleepless night experience Toronto transformed by artists. The familiar will be discarded as the city becomes the artistic playground for a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences. One night only. All night long. All free.


The 8th Annual Toronto Chocolate Festival celebrates everything chocolate. Signature features of the festival include The Luxury Chocolate Show, The ChocElite Dinner+ Show and The Chocolate Ball.


Various Locations in Toronto

The Toronto International Flamenco Festival, features very talented Canadian and International Flamenco artists. The festival also includes workshops in dance and music.


Bloor Cinema

TORONTO AFTER DARK: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival!


Harbourfront Centre

The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) brings together the best writers in contemporary world literature.


South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Creativ Festival is trend spotting, inspiration, new products, spectacular shopping, hands-on conference workshops, industry experts, how-tos, make €˜n takes, seminars, fashion, style & trunk shows, exquisite displays, meet and greets (tv hosts, authors, designer and artist), door pizes and more. It's where you go to get the insider tips, trade secrets and stay-in-the know on what's hot, what's new and what's next in the world of sewing, knitting, beading, quilting, needlework, paper crafts and more!

Cited as "one of the best" in the July/August €˜03 issue of Vogue Patterns, the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival was established in 1988. Here you can learn how to put your own one-of-a-kind stamp on everything from clothes and curtains to greeting cards and accessories. From embellishing off-the-rack-items to constructing custom clothing and jewellery, the Festival is known all over the world as the premier consumer show for creative individuals who craft-it or create-it themselves.


Nathan Philips Square

The parade of bloodthirsty monsters starts at Trinity Bellwoods, where Torontonians put on their best dead faces for prizes and post-walk "flesh feasting. The dead will rise for the annual Toronto Zombie Walk!! Last year nearly 6000 corpses writhed, weaved and lurched their way through the streets of Toronto feasting on those unlucky enough to be living.
November 2014

Direct Energy Centre


Roy Thomson Hall

The Toronto LUXURY CHOCOLATE SHOW celebrates everything chocolate under one roof. A diverse array of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products will be featured. Various vendors will be displaying, sampling and selling their fine chocolate products at show prices, just in time for the holiday season.


The Workman Theatre Project, 1001 Queen Street West

Rendezvous with Madness is the world's first and longest running film festival dedicated to showcasing cinematic representations of mental health, addiction and recovery. Each screening is followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the filmmaking community, mental health professionals, and people recovering from mental illness and/or addiction. Showcasing independent Canadian and International work, the festival has screened to tens of thousands of people over the last nineteen years. Now in its 20th year you are invited to submit new films and videos in all genres that touch on issues of mental health and/or addiction.

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Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W

Celebrity guests, a fine wine tasting lounge, a Food Network stage, a spiritology pavilion and an extensive food and beverage exhibitor showcase are highlights of this annual event, which offers ample opportunities to sample gourmet foods and wines from around the globe.


Toronto and Richmond Hill


TIFF Lightbox
Royal Ontario Museum
Al Green Theatre

Don't miss five full days of film screenings, galas, industry series, panels, school program and free children's films during Canada's largest environmental film festival. With approximately 70 Canadian and international films to choose from, and filmmakers from all over the world, festival-goers have a chance to get up close and personal with those that are helping to shine a light on the stories and issues that matter most. Be entertained and inspired in October!

Nathan Phillips Square

Fabulous fireworks, magnificent music and dazzling lights - the annual Toronto Cavalcade of Lights features wonderful combination of these electrifying actions, right in the heart of the city centre.The Cavalcade of Lights kick-starts Toronto's festive holiday season with the sparkling illumination of Nathan Phillips Square and city's official Christmas tree in the final weekend of November.
December 2014
December 31
New Year's Eve

Nathan Phillips Square
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** NOTE: Please note all dates and locations for 2014 Toronto festivals remain to be confirmed; unless otherwise stated. These are approximate dates based on previous year.
January 2015
January -February 2015
Various Toronto Restaurants

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The WinterCity Festival wouldn't be complete without Toronto's favourite winter gastronomic celebration. Now in its eighth delicious year, Winterlicious again offers two popular programs for you to savour.

More information:

January (2015)
Xuan Tha Huong-Vietnamese New Year Festival 2015
Hall 3, 4-International Trade Centre

Vietnamese Association, Toronto (VAT) in partnership with Thoi Bao Community Fund is organizing the Annual Lunar New Year Festival (Tet Festival 2013)-the Year of Dragon

February 2015
February 2015
Harbourfront Centre

The public can explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians in music, comedy, dance, food, film, panel discussions, spoken word, visual arts, family activities and more.

Harbourfront Centre celebrates African Heritage Month with two weekends full of lively entertainment. Most events are free.

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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents

Canada's premiere experimental performance 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 (Family Day Weekend) 2015
Toronto's Kidsfest

Hall 4, International Centre

Kidsfest in Canada's Largest Indoor Inflatable Show. Bounce, laugh, play, run and scream in 50,000 sq. ft. of some of 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 2015
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Canadian Music Fest features over 800 new local and international artists showcased in 55 venues in Toronto's city centre. Tickets and wristband are available for purchase at Ticketmaster, TicketBreak, Rotate This, Soundscapes, KOP Records and

Your wristband gets you access to Canadian Music Fest showcases, film screenings, exclusive gigs, afternoon shows, club nights and after parties. For public queries please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Canadian Music Fest website:
All Canadian Music Fest shows are 19 and over – unless stated all ages. The schedule will be updated frequently-so check the site often for up-to-the-minute information and announcements.

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Since 1989, the New Ideas Festival has showcased never-before-produced short scripts, in an engaging mix of stories and styles. This annual juried festival also affords the audience an opportunity to give feedback to writers, directors and actors.

More information:

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