Cool Events & Festivals in Toronto

Festivals in Toronto are all year round. This is a city that has so many cultural events and celebrations that reflect the city's diversity. These festivities are fun, exciting, colorful and awesome showcases of dances, music, camaraderie and food. With 200 ethnic group and 130 languages with a population of five million, cool festivities are all year round, big or small. No culture is left behind in this city who values cultural differences.

List of Toronto Festivals



  • Canadian International Autoshow
  • Winter City
  • Mcluhan International Festival of the Future


  • Winter Salsa Carnival
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • L 'Oreal Fashion Week
  • Canadian Music Week


  • Annual Canada Life CN Tower Climb for WWF-Canada
  • Easter Day Parade
  • Sporting Life 10K
  • Hot Docs (Documentary Film Festival)
  • Khalsa Day Parade
  • Markland Wood (Environmental Day Clean-up)
  • Sprockets Toronto Film Festivals for Children


December Festivals in Toronto

  • Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival
  • Doors Open Toronto
  • Science Rendezvous
  • Contact Toronto Photography Festivals
  • Anime North
  • Markland Wood Annual Community Garage Sale
  • Walk for Values


  • Luminato
  • Barbados on the Water Festival
  • North by Northeast
  • Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
  • MuchMusic Video Awards
  • Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival
  • Art of Jazz Celebration
  • Fete de la Musique (World Music Day)
  • Taste of Little Italy


  • Celebrate Canada Day on July 1st and take in the fireworks at Ontario Place and at Ashbridge’s Bay in the Beaches.
  • Pride Parade - (July 3, 2011) Join the 1.3 million people celebrating the biggest Pride Parade in North America (Hello, California, don't argue!).
  • Toronto Fringe Festival. Watch a show. This is one of the best in the world and Toronto’s largest theatre festival. It hosts over 800 local and international artists performing in over 135 unique productions.
  • Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place
  • Mutahdi’s Drumming Festival. Dance to the drum beat at Queen’s Park.
  • Caribana Festival - This is North America's largest and most colourful street dance celebration.
  • Lantern Festival. This is a traditional Chinese celebration for family. Don't forget to grab a bit of mooncakes - for prosperity and luck.
  • Beaches International Jazz Festival
  • Summerlicious
  • Corso Italia
  • Just for Laughs Festival. Laugh yourself silly at plenty of free events day and night.


  • The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE or "the Ex"). This is a tradition founded in 1879. This is one of the festivals in Toronto where children would love to go. This 18-day fair attracts over 1.25 million people annually. It is the largest annual fair in Canada.
  • The Taste of Danforth - (August 5, 6 & 7, 2011) Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Jones Avenues will be closed to traffic and transformed into a fantastic street party for 3 days! Everyone is Greek during this food feast!
  • The Mabuhay Philippines Toronto Summer Festival
  • Festival of South Asia
  • Muslim Fest
  • Toronto International Dance Festival
  • The Junction Arts Fest. This is the city's best kept secrets.
  • Toronto Buskerfest - the most entertaining street performers from around the world gather in the St. Lawrence market area to perform for the charitable people of this generous city. Admission is free but a donation to Epilepsy Toronto is appreciated.
  • Waterfront Night Market - Taste all food Asian. Yummy.
  • Toronto's Beer Festival. Canada’s largest beer festival featuring over 250 brands of beer. Get hammered. Cheers!


  • The Canadian International Air Show
  • Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) - See the stars and their films. A lot of the films premiered / shown here got the Oscar nods.
  • Cabbagetown Fall Festival. Get some trinkets, arts and crafts for your boring living room or bedroom.
  • Virgin Festival. It's a fantastic 2-day rock festival in Toronto Island.
  • Word on the Street
  • AIDS Walk for Life
  • Queen West Art Crawl
  • Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair. Excite your taste buds with vegetarian fare. The festival features cooking workshops, as well as plenty of delicious food.
  • The Clothing Show


  • Nuit Blanche Toronto - This is the city's trademark event that's born here. It's a full night of contemporary art and performance in three zones across the city bringing artists from around the world. Staying up all night is recommended.
  • The Toronto Marathon
  • Toronto Fashion Week
  • International Festival of Authors
  • Zombie Walk - Join and dressed as a zombie---and walk around the city in such ghastly appearance--- a week before the Halloween night.


  • The Toronto Santa Claus Parade - Start the Christmas season by welcoming the jolly, old man, Santa!
  • Cavalcade of Lights - Be dazzled by the 100,000 energy-efficient LED lights. It's TO's way to kick-off the start of the Christmas season.
  • Aboriginal Festival
  • Meet the Europeans (Toronto European Film Festival)
  • Downsview Trail of Lights