Canadian National Exhibition
“Ex” is an 18-day extravaganza with 65 rides on a frenetic midway,
themed pavilions, performers of all kinds – from musicians to dancers to
jugglers – nightly fireworks, and a dazzling international airshow
starring the world-renowned Canadian Air Force Snowbirds.
Airshow, Canadian National Exhibition
national holiday observes the anniversary of the founding of Canada, in
1867. Festivities include free concerts at Nathan Phillips Square and
Children celebrating Canada Day
multiculturalism is celebrated under one roof at the Metro Convention
Centre, each pavilion representing a different culture. Dancing, music,
food, and more.
Metro Convention Centre
255 Front St W
416 585 8134
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
America’s largest indoor exhibition of agriculture features all manner
of farm animals and products. Horticulture and equestrian shows, and
Horse show, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Toronto International Carnival
began as Caribana, a local celebration of Caribbean culture, is now
North America’s largest street festival, as revelers enjoy island food
to rhythmic beats. The highlight is the parade along Lake Shore Blvd:
costumed dancers strut their stuff to soca, played by exuberant steel
bands atop colorful floats.
Milk International Children’s Festival
find family entertainment galore at this mainly free festival for kids.
Performances of dance, music, theater, and puppetry will enchant the
Toronto WinterCity Festival
festival fills two mid-winter weeks with lots of reasons to head
outdoors, among them kids’ events, circus performances, concerts, and
fireworks. Many top attractions and restaurants offer special discounts.
Toronto WinterCity Festival
best in contemporary and classic children’s film is presented in this
satellite of the Toronto International Film Festival. Features and
shorts are geared to ages 3 to 18. Workshops offer kids a
behind-the-scene glimpse of moviemaking.
Toronto Festival of Storytelling
ages are invited to listen as storytellers weave tales at venues around
the city. This multicultural celebration of the oral tradition includes
free and ticketed events, workshops, and films.
Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
from around the world compete in a race at Centre Island – the climax
of the two-day Dragon Boat festival, the largest outside Asia.
Performances, crafts, and food too.
Top 10 Festivals
Toronto’s most interesting and unusual buildings open the doors to the public.
A celebration of queer culture culminating with an outlandish parade that takes over the streets.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
The sounds of jazz, blues, and zydeco fill the air at this free streetfest as dozens of bands vie for attention.
International Festival of Authors
Top international writers join Canada’s best for readings and interviews.
Toronto International Film Festival
Screenings and parties till you drop at North America’s premier film event.
Black History Month
Art exhibits, award ceremonies, and films to celebrate and educate.
A window on presenters’ regular seasons of dance, theatre, film, and visual arts.
Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival
Some of the most experimental theater in the city.
Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists
Vanguard performances run the gamut from flamenco and buthoh to modern contact.
Santé: Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival
Celebrity winemakers and the city’s best chefs join forces to offer tastings, food pairings, and seminars.