10 Summer Festivals In Toronto For 2015

Above (clockwise): Toronto Pride, Taste Of Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition and the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
Above (clockwise): Toronto Pride, Taste Of Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition and the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival

The weather is heating up in downtown Toronto, and with it, more reasons to check out everything the city has to offer. Sure you could go out and explore things without an itinerary, but you’d be missing out on some amazing events a few blocks over. If you’re heading into Toronto this summer, here are the stops you need to make.

NXNE – June 17 to 21
nxne.com
Every year, NXNE brings together some of the most exciting musicians, movies, and comedians from around the globe. Aside from big headliners, local talent gets a nice spotlight and rarely do they fail to deliver. If grabbing a PBR and catching your favorite indie band is up your alley, go grab tickets before they’re all sold out.

Luminato – June 19 to 28
luminatofestival.com
One of the city’s greatest art festivals, Luminato showcases some unique installations and performances. There are hubs around the city, culminating with a spectacle at the ACC, featuring performances by St. Vincent and David Byrne.

Pride – June 19 to 28
pridetoronto.com
Pride is one big party. Every year, Toronto Pride hosts one of the largest LGBTQ2 celebrations in the entire world. The week is packed with a variety of events. Of course, the th, but the can’t miss dates are the three parades, starting with the Trans* March on the 26th.

Taste of Toronto – July 2-5
tasteoftoronto.com
Looking for great food after Canada Day? Taste of Toronto wants you to eat the best food for the best price. With great deals at some of the city’s best restaurants, you can start with El Caballito. Go grab your tickets, and capitalize on the special event pricing.

Toronto Fringe Festival – July 1 to 12
fringetoronto.com
Fancy yourself a theatre connoisseur? Maybe you enjoy comedy, drama, or one person shows? Well you’re just in luck. For over twenty years, Fringe has collected some of the best shows from aspiring actors and playwrights. It’s sure to be an incredible week. Go check out the website and find a show that stands out. Maybe it’s at the Factory Theatre?

Beaches International Jazz Festival – July 10 to 26
beachesjazz.com
While jazz is at the forefront of this event, it’s not the only reason to purchase tickets. It sure helps to have an excuse to spend more time outdoors. The Beaches Jazz Festival will start just as the city’s weather is at its peak. With games, vendors, and of course, live music, the fest is great trip for the whole family.

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival – July 30 to August 2
torontocaribbeancarnival.com
Thousands of tourists flock to the Caribbean Carnival. If you’re looking to take a trip down to Jamaica, Trinidad, or the Bahamas, you might as well visit Toronto. Featuring delicious food, colorful costumes, and upbeat music, the event is the best excuse to drive north of the border.

Krinos Taste of the Danforth – August 7 to 9
tasteofthedanforth.com
Torontonians are incredibly lucky. Our communities boast some amazing cultural influences, and thankfully, we have days to celebrate that. The Taste of the Danforth is a great way to spend a weekend. If you’re looking to experience Greece, right here at home, look no further than the Danforth. Conveniently located near Pape subway station, the festival is filled with traditional food, art and much, much more.

Scotiabank Buskerfest – August 27 to 30
torontobuskerfest.com
Fire eaters, jugglers, dancers, clowns, you name it. Buskerfest highlights some of the wackiest and most intriguing acts around the city. If you’re looking to be shocked, amazed, or have a good laugh, stop by Yonge-Dundas Square at the end of August. You won’t be disappointed.

Canadian National Exhibition – August 21 to September 7
theex.com
Toronto’s summer festivities close out with a massive carnival party. Popcorn, rollercoasters, prizes, the CNE is a bittersweet goodbye to the holiday that was. It’s great way to treat the kids and it’s especially great for a date. Who doesn’t love winning a stuffed animal? We sure do.

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan is a writer from Toronto. His favourite things in the world are music, movies, and mini dachshunds. Give him a follow on Twitter at @aidandaoust, where he’ll also accept your mixtape submissions.

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