Popular Toronto Events
A Taste of the Danforth
Held in August of each year, The Taste of the Danforth is the perfect festival for foodies. It is the ultimate showcase of the Greek culture and food of the Danforth. In recent years the festival has expanded to include food from other cultures in the area, giving it more of an international feel. With the event regularly attracting about 1 million people the event has become a staple and highlight of the cities summer festival schedule.
Winterlicious is a popular food festival that is held each February in Toronto, typically during the low times for restaurants. Restaurants across the city take part in the event and offer a limited menu of prix fixe lunch and dinners at a discount to patrons. More than 150 restaurants participate, and a similar event, Summerlicious, is held in July.
Toronto Jazz Festival
If you are a fan of music, you don’t want to miss the Toronto Jazz Festival. Taking place over 10 days in June and July each summer, the event is spread out among various venues across the downtown core. Attracting more than half a million people each year, it is Toronto second largest music festival. Whether you like bop, fusion, avant-garde or any other style of jazz music, you will be able get your groove on during the festival.
If you are into cars, this is the event for you. The Honda Toronto Indy has become one of the premier summer events in the city. Held annually at Exhibition Place, it is one of the most challenging and unique races of the year for Indy drivers. Thousands of people come down each year to hear the rev of the engine and see these awesome machines in person. With lots of events and promotions held throughout the week, it is great family fun.
Now known as Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Festival, Caribana is a festival of Caribbean culture. It is North America’s largest street festival, showcasing Caribbean/West Indian culture and it attractions more than 1 million tourists to the area each year. Known for its vibrant and entertaining parade, it features costumed dancers, live Caribbean music, and much more. The festival also features many other events including the annual gala, concerts, king and queen competition, carnival island and much more.
Canadian National Exhibition / The “Ex”
The Canadian National Exhibition is an institution in Toronto. It’s the sign that summer is coming to an end and Labour Day is upon us. With well over 1 million visitors each year, patrons take in the carnival shows, enjoy the rides, try their hand at carnival games, check out concerts, and try interesting food creations. The Ex also features a number of events and competitions, displays, shopping and much more. It is the perfect place for the entire family to enjoy before the school year starts up again.