Toronto Summer Festivals You Need to Attend

Summer 2017 will be anything but boring



Pick a festival, any festival. Toronto’s summer event game is strong this year. Between music, food, and performing arts, your weekends will be packed.

CBC Music Festival Echo Beach
Saturday, May 27

This festival features an all-Canadian lineup of musicians. The headliners are Serena Ryder and Walk Off The Earth.

Credit: CBC Media Centre

Pride Toronto Various Locations
June 1-25

Show your rainbow-coloured pride at one of the world’s largest pride festivals. Pride Toronto lasts almost the entire month of June for a reason!

Bestival Woodbine Park
June 11-12

The Bestival lineup includes the best musical talent in the world, as well as performances from local up-and-comers.


Luminato Festival Various Locations
June 14-25

This performing art, visual art, dance, theatre, and music festival is entering its second decade in Toronto. If you want to feel artsy, stop by one of the performances.

Credit: Luminato

Taste of Toronto Garrison Common at Fort York Historic Site
June 15-18

A foodie’s dream! Taste of Toronto is a world renowned food festival, bringing the best chefs to town. Taste prepared dishes, or try making your own after a cooking demonstration or mixology class.

Electric Island Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island
Saturday, July 1; Monday, August 7; Sunday, September 3; Monday, September 4

Recurring on long weekends throughout the summer, Electric Island is one of Toronto’s hottest summer parties. Arrive by Ferry to take in two stages of electronic music, food trucks, and island partying.


OVO Fest Echo Beach
July (dates TBA)

Drake’s annual music festival. Details are still TBA, but previous years brought some of our favourite performers to The Six: Remember when Eminem, Rihanna, Jay Z, and Kanye were here?

Credit: The Come Up Show

Bud Light Dreams Music Festival Echo Beach
July 7-8

Digital Dreams got a makeover this year. It will be recreated as Dreams Music Festival, but will feature the same iconic stages and electronic music.

Beaches International Jazz Festival Various Locations
July 7-30

Jazz Lovers get to indulge in a few weeks of music in Toronto this summer.

Credit: Pascal Subtil

Toronto Fringe Festival Various Locations
July 5-16

Toronto’s largest theatre festival celebrates underrepresented voices, indie talent, including local and worldwide performers.

Credit: The City of Toronto

UNITY Festival Various Locations
July 12-15

UNITY Festival celebrates all things hip-hop: beatbox, dance, and spoken word.

Credit: Carlo Alberto Della Siega

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Nathan Phillips Square
July 14-16

It’s an accessible, outdoor gallery, a community fair, and a collector’s dream weekend. Expect hundreds of new artists with new pieces to show off at this summer’s Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

Credit: Paul Bica

Toronto’s Festival of Beer Exhibition Place
July 28-30

As if you needed another excuse to drink beer. Except this Beer Fest also involves music and dancing.

Credit: Alan Levine

Veld Music Festival Downsview Park
August 5-6

Those who missed Dreams Festival get another chance to dance to electronic music at Veld in August.

Krinos Taste of the Danforth Greek Town
August 11-13

Eat your heart out in Greek Town. When you’re full, check out the street performances and musicians!

Credit: Charles Willgren

Toronto International Buskerfest Woodbine Park
September 1-4

Spontaneity is the key to this festival. Performers will put on their shows multiple times throughout the weekend. When and where is up in the air!

Credit: Kamyar Adl


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