Summer is here, the time of festivals, amphitheatre concerts and some outdoor fun. If you are not in a rush to get out of the city for the summer and you’re looking for some great tips to spend your time while in Toronto we have this great list for you. Please let us know in the comments if you have any other suggestions or if you find some event you are really looking forward to and you think we should mention it!
Photo by Lula
Date: June 1 – 10
Location: Lula Lounge
Admission: $8 to $30
Come and experience 11 days of Latin, Brazilian, jazz music, and contemporary salsa. Lulaworld festival reflects the year at Lula Lounge, the hottest Toronto place to enjoy live Latin music and great food and drinks. At Lulaworld you can experience the best of Lula, like Dailyn Martinez, Roberto Linares Brown, Roicel Riveron and so much more. The entry is free at some of the concerts, but you have to get there before 8 p.m.
Photo by Barbara Cole
Le Petit Prince
Date: June 4 – 12
Location: The National Ballet of Canada
Admission: $37 to $265
One of the most beloved novels among kids and adults alike is making its debut at Toronto’s ballet scene. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) from the pen of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is one of the most beautiful tales ever written. Inspired by its power, Guillaume Côté, The National Ballet of Canada’s Principal Dancer, adapted the story into his first full-length ballet. You can experience it for the first time at its World premiere right here in Toronto.
Photo by Niagara Wine Fest
Niagara New Vintage Festival
Date: June 11 – 19
Location: Various Locations in Niagara
Admission: $30 to $80
Come and have a sip of Niagara! Not the river of course, but the wine from the Niagara Wine Festivals. The New Vintage Festival is the time when Niagara opens its cellar doors to public. Come and taste the best from their award-wining winemakers, learn something about your favourite wines and try some of the best culinary pairings. What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with glass of wine in your hand?
Photo by Mississauga Waterfront Festival
Date: June 17 – 19
Location: Port Credit Memorial Park
Every year, the Mississauga’s Waterfront hosts a few days full of sun, culture and family fun. Your kids can enjoy some family-friendly sports activities, arts and crafts corner, or a carnival. For the adult visitor, the festival offers various performers, artisans and several food vendors. If you are interested you can also engage with some of the outreach programs from charitable and non-profit organizations.
Photo by Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band
Date: June 19
Location: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Admission: $50 to $95
Currently one of the biggest selling acts in North America, “The Dave Matthews Band”, is heading to Toronto. Since their first studio release more than 20 years ago they sold over 30 million records worldwide. The band is known for their annual summer-long tours that include lengthy improvisations and reeditions of their most famous songs. Year 2016 is no different. They will perform songs such as “Crash into Me,” “Ants Marching,” and “The Space Between.”
Photo by ROM
Date: June 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Location: Royal Ontario Museum
Admission: up to $33
The Royal Ontario Museum is hosting an unforgettable exhibition of Dale Chihuly, master of glass. Dale Chihuly revolutionized sculpture and glassblowing by turning his works of art into large scale installation full of colours and light. Despite becoming blind in one eye and an accident that dislocated his shoulder and left him unable to blow the glass himself, he didn’t stop creating. And with the help from his team, he brings his beautiful and unique work to Toronto.