The festival season is here. Toronto is opening its gates to the tourists and festival junkies seeking fun at various events scattered through the month and the city. We picked the six best events you shouldn’t overlook even if you are Toronto’s resident or just passing by. And if you know about an event we didn’t include but should, don’t hesitate to let us and our readers know in the comments!
Toronto Fireworks by Tibor Kovacs
Canada Day Celebrations at Harbourfront Centre
Date: July 1 – 3
Location: Harbourfront Centre
Come celebrate Canada Day with music, some history and fireworks. The spectacular three day celebration will take stage at central waterfront and bring you weekend full of fun. You can come listen to Chloe Charles, Nomadic Massive, Okavango African Orchestra and many more talented artists from Canada and beyond. At Friday visitors can even meet beloved children’s entertainers they might remember from childhood: Sharon & Bram.
Pride Toronto by Stephen Weppler
Date: July 3
Location: Church St and Bloor St
Come celebrate glorious diversity that is characteristic for our city right on the streets of Toronto. Everyone is welcomed to join the Pride march or cheer from the side lines for equality and have fun at various events and parties that accompany the Parade. So march out proudly because Pride Month will end with a bang at 35th annual celebration of LGBTQA+ community: The Toronto Pride Parade.
Toronto Caribana by Roberto Baca
Caribana: Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
Date: July 5 – 31
Location: Various Locations in Toronto
Admission: Most events Free. Ticketed events might vary.
Another festival that celebrates diversity of Toronto is taking place from 5th July for three weeks of spectacular shows and events. Caribbean Carnival is the largest festival in North America that celebrates the music, cuisine and arts of the Caribbean region. Every year this spectacular celebration heaths city with music, food and costumes from Latino culture. Get excited about Caribana Grand Parade, Annual Gala, Junior Carnival or King and Queen show!
Summerlicious by Andrew Nguyen
Date: July 8 – 24
Location: Various restaurants around Toronto
Admission: $18 – $48
Summerlicious is an exclusive opportunity to sample a wide variety of Toronto’s diversified cuisine through special three-course prix-fixe menus. You can book your seat in one of the announced restaurants and enjoy the new tastes of Toronto at exceptional value with great company. Participate in photo contest, try all the restaurants you can manage in one week or simply book just the one you always wanted to try. You have more than 220 choices available.
Veld Music Festival by Shawn Tron
VELD Music Festival
Date: July 30 – 31
Location: Downsview Park
Admission: $159.50 – $229.50
VELD Music Festival is weekend full of the hottest artists on the electronic music scene playing together exclusively in Toronto. You can experience concerts with headliners: The Chainsmokers, Deadmau5, Flume, Kygo, DVBBS, Travis Scott and many more artists as the festival is listing more than 30 names on the line up spread across the two days.
Murder at the ROM
Date: Every July and August weekend
Location: Royal Ontario Museum
If you ever dreamed as a kid about being a detective, now is your chance. Come to the Royal Ontario Museum to crack the Murder Mystery scavenger hunt of your life. Urban Capers created two-and-a-half-hour long mysterious hunt that lets the players explore clues scattered throughout the museum to find out who murdered the curator. The price of the tickets also includes admission to the Royal Ontario Museum so you can explore the exhibitions later after the game.