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December 18, 2014

Toronto Festivals - June 2014

Remember: Please ALWAYS check with website for exact dates, etc. as details may change after the listing is posted here. More festivals will be posted once dates have been confirmed.

Festivals you missed:

SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival

May 30-Jun 1, 2014

This is Canada’s premiere a cappella festival, dedicated to celebrating Canadian and International vocal artists, and joined in collaboration by the same goal: to illustrate that the voice knows no limits – knows no constraints of genre, language or cultural background; to inspire and educate today’s youth; and to foster a new and revitalized patronage for the vocal arts.

Dundas West Fest

Jun 7, 2014: 11am–10pm

Dundas West Fest logoDundas West Fest is back again this year!

In collaboration with the Dundas West BIA & the Little Portugal BIA. Enjoy a full day of arts, music, kids' activities, food, drink and shopping!

This year, there is an outdoor stage (Sheridan and Dundas Streets) where you can enjoy FREE live music - it's part of Lulaworld (Line-up).

Pape Village SummerFest

Jun 7, 2014: 11am-3pm

Enjoy great food, sidewalk sales, rides, inflatables, face painting, skateboard and BMX demos and more at the annual Pape Village SummerFest!

link to SummerFest poster

Downtown Milton Street Festival

Jun 7, 2014: Noon-11pm

The Downtown Milton Street Festival has 3 stages of live entertainment and one performance area, featuring over 40 performing artists who will present live music, comedy and demonstrations. There will be music for all tastes and all ages, including folk, jazz, rock, easy listening, blues, big band, Celtic, country and much more!

Birkdale Art in the Park

Jun 7, 2014: 10am-4pm

Art in the Park is an annual one-day outdoor community arts festival that is held in the Birkdale Ravine. Artists will have the opportunity to connect with the community, display their work and discuss ideas and practices.

Art in the Park is open to all artists working in fine art and crafts.

Riverside Eats & Beats StreetFEST

Jun 7, 2014: 1-6pm

There will be numerous event destination points with live music, and entertainment including: cooking demos, belly dancing workshops, instrument making, kid’s crafts, henna tattoos, food and art walking tours as well as local eateries serving tasting plates. There's also the Riverdale Art Walk - a 2-day (June 7-8), public art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in retail spaces, artist’s studios and Jimmie Simpson Park.

Riverside extends from the DVP to just past Degrassi Street along Queen Street East.

Annual Riverdale Art Walk

Jun 7-8, 2014: 11am-6pm

The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, this 2-day public fine art exhibition showcases established and emerging artists in retail spaces, artists’ studios and Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district.

Mateca Arts Festival

Jun 7-8, 2014: 11am-11pm

Mateca logoThe Mateca Arts Festival (MAF), is a festival of World Music and Multi-Disciplinary Arts with a strong Latin American identity. It includes eclectic musicians, dancers & visual artists, with both National & International presentations.

directional map of Burwash Quad Park

The visual art exhibition will be displayed both indoors at the Alumni Hall and outdoors at the park. This year's theme is "Earth & Water".

Live music and performances will be on the Main Stage (11am-11pm).

Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival

Jun 7-8, 2014

Taste the 4th Annual Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival as a lifestyle, with food demos and samples from Toronto's leading raw/vegan chefs. This festival brings to life a community that offers the taste, feel and fun of a healthy, cruelty-free and eco-friendly lifestyle.

The Festival has 13 speakers, including two world-class international endurance athletes, and over 60 exhibitors, including making cheese from nuts.

Raw Vegan poster

NEW THIS YEAR: Acro yoga which combines circus and yoga movements to bring the latest trend in partner yoga with different postures: and a fashion show with active cotton that that pulls moisture from the skin for more comfort and breathability.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Tim Van Oeden (the running man)
Times: Sat (10am-8pm)  ||  Sun (10am-4pm).

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival

Jun 7-8, 2014: 10am-8pm

This is an annual event that celebrates the drum, its universality as an art form, and its cultural relevance today in communities around the world.

The 2014 festival will celebrate their 15th anniversary. Where all cultures come together, drumming and dancing to one beat! 40+ local and national Drum Groups, Long & McQuade Drum Zone, interactive area and much more.

Toronto Taste

Jun 8, 2014 - ONE EVENING ONLY

Bringing together the city's most celebrated chefs, vintners and breweries, Toronto Taste is the fundraiser connoisseurs anticipate all year.

Taste of Toronto logo

It will feature 70 of the city’s top chefs and celebrated beverage purveyors all coming together to share their love of food and raise funds to support Second Harvest’s food rescue program. Must be 19 years of age or older to attend.

Annex Festival on Bloor

Jun 8, 2014: 11am-6pm

There's a Street Parade (12:30pm-1:10pm) from both ends of Bloor Street-Spadina Avenue. Live music on the Tranzac Stage, Brunswick/Bloor (1:15–6:00 pm) which is broadcast LIVE on CIUT 89.5 FM. The Toronto Fringe will have street performances (1–5:30pm) as well as street performers and buskers along the whole route (1–6pm)

This area of Toronto known as 'The Annex' and has a great selection of restaurants, cafes and boutique stores - great time to experience it during their festival!

Luminato Festival

Jun 6-15, 2014

This festival attracts over 1,000,000 million participants and consists of over 100 events. There are events that are free, but others you will need to purchase tickets.

This year's FREE concerts - held at The Hub.

Toronto Tango Festival

Jun 12-15, 2014

A 4-day celebration of Argentine Tango that includes workshops and performances. If you'd like to learn how to dance the tango or watch professionals perform, this would be the festival for you.

SESSION Craft Beer Festival

Jun 13-14, 2014

The SESSION Craft Beer Festival was initially started as a finale to Ontario Craft Beer Week but now it's a festival on its own.

The Princess Pass appears to be SOLD OUT but Tasting Passes ($39.50 +tax) are still available. This pass will include a festival glass; 5 tasting tokens and access to 30 unique collaborations, 100+ craft beers and, of course, live music

Portugal Week Festival

Jun 13-15, 2014

poster thumbnailThe Portugal Week festivities continue with a free festival celebrating Portugal Day (June 10th).

The program starts Friday night at 7 pm with the Youth Festival concert featuring local artists Nancy Love and Diego Gomes as well as Diro and Deolinda direct from Portugal.

Saturday and Sunday the festivities start at 2 pm and run all day and will include the 21st Folclore Festival “Raízes Do Nosso Povo” presented by Sol Português And Voice Newspaper as well as a concerts featuring Emanuel, Maxi, Tabu and many more local and international recording artists.

Taste of Little Italy

Jun 13-15, 2014

Taste of Little Italy bannerHeld in one of our two Little Italy communities, you will be able to enjoy food sampling from the local restaurants, street entertainment and performances over the weekend. Smaller than the Taste of the Danforth, but still manages to attract a good sized crowd. Tip: TAKE TTC!

Beach, BBQ & Brews Festival

Jun 13-15, 2014

The Beach BBQ & Brews Festival is scheduled to take place on Father’s Day weekend. This event is family friendly, active and the place to be! Enjoy great BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, Grilling Demonstrations, Craft Vendors and of course, the Beer Garden.

Live Concerts

  • Friday: The Paul Reddick Band with special guest Paul James
  • Saturday: The Fire Sound Band, Frank Ryan along with Michael White and The White (Led Zeppelin Experience)
  • Sunday: Big Sugar, featuring Willie Williams (reggae style, strictly roots)

Mississauga Waterfront Festival

Jun 13-15, 2014

The Mississauga Waterfront Festival has celebrated its moment among the 100 best festivals in Ontario. Experience a slew of achievement awards, phenomenal culinary talent, an interactive sandbox artist that needs to be seen to be believed, mad scientists, extreme sports, and Father’s Day tributes that will make any dad’s heart melt.


Jun 13-22, 2014

This is the Canada's equivalent to the SXSW event held in Austin each year. For the avid attendees, the wristband is a MUST!! 800 bands, 30 films, 150 comedians, 65 NXNEi sessions, 60 artists NXNE now offers 10 days of music, comedy, interactive events throughout the city - dates are as follows:

- NXNE Film: Jun 13-15, 22 (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
- NXNE Art: Jun 16-22
- NXNE Interactive: June 17-21 (Hyatt Regency)
- NXNE Comedy: June 17-22
- NXNE Music:
June 18-22.

FREE Concerts in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Roncy Rocks!

Jun 14, 2014: 11am-8pm

Roncy Rocks logoEnjoy a rockin' good day of music and art featuring 4 stages with continuous live music, a juried art show and sale, great kid-friendly activities and an all-day sidewalk sale showcasing the great merchants of Roncesvalles Village.

Highland Creek Heritage Festival

Jun 14, 2014: 9am-5pm

Annual community festival in its 29th year. With a Parade (Starts 11am - R.C.L. Branch 258 west on Lawson, across Bridge, and into the Village to Watson), Children's activities, entertainment, beer garden, food, car show, and vendors, it's definitely a fun day in Highland Creek.

Highland Creek logo

Halal Food Fest TO

Jun 14-15, 2014: 10am-10pm (Sun: 8pm)

Halal Food Fest logoCelebrate Toronto's diversity with the best halal restaurants, manufacturers, bakeries and specialty stores representing cuisines from around the world.

More than 100 food exhibitors will be on the show floor, ready to serve you their unique offerings

NXNE - Harbourfront Centre

Jun 14-15, 2014

NXNE brings a global perspective to music programming in Toronto. As part of NXNE week, Harbourfront's stages will present just some of the highly-buzzed about artists.

Girls Rock Camp and Broken Pencil’s Zine Machine bring their family-friendly energy to the stage. Looking to the next generation of NXNE artists. Highlights include:

  • A performance by the talented, multi-genre artist Lyric Dubee
  • Performances by Girls Rock Camp’s talented young, up-and-coming musicians
  • Workshop by Broken Pencil’s Zine Machine for Teens and Tweens
  • Film screening: Girls Rock! The Movie

Niagara's New Vintage Wine Festival

Jun 14-22, 2014

Wine and food fanatics will be visiting Niagara to experience the Niagara New Vintage Festival. Internationally acclaimed wines, fresh produce, and a culinary experience unique to Ontario are at the centre of this two weekend wine and culinary extravaganza. Embrace a demonstration of what it means to buy local and realize all that Niagara has to offer

The Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival

Jun 19-21, 2014

picture of cup and admission ticketsFrom wine samples, craft beer, and pairing seminars in our Wine & Spirit School, to some of the world’s finest spirits, live music and a waterfront breeze, maybe the perfect way to kick off the summer.

Note: Tickets on sale in January - $21.50 in advance || $30 at door (cash only). The price of admission includes 5 drink/food vouchers (value $5) and a Festival sampling glass.

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Jun 20-22, 2014: 9am-11pm

Redpath Waterfront Festival logoThe 2014 Redpath Waterfront Festival is sure to soar as they host the 2014 Flyboard® North American Championships and the 2014 DockDogs® World Qualifying Championships. This year the Festival’s events are bigger, better and higher than ever.

Enjoy a drink by the water at the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and check out the hottest new musical acts at the EMERGE Artists Showcase. Visit their website for scheduling and entrance fee info.

Indigenous Arts Festival

Jun 20-22, 2014

Celebrates traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts, and food created by indigenous artists.

Hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and featuring The Honouring by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, The Ministry of Grace by Tara Beagan/ARTICLE 11, Digging Roots, Kinnie Starr, Nick Sherman, Illinois, Land of Warriors visual art exhibit by Philip Cote and much more.

Oakville Family Ribfest

Jun 20-22, 2014

This is a great summer event where you will enjoy world famous 'ribbers', food vendors, great music, a kids' Play Zone, Sport Zone, artisans and more! Summer fun for all ages. There is a small fee for parking.

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival

Jun 21, 2014: Noon - Midnight

thumbnail of The Junction Summer Solstice poster The first festival of the Summer Season, celebrating the longest day of the year. You can learn all about the Junction by enjoying a full day of activities & events showcasing the best Junction has to offer. Highlights:

  • Family-friendly shows and workshops
  • Take a spin on a Ferris Wheel
  • Special events and late night movie screening
  • Celebrate DIY culture, love for art, design and music

Enjoy the bustling nightlife - experience the magic allure of West Toronto treasure - The Junction!

June 21-22 Weekend: Harbourfront

Jun 21-22, 2014

Hop aboard the S.S. Harbourfront Centre, a cruise ship like no other, and journey through a range of international waterfront destinations, examining the arts and culture that emerged from our relationship with the water. Details will be posted once made available.

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race

Jun 21-22, 2014

This festival combines a sporting event with loads of entertainment and events that have a multi-cultural flare. It's held on Toronto Centre Island and approx. 200 teams with over 6,000 paddlers compete in over 100 races over the 2 days. A great family day out!

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Jun 19-28, 2014

This annual festival is expected to attract more than 500,000 people. Toronto Downtown Jazz has come to be recognized as one of North America's premier jazz festival producers and has attracted some of the big names. This festival will satisfy the most avid jazz goer.

Many venues will charge a cover charge but there are others such as The Rex (a renowned & popular jazz bar on Queen St W) that offers many free performances. There are also FREE jazz concerts at the Shops at Don Mills (bit further out but a great venue experience outdoor live music)..


Jun 20-29, 2014

This year, Toronto's Pride Week will be celebrating World Pride.

The end of Pride Week (2014 is WorldPride) ends with a festival weekend with parades and free entertainment on the main streets around Church and Wellesley Streets. Church Street between College and Bloor Streets is blocked off to traffic for the whole weekend. World Pride Highlights (including parades).

There are 500+ events being held over the 10 days and you can access the list via the Calendar.

Spiritfest Retreat  •Out of Town•

Jun 27-30, 2014

A Community Weeknd of Music, Nature & Art: Spend a weekend in a fun, spirited, creative, family-friendly community with wonderful food, at a rustic, forested retreat centre less than 2 hours from Toronto.


  • Contact Improv Dance, Songwriting, Visual Arts, Drumming
  • Art Show & Sale
  • Theatre, Poetry, Storytelling
  • Frisbee, Swimming
  • Medicinal Plants, Meditation, Sweat Lodge, Yoga, Tai Chi

Where: Mansfield Outdoor Education Centre, Regional Rd 18 (near Orangeville)
Tickets: Include 3 healthy meals a day, accommodation (cabin or tenting), all programmed workshops & activities, and full use of the beautiful, forested Mansfield Centre and facilities
Full Weekend & Single-Day tickets available

Take your tent and sleeping gear, or share a cabin with family, friends, or new friends.

Canada Day Extravaganza

Jun 27-Jul 1, 2014

It's the biggest birthday bash in town and everyone's invited.

Harbourfront's bringing together an array of visionary artists, ideas, Canadiana and communities for a lavish weekend full of spectacle, fun and OLG Canada Eve Fireworks!

The SoundClash Music Award, Harbourfront Centre’s annual live music competition, will be part of the celebrations this weekend.

Fusion of Taste

Jun 28, 2014

Held at the intersection of Albion Road and Islington Avenue, Etobicoke, this all day/night [Noon-10:30 pm] celebration hosts entertainment and an array of tantalizing tastes.

Website  ||  FREE Streetfest

Taste of Asia Festival

Jun 28-29, 2014

This 2-day festival showcases non-stop multicultural performances and over 150 street vendor booths operated by different cultural groups. It attracts 108,000+ visitors, increasing each year. Feature performance on Saturday night by Asian Superstar. Hightlights:

  • Philippine Village
  • Korean Town
  • Bibimbap eating challenge
  • Celebrities' noodle competition
  • Diversity Job Fair
  • Largest street basketball competition
  • Kids ride zone

Toronto Ribfest

Jun 27-Jul 1, 2014

Toronto Ribfest, a community fundraising event of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, is held on the Canada Day long weekend. 100% of the funds raised at the festival go to support community organizations both here and abroad.

Highlights are:

  • Great food from world-class ribbers
  • Live entertainment (2 stages)
  • An exciting midway, food vendor area, Kidz Zone, haunted house, large merchandise vendor area
  • Canada Day fireworks

Another unique aspect of Toronto Ribfest is the Canada Day Citizenship ceremony that is conducted by a Citizenship Court Judge and includes a swearing-in ceremony for new Canadians.

CHIN International Picnic

Jun 28-29 & Jul 1, 2014

This 3-day event attracts 250,000 people annually and remains the largest, free picnic in the country.

Each day enjoy a star-studded lineup of performers from around the world; thousands of community singers, dancers and performers; family fun and much more! Miss CHIN Bikini and Mr. CHIN Competitions (both very popular!); Beer garden, and dozens and dozens of food and beverage concessions.

Rotary Multicultural Ribfest

Jun 28-Jul 1, 2014

logoCelebrate the Canada Day weekend ribbing it up in L'Amoureaux Community Centre, North Scarborough (NW Corner of Kennedy Rd & McNicoll Ave). Leave your pets behind!

Some of the highlights:

  • Foods from around the world, Beer Tent
  • Midway Rides
  • Live Entertainment & Live Bands
  • Music & Dance from around the World, and more!

Times: Friday-Monday (11am-11pm) || FREE Admission & Parking. Rain or Shine!

Little Lake MusicFest  •Out of Town•

Jun 28-Aug 27, 2014

The Little Lake Musicfest showcases entertainment in downtown Peterborough (Del Crary Park) every Wednesday and Saturday (8-10pm). Admission is FREE. More details can be found on their website.