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May 28, 2015

Toronto Festivals - June 2015

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.

Changes: Toronto Triathlon Festival moved to June

Dundas West Fest

Jun 6, 2015: 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!

Pape Village SummerFest

Jun 6, 2015: 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

Roncy Rocks!

Jun 6, 2015: 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.

Downtown Milton Street Festival

Jun 6, 2015: 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 6, 2015: 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 6, 2015: 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 6-7), 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 6-7, 2015: 11am-6pm

This 2-day outdoor art show showcases established and emerging artists in retail spaces, artists’ studios and Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district.

Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival

Jun 6-7, 2015

Taste the 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.

Toronto Taste

Jun 7, 2015 - 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.

Portugal Week Festival

Jun 7-14, 2015

Celebrations include: Portuguese Canadian Walk Of Fame Ceremony (June 7): Luis De Camões Way, 722 College Street; Flag Raising Ceremony (June 10[Noon]): Nathan Phillip’s Square; Youth Night (June 12): Muzik Nightclub, 15 Saskatchewan Rd; FREE Concert (June 13): featuring Shawn Desman, The Gift, Xutos and many more!

The week will end with the Portugal Day Parade (June 14[11am]): Dundas Street West, Between Lansdowne Ave And Trinity-Bellwoods Park.

Toronto Festival of Clowns

Jun 10-14, 2015

The Toronto Festival of Clowns brings together clowns and physical theatre artists of all disciplines and backgrounds and provide a common space to showcase their work.

The festival comprises of 8 full-length shows, 5 cabarets, and a dozen 20 minute micro plays. There's over 100 performers showcasing varying styles, such as clown, bouffon, character, puppetry, physical theatre, dance, mime, mask, vaudeville

Toronto Tango Festival

Jun 11-14, 2015

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.

Honda Indy

Jun 12-14, 2015

The Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario's largest annual sporting event, takes place June 12-14 on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto.

The event features an action-packed schedule of racing on the track, with the Verizon IndyCar Series headlining the weekend. In addition to world-class racing, the event is a festival of festivals featuring beer gardens, food trucks, interactive games and activities, live entertainment, charity events and celebrity appearances. .

Tickets: ON SALE NOW online or by calling 1-877-725-8849

FREE Fan Friday: Once again, the Honda Indy Toronto will be free for fans to enjoy on Friday, July 12. The only admission will be to generously donate to a wonderful cause - Make-A-Wish® Canada - so take lots of change (as well as the paper kind too!). Remember... there's no reserved seating on this day, so access to all grandstand sections is on a first-come/first-served basis!

Mississauga Waterfront Festival

Jun 12-14, 2015

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.

SESSION Craft Beer Festival

Jun 13, 2015

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.

There's two ticket options: Princess Pass and Tasting Passes. This pass will include a festival glass; tasting tokens and access to unique collaborations, 100+ craft beers and, of course, live music.

Highland Creek Heritage Festival

Jun 13, 2015: 9am-5pm

Annual community festival begins 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.

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Muhtadi International Drumming Festival

Jun 13-14, 2015: 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.

Niagara's New Vintage Wine Festival

Jun 13 & 20, 2015 (weekends only)

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


Jun 17-21, 2015

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: TBA (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
- NXNE Interactive: TBA (Hyatt Regency)
- NXNE Comedy: TBA

June 20-21: FREE Concerts will be held in Yonge-Dundas Square.

The Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival

Jun 18-20, 2015

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.

Indigenous Arts Festival

Jun 18-20, 2015

The Indigenous Arts Festival celebrates traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, spoken word, visual arts, crafts, and food created by indigenous artists. Energizing the grounds and buildings of Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Jun 18-29, 2015

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).

Taste of Little Italy

Jun 19-21, 2015

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 19-21, 2015

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.

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Jun 19-21, 2015

Redpath Waterfront Festival logo5 events, 4 parks, 3 days, 2 kilometres, 1 giant party! Stroll along the boulevard and enjoy various activities and entertainment including buskers, live music, dance demos and art on the water. Highlights include:

  • Learn how to Swing, Jive and Salsa in open dance classes taught by celebrity choreographer Jean Marc Généreux at DANCE Pan American Style
  • See the best in canine aquatics at the DockDogs Championships
  • Cheers to the summer at the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and taste the latest trends in craft beer, wine & spirits as well as some of GTA’s tastiest food trucks [June 18-20: Sugar Beach]
  • Come OUT and PLAY on the beach at the Sweetness Pride Beach Party [Jun 21: Sugar Beach]

With 2 kms of live music, entertainment, food, drinks and waterfront family fun, there's something for everyone! Join in the fun with FREE events too!

Toronto Triathlon Festival

Jun 19-21, 2015

Not your typical festival, but one worth mentioning. The TTF is a celebration of the ultimate challenge of human endurance and tenacity in the 'urban jungle' of Toronto. It ends with the Finish Line Festival at Coronation Park.

Last year, the triathlon race was: 1.5km lakefront swim, 40km bike ride up/down the Don Valley Parkway and a 10km run along part of the Gardiner Expressway. For more information, please visit their website.

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Luminato Festival

Jun 19-28, 2015

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.

Many (if not all) performances/concerts held at the Festival's HUB (David Pecaut Sq beside Roy Thomson Hall, King St W) are FREE.


Jun 19-28, 2015

Pride Week ends with a festival weekend full of parades and FREE entertainment on the main streets in and around Church and Wellesley Streets. Church Street between College and Bloor Streets is blocked off to traffic for the whole weekend. It's one of the most funnest festivals you could attend!

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival

Jun 20, 2015: Noon - Midnight

The first festival of the Summer Season, celebrating the longest day of the year. Learn all about the Junction by enjoying a full day of activities and events showcasing the best the Junction has to offer. With fantastic summer themed entertainment, sunny energy and a shopping experience like no other in the City. Highlights:

The Junction Summer Solstice logo

  • Celebrate DIY culture, urban interventions, love for art, design and music
  • Green powered event showcasing the neighbourhood’s passion for healthy lifestyle & love for fresh quality food
  • Family-friendly shows and workshops
  • Take a spin on a Ferris Wheel and taste the Junction
  • Stay around for special events, movie screening and enjoy the bustling nightlife

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race

Jun 20-21, 2015

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!

CHIN International Picnic

Jun 20-21, 2015

In past years, this festival was held over Canada Day (3 days), but this year it's earlier than usual. The event usually 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.

Oakville Family Ribfest

Jun 26-28, 2015

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.

Taste of Asia Festival

Jun 27-28, 2015

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. New this year:

  • Spice it up! - a hot sauce making competition
  • Bumper Soccer - players are inside an enormous inflatable ball
  • Themed Photobooths

Toronto Ribfest

Jun 27-Jul 1, 2015

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.

Little Lake MusicFest  •Out of Town•

Jun 27-Aug 22, 2015

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.