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July 30, 2015

Toronto Festival Guide - July 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 added once dates are confirmed.

Changes: BIG on Bloor, Chinatown, Habari Africa Festival, Toronto Burlesque Festivals have moved to August. Franco Fete spans over 2 weeks instead of 3 days.

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (Formerly, CARIBANA)

Jul 18-Aug 2, 2015

The Caribbean Carnival has its Official Launch on July 7 at David Pecaut Sq (Pan Am Games activities will be in Nathan Phillips) but many of the main attractions don't happen until mid-July and Toronto Caribana's biggest attraction is the Parade (Aug 1). Over 10,000 masquerades participate in the parade, strutting and dancing all along the 3.6 km route in fantastic costumes, to the vibrant Caribbean beats of the mas bands. There is an Admission for Exhibition Place viewing but usually you can watch the parade along other parts of the Lakeshore Boulevard for free.

Dates to Remember:

  • Jul 18 (11am-8pm): Junior Carnival -- Neilson Park [Free]
  • Jul 24: Caribbean Carnival Gala -- Liberty Grand
  • Jul 30 (5pm-2am): King & Queen Competition and Show -- Lamport Stadium
  • Aug 1 (9:30am-8pm): Grand Parade -- Exhibition Plc/Lakeshore Blvd
  • Aug 2 (10am-8pm): Carnival Island -- Olympic Island

Pan American Food Festival

Jul 30-Aug 3, 2015

The Pan American Food Festival celebrates the best food and great cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. It showcases leading restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere.

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Island Soul

Jul 31-Aug 3, 2015

Island Soul, presented in partnership with Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario, returns this year to Harbourfront. Explore the rhythms, mythologies, histories and delicacies of the islands with a diverse lineup of artists and thinkers striving to leave their mark on Caribbean cultural identity and catalyze an emerging generation.

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Scarborough Rib Fest

Jul 31-Aug 3, 2015

Organized by the Rotary Club of Scarborough, Scarborough Ribfest is an annual community favourite over the August long weekend. It's East Toronto's largest community event. There are Free shuttle buses for seniors and handicapped at the parking lot. Leave your pets at home.

Where: Thomson Memorial Park (Corner of Lawrence Ave. & Brimley Rd.)
Times: Friday-Sunday (11am-11pm) || Monday (11am-8pm; Entertainment ends: 10pm)
Parking: FREE. Highlights:

  • Enjoy delicious ribs, hot dogs, french fries, corn on the cob and more...
  • Midway rides
  • Skill testing games
  • Karaoke competition everyday
  • Creative designs by crafters and vendors
  • All day beer garden and much more!

Planet IndigenUS

Jul 31–Aug 9, 2015

This contemporary 10-day festival showcases over 300 Indigenous artists from around the globe. For 10 years Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre have worked alongside one another to create the world’s largest multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival, Planet IndigenUS.

The 2015 festival takes place at Harbourfront Centre, Woodland Cultural Centre, and more than 25 sites across the GTA, including the Bata Shoe Museum, Fort York and the McMichael Gallery. There will be a shuttle bus available to the public from Harbourfront Centre to the Woodland Cultural Centre, as well as other participating venues. The festival kicks off with a gala performance by Cree music legend Buffy Sainte-Marie at the historic Sanderson Centre in Brantford (July 31).