Regardless of whether an individual prefers colourful carnivals, music festivals or cultural events, expats will find that the city's events calendar is full of great festivals to keep them occupied throughout the year.
The city's multicultural make-up means everything from food festivals to athletic events is on the bill, so be sure to keep abreast of what's on in Toronto and book tickets in advance. There is always something to see and do, regardless of the time of year.
Annual festivals in Toronto
Canadian Music Week (May)
This is one of Canada's most influential media and music conferences, becoming increasingly popular ever since its inception in the 1980s. Throughout the week, performers put on shows at over 40 venues all over the city. It is a great opportunity to hear music from emerging talent.
Toronto Taste (June)
Held in June each year, Toronto Taste is a charity fundraiser celebrating savoury cuisine, fine wines and stunning waterfront scenery. The city's top gourmet event also helps to craft excellent up-and-coming chefs with the Toronto Taste Chef Challenge.
Toronto Pride (June/July)
This 10-day long event celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in Toronto with street festivals, music, political marches and a famous parade. Toronto’s Pride Week is one of the most well-attended in the world, and even if someone is not a member of the “pink” culture, this festival is certainly worth a gander and open to all visitors.
Toronto Fringe Festival (July)
This is an annual theatre festival featuring new plays by both unknown and established artists. Performances take place at a variety of theatres throughout Toronto. Many productions launched at the Fringe Festival have gone on to become award-winning shows, such as 'Kim's Convenience', 'Come From Away' and 'Life After'.
Toronto International Film Festival (Sept)
The Toronto International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the city and is open to the general public. It flaunts the glamour of Hollywood each September in a build-up to the Academy Awards, seeing some 480,000 guests stream through the doors each year and a host of celebrities grace its screenings.