Whether expats prefer colourful carnivals, music festivals or cultural events, new arrivals will find that the city's events calendar is full of exciting festivals to keep them occupied throughout the year.

The city's multicultural make-up means everything from food festivals to sports events is on the bill, so be sure to keep abreast of what's on in Toronto and book tickets in advance.


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 of all styles and genres of music put on shows at 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 top-notch cuisine, fine wines and stunning waterfront scenery. The city's top gourmet event also helps to nurture excellent up-and-coming chefs with the Toronto Taste Chef Challenge. 

Pride Toronto (June/July)

This decades-old event celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in Toronto with street festivals, music, political marches and a famous parade. With over a million attendees a year, Pride Toronto is one of North America's largest pride celebrations and is open to all.

Toronto Fringe Festival (July)

An annual theatre festival featuring new plays by both unknown and established artists, Toronto Fringe is a must for culture vultures. Celebrating the creation of indie and grassroots art, the festival consists of more than 150 shows across around 30 downtown venues.

Many productions launched at the Fringe Festival have gone on to become award-winning shows in Canada and beyond, such as The Drowsy Chaperone and Come From Away.

Toronto International Film Festival (September)

The Toronto International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the city, holding screenings, talks and special events. It flaunts the glamour of Hollywood each September, hosting some of the world's best-known actors and directors.