Toronto, the busy Canadian city, plays host to different festivals and events throughout the year. Find out which are the most popular annual festivals/events taking place in the city.
Earlier known as the ‘WinterFest’, the WinterCity Festival is a 14-day celebration of Toronto’s culture, cuisine and creativity. It witnesses different family-friendly events to engage and entertain people of all age groups. The three parts of WinterCity Festival are i) ‘Wild on Winter’ for outdoor performances ii) ‘Warm Up’ for indoor activities and iii) Winterlicious for enjoying delectable food.
When: January to February
Canada Blooms, first held in 1997, highlights ‘the very best in Canadian gardening and floral design’. It is billed as the biggest flower and garden festival in the country! It offers several hours of free garden seminars and demonstrations by top professionals. Canada Blooms coincides with the National Home Show, allowing guests to visit both with a single ticket.
Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (TIDBRF)
Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival is a lively boating regatta featuring 180 to 200 teams with roughly 5000 athletes. The participants are from Canada, USA, Europe, Asia and Caribbean Islands. The festival has grown considerably over the year; when it was organized for the first time in 1989 it had just 27 competing teams! Today, it is a major world sports event.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
TD Toronto Jazz Festival is one of the North America’s premier jazz festivals. It is a 10-day event which witnesses performances by more than 1,500 musicians at approximately 50 locations around Toronto. The heart of the Festival is at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto.
When: from late June to early July
Luminato Festival is a mega-arts festival focusing on visual art, performance, music, dance, theatre, magic and more. Nearly 10,000 artists participate in the festival. Most of the events are free while some require entry fees.
Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a publicly-attended film festival. In fact, it is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, with an attendance of more than 480,000 people annually. Several screenings, discussions, lectures and workshops take place during the festival. Well known actors and prominent film-makers can be seen in the festival.
Canadian Aboriginal Festival
Canadian Aboriginal Festival brings together the aboriginal people from different parts of the world. Representatives of more than 100 nations take part in the festival. The festival witnesses dance and musical performances as well as art and craft shows.