Toronto Festivals Listing

Folks living in Toronto (and those visiting) love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 100 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival. To view festivals in other areas of the GTA, use the >>JUMP tab above.

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Fringe Festivalearly January 416-966-1062
Next State Theatre Festivalearly JanuaryThe Next Stage was created to give promising Fringe artists development opportunities beyond the summer festival, supporting the evolution of their work and helping them reach broader audiences. The Fringe helps Next Stage artists deal with the challenges of mounting an independent production through financial and infrastructure support, and through the application of our marketing and production expertise. various venues around Toronto 416-966-1062
WinterCity Festival end Jan-mid FebToronto's award-winning 14 day WinterCity Festival presented by RBC returned for its sixth year, offering a city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine. Residents and tourists ignored the cold and snow to get out and celebrate all that Toronto has to offer in the winter. Nathan Phillips Square
Winterlicious end Jan-mid FebToronto's award-winning WinterCity Festival presented by RBC returned for its sixth year, offering a city-wide celebration of culture, creativity and cuisine from January 30 - February 12, 2009. Residents and tourists ignored the cold and snow to get out and celebrate all that Toronto has to offer in the winter. The city was bursting with culinary experiences, fantastic free entertainment at Nathan Phillips Square and a showcase of Toronto's vibrant arts scene.
Bloor Yorkville: IceFestlate FebBeginning with the IceNite Mix And Mingle high atop the Sutton Place Hotel, the fourth incarnation of this popular winter festival festures an ice carving competition as the magic of the Underwater Kingdom is brought to life by artists put the finishing touches on this amazing scene, crafted from an astounding 25,000 lbs. of ice. Chill out and check into Santé: Toronto International Wine Festival's exclusive lounge and Ice Bar. Get a taste of what Santé has in store. Sip on wine from Jacob's Creek®, while previewing what the festival's 10th Anniversary will have coming up inMay. Santé early bird tickets will also be on sale. Yorkville Park (Bellair St. and Cumberland St.)
Rhubarb FestivalFeb-AprilThe Rhubarb Festival has offered Toronto artists a critic-free environment to experiment with contemporary theatrical explorations. Rhubarb encourages established artists to take new risks and emerging artists to explore the medium of performance creation in an inspired, encouraging space. . Since 1979 Buddies In Bad Times Theatre 416-975-9130
Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival mid FebruaryBrings the sounds of roots, blues and folk music to six clubs in Toronto's Broadview and Danforth neighbourhood. The lineup of participating artists for the 2009 Winterfolk Festival is shaping up to be the best yet with over 100 artists scheduled to appear. Various Venues in the Danforth neighbourhood
Canadian Music Week mid MarchCanadian Music Week is Canada's leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country's music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; four awards shows and the nation's largest New Music Festival - Canadian Music Fest - CMW spans a four-day period at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. various venues around Toronto 905-858-4747
Cinéfrancolate March - Arely Apr 416-928-9794
L'Oreal Fashion Week. mid March Nathan Phillips Square
Reel Artists Film Festivalend March- Start AprilToronto Pride Week is an annual 10 day event that takes place in downtown Toronto during the last week of June. The event is one of the largest of its kind in the world and celebrates diverse sexual and gender identities, histories, cultures, creativities, families, friends and lives. The week long festival included a three-day arts fest, a weekend street fair (including a community fair and market place), a Dyke March and a Pride Parade. Al Green Theatre 416 368-8854
St. Patrick's Day Parademid MarchOur primary mission each year is to organize the Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade, one of the largest in North America, as well as the events leading up to the big day. From its humble and noble beginning in 1988, the parade has grown to include 100 organizations, 32 Irish county associations, 2,000 marchers, 30 floats, 14 bands as well as an assortment of wolfhounds, leprechauns and talking shamrocks. The Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at noon with the procession starting from Bloor and St. George (near old U of T Varsity Stadium). The Parade will continue along Bloor Street down Yonge and finishes on Queen Street at Nathan Philips Square. Bloor and Yonge Streets
Toronto Festival of Storytellingend March- Start AprilInternational tellers, as well as many of Canada's best storytellers, entertain audiences of all ages. Stories are not just for bedtime!
Winter Salsa Carnival Marchannual Salsa dancing festival starting in 2006.
Battle of York Commemorationend AprilSpecial tours, kids' drill, Battlefield walking tour. Historic Fort York 416-392-6907
Images Festivalearly AprilThe Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Images is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: alongside film and video screenings, the festival presents groundbreaking live performances, media art installations in local galleries and new media projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists. various locations: The Theatre Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Isabel Bader Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art 416 971 8405
Khalsa Day parademid AprilKhalsa Day parade, first held in 1986
Sprockets- Toronto International Film Festival for Childrenlate AprilSince 1997, the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG), has offered children and youth the opportunity to learn about film and cultural perspectives from around the world. various locations around the cityToronto International Film Festival Group 416-968-3456
Toronto Jewish Film Festivallate AprilThe largest of its kind in North America, Toronto's Jewish Film Festival attracts an audience of over 30,000 people and showcases feature films, documentaries and shorts on Jewish culture, heritage and identity. The festival aims to breaks through racial barriers and stereotypes while educating audiences on the diversity of the Jewish experience across the world. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Bloor Cinema 416-324-9121
Toronto Tibet Film FestivalApril After the massive success of the last Toronto Tibet Film Festival in 2005, Toronto will once again host a film festival to highlight Tibet's people and culture. The festival will feature seven films including the world premiere The Bloor Cinema 416-516-2331
Cabbagetown Forsythia Festivalmearly MayThe first Sunday in May sees the annual Forsythia festival organized in large part by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. The festival includes a small parade from Riverdale Park West to Wellesley Park, where games and family entertainment are held. Cabagetown
CONTACT Toronto Photography FestivalMayToronto's CONTACT Photography Festival began in 1997 and currently draws over 1,000,000 people to over 175 venues across the Greater Toronto Area. 500 photographers from Toronto, across Canada and the rest of the world exhibit a variety of work at the festival which is the largest of its kind in North America. The festival enables emerging artists to show their work alongside leading international photographers. The Distillery District 416 539-9595 
Doors Open Torontolate MayDoors Open Toronto is an annual event held in the City of Toronto, Canada, that showcases many of the city's unique and historically significant buildings to the public. Among the buildings included are offices, places of worship, and historical landmarks. Some are only open on Saturday, or only on Sunday.Admission is free of charge. various locations around city
Harbourfront Reading SeriesMayThis year-round program features Canadian authors such as Margaret Atwood (The Blind Assassin) and Barbara Gowdy who will participate in special readings and book signings. Since 1974. 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto 416.973.4000
Hot Docs Documentary Film FestivalApril-MayNorth America's largest documentary film festival and market, Hot Docs presents more than 150 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Established in 1993, the event aims to promote and celebrate excellence in documentary film making. 416 203-2155
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festivallate MayUpwards of 275 films and videos, plus parties and directors' talks in Canada's largest LGBT film and video event. See website for more details about screening locations 416-977-6847
Markland Wood Annual Community Garage Sale is late Mayheld on the Saturday following Victoria Day, which is usually the last Saturday in May every year with hundreds of homes participating. Markland Homes Association
May Festival of ChefsMayCheese Boutique invites you to our 6th Annual Festival of Chefs where we will host 10 of Toronto's finest dining establishments. Cooking demonstrations will take place where our patrons can interact with the chefs, and receive complimentary samples of their cuisine. Wine pairing will be conducted by the sommelier of each restaurant. Free Admission. Cheese Boutique 416.762.6292
Salute Wine and Food Festivalearly MayA celebration of wine, food, life and style. International wines from 50 wineries, inspired cuisine by celebrity chefs and fashionable venues. Salute will provide the opportunity to taste a wide range of wines, from ultra premium labels to value brands. Attendees of the festival will enjoy an impressive line-up of tasting events, wine and shopping experiences, educational seminars led by leading wine experts and exclusive menus at Toronto's top restaurants.
Sante: The Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festivalearly MayToronto showcases this four-day gourmet extravaganza that features the cuisine from Toronto's best chefs paired with award-winning Niagara wine region vintages. A Toronto feast that delights visitors with its unique scents and aromas. Bloor-Yorkville District 416-928-3553
Toronto International Circus Festivalmid MayFeaturing extraordinary circus artists from around the world, the Toronto International Circus Festival features outdoor stages, rain or shine. Visitors to the festival will experience side-splitting comedy, eye-popping acrobatics and mind-bending daredevil stunts! The show features world-class acrobats, unicyclists, fire-eaters, stilt walkers, live musicians, face painters, balloon sculptors and more. Harbourfront Centre
York U50 Community Festivalearly MayYork University welcomes its neighbours to the Keele and Glendon campuses. This free public outreach event will appeal to all ages. The festival will include a number of signature events, hands-on activities, performances, arts and crafts, and an international food fair. York University, Glendon Campus 416-736-2100
Bangladesh Festivalend JuneOver 30,000 people from Bangladeshi community are living in GTA. We've celebrated our annual Festival in the heart of downtown Toronto, at Yonge and Dundas Square for over 6 years. This year we are excited to celebrate this event at a NEW location! The Bangladeshi community is growing in this particular area and the businesses and residents are interested in having the street festival take place in their neighbourhood this year. Ontario Bengali Cultural Society 416-591-0333
Barbados on the Water Festival. mid-JuneBarbados on the Water is a three-day Canadian festival about the culture of Barbados. The festival takes place at the Harbourfront Centre, in the city of Toronto, Ontario. Held during the middle of June the festival is made up of events to give spectators a deeper understanding about the Caribbean nation of Barbados through: music styles like Soca & Calypso music or even Barbadian influenced Jazz. Performances also are held by various dance groups, and samples of Barbadian cuisine is also sold.. Established in 2007 Harbourfront Centre
Brass in the Grass Music Festival JuneEstablished in 2005, the Brass in the Grass Festival features entertainment for both kids and adults. Free jazz, salsa, Latin, classical, blues and a capella performances begin both days at noon. In addition to music, there is a marketplace onsite as well as a midway and petting zoo. The Lakeshore Grounds & Assembly Hall 416 201-7093
Festival of FireEnd June-Start JulyThis annual fireworks festival takes place on and around Canada Day at Ontario Place. Brilliant fireworks displays are choreographed to music and attract international attention. Ontario Place
Fête de la Musique (World Music Daylate JuneStarted in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen, then employed by the national French radio station France Musique, as an . Cohen proposed an all-night music celebration at the moment of the summer solstice (June 21). Musicians from all over the world perform free concerts throughout the city
Luminato Festival of the Arts and Creativityearly JuneFor 10 extraordinary days in June, the vibrant city of Toronto's stages, streets and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Luminato is an annual multidisciplinary celebration of theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, design and more. 416 368-3100
MuchMusic Video Awards mid-JuneThe MuchMusic Video Awards (also known as (the) MMVA or MMVAs) are annual awards presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic to honour the year's best music videos. In their modern form, the awards ceremony is not held in a conventional theatre, but instead as a large street party incorporating the MuchMusic World Headquarters, its parking lot, and parts of Queen Street West in downtown, Queen Street West
Pride Toronto (Toronto Pride Festival)late JunePride Week in Toronto is one of Canada's premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Pride Week features 10 days of world class arts and cultural programming, community activities, one of the world's largest street festivals, Pride Parade and Dyke March, Family programming, and much more. Church and Wellesley 416-927-7433
Queer West Festivallate JuneThe Queer West Fest is the 2nd largest gay & lesbian festival before Pride. It is the only dedicated Queer Festival in Central Canada and is now in it's 4th year. Experience 10 days of world class arts and cultural programming and community activities featuring: visual art, dance, theater, a series of literature and poetry readings with artists discussing their work, film and video screenings and a wide array of multi-disciplinary programs. Queen Street West from Roncesvalles to Dovercourt. 416-551-1709
St James Town Festival early JuneEach year St. James Town celebrates its diversity, its energy and its hope for the future with the St. James Town Festival.The Festival is a day of celebration with our community contributing its talent with cultural dance, music, food and many other activities Wellesley & Sherbourne 416-934-0171 or 416-929-7358
Tangofestmid JuneBe part of the annual Tangofest. There will be a host of activities including concerts, dance evenings and workshops by master teachers as well as tango shows, and some special features. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St West 416-240-0808
Taste of Little Italymid JuneThe Little Italy BIA is proud to present the 7th Annual Taste of Little Italy Festival. FREE for all! The Taste of Little Italy is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to experience the food and culture of Toronto's own Little Italy. Over 20 bands will PERFORM LIVE on the street corners, patios and balconies, playing a variety of music from Classical to Salsa. In addition, food and beverage retailers will offer a mouth-watering variety of tastes and flavours, with promotions and samples of cuisine. Along College Street just West of Bathurst 416-240-9338
Toronto Downtown Jazz and Blues FestivalJuneFor ten days in June a number of jazz types take over Toronto's downtown venues to enjoy the music of Toronto's Downtown Jazz Festival. Internationally acclaimed musicians delight the large crowds that flock to one of Canada's largest jazz music events various indoor venues throughout the downtown 416 928-2033
Toronto Dragon Boat Festivallate JuneThe Dragon Boat Festival is an annual event held in over 40 countries. In addition to the actual boat race, the event brings a number of multi-cultural events, international cuisine and large crowds. Over 200 teams on average compete in this two-day festival. Since 1987 Toronto Centre Island 416 364-0046
Toronto International Dragon Boat Racelate JuneCombining both sport and ancient Chinese culture, the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race includes races for adults, youth and families. Over 125,000 spectators and participants attend each year to see dance companies, attend workshops, watch an onsite parade, visit the multicultural village, cheer on race teams and more. Toronto Centre Island 416 598-8945
Woofstock 2009mid JuneWoofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs- and the people who live with them. Quirky and fun, Woofstock offers festive entertainment and consumer shows which takes place at our exciting new larger location in The Historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood District. St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood 416-234-9663
Worldwide Short Film Festivallate JuneWith annual submissions that surpass 3000, expert programmers select 250 shorts from more than 80 countries for six days of public screenings. Some of the most outstanding short films from Canada and around the world hit the screen at this festival. Competitions (both Canadian and International), special programs and gala screenings are just part of the event. Promotion and launching of films, as well as networking for filmmakers, is the goal at the Festival Symposium and Marketplace. Various Locations Toronto 416 445-1446
Toronto African Film & Music FestivalLate JuneThe Toronto African Film & Music Festival (TAFMF) is a premier festival dedicated to celebrating African culture and history. It will showcase the talents of filmmakers and music artists from across Africa. Ontario Place 416 320 2216
Canada Day CelebrationsJuly 1Celebrate Canada's birthday in the Canadian Domain with free face painting (for children 12 and under), busker activity and birthday cake served at 2:00pm (while supplies last).Visit the Courtyard Stage for some great entertainment by Soli and Rob between 11am and 4pm. Toronto Zoo 416 392-5929
CaribanaJuly 1Caribana reinvents Toronto for a few weeks in July as the city hosts North America's largest Caribbean festival with more than one million attendees. Toronto visitors take in the King and Queen of the Bands competition, the Olympic Island Caribbean Arts Festival, concerts, cruises, art exhibits and the not-to-be-missed Caribana parade. Food connoisseurs will sample the best Caribbean-Toronto cuisine. various locations 647.777.1018
Beaches International Jazz Festivallate JulyThe Beaches International Jazz Festival is an annual outdoor music event in the Beaches neighbourhood, in Toronto. The festival is a four day event in July celebrating the best of Canadian and international jazz music. The Main Stage performances are the core of the festival, and are always held at the bandshell in Kew Gardens on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons of the event. Streetfest runs the Thursday to Saturday evenings of the festival, where bands line the streets for over 2 kilometers along Queen Street East, running from Woodbine Avenue to Beach Avenue. In recent years almost one million people have come to the festival as a whole. Queen Street East, and Kew Gardens 416-698-2152
Corso Italiaearly JulyTwo-day Italian Street Festival on St Clair West, featuring ov er 30 bands who perform live on street corners, patios and baclones with a mouthwatering selection of food & beverages from retailers and restaurants. St Clair West. 416.656.1022 
Toronto FiestaEarly JulyThe Corso Italia is proud to present the Annual Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta. The Toronto Fiesta is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to experience the food and culture of Toronto's own Corso Italia. Over 20 bands will be performing live on street corners, patios and balconies. They feature a variety of music from Classical to Salsa. In addition, food and beverage retailers will offer a mouth-watering selection of tastes and flavours, with promotions and samples of cuisine. Corso Italia 416 698-2152 
Toronto Fringe Theatre FestivalEarly JulyIn a country that hosts the most Fringe festivals in the world, the Toronto Fringe shines. First run in 1989 with 4 venues and 40 productions, the Toronto Fringe now has over twenty venues, including KidsVenue, and more than 135 theatre companies participating from the province and around the world. Held annually in July. Various Locations 416 966-1062
Summerliciousearly-late JulyWith more than 5000 restaurants across the GTA featuring more than 200 international cuisines, a celebration of Toronto wouldn't be complete without food! various restauants around the city
Fresh WednesdaysJuly & AugWednesday is a great day to visit Nathan Phillips Square during the summer months! Fresh Wednesdays features free, live noon-hour concerts to complement shopping at Nathan Phillips Square's annual Farmers' Market. Savour your favourite fruits and vegetables at their peak of perfection while listening to the great Canadian music. Nathan Phillips Square
Mabuhay Philippines Toronto Summer Festivallate July Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Tasty Thursdays July & AugTasty Thursdays is an entertainment series in the heart of the city that combines delicious food at great prices and free noon-hour concerts. Each week a selection of Toronto restaurants serves up international cuisine at Nathan Phillips Square. The menu ranges from BBQ to noodles and stir fry to fresh salads. This series also features diverse concerts by well-known Toronto musicians. Admission to the Tasty Thursdays music concerts is FREE and getting there couldn't be easier! Nathan Phillips Square
Ashkenaz Festival end AugustThis biennial festiaval (held in even years) ne of the world's largest public celebrations of Yiddish and Jewish culture. Takes place biennially at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre and satellite locations throughout Toronto. Each edition of this multidisciplinary event presents approximately 50-75 artists/groups from Canada and around the world working in music, film, theatre, dance, literature, craft, and visual arts. Harbourfront Centre 416.979.9901
Canadian Naitonal Exhibitionmid-end AugThe Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has a 130 year history (founded in 1879), and has grown to be the largest annual fair in Canada and the fourth largest in North America attracting approximately 1.3 million visitors each year. The CNE is located on 190 acres of the Toronto waterfront at Exhibition Place, minutes from downtown Toronto. The fair is held annually for the 18 days prior to and including Labour Day. CNE Exhibition Park 416-393-6300
Festival of South Asialate AugustThe main community event of South Asians in Toronto, the event showcases the best of South Asian culture, food and music. Free Admission. Gerrard India Bazaar BIA 416-465-8513
Irie Music Festivalearly AugustAnnual TD Canada Trust IRIE Music Festival, also known as IRIE FEST, is one of Canada's most exciting annual celebrations of music and the arts. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto, IRIE FEST 2008 offers programming since 2001. Nathan Phillips Square and Queen's Park
Krinos Taste of the Danfortearly AugustMore than a million attendees take part in Greektown's street party with live Greek music, beer gardens, souvlaki food samples and the best Greek entertainment outside of Athens. Greektown
RoncyliciousAugusta showcase of the diverse flavours of Roncesvalles Avenue, runningall August with over thirty participating businesses Roncesvalles Avenue
Summer Works Theatre Festivalearly-mid AugAs the largest juried festival in Canada featuring predominantly New Canadian plays, SummerWorks looks to program a festival that uniquely reflects Toronto and Canada's cultural zeitgeist.
Taiwanfest (previously the Taiwanese Cultural Festival)August
Taste of the DanforthEarly AugustAttended by more than 1 million people, Greektown's 16th annual street festival features live music (Greek and other), beer gardens, food sampling and sales, and more. Danforth Ave between Broadview to Jones Ave 416-469-5634
Toronto Buskerfestend August A festival of Street Performers. St Lawrence Marekt area
Toronto International Dance Festival August
Toronto's Festival of BeerEarly AugustOver the past years, Toronto's Festival of Beer has become the ultimate culmination of great brew, good music and beer revelry. More than 17,000 guests are expected this year. Historic Fort York. 647-724-1130
ARTWALKend Sept St. Clair Arts Festival and Studio Tour, is the annual celebration of all forms of art in the St. Clair West area of Toronto. The mission of ARTWALK is to celebrate our diverse and vibrant community through the arts. We will engage, inspire, and transform our community through inclusive, creative alliances amongst local businesses, artists, volunteers, and neighbours St Clair West. 416-654-4954
Beach Celtic Festivalmid-SeptKew Gardens in the Beach to celebrate the Celtic-Canadian Heritage Kew Gardens in the Beaches
Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festivalmid SeptExperience music, dance, arts, crafts, food and fun at Toronto's annual Ukrainian Festival. The vibrancy, colours, aromas and excitement! Stage shows and street dances. Street vendors, rides and entertainment for the kids too. Not to mention the attractive shops and first-rate services in the charming and friendly neighbourhood of Bloor West Village. This Ukrainian street festival has attracted over 350,000 in past years Admission Free. Bloor West Village 416 410 9965
Cabbagetown Fall Festivalmid-SeptThe second week-end in September sees the annual Cabbagetown festival, which is a two day event, with an arts and crafts fair both days in Riverdale Park West. Vendors come from far afield for this event. The highlight of the festival is the parade on Saturday morning, which usually starts at 10:00 a.m. at Riverdale Park West, though the route may vary from year-to-year. Parliament Street between Wellesley Street East and Carlton Street is closed to traffic for the week-end CabbagetownOld Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area (OCBIA)
COMMFFEST Community Film Festivallate SeptCOMMFFEST: Community Film Festival is a charitable organization, combining films and videos followed by panel discussions which includes a question and answer period for individuals and communities to engage in a dialogue of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film in all genres Rainbow Cinema 416 362 5570
Danforth Music FestSept Danforth Ave 416-693-0004
Annual Renaissance Festivalmid SeptStep back in time and experience the excitement and adventure of the Renaissance at Casa Loma. Casa Loma's estate gardens will be transformed into a Renaissance-style village populated by vendors, village characters and the court of King Henry VIII. Casa Loma 416 923-1171
Roncesvalles Polish Festivalmid-Sept Roncesvalles Avenue
Toronto International Film Festivalmid SeptThe Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world and is the premiere film festival in North America from which the Oscars race begins. Various locations in Toronto 416-968-FILM
Word on the Streetlate SeptemberThe Word On The Street is Toronto's chance to go face to face with the city's vibrant writing and publishing community on the last Sunday in September. This one-day celebration of the printed word features author readings, book signings, storytellers, children's activities, musical performances-plus thousands of books and magazines for sale. Queen's Park 416-504-7241
Toronto Marathonmid-OctoberThe Marathon begins behind Mel Lastman Square south twoard the lakefront at Queen's Quay, heading west before looping back to the finish a Queen's the Martin Goodman Trail. various streets through Toronto 416-972-1062
imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festivalmid OctSince 1998 annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling, distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe, illustrating the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. imagineNATIVE is the largest festival of its kind in Canada, and in the world. Al Green Theatre & various venues in downtown Toronto. 416 585 2333
International Festival of AuthorsEvery OctoberThe largest spoken-word festival in Toronto lasts 11 days and brings together more than 150 acclaimed authors to read from their works. Past guests are Salman Rushdie and AS Byatt. A worthwhile literary event. Harbourfront Centre 416.973.4000
Breast Fest Film Festivalmid NovThe Breast Fest film festival is the world's first film festival dedicated to breast cancer awareness. This annual festival includes short films, documentaries, animation, dramatic features and experimental works which span the emotional spectrum. Through the use of film and new media, Breast Fest is dedicated to showcasing the many issues surrounding breast cancer in significant and interesting ways, and connecting people to the breast cancer cause. Royal Ontario Museum 416-920-0980
Canadian Aboriginal Festival end NovMulti-faceted event. It is Canada's largest Aboriginal festival and one of Toronto's most successful festivals. The Canadian Aboriginal Festival is a unique opportunity for everyone to share and learn about North America's Aboriginal peoples. Rogers Centre 519-751-0040
Cavalcade of Lightsend NovWith decades of holiday tradition in Toronto, audiences experienced the Cavalcade of Lights Opening Celebration in the heart of the city at Nathan Phillips Square Nathan Phillips Square
Diwaliearly NovThousands of Indian families across Canada and the U.S. will gather together to celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights and start of the Hindu New Year. Fireworks are always associated with this festival. The day is celebrated with people lighting diyas, candles all around their house.
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festivalearly NovThe Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival is the world's first and longest running film festival that presents cinematic representations of mental health, addiction, and recovery. Workman Arts is a not for profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to supporting artists recovering from mental health and addiction issues and to promoting a greater understanding of mental illness/addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of arts events. Rendezvous with Madness screens the best in Canadian and International Independent Cinema to promote a greater understanding of mental health and addiction. Workman Theatre, 1001 Queen Street West 416 583 4339
Royal Agricultural Winter Fairearly NovRoyal Agricultural Winter Fair, an annual fall fair started in 1922 and affectionately called The Royal and isn the first two weeks of November at Exhibition Place in the Coliseum, and the Direct Energy National Trade Centre. Today, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair remains an important exhibit for livestock breeders. Exhibition Place 416 263-3400~
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festivalmid NovCanada's premier pan-Asian international film festival brings together filmmakers, industry representatives and film lovers from around the world for five days of films, parties, seminars, exhibitions and special events. Films shown are from East & Southeast Asia as well as from the Asian diaspora with a focus on Asian Canadian work. All films not in English are subtitled. SInce 1994. The Bloor Cinema, Innis Town Hall , NFB CInema 416-703-9333
Toronto Santa Claus Parademid-NovembeerStarted in 1904 with just a single float, it now boasts over 24 floats, 24 bands, and 1700 participants. It is one of the biggest productions in North America, and broadcast to many countries around the world. More than a half million people attend the parade every year. University Avenue
New Wave Composers FestivalThis festival promotes young, new composers and their works through a series of events. Events will include free live performances, workshops feedback sessions and more. International artists will also be featured. 416 815-7887
North By Northeast Music and Film Festivallate JuneKnown as The NXNE, this festival showcases emerging artists from Canada, the United States and other countries. Musical genres performed have included folk, punk and funk. The event, usually held in June, takes place in clubs, outdoor stages and special venues in the downtown area. A conference unites the movers and shakers of the industry with many budding performers. The relatively new film portion of the festival offers special screenings of new films. Various Venues Toronto, ON 416 863-6963