York Region Ontario's Festivals Listing information, listings and links

Folks living in the York Region (and those visiting) love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 70 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 Festival

early January


Next State Theatre Festival

early January

The 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 Feb

Toronto'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


end Jan-mid Feb

Toronto'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: IceFest

late Feb

Beginning with the IceNite Mix And Mingle high atop the Sutton Place Hotel, the fourth incarnation of this popular winter festival features 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 in May. Santé early bird tickets will also be on sale. Yorkville Park (Bellair St. and Cumberland St.)

Rhubarb Festival


The 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 February

Brings 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 March

Canadian 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


late March - Arely Apr


L'Oreal Fashion Week.

mid March

Nathan Phillips Square

Reel Artists Film Festival

end March- Start April

Toronto 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 Parade

mid March

Our 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 Storytelling

end March- Start April

International tellers, as well as many of Canada’s best storytellers, entertain audiences of all ages. Stories are not just for bedtime!

Winter Salsa Carnival


annual Salsa dancing festival starting in 2006.

Battle of York Commemoration

end April

Special tours, kids' drill, Battlefield walking tour. Historic Fort York 416-392-6907

Images Festival

early April

The 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 parade

mid April

Khalsa Day parade, first held in 1986

Sprockets- Toronto International Film Festival for Children

late April

Since 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 Festival

late April

The 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 Festival


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 Festival

mearly May

The first Sunday in May sees the annual Forsythia festival, which includes a small parade from Riverdale Park West to Wellesley Park, where games and family entertainment are held. CabagetownCabbagetown Preservation Association

CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival


Toronto'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 Toronto

late May

Doors 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. various locations around city

Harbourfront Reading Series


This 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 Festival


North 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 Festival

late May

Upwards 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

May Festival of Chefs


Cheese 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 Festival

early May

A 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 Festival

early May

Toronto 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 Festival

mid May

Featuring 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

Bangladesh Festival

end June

Over 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.


Barbados 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


Established 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 Fire

End June-Start July

This 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 Day

late June

Started 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 Creativity

early June

For 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


The 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 June

Pride 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 Festival

late June

The 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 June

Each 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


mid June

Be 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 Italy

mid June

The 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 Festival


For 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 Festival

late June

The 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 Race

late June

Combining 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 2009

mid June

Woofstock 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 Festival

late June

With 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 Festival

Late June

The 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 Celebrations

July 1

Celebrate 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


July 1

Caribana 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 Festival

late July

The 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 Italia

early July

Two-day Italian Street Festival on St Clair West, featuring over 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 Fiesta

Early July

The 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 Festival

Early July

In 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


early-late July

With more than 5000 restaurants across the GTA featuring more than 200 international cuisines, a celebration of Toronto wouldn't be complete without food! various restaurants around the city

Fresh Wednesdays

July & Aug

Wednesday 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 Festival

late July

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Tasty Thursdays

July & Aug

Tasty 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 August

This 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 National Exhibition

mid-end Aug

The 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 Asia

late August

The 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 Festival

early August

Annual 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 Danfort

early August

More 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



A showcase of the diverse flavours of Roncesvalles Avenue, running all August with over thirty participating businesses Roncesvalles Avenue

Summer Works Theatre Festival

early-mid Aug

As 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)


Taste of the Danforth

Early August

Attended 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 Buskerfest

end August

A festival of Street Performers. St Lawrence Marekt area

Toronto International Dance Festival


Toronto's Festival of Beer

Early August

Over 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


end 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 Festival


Kew Gardens in the Beach to celebrate the Celtic-Canadian Heritage Kew Gardens in the Beaches

Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival

mid Sept

Experience 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 Festival


The 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 Festival

late Sept

COMMFFEST: 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 Fest


Danforth Ave 416-693-0004

Annual Renaissance Festival

mid Sept

Step 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 Festival


Roncesvalles Avenue

Toronto International Film Festival

mid Sept

The 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 Street

late September

The 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 Marathon


The Marathon begins behind Mel Lastman Square south twoard the lakefront at Queen's Quay, heading west to the Martin Goodman Trail before looping back to the finish a Queen's Park. various streets through Toronto 416-972-1062

imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival

mid Oct

Since 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 Authors

Every October

The 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 Festival

mid Nov

The 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 Nov

Multi-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 Lights

end Nov

With 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


early Nov

Thousands 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 Festival

early Nov

The 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 Fair

early Nov

Royal 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 Festival

mid Nov

Canada'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 Parade


Started 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 Festival

This 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 Festival

late June

Known 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

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