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6 Summer Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

By Natalie Wednesday, May 15, 2024

As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, Ontarians eagerly anticipate the arrival of summer—a season synonymous with outdoor fun, vibrant celebrations, and unforgettable festivals. Ontario, renowned for its rich cultural tapestry and diverse communities, hosts an array of festivals that cater to every interest and taste. Whether you’re a music aficionado, a foodie, or a nature enthusiast, there’s something for everyone to revel in. Let’s dive into the top six summer festivals in Ontario for 2024 that promise to deliver memorable experiences.


Kingston Buskers Rendezvous

Downtown Kingston | July 4 – 7, 2024

Prepare to be amazed at the Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, where the streets of Kingston come alive with mesmerizing performances by world-class buskers, jugglers, magicians, and street performers. This family-friendly festival delights audiences of all ages with its whimsical charm and captivating acts.


Hot in Toronto

Toronto | June 22, 2024

hot in Toronto

This summer is getting hot, hot, hot at the Hot in Toronto Musical Festival.

Look forward to the spiciest lineup of iconic stars ready to bring you an early-2000s summer-filled, electrifying performance.

The featured artists scheduled to perform are Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Bow Wow, Lil Kim, Mya, Mario, and Fabolous.

So grab your tickets here and your besties and get ready for the summer festival of the year.


Scarborough Folk Fest

Thomson Memorial Park | July 27-28, 2024

Take yourself east for a celebration of community, culture and classic folk music at the Scarborough Folk Fest.

Take in the chill vibes of soul-stirring melodies with your family and friends. It’s a perfect weekend full of history and culture. Enjoy the relaxation the park offers as you indulge in a picnic feast, and let the historic and enchanting tunes take you to a world of serenity and joy.


Festival of Friends

Hamilton | August 2 – 5, 2024

Wrap up the summer season with the Festival of Friends in Hamilton, Ontario. This free outdoor music and arts festival showcases a diverse lineup of performers, artisans, and food vendors, making it the perfect destination for a weekend of fun and entertainment for the whole family.


Ottawa Bluesfest

LeBreton Flats Park | July 4 – 14, 2024

Music enthusiasts rejoice as the Ottawa Bluesfest returns with another stellar lineup of acclaimed artists and electrifying performances. Held annually on the banks of the Rideau Canal, this multi-genre music festival features everything from blues and rock to hip-hop and electronic music. This year’s headliners include Mother Mother, Nickelback, 50 Cent, Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Neil Young Crazy Horse, Tyler Childers, Mötley Crüe, Nas & more! The Ottawa Bluesfest continues to draw crowds from near and far, making it a highlight of the summer festival season.


Niagara Grape & Wine Festival

Various Wineries, Niagara Falls Region / September 20 – 29, 2024

Indulge your senses at the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival, a celebration of Ontario’s thriving wine industry and culinary delights. Set amidst the stunning vineyards of the Niagara Region, this festival offers wine tastings, gourmet food pairings, live entertainment, and interactive wine seminars. The festival caps off with a three-day celebration of Niagara wine at the historic Montebello Park with 100+ Niagara VQA wines, tasty local cuisine and 50+ hours of live music. A unique experience you won’t want to miss!

These top six summer festivals in Ontario for 2024 are just a taste of Ontario’s vibrant festival scene. For a full list of festivals in events in Ontario check out our Festival Listings Page or visit our Event Calendar and search by region.

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