GREATER TORONTO AREA EVENTS & FESTIVALS

On virtually every weekend all year long, there is a show or event in Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, Oakville, Richmond Hill or Pickering. You can be a chili tester at a chili fest, compare Elvis look-alikes, admire pristine antique cars, or enjoy a music festival. Entertainment, food and fun abound at the many events all across the province.

Fairs and Shows

Agricultural fairs tend to happen in the fall and are a great way to get caught up in the wonderful atmosphere of a small town, although Toronto does have some large ones too, including the world famous Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), both at Exhibition Place. Don’t forget about things like craft shows too – they’re all over the GTA.

Festivals

Music, food, cars…what piques your interest? Find a festival celebrating just about anything in the greater Toronto area, including Caribana, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival and more!

Exciting Events

Toronto isn’t just about festivals and fairs. Check out other events like Rogers Cup, Grand Prix Circuit car racing and Honda Indy, Fringe Theatre Festival, and TIFF.

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Canadian Tire Motorsport Park & Major Race Events

3233 Concession Road #10 , Bowmanville, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

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905-983-9141  www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com

Canada's Home of Motorsports! 900+ acre, multi-track facility features a 3.957 km road course; 2.88 km advanced driver & race driver training facility (Driver Development Centre) and a 1.5 km Karting Centre. Less than 1 hr East of Toronto. Presenting major league entertainment to fans since 1961.  » More

Beaches International Jazz Festival - July 6-29, 2018

The Beaches , Toronto, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

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416-698-2152  www.beachesjazz.com

Canada’s largest free jazz festival showcases jazz, blues, big band, vocalists, African, Caribbean, reggae, hip-hop, South American, Latin, rhythm & blues & more. The event takes places at several venues across the Queen East/Beaches area. The fest includes workshops, jam sessions, kids events & a streetfest on top of the performances.  » More

BIG on Bloor; Bloordale's Fest of Arts/Culture - July 21-28, 2018

Bloordale (Dufferin to Lansdowne along Bloor St.) , Toronto, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

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647-709-8337  bigonbloorfestival.com

A Top 20 Toronto Summer Festival! Celebrate community at a full day, car-free street celebration and week of site-based arts, culture & business projects - hands-on cultural projects, musical/performance acts, art, games, marketplace, architectural inventions, exhibitions & much more.  » More

CariVaughan Festival - August 11-12 2018

Mackenzie Glen District Park -Aug. 12 , Vaughan, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

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289-236-4343  www.carifestival.com

Experience the splendour of the Caribbean in Vaughan! Join us for a fun, family-friendly Caribbean festival celebrating the warm and vibrant culture with live music, food, kids zone and beautiful carnival costumes. Entertainment & programs include games, contests, Talent Show and a fabulous parade. Fun for all.  » More

JerkFest - Jerk Food Festival, Aug. 10-12, 2018

Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road , Etobicoke, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

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416-993-5123  www.jerkfestival.ca

Experience the tantalizing tastes, mysterious flavours & captivating aromas of unforgettable jerk food – chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood & vegetables. JerkFest has something for everyone to enjoy, including fun & food for the whole family. Live entertainment, Kids’ activities, prizes & lots more!  » More

Mississauga ITALFEST - Aug 17-18, 2018

200 City Centre Dr. Miss. Celebration Square , Mississauga, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

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647-966-4100  www.mississaugaitalfest.com

Mississauga’s first & premier Italian festival. One of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario. A free event celebrating all things Italian. Featuring delicious food & crafts from 50+ vendors & artisans, cultural & family-oriented activities, entertainment from local & international talent & more!  » More

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival - July 21-22, 2018

600 Dundas Street E, Regent Park , Toronto, Ontario
Greater Toronto Area

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416-848-3838  www.muhtadidrumfest.com

Join us for an outstanding drumming tribute to the music and cultures of Africa! The two-day multicultural extravaganza showcases over 30 talented performers/groups playing an eclectic array of drums from a beautiful mix of nations. Drumbeats at this Festival connect the heartbeats of Canada's enviable, harmonious combination of cultures.  » More

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