With summer just kicking off, the city of Toronto has already gotten an extensive line-up of celebrations and exhibits for the next four months. These festivities take place in various parts of Toronto and are rich with culture, celebrating the wide diversity of individuals residing in the city. What’s the best part about these events? They are all free! So, if a vacation is not on the agenda this summer, there is no need to grieve about staying in the city. This summer, Toronto provides the ultimate cultural experience.
1. Toronto International Circus Festival (May 22 – May 24): Taking place in Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, this year’s Victoria Day weekend brings families all of the circus’s colourful visuals and captivating tricks for free. The show will feature world-class acrobats, fire-eaters and stilt walkers in addition to various comedic performances and daredevil stunts.
2. RBC desiFEST presented by Rogers (May 29): Canada’s only national South Asian Music Festival, desiFEST, will be taking place in downtown’s Dundas Square across from the Eaton Centre. DesiFEST will celebrate the allusive and energetic South Asian culture with a show packed with bhangra, hip-hop, DJs and amazing performers, including bhangra band Black Mahal.
3. Pride Toronto (June 25 – July 7): As one of the city’s eight ‘Signature Events’, Pride Toronto celebrates the diversity of LGBT community. The ten-day festival is one of the predominant arts and cultural events of Canada and the third largest pride event in the world. The celebration includes a three-day street festival, live entertainment, street fair with vendors and food stalls, Dyke and Trans March, and the Pride Parade.
4. Salsa on St. Clair (July 17 – July 18): Known as Canada’s largest Latino festival, Salsa on St. Clair attracts over 1 million people to the streets of Toronto every year. Since its premiere in 2005, the festival has provided the city a cultivating look at the colourful Latino culture. Based in Toronto’s Hillcrest Village, between Winona Drive and Christie Street, the celebration features live music, dance lessons, Latin food, and plenty of family activities.
5. Toronto Chinatown Festival (August 28 – August 29): In its tenth year of celebration, the Toronto Chinatown Festival is not only a tribute to the Chinese culture, but also a notable tourist attraction for the City of Toronto. Attracting over 100 000 people to its Spadina and Dundas location, the two-day festival includes a brilliant display of entertainment, food, music, and street markets.
For more information on City of Toronto events, visit www.toronto.ca.