ANNUAL EVENTS
ANNUAL EVENTS
TORONTO & ONTARIO ANNUAL EVENTS
There's no better time to get to know the people and city of Toronto than July, as is well illustrated below. Still, you'll find much going on year-round amongst the highlights we have listed. Two other key resources are located here in the Toronto Aforum Event Listings & Ontario & Canada Annual Festival Web Guides.
Additions Welcome.

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July    

Canada Day - July 1st

In 1982, "Canada Day" became the official name for July 1. Before then the day was known not only as Dominion Day but also as First of July, Confederation Day and July the First.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoIt's Your Festival takes place in Gage Park, Hamilton over Canada Day Weekend. A multicultural celebration of Canada Day. More info: 905-525-2297

UNISONG takes place over Canada Day Weekend in Ottawa. Youth and children's choirs from every province and territory united in song - culminating in a thrilling massed performance on Canada Day. More info: (613) 234-3360 or www.abc.ca

More July Events

The Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival continue through May (see April for more info)

Ottawa Jazz Festival
When: Through early July
Where: Confederation Park, Ottawa
More info: 613-241-2633
The second longest continuous-running jazz festival in Canada.

York Shakespeare Festival
When: July & August
Where: Newmarket, Ontario
More info: (905) 954-1571
Annual tented festival at Fairy Lake in Newmarket.

The Fringe: Toronto's Theatre Festival
When: 12 days, early July
Where: Various venues
More info: (416) 966-1062
950 performances, 128 plays, 21 venues, 12 days.

Northern Lights Festival Boreal
When: First weekend
Where: Sudbury, Ontario
More info: (705) 674-5512 or 1-800-465-6655
Canada's Longest Running Festival of Music and the Arts.

Ottawa Bluesfest
When: 10 days, mid-July
Where: Downtown Ottawa, by City Hall
More info: (613) 247-1188 or 1-866-258-3748
Canada's fastest growing celebration of Blues and Gospel music.

Mariposa Folk Festival
When: Second weekend
Where: Tuhope Park, Orillia
More info: (705) 329-2333
Not just a folk festival, this weekend event also includes an artisan's village.

Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
When: Second weekend
Where: Yonge Street
More info: 416-395-0490
More than one million revellers over three days and five festival sites along Yonge Street. .

Porquis Blues Festival
When: Second weekend
Where: Porquis, Ontario
More info: (705) 232 6071
The festival features 12 hours of uninterrupted Blues Music.

Molson Indy: Toronto
When: Second weekend
Where: Exhbitiion Place
More info: 416-872-INDY
Since 1985 the world's best Indy drivers race through downtown at speeds of up to 300km/hour.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhbition
When: Second weekend
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
More info: (416) 408-2754
Over 500 artists carefully selected for juried exhibition, with prizes in 15 media categories.

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous
When: Second weekend
Where: Kingston, Ontario
More info: 613-548-4415 or 888-855-4555
Street performers with talents ranging from fire eating, to sword swallowing, to comedy, perform for crowds of thousands.

Beaches International Jazz Festival
When: 10 days, mid-July
Where: Eastern Beaches, Lake Ontario
More info: 416-698-2152
The largest free jazz festival in Canada takes place against the backdrop of beautiful Lake Ontario
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International GALA Choruses Festival
When: One week, mid-July
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
More info: 202-467-5830
Gay and lesbian singers from all over the country in a sonic celebration and a rousing display of unity
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Coldwater Stampede
When: Third weekend
Where: Coldwater, Ontario
More info: (705) 686-7558
"Greatest little rodeo in the East."

Sarnia Bayfest
When: Third weekend
Where: Sarnia, Ontario
More info: (519) 542-1997
Big-name entertainment only a short distance from Sarnia's picturesque waterfront.

Women's Voices Festival
When: Fourth weekend
Where: Bean Town Ranch
three day outdoor festival created by women ENTIRELY for women.

Hillside Community Festival
When: Fourth weekend
Where: Hillside, Ontario
More info: 519-763-6396
Three days of song, dance & story on five island stages.

Glengarry Highland Games
When: Last weekend of July
Where: Maxville, Ontario
More info: 613.525.1422
Highland dance and pipe band competitions since 1948.

Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
When: Late July through early August
Where: Various venues, Ottawa
More info: (613) 234-8008
The OCMS mandate is to make classical music accessible to everyone through low-ticket prices.

Toronto Carnival || What's New|| Events
Caribana, Canada's largest street festival, is a West Indian carnival that lasts for 18 days. It ends on the first Monday in August and features a fantastic parade of music and dance the Saturday before. Toronto is one of just NINE Leading Cities supported by Carnaval.com for extra special attention in recognition of their contribution to harmonious Global Millennium Rhythms
August  

The Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival continue through May (see April for more info)

Ontario Rennaisance Festival
When: Six weeks: Late July through Labour Day Weekend
Where: Milton, Ontario
More info: (800) 734-3779
All the fun of 16th century England, with food, crafts and games of chance.

Some of the finest singers, songwriters and performers Canada has to offer.

York Shakespeare Festival
When: July & August
Where: Newmarket, Ontario
More info: (905) 954-1571
Annual tented festival at Fairy Lake in Newmarket.

Western Manitoulin Folk's Fair
Where: Manitoulin Island, Ontario
More info: (705) 437-1634
Celebrates bluegrass, celtic and traditional country music.

Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
When: Late July through early August
Where: Various venues, Ottawa
More info: (613) 234-8008
The OCMS mandate is to make classical music accessible to everyone through low-ticket prices.

Rockhound Gemboree
When: First weekend
Where: Bancroft, Ontario
Canada's largest gem & mineral show.

Festival of Friends
When: First weekend
Where: Hamilton, Ontario
More info: 905 777 9777
Providing the hottest, newest and most original material and artists from across the country.

Fergus Scottish Festival
When: Second weekend
Where: Fergus, Ontario
More info: 519.787.0099
Three days of Scotland.

Fergus Scottish Festival
When: Second weekend
Where: North Bay, Ontario
More info: 705.499.0728
A variety of events by the North Bay Waterfront: games, live music, silent auction and more.

Tennis: Rogers Cup
When: Mid-August
Where: Rexall Centre
Since 1892, the best players in women's tennis have competed in this tournament..

Central Canadian Exhbition Association
When: 11 days, Mid-August
Where: Ottawa More:
Half-a-million make the trip to this long-standing exhibtion.

Havelock Country Jamboree
When: 4 days, Mid-August
Where: Havelock, Ontario
More info: (800) 539-3353 or (705) 778-3353
All your favourite country artists performing on our twin outdoor stages.

Summerfolk
When: Third weekend
Where: Kelso Beach Park
More info: 519-371-2995
Folk music from the shores of beautiful Kelso Beach Park.

Markham Jazz Festival
When: Third weekend
Where: Markham, Ontario
More info: (905) 471-JAZZ (5299)
Three day outdoor jazz festival.

Canadian National Exhbition
When: 18 days. Late August through Labour Day Weekend.
Where: Exhibition Place
More info: 416 393 6300
Possibly the world's largest annual fair, with some big-name concert performances, a huge midway of amusement rides, restored turn-of-the-century exhibition buildings, and the Canadian International Air Show on the last 3 days. 

CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival
When: Last weekend
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
More info: 613-230-8234
Known for its relaxed atmosphere and avid grassroots following, the CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival has become one of the most popular folk festivals in Eastern Canada.

Eaglewood Folk Festival
When: Last weekend
Where: Eaglewood Resort, Pefferlaw, Ontario
More info: (705) 437-1634

Brantford Elvis Festival
When: Last weekend
Where: Brantford, Ontario
Grab your Hound Dog, put on your Blue Suede Shoes, hop in your Pink Cadillac and Shake Rattle and Roll.

Limestone City Blues Festival
When: Last weekend
Where: Kingston, Ontario
Every August Downtown Kingston gets the beat as chords of great blues music fills the air!

September    

The Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival continue through May (see April for more info)

Search festivals.com for September agricultural festivals throughout Ontario. Russell Fair takes place over the second weekend of September, while the Great Northern Exhibition and Richmond Fair take place mid-month.

Labour Day Weekend:
Steam-Era is an annual event held at the Milton fairgrounds.
100's of tractors and stationary engines along with antique cars, models and agricultural displays recreate life in the rural country a 100 years ago.
Toronto City Roots Song Celebration takes place in the Distillery District over Labour Day Weekend.
A roots/folk/blues/local heritage festival with international flavour.
Urban Music Festival takes place in Ottawa at Confederation Park over Labour Day Weekend.
Dance to R&B, reggae and hip-hop over Labour Day Weekend.
Canada National Exhibition, possible the world's largets fair, wraps up on Labor Day Weekend with the Canadian National Air Show.

Ontario Rennaisance Festival
When: Six weeks: Late July through Labour Day Weekend
Where: Milton, Ontario
More info: (800) 734-3779
All the fun of 16th century England, with food, crafts and games of chance.

Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture
When: First Week
Where: Harbourfront Centre
Drawing on the wisdom of the past and the creativity of the present, to create and express a living, breathing Yiddish culture.

Vegetarian Food Fair
Toronto Vegetarian AssociationWhen: Second Weekend
Where: Harbourfront Centre
Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Admission is free!

Cabbagetown Cultural Festival
When: Second Weekend
Where: Carlton & Parliament Streets
More info: (416) 921-0857
Events include Grand Parade, Short Film & Video Festival, Restaurant & Pub Crawl, Marketplace, South Asian Stage, Craft Shows, and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival.

Toronto International Film Festival
When: 10 days, mid-September.
More info:
(416) 968-FILM (968-3456)
Since 1975. Showing over 250 films for marathon movie watching & deal-making.

Annual Celtic Festival
When: Usually third weekend of September.
Where: Owen Sound
More info:
5193719833
Highlights include a Mass Pipe Band Parade featuring 200 pipers from all over Ontario, lively downtown street festival, evening concerts with world-class entertainers, busking competition, and lots more..

Toronto In-Water Boat Show
When: Usually third weekend of September
Where: Ontario Place
More info:
(905) 951-0009
Hundreds of different types of boat are on show, from kayaks, sailboats and tugs to inflatables, yachts and powerboats, attracting more than 100,000 visitors every year.

Harvest Festival - A Celebration of the Season
When: Late September
Where: Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre
More info:
(416) 396-2819
An afternoon of music, entertainment, arts and crafts, and 19th century culinary presentations by Todmorden's costumed staff. Free, though donations are appreciated.

The Word on the Street Festival
When: Late September
Where: Queen's Park

Authors, poets, storytellers, and entertainers take part in this annual event .

Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival 
When: Late September
Where: Wellesley Village, southern Ontario.
More info: 519.656.2400 or 519.656.2078
Something for everyone at one day fair:
markets, quilt auction, stage coach, tours, boat regatta, horseshoe tournament and ... did we mention apple butter?

Niagara Grape and Wine Festival
When: Late September
Where: Niagara Wine Region
More info:
(905) 688-0212
Ontario's wine-growing region offers 10 days of special wine tastings,  tours, concerts and more. Since 1952.
Learn more about the wineries of the Niagara region at winesofontario.org.

October    

 

The Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival continue through May (see April for more info)

 

Toronto Trails Festival
When: Every weekend in October
Where: Throughout Toronto
More info: (416) 598-3300 ext. 1
Guided trail walks, prizes, information about walking and hiking in the City and a chance to discover the greener-side of Toronto.

The Faire at the Forks - Heritage Days
When: First weekend
Where: Chatham, Ontario
More info: (519) 351-2958
Enter a world of muskets and lanterns, haversacks and reticules, of bartering and trading where wood smoke hangs low over army encampments and the sound of dulcimer music drifts up from the river.

Kawartha Farmfest
When: First weekend
Where: Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
More info: (705) 324-9411 Ext: 208
Take part in the two day driving tour of local farms and rural attractions.

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
When: First weekend
Where: Port Elgin, Ontario
More info: 800-387-3456
More than 55,000 visitors last year passed through the Pumpkinfest gates in Port Elgin to watch dedicated growers of giant vegetables compete for the World title.

Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show
When: One week, early October
Where: Simcoe, Ontario
More info: (519) 426-7280
This is the fifth largest Fair in Ontario (other 4 are Canadian National Exhibition, Royal Winter Fair, Ottawa Exhibition, and the Western Fair).

International Home Show 
When: Four days. Thanksgiving weekend
Where: International Centre - 6900 Airport Road, Toronto, Ontario
2.5 km north of the Toronto International Airport
More info: (416) 512-1305
Canada's largest Fall Home features 250,000 sq. ft. of home products and services on display under one roof.

Rockton World's Fair  
When: Four days. Thanksgiving weekend
Where: Rockton Fairgrounds, Ontario
More info: 519-647-2502
Large country agricultural fair with heavy and light horses, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, poultry and waterfowl, goat shows.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoKitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
When: Nine days, early to mid-October
Where: Kitchener, Ontario
More info: 519-570-HANS
Since 1969, the internationally famous festival features a big parade on Canadian Thanksgiving. Just one hour from Toronto.

Canadian International MarathonCanadian International Marathon
When: Third weekend of October
More info: (416) 972-1062
The one and only marathon in Toronto also features a 5k run and half-marathon .

Toronto Ski Show1999 K-W Oktoberfest Logo
When: Third weekend of October
Where: Automotive Building, Exhibition Place
More info: (888) 695-2677
Canada's largest ski and snowboard consumer show. Alpine, snowboard, cross country, and travel exhibitors.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoUkrainian Festival Yarmarok
When: Third weekend of October
Where: Sudbury, Ontario
More info: (705) 566-4050
A festival celebrating Ukrainian Heritage with a Cabaret Evening and dance, performances including traditional folk dancing, arts/crafts, music, singing and great food.

RESFEST Touring Digital Film Festival: Toronto
When: Late October
Where: Royal Cinema
More info: 212 320 3750
The Toronto leg of the ground-breaking digital film festival. Music videos, shorts, full-length features, and retrospectives.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoInternational Festival of Authors
When: 11 days, late October
Where: Harbourfront Centre
A stellar line up of the world’s most exciting literary voices awaits you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our festival guide listing in Aforum:


Festival Finder Music Festivals || Ontario
Search over 1500 Music festivals under music genre, date or region. Most links contain their own web site to give you timely info.

www.FestivalSeeker.com 
Specializing in Canadian Events & Festivals.  Launched in 1999, From music, dance and theatre to sports and food.  Something for everyone. Including industry links

Festivals.com festivals.com/
Web's largest collection of festival links (over 30,000) with descriptions and web sites.

Global Directory to June Gay & Lesbian Pride Events
Throughout Canada and beyond.

Resurgence Theatre Company - York Shakespeare Festival - is resurgence.on.ca ||Events

 

November    

Free ice skating (if you have your own skates) at Harbourfront Centre's Natrel Skating Rink, Canada's largest artificial outdoor rink.

Veterans' Week leads up to Remembrance Day on November 11.

The Stratford Festival closes (see April for more info)
From classic Elizabethan theatre to contemporary shows, this world-renowned festival has something for everyone. Runs April to Nov. (519) 273-1600 1-800-567-1600.

Shaw Festival Closes see (April for more info)

SooRyu Dance Festival
When: Second weekend of November
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
More info: (416) 973-4000
The Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada explores how legends affect the human psyche and enrich our collective unconsciousness in this three day festival.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoCanadian Aboriginal Festival
When: Last weekend of November
Where: SkyDome
More info: 519 751 0040
The Toronto Pow Wow is the central core of this three-day festival.

One of a Kind Craft Show1999 K-W Oktoberfest Logo
When: Late November to early December
Where: National Trade Centre
More info: 416 960 3680
hundreds of artisans from across Canada selling hand-crafted works, from jewellery, pottery, woodwork and glass to ironwork, clothing and visual art.. Pefect for Christmas shopping!

 
The Royal LogoRoyal Agricultural Winter Fair 
When: 10 days, early to mid-November
Where: National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place
More info: 416 263-3400
The world's largest indoor agricultural, horticultural & equestrian competition has been a tradition since 1922. Royal Horse show, auctions and agricultural displays attract a broad spectrum to Exhibition Place.
November 25: Feast of Alexandria, patron saint of philosophers and virgins. She was reported to have been tortured on a spiked wheel, giving rise to the modern day firework 'Catherine wheel,' which spins and throws off coloured lights. Her French-Canadian connection is with 17th century teacher, Marguerite Bourgeoys, who founded an order of teaching nuns and was herself canonized in 1982.

Get into the Christmas Spirit!

Santa Claus Parade
When: 4th weekend of November
The Toronto Santa Claus Parade kicks off the holiday season for millions of Canadians watching on TV. Marching bands, floats and clowns!

The Christmas Art & Craft Show in Thorold brings in designers and craftspeople from across Ontario to Nova Scotia. Third weekend. More info: 905 227 7248

A Capitol Christmas in Port Hope takes place at Capitol Theatre, Canada's only atmospheric theatre. Over 80 trees and thousands of twinkling lights. From the last weekend of November to one week before Christmas. More info: Capitol Theatre web site || (800) 434-5092

The Christmas Magic Lights Display in Cobourg's Victoria Park over 100,000 coloured lights. From the final weekend of November to New Year's Day. More info: (888) 262-6874

How about another parade? There's another Santa Claus Parade on the last weekend of November in Oakville. More info: (905) 845-6601 Ext: 3154

 

December    

Free ice skating (if you have your own skates) at Harbourfront Centre's Natrel Skating Rink, Canada's largest artificial outdoor rink.

'Tis the Season: Christmas Happenings

Need a little help with your Christmas shopping? One of a Kind Craft Show runs to early December National Trade Centre. If you're near Niagara Falls try the Art by the Falls Annual Christmas Art &Craft Show. More info: (905) 227-7248

A Capitol Christmas in Port Hope takes place at Capitol Theatre, Canada's only atmospheric theatre. Over 80 trees and thousands of twinkling lights. From the last weekend of November to one week before Christmas. More info: Capitol Theatre web site || (800) 434-5092

Also in Port Hope: A Candlelight Christmas with thousands of decorative lights in Memorial Park's Victorian Village setting, from late November until one week before Christmas. Or, check out the Santa Claus Parade, which takes place during the first weekend of December. More info on both these events: (888) 767-8467

The Christmas Magic Lights Display in Cobourg's Victoria Park over 100,000 coloured lights. From the final weekend of November to New Year's Day. More info: (888) 262-6874

Doon by Lantern Light Tour in Kitchener takes place for two weeks during the first half of December. Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century. Enjoy a carol concert in the church, a horse drawn wagon ride and a lantern lit walking tour of the village. Info/tickets: (519) 748-1914

Hanover Christmas In The Country takes place during the second full weekend of December at Headquarters Conservation Area. Different activities and attractions take place at each of the buildings on the grounds, keeping visitors amused and entertained. More info: (519) 364-1255

Horse-Drawn Christmas Carolling takes place over the two weekends before Christmas at Ottawa's historic ByMarket. Free event! More info: (613) 562-3325

Ring in the New Year: New Years Eve Events

December  31, at Harbourfront Centre
A family-orientated, alcohol free New Year's Eve celebration. Extended programming activities now begin at noon. Start with the creative, interactive Imagination Market, where patrons can transform themselves for the People's Parade. The parade leads up to the "mini midnight" designed for our youngest revellers. Non-stop entertainment and a fireworks extravaganza at midnight.

More family oriented New Years Events outside Toronto
The town of Windsor has a family-friendly New Year's Eve event. For more info on the Windsor event: (519) 971-0950 or canadasouthfestivals.com. Brantford Mall has a free event for kids, and it's early enough in the evening for youngsters to enjoy. More info: (519) 750-9421

First Night Toronto is the city's annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing and visual arts! Events begins on the 29th. There is also a First Night event in Cobourg.

New Year's Eve at City Hall, Dec. 31  
The glowing Christmas lights surrounding City Hall where many of the city's top performers will entertain you for the start of another great year  free.
Gen. info. 416-392-0458

January    

Free ice skating (if you have your own skates) at Harbourfront Centre's Natrel Skating Rink, Canada's largest artificial outdoor rink. Also, ice canoe racing is staged at Harbourfront.on.ca/ in January!

Toronto International Boat Show
When: 9 days, mid-January
Where: National Trade Centre Exhibition Place
Advance Discount Tickets: 905.951.0009
Canada's largest marine marketplace, showcasing more than 1,000 paddle boats, runabouts, fishing boats, performance boats, sport boats, sailboats and luxury yachts, plus engine manufacturer displays and acres of marine gifts and accessories.

Chinese New Year
When: First full moon after Jan. 21 and before Feb. 19
Where: Exhibition Place
Advance Discount Tickets: 416 483 8218
The biggest Chinese New Year event in Canada draws thousands of visitors to Exhibition Place in Toronto.

The Winter Antiques Show
When: 8 days, last week of January
Where: Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre
More info: (613) 521-1970 || Anitques Showsales International
Canada's largest marine marketplace, showcasing more than 1,000 paddle boats, runabouts, fishing boats, performance boats, sport boats, sailboats and luxury yachts, plus engine manufacturer displays and acres of marine gifts and accessories.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoWinterCity Festival
When: Two weeks, late Jan to mid Feb
Where: Throughout Toronto
More info: 416 395 0490
A flurry of top free entertainment and a showcase of the city's vibrant arts scene. Forget the weather and join the party in the world's coolest winter city!

 

February    

Free ice skating (if you have your own skates) at Harbourfront Centre's Natrel Skating Rink, Canada's largest artificial outdoor rink.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoWinterCity Festival
When: Two weeks, late Jan to mid Feb
Where: Throughout Toronto
More info: 416 395 0490
A flurry of top free entertainment and a showcase of the city's vibrant arts scene. Forget the weather and join the party in the world's coolest winter city!

ESP Psychic Expo & Psychic, Mystic's and Seer's Fair
When: First weekend
Where: Exhibition Place
More info: 416 461 5306
Along with the speakers and lectures there are demonstrations of palmistry, numerology, astrological predictions tailored to your individual details and even demonstrations on the paranormal.

Annual Orchid Fair
When: Second weekend
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden
More info: www.soos.ca
Along with the speakers and lectures there are demonstrations of palmistry, numerology, astrological predictions tailored to your individual details and even demonstrations on the paranormal.

Canadian International Auto Show1999 K-W Oktoberfest Logo
When: 10 days, mid-February
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the SkyDome
More info: 905 940 2800
Thousands of new cars and trucks from major manufacturers, including motorsports vehicles, classics and prototypes as well as accessories.

Annual Winterama
When: Third Weekend
Where: Penetanguishene, Ontario
More info: (705) 549-7453
Ontario's oldest winter carnival. Celebrate the cultural diversity of an area seeped in history. Activities for the whole family include a parage, ice fishing, entertainment and more.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoSpring Fishing Show
When: Four days, end of Feb
Where: International Centre
More info: (416) 764-1642
Four days of fishing madness inclues in-depth seminars, youth exhibits, location displays and more.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoOutdoor Adventure Sport Show
When:
Last weekend
Where: International Centre
More info: 905-477-2677 or 1-800-891-4859
Explore the best outdoor gear and travel experiences, with over 300 exhibitors, all under one roof!

March    

Free ice skating (if you have your own skates) at Harbourfront Centre's Natrel Skating Rink, Canada's largest artificial outdoor rink.

Canadian Music Week1999 K-W Oktoberfest Logo
When: 4 days, in early March (but varies by year)
Where: Throughout Toronto
More info: 416-695-9236
One price allows admission into all 25 Toronto venues at this music industry schmooze fest. Find all manner of music amongst the 250 acts.

International Home & Garden Show
When: 4 days, mid-March
Where: International Centre
More info: 416-512-1305
Canada's largest indoor garden and flower show.1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoCanada Blooms: Toronto Flower & Garden Show
When: 5 days, mid-March
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
More info: 416 447 8655
Canada Blooms celebrates the best in Canadian gardening and floral design, with more than 250 exhibitors and 40 feature gardens.Toronto Model Railway Show
When: Third weekend
Where: Toronto Congress Centre
More info: 416 536 2894
A railway enthusiast's paradise, with several kilometres of model railway tracks used for fabulous demonstrations.1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoToronto Sportsmen's Show
When: 5 days, mid-March
Where: National Trade Centre, Exhibition Place
More info: (416) 695-0311 or 1-888-695-2677
Exhibitors will feature an extensive assortment of fishing equipment and outdoor gear - from the latest in fishing and leisure boats to tents and backpacks, ATVs and motorcycles, and canoes and kayaks.1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoAntiques Canada
When: Fourth weekend
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
More info: 800 667 0619
Brings over 100 dealers to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Visitors can find everything from European formal furniture to antique toys.Toronto International Choral Festival
When: 5 days, late March to Early April
Where: Toronto
More info: (613) 234-3360 || www.abc.ca
Choirs from all over the world come together to sing in Toronto.

One of a Kind Craft Show1999 K-W Oktoberfest Logo
When: 5 days, late March to Early April
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
More info: 416 960 3680
Bi-annual show features hundreds of artisans from across Canada selling hand-crafted works, from jewellery, pottery, woodwork and glass to ironwork, clothing and visual art..

April    

Shaw Festival Opens
Annual summer festival by 2nd largest repertory company in North America, presenting works of Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, "plays about the beginning of the modern world") and others. Held April to November in the pretty town of Niagara-on-the Lake in three theatres. 20 minutes from the falls and two hours from Toronto.

tshome.gif (12256 bytes)The Stratford Festival
From classic Elizabethan theatre to contemporary shows, this world-renowned festival has something for everyone. Runs April to Nov. (519) 273-1600 or 1-800-567-1600.

 

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoOne of a Kind Craft Show
When: 5 days, late March to Early April
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
More info: 416 960 3680
Bi-annual show features hundreds of artisans from across Canada selling hand-crafted works, from jewellery, pottery, woodwork and glass to ironwork, clothing and visual art..

Toronto International Choral Festival
When: 5 days, late March to Early April
Where: Toronto
More info: (613) 234-3360 || www.abc.ca
Choirs from all over the world come together to sing in Toronto.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoSunderland Maple Syrup Festival
When: First weekend
Where: Sunderland, Ontario
More info: (705) 357-1674
As well as a fun weekend based on the Canadian maple syrup theme, the Festival is a way to raise money for important community causes.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest Logo

Toronto Wine & Cheese Show
When: Second weekend
Where: International Centre
More info: 416 229 2060
Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and spirits - available at cost price.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoImages Festival
When: 10 days, mid-April
Where: Assorted Venues
More info: 416.971.8405
Since 1988, one of the most engaging and brave festivals for the independent film and video community. The Images Festival is the largest event of its kind in Canada.

Creative Sewing & Needlework Festival
When: Fourth weekend
Where: International centre
More info: 1.800.291.2030 or 905.709.0100
Hundreds of free seminars, demos and hands-on activities by celebrity & industry experts, fabulous fashion shows, over 400 exhibits, and extraordinary shopping.

May    

The Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival continue through May (see April for more info)

 

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1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoContact
When: Through May
Where: Various venues in Toronto
More info: 416 203 2500 or 1 800 363 1990
The largest annual photography event in North America. More than 250,000 visitors and 140 exhibits and special events. The aim is to celebrate photography and introduce the general public to a diversity of styles.

A Noteworthy "Spring" Art & Craft Show
When: Early May
Where: St. Catharines, Ontario
More info: (905) 227-7248
Juried artists/artisans from across Ontario displaying and selling Jewellery, Clothing for both children & adults, Pottery, Floral designs, Home Decor and Accessories, original Art, Antique Reproductions, Wrought Iron plus much more.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoCanadian Tulip Festival
When: Early to Mid-May
Where: Ottawa
More info: (819) 772-7999
Millions of tulips will blossom in May in Canada's scenic Capital Region, North America's Tulip Capital, creating an exotic mosaic of colour and beauty along a 15 km Tulip Route through Ottawa and Gatineau.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoInside Out: Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival
When: 11 days, end of May
Where: Toronto
More info: 416. 977-6847
Canada’s pre-eminent exhibition of queer film and video from around the world
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1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoMILK International Children's Festival
When: 8 days, end of May
Where: Harbourfront Centre
More info: 416-973-4000
More than 100 of the world's finest children's performers present a week of theater, dance, and music, from Chinese acrobatics to African storytelling.
Usually starts on Mother's Day.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoNational Capital Race Weekend
When: Last weekend of May
Where: Ottawa
More info: (613) 234-2221
Premier running festival includes
ING Ottawa Marathon and Half Marathon. MDS Nordion 10K and the Ottawa Citizen 5K. Also includes 2K and inline skate events..

 

June    

The Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival continue through May (see April for more info)

 

Spring on King Street Festival
When: First weekend in June
Where: Downtown Cobourg , Ontario
More info: (888) 262-6874 or www.cobourg.ca
Live entertainment, beach volleyball on the street, pet show and contests.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoCanada Dance Festival
When: 10 days, early June
Each Festival presents 30-50 companies and individual artists from across Canada
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Sound of Music Festival 1999 K-W Oktoberfest Logo
When: 4 days, mid-June
Where: Spencer Smith Park, Burlington Downtown & Waterfront
More info: 905-333-6364
Free music festival on six stages. Since 1980.

St. Nicholas Festival
When: Two weekends in mid June
Where: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3840 Finch Avenue
More info: (416) 291.4367
Greek live entertainment, fun, food, and beverage. One of the biggest outdoor festivals!

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoCanadian Aviation Expo (Formerly Toronto Aviation and Aircraft Show)
When: Third weekend of June
Where: Oshawa Airport
More info: 1-866-309-9537
Over 200 exhibitors, over 100 display aircraft, the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and thousands of fly-in aircraft converge on Oshawa to show case the very best in aviation.

Tottenham Blue Grass Festival1999 K-W Oktoberfest Logo
When: Third weekend of June
Where: One the shores of Tottenham Pond
More info: 1-888-BLUGRAS or (905) 936-4100
Three days of bluegrass in a natural ampitheatre setting.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoThunder Bay Children's Festival
When: Third weekend of June
Where: Thunder Bay Auditorium
More info: (807) 343-2324
A festival to thrill, entertain and educate thousands of children from across the region.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoToronto International Dragon Boat Festival
When: Third weekend of June
Where: Toronto Centre Island
More info: 416-595-1739
A race around Toronto's island parks plus other multicultural activites.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoOakville Waterfront Festival
When: Last weekend of June
Where: Coronation Park, Oakville
More info: 905-847-7975
Theme park, fireworks, music, crafts and more.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoInternational Caravan
When: Traditionally June, but may vary by year
Where: Toronto
More info: 416-977-0466
Multi-ethnic celebration, with some 40 pavillions representing Toronto's different communities.

1999 K-W Oktoberfest LogoFestival of Fire
When: Late June to Early July
Where: Ontario Place
More info: 416-314-9900
This international fireworks competition set to music lights up Lake Ontario and dazzles over two million spectators annually.
 

Toronto's Downtown Jazz Festival
When: 10 days, Late June to Early July
Where:
Assorted Venues
In late June you will find over 2,000 international artists performing all styles of jazz and more at 60 venues over 10 days for this world renowned festival.



Pride Toronto Logo
Toronto Gay & Lesbian Pride Celebration
When: Late June
More info: Global Directory || 416) 927-7433
Culminates in a whopping Pride Day Parade with over 750,000 in attendance to celebrate individuality, diversity, and freedom of sexual expression. Many events surround the Carnival-like finale on the last Sunday. Gen. info.

Ottawa Jazz Festival
When: Late June through early July
Where: Confederation Park, Ottawa
More info: 613-241-2633
The second longest continuous-running jazz festival in Canada.

Festival/Event Guides

Guide to Toronto Events on aforum

Toronto & Ontario Annual Festivals & Event WebGuides
Check for what's new in our community section.Like the web, it's always changing. These main Toronto pages get their major makeover around Late June. Advertisements welcome anytime 

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Unlike New York and San Francisco, Toronto's Citysearch database has no peer. Search for restaurants, events, movie listings & more. 
Harbourfront CentreThe venue that supports more can't miss events is a good bet year round.
  


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