Summer in our fair city is no bummer. Quite the contrary: it’s downright delicious (if we do say so ourselves). That’s thanks in large part to Toronto’s terrific events. Here are 6 summer festivals in Toronto you’d be a fool to miss…
Celebrating its 25th birthday, this is bound to be the Fringe Fest’s best year yet. Look forward to old favourites and experimental works of all shapes and sizes, in venues scattered throughout the city, parties and a beer tent, free performances by buskers, bands and visual artists, and more. As per usual, its central point is the Bloor and Bathurst area, in and around Honest Ed’s. That’s where both the Fringe Club and Artist Alley will be set up and a large chunk of the action will be taking place.
July 3rd to 14th, 2013
The world’s largest wakeboarding festival and the largest summer action sports festival in Canada will soon be back in action. This weekend-long event – complete with live music (bands include Silversun Pickups and the Sheepdogs), a beer garden and bikini contest – is sure to make a real splash this summer. Taking place in Collingwood (cottage country), buy your tickets by mid-June at the latest, before prices take a significant jump… just like contestants.
August 9th to 11th, 2013
One of Canada’s most beloved cultural festivals with an estimated attendance of over 1.2 million, this is a 10-day event not to be missed. A celebration of the history, diversity, courage and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies) communities, it’s a wonderful opportunity to party with gusto in support of acceptance, individuality and Canada’s colourful cultural mosaic.
The Festival – June 21st to 30th, 2013 | Pride Weekend – June 29th to 30th, 2013
Digital Dreams Music Festival
This Canada Day weekend, the Digital Dreams Music Fest will definitely be where it’s at. Taking place at the Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (Ontario Place), it’s where all the cool kids will be rocking out to the electric beats of the best of ‘em (including Tiesto, Porter Robinson, Paul Van Dyk, Wolfgang Gartner and more). Buy tickets while you still can! They’re going like hotcakes.
June 29th to 30th, 2013
Toronto Beer Festival
Time to get your drink on! There’s no better excuse to sprout a beer belly than for this much-anticipated event, an ode to the beloved golden beverage. A fun-filled celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, it will be hosted by experts of the brewing craft from around the globe and feature over 200 brands on-site.
July 26th to 28th, 2013
Ontario’s premier festival of cutting-edge, exciting, professional theatre, this is one for drama buffs to really get excited about. The biggest juried festival in Canada, it will feature mostly New Canadian plays and uniquely reflect the cultural zeitgeist of our times. We hope to see you in the audience, fellow mortals.
August 8th to 18th, 2013