Best Attractions absolutely in toronto – part 1

Canada Blooms: The Toronto Flower and
Garden Festival
100 Princes’ Blvd.,
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
416-447-8655; 1-800-730-1020
March 14 to 23, 2014. Canada Blooms co-locates with The National Home Show to create North America’s largest home and garden event at the Direct Energy Centre. 14148 1041



Canadian Music Week
May 6 to 10, 2014. With 800 artists, 60 venues and an eclectic mix of films, Canadian Music Week is an annual international music convention featuring Canada’s largest new music festival—Canadian Music Fest—a film festival and a comedy festival. 14515 18113


Canadian National Exhibition
210 Princes’ Blvd., Exhibition Place
August 15 to September 1, 2014. One of the largest annual fairs in North America, the CNE offers a variety of entertainment, including shows and concerts, Kids’ World, a large carnival midway, a working farm, shopping, an air show and more.


Carabram, Brampton’s Multicultural Festival
Pavilions located throughout Brampton
July 2014. Experience the world through Carabram, Brampton’s Multicultural Festival. 14783 19470


Carassauga Festival
5600 Rose Cherry Pl., Hershey Centre SportZone,
Mississauga, ON
May 23 to 25, 2014. Carassauga is the largest multicultural festival in Ontario showcasing more than 70 countries at different pavilions throughout Mississauga. Visitors will experience the sights, sounds and tastes of each country. Come join in the fun, the world is waiting for your arrival! Taste exotic foods… See breathtaking performances… Experience cultural diversity. 14486 17840



City Of Toronto – Bike Month
850 Coxwell Ave., 2nd Floor
Starts the last week in May. Discover Toronto by bike; includes city-wide events. For more info, or to get a free Toronto bike map, call 311, or visit 14442 17372


Creativ Festival
International Centre in the spring and MTCC
in the fall
905-773-2092; 1-800-291-2030
April 25 to 26 (International Centre) and October 24 to 26, 2014 (Metro Toronto Convention Centre). It’s about inspiration, creativity and shopping. See what’s hot, new and next in sewing, knitting, beading, quilting, needlework, scrapbooking, crafting and more. Exhibits, demos and more. 14097 444


Eats & Beats in Riverside
Queen St. East (DVP and Empire Ave.)
Riverside will be hosting their annual Street Fest, showcasing the neighbourhood’s family-friendly food outlets and unique small-town-in-the-big-city atmosphere. Local eateries will be opening their doors, serving tasting plates and musical entertainment. Experience the many event destination points with live music and entertainment. 15733 19620


Festival of India
Downtown Toronto
July 12 to 13, 2014. Festival of India is an annual South Asian spiritual festival that kicks off with an upbeat and colourful parade down Yonge Street, in the heart of downtown Toronto, and continues with two days of celebration at Centre Island. 40,000 people are expected! 15814 19633


Franco Fête de Toronto
Yonge-Dundas Square
416-644-1575 June 20 to 22, 2014. Franco-Fête is a free event celebrating Canada’s diverse francophone heritage. As the biggest event of its kind in southwestern Ontario, Franco-Fête offers activities in French for all ages, from kids’ events and family-friendly shows to top-billed artists for evening concerts. 14657 19091



Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival
720 Bathurst St.,
416-966-1062; 1-866-515-7799
July 2 to 13, 2014. Toronto’s largest theatre festival with 145-plus productions from Canada and around the world. Free entertainment and local food vendors at the Fringe Club. 14354 15406


Great Ontario Salmon Derby
Lake Ontario, Mississauga, ON
905-361-5246; 1-888-695-2677
July 5 to August 23, 2014. Sponsored by the Toronto Sun, the 18th annual derby is North
America’s largest freshwater fishing derby and takes place in the Canadian Waters of Lake Ontario. The Derby boasts an average participation of 21,000 people annually over a 50-day period. Fishermen/women compete for various weekly prizes. Visit their website for a complete list of prizes, rules and to purchase tickets online. 14694 19247


Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
A popular year-round destination, Harbourfront Centre is situated along the waterfront, offering an eclectic blend of arts, culture and recreation as well as an outdoor patio and indoor café. Annual events include festivals, dance, theatre and musical performances. 14116 636


Honda Indy Toronto
Exhibition Place
July 18 to 20, 2014. The Honda Indy Toronto is a week-long festival of racing, food, craft beer, live entertainment, VIP parties, charity events and interactive activities for everyone at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto. For more information, a full festival schedule and tickets visit 14099 456


Hot Docs
110 Spadina Ave., Suite 333
April 24 to May 4, 2014. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North
America’s largest documentary festival. Each year the festival presents a selection of approximately 200 cutting-edge docs from Canada and around the globe, reaching audiences of over 180,000. 14558 18393


imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival
Downtown Toronto
Come celebrate their 15th anniversary with the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. This international festival celebrates the latest works by indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Check website for 2014 dates. 14557 18387


Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
350 King St. West,
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square
May 22 to June 1, 2014. Join Inside Out for the 24th anniversary edition of Canada’s largest lesbian and gay film festival. Over 11 days, the festival draws audiences of more than 30,000 to an array of events, including parties, panels and screenings of Canadian and international film. 14234 12032


JAMBANA One World Festival
10801 McCowan Rd., Markham Fairgrounds
August 4, 2014. Action packed from start to finish, JAMBANA is a one-of-a-kind festival that is fun for the whole family, demonstrating the rythms, tastes and flavours of Canadians of African, Jamaican and Caribbean heritage. 15618 18770


JerkFest – Canada’s Jerk Food Festival
256 Centennial Park Rd., Centennial Park
August 9 to 10, 2014. Come out to the 12th annual Jerk Food Festival, the family-friendly festivities are located at Centennial Park, Etobicoke, at the base of the Ski Hills. For more information, phone or visit 14525 18199


Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and
Various locations across the city
June 6 to 15, 2014. Now in its eighth year, Luminato is an annual celebration of the arts, infusing Toronto’s stages, streets and public spaces with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts and design. 14441 17367


Mississauga Marathon
1 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, ON
May 2 to 4, 2014. Mississauga Marathon: Full marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and relays. 14622 18846

Mississauga Waterfront Festival
20 Lakeshore Rd. East,
Memorial Park,
Mississauga, ON
June 13 to 15, 2014. Held every Father’s Day weekend at Memorial Park in Port Credit, the
Mississauga Waterfront Festival offers headline concerts, a kids stage, Family Fun Village, Heritage Stage, vendors, crafters, petting zoo, buskers, sports zone, carnival, water-ski shows and more.


Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival
of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr., Celebration Square,
Mississauga, ON
Ninth annual Mosaic South Asian Heritage Festival of Mississauga. Traditional and contemporary art, culture and cuisine from South Asia at Mississauga’s City Centre. Free admission and parking. 14624 18850


Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Woodbine Park, The Beaches
June 7 to 8, 2014. This annual drumming festival will start off the summer festival season at Woodbine Park. Where all cultures come together, drumming and dancing to one beat! 40+ local and national drum groups, Long & McQuade Drum Zone, interactive area and much more. Celebrating their 15th anniversary. 15520 18739


North by Northeast Music & Film Festival
Downtown Toronto
June 9 to 15, 2014. The best in new music, film, comedy, visual art, plus a digital interactive
media conference: Seven days/nights, 50 venues, 1,000 bands, 30 films, 200 comics, 75 visual artists, 80 panels and presentations. Club showcases till 4 a.m. plus free daytime and evening performances outdoors across town. 14484 17828



One of a Kind Show
100 Princes’ Blvd.,
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
Spring show dates: March 26 to 30, 2014. Christmas show dates: November 27 to December 7, 2014. Featuring works by hundreds of unique artists, designers and craftspeople, the One of a Kind Show focuses on homegrown talent, creating an interactive personal shopping experience. Visit website for show location and dates. 14037 127


Pilaros Taste of the Danforth
Danforth Ave.
August 8 to 10, 2014. The Pilaros Taste of the Danforth is one of Toronto’s signature events. Offering anything from mezes to dim sum, world folk music to children’s games—with a very special emphasis on the Hellenic food and culture that make GreekTown a year-round destination!


Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival
15 Case Goods Ln.
The Distillery Historic District
416-531-1769; 1-855-531-1769
The Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival showcases a wide variety of environmentally themed films spotlighting issues around the globe. The festival acts as a platform for public awareness and discussion, as well as being a catalyst for proactive action to rehabilitate the ecological health of the planet. Check website for 2014 dates. 14494 17893


Queen West Art Crawl
Along Queen St. West from Bathurst St. to
Roncesvalles Ave,
September 12 to 14, 2014. A weekend-long festival of creativity and community, taking place in mid-September, Queen West Art Crawl celebrates and cultivates the unique character, diversity and ethos of Queen West—a natural habitat for individual artists, arts organizations, artist-run centres and businesses that promote art and culture. 14678 19199


Redpath Waterfront Festival
Toronto’s Waterfront, Queens Quay
(Lower Spadina to Lower Sherbourne St.)
Redpath Waterfront Festival is an annual event that provides on-land and on-water programming along Toronto’s unique waterfront area. We proudly recognize Toronto Brigantine Inc. as our preferred charity. 14765 19385


Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival
Bremner Blvd.
Taking place in Roundhouse Park in the heart of downtown Toronto, Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival was created to provide beer lovers the opportunity to sample Ontario’s finest craft brews and delicious eats from Toronto’s best food trucks, all in a pleasant park setting. 15677 19610

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, The
100 Princes’ Blvd.,
Ricoh Coliseum, Exhibition Place
November 7 to 16, 2014. The largest of its kind in the world, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair includes family entertainment, a new Royal Animal Theatre featuring Spirit of the Horse, Super dogs, sheep hearding, goats and more; interactive exploration in the aMAZEing food journey, livestock and agricultural product competitions, plus the world-renowned Royal Horse Show. 14100 457


Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto
Along Lakeshore Blvd.
Summer 2014. Come take part in North America’s biggest Caribbean-styled Carnival, now in its 47th year! See a spectacular parade of more than 20 masquerade bands in the most competitive Carnival competition outside of the Caribbean! 14416 16896


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Held at various locations across the GTA
May 1 to 31, 2014. CONTACT is an annual
month-long festival of photography with over 1,500
local, national and international artists at more than
175 venues across the Greater Toronto Area. 16504 17971


Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
More than 100 locations in the GTA
October 4, 2014. For one sleepless night, experience Toronto transformed by artists at the
annual sunset to sunrise celebration of contemporary art. Discover art in unlikely spaces,
choose from hundreds of projects and chart your own path. 14584 18606


Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
260 The Esplanade
October 19, 2014. Canada’s fastest marathon offers options for marathons, half-marathons and 5 km runs. Join 15,000 runners—both first-timers and Boston qualifiers—from across the world. 14251 12868


Streetsville Founders’ Bread & Honey Festival
128 Queen St. South,
Streetsville, ON
Held on the first weekend of June, this is Mississauga’s longest-running festival, commemorating the founding of the historic Village of Streetsville. Highlights include a parade, children’s activities, fishing derby and live entertainment. Other traditions include the Lions Club Carnival, Rotary Consumer Market, crafters market, heritage games, displays and demonstrations. 14587 18745


Taste of Little Italy
Along College St.
June, 2014. On College Street, from Bathurst to Shaw, sample foods from over 45 restaurants in Little Italy for $1 to $5. Listen to music from around the world on street corners and enjoy authentic Italian beer and wine. Admission is free. 14426 17250


Taste of the Kingsway Festival
Bloor St. West at Royal York Rd.
September 5 to 7, 2014. Food and entertainment extravaganza with plenty of fun activities for everyone. Beer and wine gardens, two grand stages, rides, dog show, face painters, rock climbing walls, auto show, merchant demonstrations, art exhibits and so much more. Free admission. 15054 19490


TD Festival of South Asia
1426 Gerrard St. East
August 2014. Embracing the music and foods of all the countries in South Asia. Tastes cost $1 to $5. Live music all weekend. Fashion show Saturday night. Admission is free. Gerrard Street East from Coxwell to Greenwood. 15819 17252


TD IRIE Music Festival
July 12 to August 4, 2014. ‘IRIEFEST’ is a Toronto region, multi-day festival celebrating its 12th anniversary. Cities include: Toronto, Mississauga and Oshawa. It features Canadian and international artists in the areas of music, dance and spoken word. Dates: Toronto,August 1 to 4 at Nathan Phillips Square; Mississauga, July 12 to 13 at Mississauga Celebration Square; Oshawa, July 19 to 20 at Memorial Park. Free admission. 14443 17387


TD Toronto Jazz Festival
82 Bleecker St.
June 20 to 29, 2014. An annual, world-class jazz festival, TD Toronto Jazz Festival showcases more than 1,500 international artists and attracts over 500,000 people. It’s recognized as one of North America’s premier musical events. 14019 92

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