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April 16, 2014

Toronto Festivals - July 2014

Remember: Please ALWAYS check with website for exact dates, etc. as details may change after the listing is posted here. More festivals will be added once dates are confirmed.

The Fringe - Toronto's Theatre Festival

Jul 2-13 2014

The festival provides all artists, emerging and established, with the opportunity to produce their play no matter the content, form or style. It also tries to make the event as affordable and accessible as possible for the members of the community.


Taste of Lawrence Festival

Jul 4-6, 2014

Three days of nonstop food and entertainment take over Lawrence Avenue East as 200,000+ people attend this festival. Experience nonstop international talent on two stages. Win fantastic prizes.


Franco-Fête (French Festival)

Jul 4-6, 2014

French music festival bannerThe Franco-Fête showcases the many different cultural aspects of the Francophone community.

Franco-Fête will have an international flavour, featuring artists from European & African countries, in addition to Quebeckers & Franco-Ontarians. With a fairground ambience and live music, there will be a wide choice of activities throughout the weekend for kids & adults all weekend long.

For more information on performers, etc. you can visit their website.


Afrofest

Jul 5-6, 2014

Toronto’s largest celebration of African music and culture. Line-up still to be announced.


Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (Formerly, CARIBANA)

Jul 8-Aug 4, 2014

The Caribbean Carnival has its Official Launch on July 8 but many of the main attractions don't happen until mid-July and Toronto Caribana's biggest attraction is the Parade (Aug 2). Over 10,000 masquerades participate in the parade, strutting and dancing all along the 3.6 km route in fantastic costumes, to the vibrant Caribbean beats of the mas bands. There is an Admission for Exhibition Place viewing but usually you can watch the parade along other parts of the Lakeshore Boulevard for free.

Dates to Remember:

  • Jul 19 (11am-6pm): Junior Carnival -- Downsview Park [Free]
  • Jul 25: Caribbean Carnival Gala -- Liberty Grand
  • Jul 31 (7pm-12am): King & Queen Competition and Show -- Allan Lamport Stadium
  • Aug 2 (9am-6pm): Grand Parade -- Exhibition Plc/Lakeshore Blvd

Stage at Nathan Phillips & Official launch of the Carnival


Waterfront Blues Festival

Jul 11-13, 2014

The Waterfront Blues – Metro Toronto’s only genuine Blues festival – will once again be presenting top flight talent! This year's performers include: Grammy Award nominee Otis Clay and Multi Blues Music Award winner Johnny Rawls will be performing together for the first time. Multi Grammy Award nominee Sugar Ray & The Bluetones and Multi Juno Award winner Jack de Keyzer with special guest Maple Blues Award nominee Erin McCallum

There are also the following to keep you entertained over the weekend [Friday (6pm–10pm); Saturday (Noon–10pm); and Sunday (Noon–8pm)]:

  • Outstanding supporting artists
  • Great Food with award winning BBQ
  • The “Don’t Lose The Blues” Contest with draws for free prizes including: A Waterfront Blues guitar; CD’s by top Blues artists
  • Children’s Fun Zone
  • Beer & Wine Garden

Toronto Triathlon Festival

Jul 11-13, 2014

Not your typical festival, but one worth mentioning. The TTF is a celebration of the ultimate challenge of human endurance and tenacity in the 'urban jungle' of Toronto. It ends with the Finish Line Festival at Coronation Park.

Last year, the triathlon race was: 1.5km lakefront swim, 40km bike ride up/down the Don Valley Parkway and a 10km run along part of the Gardiner Expressway. For more information, please visit their website.

Website  ||  Twitter


Festival of India

Jul 12-13, 2014

Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra). This unique festival launches with a dynamic, high-energy parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then shift over to Centre Island for two days of festivities. 40,000+ people expected.

The festival is open to the public and is FREE for everyone.

Website  ||  FREE (except for ferry across to island)


Honda Indy

Jul 18-20, 2014

The Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario's largest annual sporting event, takes place on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto.

Honda Indy Toronto features two IndyCar Series races in one weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, for full points and prize money on both days.

In addition to world-class racing, the event is a festival of festivals featuring craft beer, food trucks, BMX stunt shows, interactive games and activities, live entertainment, charity events and celebrity appearances.

Tickets: ON SALE NOW online or by calling 1-877-503-6869


Beaches Jazz Festival

Jul 18-27, 2014

The Beaches Jazz Festival will kick off July 18 at Woodbine Park where the admission is FREE. The Taste of Jazz (Jul 22-23) is also at Woodbine - excellent event for #Foodies who enjoy listening to some live jazz whilst enjoying the tastes from some of Toronto's finest Food Trucks!

The main festival will be the following weekend - July 24-26 (Streetfest) along Queen Street East, starting from Woodbine.

Stages

  • Main Stage local and international artists (Kew Gardens)
  • Youth Stage: young and talented artists will be performing in Kew Gardens
  • Latin Square Concerts: Latin performances, workshops, dance demonstrations & conga lines (beside the Leuty Lifeguard Stn, at the foot of Lee Ave)
  • Big Band Stage: Musical ensembles celebrating Big Bands from the 1930s-1950s (Beach Boardwalk, west of Leuty Lifeguard Stn)

Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival

Jul 19-20, 2014

Love to salsa? Well this is the festival for you. The street is transformed into a showcase of Latin Life where live music, dance lessons, fiery food and family fun take over.

The festival is very popular and can get really crowded as the day goes on. Go early - there's still lots to do! Times: Saturday (Noon-11pm) and Sunday (Noon to 9pm).

Tip: Best way to get there - take subway to either St. Clair Station, then take streetcar to St. Clair W. stn & get on #126 bus from there OR
Subway to St. Clair West station and take 126 bus - don't forget to get a "transfer" if using tokens - just in case! Parking will be a headache in the area and could be costly!!


BIG On Bloor Festival

Jul 19-20, 2014

BIG ON BLOOR celebrates arts, culture, community & small business with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions

  • The BIG Market Place: More than 200 arts, crafts, vendors and information tables
  • An eclectic mix of music, performance and dance
  • Institutions, collectives and artists creative events...see, touch, learn, participate
  • Savour Bloor: In the stores, restaurants, patios and the Bloordale Food Court
  • Games for children and adults

Bacahta & Merengue Festival

Jul 19-20, 2014: 11am-10pm

Performances from local & international singers of bachata & merengue Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. The basic dance steps are three-steps with a Cuban hip motion. Merengue is a type of music and dance originating in the Dominican Republic which has become popular throughout Latin America.


Brazilian Summer Festival (BRAZILFEST Toronto)

Jul 20, 2014: Noon-10pm

Canada's Largest Brazilian Cultural Event. All sounds and vibes of this beautiful culture will be showcased with its food, music, dance, crafts and workshops. The Festival stage will be filled with musicians, dancers and singers that will take you on an exotic trip exploring Brazilian music and celebration without having to leave the heart of Toronto. The video below looks back at the festival.

This amazing event will also offer the famous Brazilian "Caipirinha", Brazil's national cocktail drink, mixing lime, sugar and Brazilian Pitu Cachaca (Brazilian spirit), a must-try cocktail with a Brazilian flare that will have you enjoying the sounds and dance moves of the Samba. And that’s not all! Enjoy some delicious grilled Brazilian "Churrasco" Barbeque, Tropical Juices and baked Brazilian goodies being sold by vendors at the festival.


YOUTH DAY 2013 - One Day Only

Jul 20, 2014: 11am-11pm

Youth Day logoYOUTH DAY is a non-profit operated summer festival featuring over 100 live music and dance performances over 12 hours -- mostly by youth 14–24.

Also included will be a Youth Gallery showcasing art and photography, a live Fashion Show, and much more! Yonge St (pedestrianized between Dundas & Shuter) will be lined with a variety of vendors and exhibitors – from food to jewelry to face painting. Headliner performances and celebrity support also add to YOUTH DAY’s attraction.


Toronto Burlesque Festival

Jul 24-27, 2014

Celebrating the best of burlesque! 4 hot nights of scintillating striptease, variety and live music branching from across Canada and beyond.

Expect to see the top names in international burlesque entertainment and more! For more information, please visit their website.


The Collingwood Elvis Festival

Jul 24-27, 2014

Fans of Elvis just adore this festival. Although it's not in Toronto, it's certainly worth mentioning as it attracts a huge crowd/following.

What's special about this year is that Priscilla and Ameruoso will be guests at several events during their time in Collingwood. More details on these events will follow as the Festival approaches but here are a few dates to remember:

  • Gala dinner (Thur, Jul 24: Ticketed)
  • Opening ceremonies (Fri, Jul 25)
  • Mayor’s cocktail reception (Fri, Jul 25: Ticketed)
  • Two book signings/autograph sessions (Sat, Jul 26)

There are just too many events happening so I have provided the schedule if you're interested.


Toronto Beer Festival

Jul 25-27, 2014

Sample beers from around the world as well as a number of local brands from the Ontario Craft Brewers. There's also music entertainment with well-known headliners.

Tickets ($39.50) for Toronto’s Festival of Beer sell out in advance every year (especially Saturday's) and can be purchased online. This is a 19+ event.

Leave the car at home. It's easy to get to via TTC [eg Bathurst Stn - streetcar] - allowing you to enjoy the evening with your friends.