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August 01, 2014

Toronto Festivals Guide - September 2014

Remember: Please ALWAYS check with website for exact dates, etc. as details may change after the listing is posted here. Still working on this month for ya!

Ashkenaz Festival

Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014

North America's premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns with its 10th biennial celebration.

Over 200 artists from more than a dozen countries will showcase the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion.

Hispanic Fiesta

Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014

Experience the sounds, tempting treats and colourful culture that the Hispanic heritage is famous for. Hispanic Fiesta will feature the best known local & International Hispanic performers covering 20 different countries, that speak Spanish. More than 300 local, national and international performers will be taking part in the festival.

Taste of the Kingsway Festival

Sept 5-7, 2014

Taste of the KingswayThis Annual Fall Festival that takes place along Bloor Street West (between Prince Edward Dr and Montgomery Rd.), is a food and entertainment extravaganza for the whole family.

There will be 2 main stages at either ends of Bloor Street that will feature live entertainment from well known artists, performers and musicians. TTC: Royal York Station

Times: Fri: 6pm-10pm; Sat: 11am-10pm;
Sun: 11am-6pm

Vegetarian Food Festival

Sept 5-7, 2014

Held down at the Harbourfront, this festival is regarded as the largest event of its kind in North America. The Vegetarian Food Festival gives audiences an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine and shop from over 100 vendors.

Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts

Sept 6-7, 2014

Cabbagetown logo The festival begins Saturday at 10am with an opening ceremony in the afternoon and continues Sunday at 11am until 6 pm with a closing ceremony. Over the 2 days, enjoy the one-of-a-kind artisan vendors, delicious food and buskers including: Silver Elvis and Johnny Scat. Live music & activities include:

  • Johannes Linstead / Puente Del Diablo
  • Nightfly / Neil Chapman / Quincy Bullen
  • Toronto All Star Big Band / Project Phoenix
  • Patrick Tevin's New Orleans Rhythm / Go Freddy Go
  • JR Connection / Imbayakunas and more to follow!
  • Children’s Fun Zone
  • Sports Zone with Little Kickers soccer camp, Pan American Games Village and Maple Leaf Sports
  • 35th Annual Blair's Run ( Sun, Sept 7: 8–10am) in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.

Note: Carlton Street from Parliament to Berkeley Streets will be closed both days as well as Parliament St from Wellesley to Gerrard Sts. - Best to take TTC (either go to Wellesley Stn and catch the bus to CastleFrank and get off at Parliament OR go to Castlefrank Stn and take the Parliament or Wellesley bus - you can even walk from that station). You can also take College streetcar to Parliament and it'll drop you right there. Parking will be a nightmare!

10th Annual Beach Celtic Festival

Sept 6-7, 2014: 9am-7pm (both days)

The Beach Celtic Festival will be celebrating it's 11th year down in the Beaches - Details still TBA .

Ukrainian Festival

Sept 12-14, 2014

Discover Ukrainian culture in Canada and share the Ukrainian spirit at North America’s Largest Ukrainian Street Festival. There's non-stop entertainment with Ukrainian performers from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, the USA and Ukraine which will include dancers, vocalists and musicians.

YOUTH segment is on the Grand Stage at Jane Street! And if you wish – join the dancing at the evening ZABAVA/Street Dance on both Friday and Saturday.

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Sept 13-14, 2014

Roncesvalles Polish logo The Roncesvalles Polish Festival is Canada’s largest celebration of Polish culture. The Festival takes place on Roncesvalles Avenue between Boustead and Grafton. There will be 2 beverage gardens and 5 main stages this year with international and local acts.

September 13: 11am-11pm
September 14: 11am-7pm

Toronto Garlic Festival

Sept 21, 2014: 9am-5pm

Garlic Festival LogoCelebrate the Ontario garlic harvest. Meet Ontario garlic farmers and taste garlic-inspired dishes by local chefs. Pair meals with craft beer or wine and engage in talks, demos, film screening and contests. Chefs’ dishes, fresh garlic and vendor products are for sale.

Admission ($5) includes access to all presentations, cooking demonstrations, contests and the feature film. Seating for this screening is limited, and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Getting there: There's a free festival shuttle bus every 10 minutes from the parkette just north of the Broadview Subway Station.

Word on the Street Festival

Sept 21, 2014: 11am-6pm

This book and magazine festival used to be held along Queen Street West but got too big and was moved to Queen's Park (behind the Legislative Building) where it attracts crowds of over 2,000. Exhibitors offer specials and promotions. Performances are held on the stages positioned throughout the park.

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