People know how to celebrate in Canada. With more than 200 festivals annually, there is always something going on, and a new facet of life to explore with the people who care about it most. Here are some of our favorites, but check out what we missed as well! 


The Rhubarb Festival 

This daring and raw festival is created with the intention to shock artistically and sensibly. Focusing on the contemporary arts of theatre, film, dance, performance and music, the festival runs from February 12th to 23rd and only has low-cost entrances to individual exhibits.


Honda Indy Toronto 

A festival dedicated to the fast and the furious, Honda Indy Toronto is one of the most respected motorsport events in North America. Activities continue for a week of interactive events, celebrity athlete appearances, live entertainment, and, most importantly, the fastest racing series in the world.


Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival 

One of the city’s claims to fame, this week of June 18th through 27th could not be sweeter in Toronto. Under the Canadian summer sun, over 1,500 local artists and reputed musicians coagulate across 40 venues in Toronto to share their love of art and sound.



Over 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants participate in this food festival (July 3-19) with fixed three-course discount menus of exquisite cuisine from all over the world. Can’t wait? Try Winterlicious, its seasonal twin, from (Jan 30- Feb 12).


Canadian National Exhibition (The Ex) 

End your long, hot summer with a bang at the biggest, proudest festival in Canada. Jump into the celebration with wild amusement park rides, comedy shows, vintage games, artist exhibitions, classic casinos, animal shows, and finally a three-day air show!


Doors Open Toronto 

The flagship festival for this now globally loved and practiced idea, Doors Open Toronto offers a peek into the interior of nearly 150 historically, architecturally, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. Free of charge, this intriguing curiousity only happens once a year for two days (May 23-24), and is well worth the trip to get to know what even the city’s own residents do not.


Canadian Tulip Festival 

Take a moment to stop and smell the flowers at what is claimed to be the largest tulip festival in the world, displaying over one million tulips to over 500,000 visitors. While there, enjoy live music performances, international cuisine and guest speakers.


Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 

Possibly the widest-known festival in Toronto, TIFF is an important player on the film festival circuit. Playing films from all over the world from September 10-20, the vibe and energy of the city is not one to be missed.

Get to know Toronto in style with the diverse and exciting mix of festivals and events held there annually!