Photo cred - James McFarlane
Just because it's cold outside, doesn't mean Toronto's going to slow down. This city is jam-packed with amazing festivals that have something for everyone, whether you're looking for music, cultural celebrations, art, or theatre. Big or small, centralized or city-wide, you'll find what you're looking for in this year's selection.
The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival
Tuck into some delicious Ontario craft beers at this outdoor festival. A full list of the craft brewers who will be making an appearance can be found on the website, and ticket sales begin on December 1st, so don't forget to get your sampling mug early!
January 30th - February 12th
Winterlicious is a great excuse to indulge in some fancy foods on the cheap, as many of Toronto's high-end restaurants will be serving up prix-fixe items. It's the classiest meal you'll have until Summerlicious.
December 20th, 1:00-4:00pm, 5:00-8:00pm
Stout is the beer of winter, and no one knows that better than the Indie Ale House, which is hosting it's third annual stout night at the end of December. There, you'll find a showcase of Ontario's finest stouts. Admission prices have dropped significantly since last year, so don't forget to pick up your $20 ticket now before they're all sold out.
Photo cred - Wavelength Music Series
Wavelength Music Festival
February 13th - 15th
Wavelength is a must-attend for any self-proclaimed indie music lover in this city. This year marks their 15th anniversary so they're bound to have some great stuff planned. Once again, keep an eye on their website to see when their artist lineup gets announced. It shouldn't be long now.
Canada's Top Ten Film Festival
January 2nd - 11th
TIFF has left us, but we've still got the chance to celebrate our best homegrown filmmakers of the past year. This years selections will be announced in a few weeks, and they're bound to be exciting, so get stoked.
February 21st - 22nd
Icefest is held in the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood every year, and is an awesome opportunity to see some of the amazing things people can do with ice. Catch the ice carving competition, or just peruse some of the artworks on display. Either way, you'll have a cool time (get it?).
February 28th - March 1st
Celebrate our entrance into the year of the ram in style! This year's lunarfest will involve music, performances, art displays and more to ensure that you get everything you could want out of a Chinese New Year festival.
Toronto Tea Festival
January 31st - February 1st
Hot, delicious tea is one of the best parts of winter, so find some new yummy flavours to add to your collection at this year's Tea Festival. You can sample hundreds of teas, and buy all the tea and tea related paraphenalia you could want, so don't forget to buy your tickets soon.
Photo cred - Toronto Design Offset Festival
Toronto Design Offsite Festival
January 19th - 25th
Toronto's biggest platform for independent designers is back, so don't forget to get your fill of instillations and shows.
February 13th - 15th
Everybody's favourite winter blues and roots music festival is gearing to go. Keep an eye on the website, as they should be announcing their lineup soon, and you want to organize your time wisely.
Next Stage Festival
January 7th - 18th
Lovers of theatre and alternative art will get more than they can handle of both at this year's Next Stage Festival, which is an 11 day showcase of independent theatre. Tickets have already gone on sale, so don't forget to head to their website and check out the full brochure of available shows for the season. There's some exciting ones.