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If You’ve Never Been To These Toronto Festivals, This Summer’s Your Chance To Change That

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If You’ve Never Been To These Toronto Festivals, This Summer’s Your Chance To Change That

The sun’s shining in the city and Toronto’s bursting with a vibrant energy that can only mean one thing: summer is here.

This beloved season is so sweet but so short, which is why making the most of these balmy months in Canada ought to be at the top of your to-do list.

To help you make every moment count, Destination Toronto is challenging Torontonians to a massive game of Never Have I Ever so you can 'fess up to all the things you have yet to experience and explore your city with fresh eyes.

Whatever your hobbies or interests are, Toronto’s riddled with events and festivals you've probably never been to — even if you’ve lived in Ontario for your whole life.

Listen to live music, sample delicious eats, take in impressive spectacles or do all of the above. From Toronto’s Buskerfest to Taste Of The Danforth, there are plenty of exciting adventures to embark on — and Destination Toronto can help you start planning.

Before you buy your tickets, have a gander at Pass TO Savings for exclusive discounts and curated experiences that you won't want to miss. With new events popping up regularly, stay up to date by signing up for the Destination Toronto newsletter too.

Toronto Pride Festival

Price: Free

Location: Downtown Toronto (Church Street and Wellesley Street)

When: June 24 to 26

Why You Should Go: With marches, drag performances, dancing and pool parties, Toronto's Pride Festival is a time to douse yourself in glitter and celebrate love.

Though the official festival takes place over just one weekend, you can spend your whole summer checking out all kinds of events for and by LGBTQIA2+ Ontarians. Book a stay right in the heart of the Gay Village to make the most of this exciting time of year.

Never Have I Ever… celebrated so much love.


Beaches International Jazz Festival

Price: Free

Location: Queen St. East (between Woodbine and Beech Avenue)

When: July 2 to 24

Why You Should Go: Wander the streets and parks of Toronto's East End as the smooth sounds of jazz music brings them to life in a way you can only experience in July.

There are tons of events, art displays, performances and food stands in the area, so you're sure to experience something new while you're there.

Never Have I Ever… listened to live jazz music at Woodbine Park.


Toronto Fringe Festival

Price: Varies

Location: Various theatres across Toronto

When: July 6 to 17

Why You Should Go: Ranging in genre from musical theatre and improv to intense dramas and dance shows, the Toronto Fringe Festival presents Torontonians with countless options for entertainment.

For 12 days, thousands of Canadian creators come together to tell stories and build interactive experiences that you won't want to miss. Book a stay near St. George Station so you can easily access shows across the city.

Never Have I Ever… seen a show at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District.


Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Price: Varies

Location: Downtown Toronto

When: July 7 to 30

Why You Should Go: This vibrant festival is made up of a ton of events across the city, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate.

Get ready for all kinds of Caribbean music, specialty dishes, stunning costumes and a slew of parties happening all month long. Be sure to save some energy for the final three-day weekend of parades, dancing and glitter.

Never Have I Ever… been to a dayfete in Toronto.


Salsa In Toronto Festival

Price: Free

Location: St. Clair Avenue West (between Winona Drive and Christie Street)

When: July 9-10

Why You Need To Try It: Shine up your dancing shoes and get ready to salsa on the streets of Toronto.

With over 100 musical performances, dance lessons, art exhibits and delicious Latin cuisines to try, there's a heck of a lot to look forward to at this multicultural festival in Midtown.

Never Have I Ever… danced salsa on city streets.


Toronto International Buskerfest

Price: Pay what you can

Location: Woodbine Park

When: September 2 to 5

Why You Should Go: This festival’s got everything from fire juggling to acrobatics, so you can cap your summer off with thrilling, wild and downright impressive performances of all kinds.

As Epilepsy Toronto’s biggest fundraiser of the year, you'll have a blast while you contribute to a good cause.

Never Have I Ever… seen a sword-swallowing performance.


Doesn't it seem like one second the flowers are blooming and the days are getting longer, but then you blink and suddenly it’s October?

If you said “Never Have I Ever” to any of the events listed above, it's time to get moving and enjoy summer while it lasts!

Spice up your daily routine and hit up all of the amazing festivals Toronto has to offer. Book a stay in the heart of the city — and sign up for Destination Toronto's newsletter — to make sure you don’t miss a beat.

For more inspiration on how to be a tourist in your own city, head to Destination Toronto's Never Have I Ever website or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. Don't forget to share your latest TO festival moments by tagging #NeverHaveIEverTO.

For more stories from the T.O. Uncovered series, check out the Destination Toronto hub here.