Experiencing Toronto through neighbourhood festivals

I have already touted the value of visiting local festivals for travelers to really immerse themselves in the culture of a place. And when it comes to festivals, especially in the summer, Toronto seems to know no bounds!  I can barely keep up with the multitude of street fests, food fests, cultural days, and music/arts showcases hitting our city this summer.  If you are planning to visit Toronto in the next few months, I guarantee you will find a festival to love here. The great thing about neighbourhood street festivals – beyond getting to interact with locals, try new yummy food and listen to great music of course – is that they are generally free!  Who doesn’t love free?

Just this weekend I visited Taste of Little Italy, which extends the sidewalk cafes into the streets, offers a midway style fair for kids, and all the street food you could possibly want!

Crowds strolling down College Street in Little Italy

Crowds strolling down College Street in Little Italy

Yummy Gelato from Dolce

Yummy Gelato from Dolce

Fresh shucked oysters from the Hogtown Pub & Oysters

Fresh shucked oysters from the Hogtown Pub & Oysters

It wouldn't be the Taste of Little Italy without a little Italian singing

It wouldn’t be the Taste of Little Italy without a little Italian singing

Plenty of games to keep the kids entertained too

Plenty of games to keep the kids entertained too

Endless crowds exploring the neighbourhood

Endless crowds exploring the neighbourhood

One of the absolute best ways to explore the amazing diversity and multiculturalism of Toronto is to check out the many neighbourhood and cultural festivals while you are visiting.  Below is a selection of those happening over the next few months of 2015:

Pride Toronto – June 19 – 28 (Wellesley Village)

Taste of Asia – June 27 & 28 (Kennedy Road & Steeles)

Pedestrian Sundays – June 28, July 26, Aug 30, Sept 27, Oct 25 (Kensington Market)

Taste of Lawrence – July 3 – 5 (Scarborough)

AfroFest Music Festival – July 4 & 5 (Woodbine Park)

Salsa on St Clair – July 4 & 5 (St Clair West)

Riverside Eats & Beats – July 5 & 6 (Queen St E / Leslieville)

Panamania – July 10 – 26 & Aug 7 – 12 (Nathan Phillips, Distillery, Exhibition)

Beaches Jazz Fest – July 10 – 26 (Queen St E / Woodbine Beach)

Ritmo y Color Latin Festival – July 17 – 19 (Harbourfront Centre)

Festival of India – July 18 & 19 (Parade on Yonge St & remaining festivities at Centre Island)

Brazil Fest – July 19 (Earlscourt Park)

Caribbean Carnival (aka Caribana)  – July 7 – Aug 2 (various locations)

Taste of the Danforth – August 7 – 9 (Greek Town)

Festival of South Asia – Aug 15 & 16 (Gerrard St E, aka Little India)

Tigran Festival of Iranian culture – Aug 20 – 23 (Harbourfront Centre)

Ukrainian Festival – Sept 18 – 20 (Bloor West Village)

Junction Music Festival – Sept 19 (The Junction)

Polish Festival – Sept 19 & 20 (Roncesvalles Village)

This list could go on and on, but have I missed any of your favourites? 

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