Torontonians know how to enjoy summer through festivals. They appreciate how short this season is, often starting around June and ending abruptly in mid September. But less than 4 months of good weather does not mean Torontonians prefer to hideaway in the backyards or cottages. They like to celebrate publicly. Variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds also contribute to why Toronto residents like festivals. People of Toronto are very proud of mixed cultures they represent, they are also proud of human rights Canada provided and festivals are just one way to celebrate these facts. If you plan to travel to Toronto in the summer you will too, be very pleased to become part of one famous Toronto festival.
√ June Festivals
Pride Parade June 21-30, 2013
Toronto is one of the first cities in the world to have Pride Parade regularly every year. First Pride Parade was held here in 1972. Gay rights are very strong in Toronto with them having practically equal rights of expression, religion, civic rights (marriage and adoption) etc. Pride Parade is to celebrate these basic freedoms. It is one of the most expressive festivals in Toronto, the loudest music and most colorful procession. Pride Parade is usually scheduled for Saturday of Pride Week. Exact date and time of the parade is still to be determined.
Toronto Jazz Festival June 20-29
Jazz has become for many a major summer festival of Toronto. It is by far the most cultural, family event that gathers thousands of musicians from around the world. Among bands you will frequently see Hollywood celebrities such as Steve Martin, but also among visitors. Festivals attracts half a million visitors every year. Performances take place through out the city restaurants, venues and streets. Tickets can be purchased on site or online via Toronto Jazz Festival official website.
Dragon Boat Festival June 22-23
This year it will be 25th Dragon Boat competition event in Toronto. If you have children you will very much enjoy this event that takes place on Centre Island. It is expected that in 2013 over 200 teams will compete. Dragon Boat racing is a Chinese tradition, but because of the uniqueness of the idea that is based on art, competitive spirit and music, many non-Chinese teams participate each year.
√ July Events
Honda Indy July 12-14
is for car racing lovers. Professional moto racing event that gathers majority of international racing stars is not to miss. Racing takes place on the streets of Toronto, mostly around Exhibition Place. Live entertainment, good food and fun is guaranteed.
Caribana or The Caribbean Carnival Toronto Festival
(last week of July) will be celebrating it’s 44th year this year. The idea is based on Brazilian Rio de Janeiro festival and parade to celebrate the freedom, culture, music and summer. Parade is a colorful procession of well dressed and rehearsed teams of dancers dressed in Caribbean inspired costumes. Great even for families.
√ August Festives
Taste of Danforth August 9-11
This is a Greek Festival featuring greek traditional music, entertainment and food! This is a great family event that attracts over 20 percent of entire Toronto population. It is one of the most attended street festivals of Toronto. You really need to come and see what Greek fun has to offer.
Toronto Buskerfest August 22-25
Buskerfest is a niche street festival showcasing international talent of acrobatics, acting and creative street entertainment. One of the best family events for all ages. Enjoy good food, drinks and a large variety of street acts. Good mood guaranteed!
Author of this article, Nancy Schneider, lives in Toronto. She writes about the city, world travel, shopping, fashion and tips for buying sunglasses online with free shipping to Toronto.