Celebrate Your Way in Queen City
Eight Events in Downtown Toronto
Annual celebrations like the Toronto International Film Festival, Summerlicious/Winterlicious, and more than a dozen heritage festivals pepper the Queen City’s lively event calendar.
Though these Toronto festivities are popular for a reason, here are several events off the well-beaten path:
1. First Comes Love
February, get ready for lovin’. The Toronto Zoo offers a Valentine’s Day celebration not to be missed. Visit TZ on V-Day for dinner, a special animal encounter, and reproductive specialist-led tours of the reproductive lab.
2. Canada Life CN Tower Climb
Scheduled for May, the Canada Life CN Tower Climb is an annual fundraiser for the World Wildlife Federation Canada. Thousands of participants register to climb (the stairs of) the iconic CN Tower – at this point having stomped on more than half the globe.
Slotted for early June, Woofstock is known as “North America’s largest festival for dogs.” A pet-friendly event if ever there was one, Woofstock is held in the St. Lawrence neighborhood of downtown Toronto from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4. Toronto Jazz Festival
An event fit for June, the Toronto Jazz Festival was established in 1987 by Toronto Downtown Jazz. This 10-day event is held across 40 locations throughout downtown Queen City.
5. Vegetarian Food Festival
An anticipated September event, the Vegetarian Food Festival is held at Harbourfront Centre. A free event covering 10 acres, the annual VFF boasts lectures, cooking demonstrations, and a 150-vendor marketplace.
6. International Festival of Authors
All set for October, the International Festival of Authors is an 11-day event featuring word-famous authors at Harbourfront Centre. Established in 1974, the IFOA yields lectures, book signings, writing contests, workshops, and more.
7. Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Spanning two weeks in November, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is held at the Ricoh Coliseum in downtown Toronto. Established in 1922, this fall fair is a major agricultural event – but also features a rodeo, petting farm, square-dancing contest, and even a butter-sculptor contest.
8. Toronto Santa Claus Parade
Held in mid-November, the Toronto Santa Claus Parade began as a mono-float festival in 1905. Today, the parade engulfs downtown Toronto – and is the world’s longest running parade for children.