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5 Toronto Festivals to Check Out This Summer

I always consider Toronto to be at its best during the summer. There’s so much to see and do during the summer months, and one of the things I try to do every season is go to a few local festivals. With so many festivals to choose from, there’s bound to be one that interests you. Check out some of summer festivals happening this year!

Pride Toronto Festival

When: June 23-25, 2017

Pride Toronto is a non-profit that aims to bring the city together to celebrate our diverse, courageous community. Every June, the organization holds its Pride Festival, which takes over Toronto for a weekend. There are a ton of fun events, talks, and live performances that you can catch around the city. Last year, Ryerson was a venue for four different events during the festival, so naturally we’re excited for this year’s festivities. The organization is still in the process of announcing the line up for this year’s festival, so keep checking their website for updates!

Toronto Fringe

When: July 5- 16, 2017

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Toronto Fringe is a chance to celebrate the Toronto’s underground theatre talent. Toronto Fringe is an official member of the ‘fringe’ indie theatre movement, and features a variety of work: from musicals, improv shows, comedy, drama, experimental work, one-person shows, and more. There are also a ton of free performances and events you can catch to get a taste of what it’s like. If you’re someone who loves to brag about being the ‘first’ to discover something, Toronto Fringe is a great scouting location (the hit CBC show Kim’s Convenience, premiered here in its original stage format). Ticket prices vary based on demand, but the max amount you would have to pay to see a show is $12, which is a steal!

Taste of Danforth

When: August 11- 13, 2017

Taste of Danforth is arguably one of the biggest and most anticipated food festivals of the summer. Based in Toronto’s vibrant Greektown area, the festival features food from local vendors, exciting performances, and fun attractions, so there’s tons to see and do during your visit. Without fail, the festival is a busy summer spot, so go prepared with water, comfy shoes, and create some type of signal with your friends so you can find each other in the crowds.

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

When: August 18- September 4, 2017

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The CNE is a huge carnival that’s considered the city’s unofficial end of summer party. Like most carnivals, the CNE has tons of rides, game booths, and strange, mildly gross carnival food (see the crazy, sugar-fuelled milkshake my friend and I bought last year). But, there is also tons of shopping, live entertainment and performances, and a parade with dozens of floats that pass through the grounds. I’ve gone to the CNE faithfully every year since Grade 1, and it’s a staple on my summer break list. You’re bound to have a good time, no matter what you’re there for!

Fan Expo Canada

When: August 31- September 3, 2017

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Fan Expo Canada is a four-day event that brings pop culture lovers together for a busy weekend. With a popularity among the comic, sci-fi, anime, and gaming communities, Fan Expo Canada attracts thousands of people with their exciting workshops, limited edition souvenirs/booths, and celebrity-packed panels featuring your favourite film/TV stars. This year, attendees will have the chance to meet Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, as well as stars like Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle), and Matt Smith and Karen Gillian from Doctor Who. Tickets will sell out fast, so buy yours early!

Featured Image: Annesta Duodu