5 Festivals To Checkout This Summer

5 Festivals To Checkout This Summer
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By Tiara Jade

Toronto’s streets are full of festivals all summer long. From music, food and cultural celebrations, the options are unlimited. Many of the festivals are free, so all you’ll need are some friends and you’ll be ready to go. Depending on what you’re in the mood for, you’ll surely find something to do- or something to eat. With many taking place outside, there will be no shortage of summer weather to enjoy.

1. Caribana

Caribana is a summer essential whether you’re staying in the city or not. The Caribbean festival kicks off in mid-July and continues until the end of the month. The parade is the highlight, with music, food, and bright, colourful costumes. Leading up to the parade and following it, there are many smaller events around the city celebrating different aspects of Caribbean culture.

2. Taste of the Danforth

This street event is filled with food of all different kinds for visitors to try. Greek gyros and freshly squeezed lemonade are amongst favourites. Music, games and rides also fill the streets making for a great day out with friends or family. The festival runs until just before midnight, so if you’ve got work during the day there’s plenty of time to head down after.


Taking place at the end of August, BuskerFest is a cool, quirky festival. The festival is in support of Epilepsy Toronto and runs up and down Yonge Street. With magicians, street performers, and other interesting characters, it’s one of the city’s most interesting events. If you find yourself at Dundas Square, be sure to check out some of cool performers roaming around. 

4. Veld

Veld is a super popular summer music festival that brings people in every year.  Taking place in the Downsview area, the two-day festival is ideal for EDM lovers.  Past guests have included Travis Scott and DeadMau5 headlining the July show. The festival is outside and a great chance to enjoy some cool tunes in the warm weather.

5. Digital Dreams

Digital Dreams is another cool electronic music festival. Taking place for two days in July, Echo Beach is filled with dancing and cool attire.  This year some changes have been made to the festival such as a new layout and three new stages.  It is now also a 19+ event. This show is a staple for any EDM fan.

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