Toronto Festival and Events
Almost all of these photos were taken by myself (Hanif)
Several festivals and events are going on inside Toronto during both warm and cold weather times. Most of the cold weather time festivals are held inside the Nathan Phillips Square, while the warm weather ones are more scattered inside the city. While it is impossible to cover all these festivals and events in one page, I have tried to gather some of the main ones while I missed a few ones, which I will try to add them later. This page is categorized to two main parts, first October-April and second, May-September.
Toronto Fall-Winter Festivals (October-April)
Halloween at Church Street (night of October 31)
In Toronto lots of fun activities are going on during Halloween night as well as the weekends before Halloween. One of the best events on Halloween night in Toronto, is the festival of costumes in Church area. You can find many exciting, innovative costumes here.
To find more refer to Halloween Album
Santa Claus Parade
In November, several Santa Claus parades are running in Toronto. The Santa Claus parade in downtown area can be considered as one of the main events of Toronto, which passes from several main streets of Toronto downtown.
To find more refer to Santa Claus Parade
The below photos were taken from Weston Santa Clause Parade in the west of Toronto. This festival is completely smaller than the main downtown one.
Aboriginal festival is held every year around ends of November and firsts of December in Rogers Center in Toronto. During these typically three days festival, one can enjoy the beautiful native dances of lots of north American aboriginal groups in the ceremonies, which are called Pow Wow.
To find more refer to Aboriginal Festival Views
New Year Festival at Nathan Phillips, Toronto
Every year on December 31, Torontonians are gathered in Nathan Phillips square to celebrate the new year. During this event, many music groups play and finally at midnight the firework is displaying. In the below photos you can find photos from crowd, music groups and fireworks.
New Year 2008
Toronto Winter City Festival
It is a two weeks winter celebration in Toronto during January and February. This event in 2008 included nights of fires in Nathan Phillips square by firing up lots of fires around and inside the square. .
While in the cold and long winter of Toronto, it is hard to do outdoor activities, it is fun to enjoy several festivals and events which are running around the city, specially Yorkville Icefest, which is happening in the late February. One of the main programs in this event is the ice carving competition, which includes the exhibition of several ice statues.
To find more refer to Yorkville Icefest Views
Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival (Kortright)
Getting maple syrup from maple trees has a long history which rooted in the aboriginal people traditions, who have been in Canada long time before the immigration of Europeans to Canada. The tradition of getting maple syrup during the firsts of spring time is passed from the aboriginals to the new residents of Canada. In the below photos, you can find the tour of maple syrup photos at Sugar bush maple syrup festival, which was held in Kortright Centre for conservation at the north west of GTA (Great Toronto Area) during March and the firsts of April.
To find more refer to Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival Views
Spring-Summer Festivals (May-August)
Fireworks on Victoria Day (last Monday before May24) at Ashbridges Bay Park & Woodbine Beach
Victoria Day is an official holiday in Canada and people celebrate this day by displaying fireworks and doing different kinds of fun activities in several parts of the city, however the main gathering typically happens around Woodbine beach, east of Toronto.
Toronto City Hall and Around it, during Open Doors Toronto
Most of these photos were taken during doors open Toronto days, which typically happens on the last weekends in May. During "doors open Toronto" weekends, one can access to many historical buildings and attractions, including the both old and new City Halls, in free.
Pride Parade Toronto (Ends of June)
The pride parade is one of the most famous Toronto festivals. This festival attracts hundreds of thousands tourists to Toronto each Summer and it is a celebration of diversity in Toronto and LGBT culture. The pride parade is part of the pride week of Toronto, which is being held ends of June and it is one of the world largest gay pride festivals. The parade and the festival events are held mainly along the Yonge street and Church-Wellesley village .
To find more refer to Pride Parade Photos
Canada Day (July First)
The Canada day is one of the main holidays in Canada and lots of activities and fireworks are going on every parts of the country. In Toronto people gather and celebrate this event in different parts of the city.
Caribana Festival (Ends of July and firsts of August)
Caribana is one of the most famous festivals of Toronto that brings more than a million tourists to Toronto each summer. This festival is about the Caribbean cultures (specially their music and dance) and it is held by the lake shore during the ends of July and the firsts of August.
To find more refer to Caribana Parade Photos
Toronto Taste of Danforth (Festival website)
It is a yearly three days festival in Danforth street, beside the Toronto Greek town. While from the name it appears that this festival focuses on meals and foods, actually several other fun activities happen beside tasting different meals.
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