Events, Family Events

Summer Street Festivals and Family-Friendly Events

Looking for free family-friendly events in the city this summer? The GTA has a fantastic selection of street festivals to choose from! Whether you want to immerse yourself in international francophone culture or in the diversity that is the African continent, Toronto and its surrounding cities have just the event for you.

Child playing on a colourful blow up slide

“Lorain International Festival” CC image courtesy of Rona Proudfoot on Flickr.

  • Bloor West Village’s Summer Kids Festival is this Saturday, July 16th. Watch kid-specific stage shows, hang out at the activity centres, play some carnival games, and meet Aladdin and the Princesses!
  • BIG on Bloor is coming up July 23-4th! If you head to this arts and culture celebration of the Bloordale neighbourhood you’ll find Bloor Street West closed off to cars between Lansdowne Avenue and Dufferin Street. Partake in hands-on activities, watch local theatre and musical acts, and hang out at the kids’ PlayFair!
  • The Island Soul Festival is July 29-August 1 at Harbourfront Centre. Celebrate the long weekend with your family by enjoying the art, film, and food of the Caribbean!
  • The Krinos Taste of the Danforth is happening this August 5-7th. At Canada’s largest street festival you’ll be able to meet the players and mascots of Toronto’s professional sports teams, hang out in the Toronto Star Kids’ Fun Zone, take advantage of GreekTown food vendors, and watch free performances from both local and international talent!
  • It isn’t a true Toronto summer unless you’ve stopped by the Canadian National Exhibition. Open from August 19-September 5th; catch aerial acrobatics performances, ice skating, air shows, Kids’ World, cooking demonstrations, and midway rides and games! Get in for only $6 Mondays-Thursdays after 5pm and find kids’ tickets for only $2 on August 22nd and 29th.
  • Toronto Buskerfest is at Woodbine Park this year from September 2-5th. Stop by the family fun zone to take advantage of face painting, balloon twisting, workshops for kids, and busker acts geared especially to families.
  • Available all summer is Evergreen Brick Works’ Scavenger Hunt. The community environmental centre has compiled two versions: one for kids aged 3-6 and another for kids aged 7-10. The hunts are self-led and are therefore available anytime the park is open!

Didn’t quite find what you were looking for or perhaps hoping to do even more?

Other summer highlights include:

  • Unity Festival, a four day celebration of Hip-Hop from July 20-23rd.
  • BrazilFest, on July 24th at EarlsCourt Park.
  • The Korean Harvest Festival from August 26-28th that features free performances, Korean food vendors and artists, a talent show, and ddakgichigi games!

Also, the City of Toronto has a great database of seasonal events it hosts and produces.

Don’t forget your water, your good walking shoes, and your sunscreen!