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Best time of year to visit Toronto

Summer is a peak season in Toronto with a variety of cultural events like Caribana or Pride Week. However, be prepared to see the prices skyrocket and unruly crowds everywhere. Spring and autumn offer relatively warm weather and lower rates, that's why late April through May and September through October are the best time to visit the Toronto. As the world's best hockey teams reside in this city, you shouldn't miss an epic October–April hockey season.
Winter brings biting winds and a world of snow but it is your obvious chance to save money and a perfect season for ice skating, snowboarding, and skiing.

10 THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO (JUNE 11 - JUNE 20)

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches

June–August • food

Sweet ice cream tacos, and salty caramel ice-cream with bacon and waffles—anything imaginable!

CN Tower Edge Walk

CN Tower Edge Walk

May–October • activity

How do you feel about heights? What about a free-hand walk on the edge of one of the world's highest buildings?

Summer Tour Around Weird Houses

Summer Tour Around Weird Houses

May–September  • activity

A couple of eccentric houses are both amusing and scary

Boat Cruises

Boat Cruises

May–October  • activity

Explore the waters surrounding Toronto, and you will discover amazing city landscapes and islands

Luminato Festival

Luminato Festival

June 07–23, 2019 • event

10,000 artists from 40 countries, and a million visitors—the scale is impressive as is the art!

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland

late April/early May–October • activity

If your life needs a bit more thrill, the rollercoasters of Canada's Wonderland are perfect for you!

Beach Season

Beach Season

June–August  • activity

Either an ordinary beach or a nude one for a change—the decision is entirely up to you

CN Tower

CN Tower

all year round • activity

Canada's tallest structure and Toronto's favourite landmark offers unbeatable panoramic views of the city

NXNE Festival

NXNE Festival

June 07–16, 2019 • event

One of the largest music festivals in Toronto showcases emerging artists and major-label headliners

York-Durham Heritage Railway

York-Durham Heritage Railway

all year round • activity

A wonderful excursion aboard an old train through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ontario

65 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Toronto Caribbean Carnival or Caribana

Toronto Caribbean Carnival or Caribana

August 02–04, 2019 • event

Toronto invites lovers of Caribbean culture to the largest North American street festival of colourful traditions

TIFF or Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF or Toronto International Film Festival

September 05–15, 2019 • event

Film stars and fans from the planet's corners gather in Toronto for the world's biggest film festival

Giant Pillow Fight

Giant Pillow Fight

April 06, 2019 • event

A pillow warrior lives inside each of us, and it's time to let him out for battle!

Fresh Maple Syrup

Fresh Maple Syrup

March 02–April 06, 2019 • food

This iconic Canadian topping is made of maple sap collected from tree trunks—what a generous gift from nature!

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village

April 28–December 23, 2018 • activity

This open-air museum shows Canada as it was two centuries ago

Hockey Season

Hockey Season

October–April • event

The Toronto Maple Leafs are legendary: every game is a sensation, every move is epic

CN Tower Climb

CN Tower Climb

April 13–14, 2019 • event

When you climp up 1,776 stairs, you'll be at the highest man-made point in Canada

Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto

May 25–26, 2019 • event

A unique chance to discover the real city that is typically hidden from visitors

Fall Fests and Fairs

Fall Fests and Fairs

September–November  • event

Maybe elsewhere autumn is associated with a quiet depression, but not in Toronto, where the revelry is in full swing

Canada Day

Canada Day

July 01 • event

This national holiday is a great occasion to see Torontians paint the town red, the city-wide firework party starts after dusk

Halloween

Halloween

October 31 • event

Experience the dread of Toronto's monsters that rise from the ground on Halloween night

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

late November–late March • activity

Enjoy this favourite winter activity at one of Toronto's most famous outdoor ice rinks

First Light

First Light

December 06–09, 2018 • event

After visiting 17th century Ontario, you'll see that such a life could be quite fun even without electricity and light bulbs

Bestival Toronto

Bestival Toronto

June 2019 (TBA) • event

This weekend of music promises a great energy and adrenaline

Woofstock Festival

Woofstock Festival

May 26–27, 2018 • event

150,000 animals compete in contests, partake in fashion shows, indulge in doggy delicacies, and simply have fun

World Poutine Eating Championship

World Poutine Eating Championship

October 13, 2018 • event

Over three kilos of steaming poutine are eaten in minutes for a prize of $5,000

Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus Parade

November 17, 2019 • event

As winter approaches Toronto, Santas arrive to the city with the accompaniment of bright floats and marching bands

Icycle Race

Icycle Race

late February (TBA) • activity

Cycling on rough ground doesn't seem challenging enough any more? Toronto's icycle race may revive your competitive spirit

Toronto Light Festival

Toronto Light Festival

January 18–March 03, 2019 • event

The largest art festival in Toronto brightens up winter

Canadian International AutoShow

Canadian International AutoShow

February 15–24, 2019 • event

Canada's largest and most popular car event

Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition

August 16–September 02, 2019 • event

The fifth largest fair in North America provides lots of traditional entertainment

Cavalcade of Lights

Cavalcade of Lights

November 30, 2019 • event

Thousands of sparkling lights, live music, fun skating and festive fireworks

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

January–February • nature

Although Ontario is one of Canada's more southerly provinces, you might be lucky to see the lights here in depth of winter

Zeppole

Zeppole

March 19–April 21, 2019 • food

This festive Italian pastry is widely consumed in Toronto, but only for a few weeks...

Evergreen Winter Village

Evergreen Winter Village

early December–March • activity

This natural playground offers the most dynamic winter holiday ever with plenty of outdoor games and other fun

Victoria Day Fireworks

Victoria Day Fireworks

May 20, 2019 • event

The sky is brightened with a 14-minute display of dazzling fireworks—all for Her Majesty

Lower Bay Station

Lower Bay Station

May 25–26, 2019 • activity

This bricked over, abandoned subway station can still be reached via a secret gateway

Toronto Marathon

Toronto Marathon

May 05, 2019 • event

Every year 15,000 people from over 50 countries visit Toronto driven by a common passion for running

Snow Rollers

Snow Rollers

mid-January–mid-March • nature

These huge white 'doughnuts' surely raise questions. Like, what is a 'snow roller' and where does it come from?

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

Steep and gentle slopes, snowboard terrain parks, and a tubing field—ski resorts around Toronto have tons to offer

Public Gardens Abloom

Public Gardens Abloom

mid-April–May • nature

Tulips, roses, cherry blossoms, butterflies, and chirping birds—spring turns a large part of Toronto into paradise

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

May 25–26, 2019 • activity

Canada's first lighthouse is still haunted by the ghost of its first caretaker

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 20, 2019 • event

One of the most popular races in North America

Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto Jazz Festival

June 27–July 06, 2019 • event

One of the best jazz events to fall in love with

Nuit Blanche Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto

October 05, 2019 • event

Free all-night contemporary art festival

Summerlicious

Summerlicious

July 05–21, 2019 • event

Toronto's favourite summer food festival

Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth

August 2019 (TBA) • event

Enjoy the flavour of Greece at Canada's largest street festival

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Redpath Waterfront Festival

June 29–July 01, 2019 • event

This carefree, fun event is all about entertainment and huge installations

Markham Fair

Markham Fair

October 03–06, 2019 • event

One of the oldest and largest fairs in Canada

ImportFest

ImportFest

July 27, 2019 • event

The largest car show in Canada and a must-see for all automotive enthusiasts

Cask Days

Cask Days

October 18–20, 2019 • event

Choose between 400 varieties of beer and cider in three days at one of the largest cask festivals in the world

Pride Toronto

Pride Toronto

June 21–23, 2019 • event

One of the largest Pride celebrations in the world is attended by over 1 million people

Canadian International Air Show

Canadian International Air Show

August 31–September 02, 2019 • event

The aviation extravaganza showcases the best aerial acrobatic jet teams on the continent

Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

December 04–05, 2018 • event

The best way to boost one's Christmas spirit

Taste of Manila

Taste of Manila

August 17–18, 2019 • event

The largest Filipino festival outside of Philippines

Brampton Kite Fest

Brampton Kite Fest

June 08–09, 2019 • event

Eco-friendly event that celebrates Canadian multiculturalism

The Karma Cup

The Karma Cup

September 08–09, 2018 • event

The largest cannabis products expo and competition in Canada

CBC Music Festival

CBC Music Festival

May 2019 (TBA) • event

A perfect day full of music, great food, and activities at Toronto's RBC Echo Beach

Holiday Fair in the Square

Holiday Fair in the Square

December 01–23, 2018 • event

A new favourite Toronto Christmas tradition

Toronto Food Truck Festival

Toronto Food Truck Festival

August 02–05, 2019 • event

One of the biggest summer food festivals in Toronto

MuslimFest

MuslimFest

August 30–September 01, 2019 • event

The best showcase of Muslim talents in arts and entertainment

Winter Stations

Winter Stations

February 18–April 01, 2019 • event

Art installations transform Toronto public beaches during the cold season

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

November 01–10, 2019 • event

The largest agricultural indoor event in the world

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

September 13–15, 2019 • event

The largest Ukrainian Festival in North America

Open Streets TO

Open Streets TO

September 16, 2018 • event

Toronto streets get closed to traffic and open for people and bikes

Toronto Comicon

Toronto Comicon

March 15–17, 2019 • event

An annual comic book and pop culture expo

Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market

November 15–December 23, 2018 • event

Get in a festive mood and shop for gifts at a beautiful outdoor Christmas market in Toronto

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

December 31–January 01 • event

Explore the key spots for the celebration in Toronto

Rogers Cup (Canadian Open)

Rogers Cup (Canadian Open)

August 03–11, 2019 • event

The third-oldest tennis tournament the world

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

late November–early January • event

Witness the city transform into a fairy-tale

Winter at Ontario Place

Winter at Ontario Place

November 23 2018–March 17 2019 • event

A free festival celebrating all the winter things at the West Island of Ontario Place

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

February 09–10, 2019 • event

Toronto’s central cultural district turns into a magic world of ice sculptures

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 09–10, 2019 • event

Join one of the largest celebrations in Canada

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 10, 2019 • event

The largest Irish themed event held in Toronto

Barrie Winterfest

Barrie Winterfest

February 02–03, 2019 • event

One of the most popular winter events in Ontario