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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.

9 THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO (MAY 03 - MAY 12)

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

late April–early May • nature

The most beautiful time in Toronto's biggest park

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?

Boat Cruises

Boat Cruises

May–October  • activity

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

Summer Tour Around Weird Houses

Summer Tour Around Weird Houses

May–September  • activity

A couple of eccentric houses are both amusing and scary

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!

CN Tower

CN Tower

all year round • activity

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

Toronto Marathon

Toronto Marathon

May 03, 2020 • event

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

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

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

78 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Toronto Caribbean Carnival or Caribana

Toronto Caribbean Carnival or Caribana

August 01, 2020 • event

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

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!

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 one the world's biggest film festivals

Pride Toronto

Pride Toronto

June 26–28, 2020 • event

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

CN Tower Climb

CN Tower Climb

April 04–05, 2020 • event

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

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches

June–August • food

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

Luminato Festival

Luminato Festival

June 07–23, 2019 • event

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

Fresh Maple Syrup

Fresh Maple Syrup

March 28–29, 2020 • food

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

Woofstock Festival

Woofstock Festival

May 25–26, 2019 • event

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

Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto

May 23–24, 2020 • event

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

Hockey Season

Hockey Season

October–April • event

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

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village

April 27–December 24, 2019 • activity

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

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

Toronto Light Festival

Toronto Light Festival

January 18–March 03, 2019 • event

The largest art festival in Toronto brightens up winter

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

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

late November–late March • activity

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

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

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

Victoria Day Fireworks

Victoria Day Fireworks

May 25, 2020 • event

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

Halloween

Halloween

late October • event

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

Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto Jazz Festival

June 21–30, 2019 • event

One of the best jazz events to fall in love with

Summerlicious

Summerlicious

July 05–21, 2019 • event

Toronto's favourite summer food festival

Brampton Kite Fest

Brampton Kite Fest

June 08–09, 2019 • event

Eco-friendly event that celebrates Canadian multiculturalism

Canadian International AutoShow

Canadian International AutoShow

February 14–23, 2020 • event

Canada's largest and most popular car event

Zeppole

Zeppole

March 19–April 12, 2020 • food

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

First Light

First Light

November 21–23, 2019 | November 28–30, 2019 | December 05–07, 2019 • event

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

Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market

November 14–December 22, 2019 • event

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

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

Bestival Toronto

Bestival Toronto

June 2019 (TBA) • event

This weekend of music promises a great energy and adrenaline

World Poutine Eating Championship

World Poutine Eating Championship

October 19, 2019 • event

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

Icycle Race

Icycle Race

February 21, 2016 • activity

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

Lower Bay Station

Lower Bay Station

May 23–24, 2020 • activity

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

Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition

August 21–September 07, 2020 • event

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

Dreams Festival

Dreams Festival

June 29–30, 2019 • event

Dance to the beats of electronic music on the shores of the Lake Ontario

Easter

Easter

April 04–12, 2020 • event

To mark the feast, Toronto hosts a huge Passion Play, the world's largest Easter parade, and countless egg hunts

Art Toronto

Art Toronto

October 25–27, 2019 • event

The only international fair for modern and contemporary art in Canada

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?

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

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

February 09–10, 2019 • event

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

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

Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth

August 09–11, 2019 • event

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

Markham Fair

Markham Fair

October 01–04, 2020 • event

One of the oldest and largest fairs in Canada

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

Taste of Manila

Taste of Manila

August 17–18, 2019 • event

The largest Filipino festival outside of Philippines

Holiday Fair in the Square

Holiday Fair in the Square

December 07–23, 2019 • event

A new favourite Toronto Christmas tradition

Toronto Food Truck Festival

Toronto Food Truck Festival

July 31–August 03, 2020 • 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 15–16, 2020 • event

Art installations transform Toronto public beaches during the cold season

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

September 13–15, 2019 • event

The largest Ukrainian Festival in North America

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

Barrie Winterfest

Barrie Winterfest

February 01–02, 2020 • event

One of the most popular winter events in Ontario

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 20, 2019 • event

One of the most popular races in North America

Nuit Blanche Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto

October 05, 2019 • event

Free all-night contemporary art festival

NXNE Festival

NXNE Festival

June 12–21, 2020 • event

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

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Redpath Waterfront Festival

June 29–July 01, 2019 • event

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

ImportFest

ImportFest

July 25–26, 2020 • event

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

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

October 17–25, 2019 • event

A showcase of horror, sci-fi, thriller, action and cult cinema

Canadian International Air Show

Canadian International Air Show

September 06, 2020 • event

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

Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols

December 03–04, 2019 • event

The best way to boost one's Christmas spirit

The Karma Cup

The Karma Cup

September 12–13, 2020 • event

The largest cannabis products expo and competition in Canada

CBC Music Festival

CBC Music Festival

May 25, 2019 • event

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

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

November 01–10, 2019 • event

The largest agricultural indoor event in the world

Open Streets TO

Open Streets TO

September 15, 2019 • event

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

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

mid November–early January • event

Witness the city transform into a fairy-tale

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 25–26, 2020 • 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

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

May 23–24, 2020 • activity

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

Toronto Comicon

Toronto Comicon

March 13–15, 2020 • event

An annual comic book and pop culture expo

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 10–16, 2020 • event

The third-oldest tennis tournament in the world

Winterlicious

Winterlicious

January 31–February 13, 2020 • event

Two weeks of high-end cuisine exploration

Toronto Fringe

Toronto Fringe

July 01–12, 2020 • event

The largest theatre and performance festival in Ontario

Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week

May 19–23, 2020 • event

A seven-day experience for industry professionals, artists, and music fans

Toronto's Festival of Beer

Toronto's Festival of Beer

July 24–26, 2020 • event

Take three days off to discover your favorite beer

Rugged Maniac Kitchener

Rugged Maniac Kitchener

May 30, 2020 • event

A wild obstacle race not far from Toronto

Reebok Ragnar Niagara

Reebok Ragnar Niagara

May 31–June 01, 2019 • event

This 300-kilometer relay will take you through the most beautiful places along the Lake Ontario shoreline

Beaches Jazz Festival

Beaches Jazz Festival

July 03–26, 2020 • event

One of Canada's largest free festivals featuring diverse music genres