The Summer season has returned, and Torontonians across the city cry out in joy as patio and festival season begins. It’s no secret that Toronto offers some of the biggest and best festivals anywhere, and June is just the first course for the season. Check out the best festivals happening in June, from Bubble Tea to Pride!
When? June 8th 5PM-11PM, June 9th 11AM-11PM, and June 10th 11AM-8PM
Where? West Island Ontario Place 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto
A Tavola, meaning “At the table” in Italian, is a celebration of the finest Italian cuisine that Toronto has to offer, along with a wonderful selection of Italian wines and cocktails. The celebration of Italy’s best will be offering an Italian breakfast from 11AM-1PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Featuring handcrafted foods with an Italian flair, it’s not to be missed!
General Admission is $9 for the festival itself, with food and drink tickets being sold in $2 denominations. Food and drink will vary between 2$-8$ at the event. For more information, check out their site here.
Toronto Japanese Film Festival
When? June 7th June 27
Where? Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, North York
A showcasing of Japan’s biggest films, recognized at home and abroad, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival brings some of the greatest new films from Japan right to Toronto. Major headlining films include “Blank 13” by acclaimed actor and filmmaker Takumi Saitoh, his directorial debut, who will also be in attendance. Mayu Matusoka, Japan’s rising star, will be present for her own screening of her film “Tremble All You Want” and “Chihayafuru” will be screening.
Price of admission is $9-$12 depending on the show. For more information on the other shows being presented, see their site here.
Toronto Wine and Spirits Festival
When? June 22nd 5PM-11PM and June 23rd Noon-10PM
Where? Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Dr, Toronto
Toronto’s first outdoor Wine and Spirits Festival is back for its tenth year, bringing together under one sky, some of the world’s best and most renowned Wine and Spirit vendors. There will also be an assortment of culinary eats as well. The event is promoting their cashless format, using an app called Token Mobile (which lets you pay seamlessly at the vendor from your own phone,) but will still offer cash/ticket options.
The event’s admission is $23 in advance, or $35 at the door. For more information on the festival, visit their site here.
The Bubble Tea Festival
When? June 23rd 11AM-8PM
Where? Canary District, 398 Front St E, Toronto
Bubble Tea (also called Boba tea) is the latest culinary craze that’s spreading across the globe, and Toronto is no stranger to it. The Bubble Tea Festival returns, bringing together the diverse and wide selection of Toronto’s Bubble Tea shops under one figurative roof. Whether you’re a bubble tea veteran, or haven’t had the chance to try it, this event will be great for you.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
When? June 22nd-July 1st
Where? Various locations across Yorkville and Toronto, check here
Jazz and music lovers rejoice, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival returns for it’s 32nd round as one of the premier Jazz festivals in North America. With more than 1,500 musicians, from big names to emerging artists, there’s more than enough Jazz to go around. Spread across multiple venues in the city, it’ll be best to check out who is going where, to make sure you catch your favourites (or, if you’re adventurous, you can just go between all of them!)
Pride Parade 2018
When? June 24th
Where? From the corner of Church St and Bloor St to Yonge and Dundas.
Toronto’s diversity and acceptance are on full display as the Pride Parade takes to the streets for a celebration of all things LGTBQ+. Starting at the corner of Church St and Bloor St and making it all the way down to Yonge and Dundas, the Pride Parade returns for it’s 38th annual parade.
The event is free to the public. Pride Parade’s often contain nudity, so this event may not be suitable for all ages. More information can be found at their site here.
When? June 6th June 24th
Where? Multiple locations across the city. Consult their Events page here.
Luminato is Toronto’s premier festival for the city’s newest and most cutting edge of artworks in fields ranging from, “performance, media and visual arts, and programming that cuts across traditional artform boundaries.” (https://luminatofestival.com/About) An exciting 19 day festival that will be bringing together more than 3,000 performers, 11,000 artists from more than 40 countries.
With the warm weather and the sunny skies back in season, there’s no time like the present to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer. This is only a sampler of all the great events Toronto will play host to this Summer too, so get out and find something fun to do in the sun. For more information on the festivals to see in June, visit the Medallion Blog.