10 Ideas for Summer Fun in Toronto

10 Ideas for Summer Fun in Toronto

When summer rolls around in Toronto, it’s almost as if there’s a discernible collective exhale as warm, breezy weather takes the place of winter cold and spring rain. The city beat picks up with an endless array of exclusive events kicking off throughout the entire summer. Patios come alive, landmark attractions launch fantastic events, and there’s no shortage of outdoor movies, street festivals, and music fetes. Teeming with vitality, creativity, and intrigue, Toronto’s multifaceted, compelling districts intermingle perfectly with boundless events cropping up throughout the world renowned metropolis. Enjoy Toronto’s warm weather season with these 10 impressive attractions and events:

10. Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival

Launching annually in mid-July and spanning two weeks, Toronto’s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival definitely lives up to its name as the largest cultural street festival in North America. Electrifying, vibrant and loaded with Calypso and Soca music, Caribana delivers tempting cuisine alongside scores of performance and visual arts celebrations. The festival springs up at Exhibition Place, where there’s a fee to catch the entertainment, but the major event, which is the Carnival Parade—an eye-popping (and free!) procession filled with feathers, steelpans, dancing, and beautiful people—begins at 9 am at Exhibition Place during the last weekend. The parade heads west along Lakeshore Boulevard and ends at 6 pm just over three miles up at Parkside Drive. If you’re scoping out comfortable seating for the parade, Exhibition tickets are affordable, otherwise grab a spot along Lakeshore and settle in for the fete. Each year there’s an official launch, annual gala, and Calypso Extravaganza Show.

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