Once summer hits, Toronto is a hotbed of activity in the form of events and festivals of all kinds and everything really seems to rev up in June. From street festivals to food festivals to art, music and family fun, there’s a lot going on this month. With that in mind here are 10 of the best events happening this June in Toronto.
Luminato (June 10-26)
Toronto’s annual multi-arts festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is dedicated to showcasing art in all its forms, from live music and dance, to visual art, theater, film and more. Events taking place throughout the festival will be both free and ticketed and be taking place at the Hearn Generating Station, a massive building on Toronto’s waterfront that will be home to all things Luminato, as well as become the world’s largest temporary community and cultural centre under one roof. The Hearn will be divided into several spaces including a theatre, gallery and music stage. There will also be three dining areas
Roncy Rocks (June 11)
The Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest is happening June 11 and combines art, music, fashion and family activities for a community celebration that offers something for everyone. Music headliners include The Grapes of Wrath, NQ Arbuckle, The Monkey Bunch and David Celia, and there will also be live street music and music for kids. Along with live music the fest will feature a juried art show and sale, an area just for kids, a sidewalk sale, barbeque demos, fashion shows and the official opening of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden.
Wine and Spirit Festival (June 16-18)
Get into the spirit of summer with a trip to Sugar Beach for the Wine and Spirit Festival where you can soak up the sun while sampling an array of beers, wines, ciders and spirits. In addition to sampling various beverages you can also get a chance to learn about some of what you’re drinking at the festival’s Wine & Spirit School. Admission is included with your ticket but spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis. There will also be live music, food and an area showcasing new products just hitting the market.
The Junction Summer Solstice Festival (June 18)
Celebrate the longest day of the year while exploring Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood on June 18 from noon to midnight at the Summer Solstice Festival. The day will be packed with things to see and do, from art installations and workshops, to food vendors, late night shopping, a laneway crawl and parking lot patios. You can also expect buskers, a bike clinic, acrobats, musicians and family activities.
Taste of Little Italy (June 17-19)
College Street from Bathurst to Shaw will once again be food, fun and drink central for this year’s Taste of Little Italy. The stretch of College Street, which will be blocked off from cars, will be packed with opportunities to sample food from local restaurants. Festival-goers can also expect live music with bands performing on street corners, outdoor seating, amusement rides for kids and artisans and crafters showcasing their wares.
Beach BBQ & Brews Festival (June 17-19)
If you like beer, BBQ and being near the beach, this annual festival taking place over Father’s Day weekend is where you’re going to want to head. Woodbine park is playing host to the free event which includes, as the name suggests, plenty of beer vendors and the chance to enjoy some good old fashioned BBQ. There will also be BBQ competitions, grilling demos, live music, a kids’ area with rides and craft vendors.
The Waterfront Artisan Market (June 18-19)
HTO Park on Queens Quay West will be home to the Waterfront Artisan Market June 18-19 as well as several other weekends throughout summer and into early fall. The open air market will be a chance to browse and shop more than 50 artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Some of the vendors you can look forward to checking out include Station Cold Brew, Penny Candy Jam, Miche Bakery, Laborde Jewellery, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, Boreal Gelato, Beekeeper’s Naturals and Loaded Pierogi among many others.
Pride (June 24-July 3)
This is the first year that Toronto will be celebrating Pride Month, which culminates with the 10-day Pride Toronto festival June 24 to July 3. Toronto’s pride celebration is the largest in North America, with an estimated attendance of over one million people. There will be diverse programming throughout the month including film screenings, panel discussions, concerts, parties, parades and more. The Pride festival itself includes a three-day street festival featuring artisans and food vendors; a special Family Pride program with activities just for kids, from crafts to face painting; Trans Pride including the Trans Pride March, the Dyke March and the 36th annual Pride Parade tops everything off July 3.
Taste of Toronto (June 23-26)
Taste of Toronto will be making its way back to Garrison Common at Fort York this summer June 23-26. The food and beverage-focused event is a fun way to try some great food from some of Toronto’s best restaurants in a relaxed setting. Over 40 restaurants will be making an appearance at Taste of Toronto and there will be 54 signature dishes on offer in taster sizes so you can mix and match several for a personalized menu of gourmet treats. Twenty chefs will be participating, including David Lee of Nota Bene, Chris Kalisperas of Mamakas, Mark McEwan of McEwan Group and Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station.
Annex Family Festival (June 26)
Head to the Annex on June 26 for the 20th annual Annex Family Festival which takes place along Bloor between Spadina and Bathurst. Presented by the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and the Annex BIA, the early summer block party is always popular and attracts over 20,000 people. The busy stretch of Bloor will feature live performances, buskers, vendors, activities for kids, demonstrations and Hot Docs Cinema will be offering a screening of Zootopia, free for kids 16 and under.