Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Toronto This Spring

Here’s why you should come to Toronto this spring

 One of the best times of the year to visit Toronto is in the spring. The city comes alive as the weather warms up and options for what to see and do abound no matter where your travel interests lie. Throughout May and June, the amount of events and activities in the city seems to explode so visitors to Toronto in the spring are spoiled for choice. Whether you’re into food and beer, biking, art or music – there’s a pretty good reason to make a spring visit to the city.

With that in mind, here are some of the best reasons to visit to Toronto this spring.

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    Spring is a less busy time to visit

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    ••• Toronto sign at City Hall.

     If you’re hoping to see some of Toronto’s best attractions, spring is a good time to do it since it’s not yet peak or high season for visitors to the city. Between mid-May and mid-June, you should have a better chance to discover the city sans crowds.

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    Outdoor art events

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    ••• Kensington Market Art Fair September 2015. Image courtesy Kensington Market Art Fair

    What better way to enjoy art than to do while also spending time in the sun? If you like art there are several springtime options to enjoy it outdoors in Toronto. Some of these include the Riverdale Art Walk in Jimmie Simpson Park, which showcases both established and emerging artists; Artfest Toronto happening in the Distillery District, Kensington Market Art Fair and Christie Pitts Arts Crawl.

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    June is Bike Month

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    ••• A girl and her bike.

    From May 30 to June 30, in Toronto celebrates its love of life on two wheels with Bike Month, a whole month of community events across the GTA and Hamilton, including races, festivals, rides, guided bike tours, art shows, film screenings, bike maintenance clinics and workshops and more. So if you’re a bike fan, June is a good month to consider a visit to Toronto.

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    Spring is a great time for live music

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    ••• Field Trip 2015. Image courtesy Field Trip

    Love live music? Then spring might just be a good time for you to plot a trip to Toronto. The fun kicks off with Field Trip, a family-friendly music and arts festival at Historic Fort York & Garrison Common. Some acts on this year’s bill include The National, Robyn, Jason Collett, Of Montreal and Basia Bulat among many others. Or you can check out Bestival, taking place at Woodbine Park. Artists include Tame Impala, The Cure, Grimes, Jamie XX and The Wombats to name just a few with more being announced. Toronto turn into a music mecca with NXNE with shows happening at various venues across the city as well as by the lake in Toronto’s Port Lands.

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    Spring kicks off patio fever

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    ••• Amsterdam Brewhouse patio. Image courtesy Amsterdam Brewhouse

    Let’s face it; everyone loves patios (or most people anyway). But it feels like patio fever is particularly intense in Toronto as soon a spring hits. And there are many patios to choose from in Toronto, whether you’re looking for something on a rooftop with an epic view, but the water with beautiful breezes, something secluded or surrounded by nature.

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    Beer festivals

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    ••• Bottles of Steam Whistle beer. Image courtesy Ontario Craft Beer Week

    Beer drinkers rejoice; if you put Toronto on your spring travel list you’ll have the chance to sip and savor a wide variety of brews. Start with Ontario Craft Beer Week where there will be over 70 craft brewers participating in various beer-related events. Sessions Craft Beer Festival actually kicks off Ontario Craft Beer Week at Young and Dundas Square where you’ll find craft beer, food vendors, and live music. Or you can check out Toronto Craft Beer Festival, a craft beer-centric event being launched this year.

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    Food fests and food trucks

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    ••• Ribs grilling. Image courtesy Halal Food Fest

    While summer is prime time for food festivals, spring is still a great time to sample some of the best eats and treats Toronto has to offer in the form of food festivals; Toronto Taste, The Stop Night Market, Halal Food Fest and Taco Fest. In addition, once spring hits you see a lot more food trucks roaming around Toronto offering everything from grilled cheese sandwiches and tacos, to cupcakes, arepas, burritos, lasagna and much more.

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    Toronto is filled with parks

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    ••• Bluffer's Park. Image courtesy John Vetterli via Flickr

    One of the best times to enjoy any park is in the spring, when trees go from drab to vibrant seemingly overnight. It’s this transformation that involves more and more pops of color coming into play, that makes spring such a great time to park-hop. And luckily, Toronto is a city filled with parks of varying shapes, sizes and set-ups. Pack a picnic (or just grab some drinks and snacks) and hit up on of the city’s best parks including High Park, Trinity Bellwoods, Bluffers Park, Riverdale Park and Corktown Common.

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    It's a great time to see a Blue Jays game

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    ••• Blue Jays game. Image courtesy Perry Quan via Flickr

    In addition to being patio crazy, Toronto is also baseball crazy and once spring is in full swing, so too is Blue Jays fever all over the city. So if you happen to be in Toronto in the spring and you happen to be a baseball fan, make sure you snap up some tickets to catch a game or two and catch the wave of baseball fever while you’re here.

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    It's the 10th anniversary of Luminato

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    ••• Unsound Toronto at the Hearn Generating Station 2015. Image courtesy David Leyes

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Toronto’s multifaceted arts event, Luminato. The festival involves an amazing mashup of art, music, food, and theatre happening at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto’s Port Lands. This year’s fest will be particularly epic since it’s celebrating 10 years. This year’s theme puts the focus on openness and diversity and the massive Hearn Generating Station will be become “the world’s largest temporary community and cultural centre” involving art installations, theatres, bars, restaurants, music venues, galleries and more.