8 Family-Friendly Toronto Summer Festivals
Festival season in the city is now in full swing, so if you're wondering where to start or which are the most family friendly, we've got you covered!
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Starting July 10, we're heading to the Beaches International Jazz Festival. Along with great music—we'll be taking our Pitch Perfect loving crew to the aca-awesome SING! A Cappella Stage—there will also be a youth stage and a kids' mural project to keep the wee ones' creativity going.
Franco-Fete expands to 14 days to encompass the PAN AM Games. Based in Yonge-Dundas Square you can celebrate 400 years of French culture in Ontario with musical performances, and on June 23 at 11 am the kids can party with Caillou.
Scotiabank Caribbean Festival and Junior Carnival
You may have heard of the Scotiabank Caribbean Festival (on July 7 to August 2), but did you know there's also a Junior Carnival on July 18? Not to be missed: the very colourful and energetic grand parade on August 1.
The Festival of India
Check out the lively parade downtown before journeying over to the island to check out the bustling bazaar, dance demonstrations, traditional face painting and a huge outdoor yoga session. Head to the massive tented pavilion for exhibits on spiritual culture and Indian heritage—and stop by the kids' area for some cultural learning and children's yoga.
Food Truck Festival
Beavertails and Tiny Tom Donuts accompany Fidel Gastro's, Gorilla Cheese and other foodie favorites pair well with craft beer, live music, and a children's village. Bonus: Admission is free!
Taste of the Danforth
A city-favourite, this Danforth-based fest is a celebration of Greek culture and food. This year they're trying to break two world records: the largest tug-of-war and the most people doing the standing long jump. They've also got a Kid's Fun Zone and of course a lot of food.
The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Just outside of the city, you've got The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games. From children's dance competitions and caber tosses, to an artisans' marketplace and haggis, the kids can soak up Celtic culture.
The Canadian National Exhibition
Summer's never complete without the Canadian National Exhibition. Along with the midway, there's Kids World, with a baby care centre, a toddler play area, the Super Dogs dog show and free pizza making workshops.