Sunday, April 01, 2012

Toronto Festivals 2012

Another year, another set of festivals and the list seems to grow each time.  This list is by no means exhaustive but is just a sample of the many up and coming events this year.

Entrance Fee
Jan-Feb 2012
Winter City

Toronto's WinterCity Festival hosts free entertainment at Nathan Phillips Square and different creative arts events including fun skating parties
Jan 27-Feb 9, 2011

Fixed price 3 course meals in noted restaurants around the city
Mar 16-25, 2012
Home Show
Canada Blooms
Mar 28-Apr 1, 2012
One of a Kind Spring Show
“One of a kind” handcrafted arts, crafts, clothing, etc.
Mar 29-Apr 3, 2012
Silent Film Fest
Apr 1-30
Toronto Reading Festival
Libraries across Toronto
Apr 26-May 6, 2012
Hot Docs
Ticketed $10
Canadian International Documentary Festival
May 5-6, 2012
Jane Walk
Walking tours in neighbourhoods across Toronto, celebrating the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs
May 1-31, 2012
Exhibition of digital and analog photography
May 26-27, 2012
Doors Open Toronto
Buildings around Toronto not usually open to the public will be made available for public visits or tours
June 1-3, 2012
Waterfront Blues
Blues festival at Woodbine Park (Lakeshore Blvd & Coxwell)
Jun 5-12, 2012
Short Film Fest
Canadian Film Centre (CFC) World Wide Short Film Festival
June 8-17, 2012
Free + ticketed shows
Toronto festival of arts & creativity featuring celebrations in dance, music, film, literature, theatre, visual arts and designs.
June  9, 2012
Yonge-Lawrence Village Day
Village-long sidewalk sale, quality entertainment ,kids zones play areas
June 10 2012
Festival on Bloor
Bloor St. from Spadina St. to Bathurst St.
Live music, craft vendors, kids activities, theatre
June 2012
Taste of Little Italy
Tastings of Italian cuisine, live entertainment, crafts, music
June 14-16, 2012
Wine & Spirit Festival
Sugar Beach
June 11-17 2012
NXNE Music Festival
North by Northeast Music Festival of emerging and indie bands
June 22 – July1, 2012
Pride Week
Free + ticketed shows
One of the biggest Pride celebrations in North America.
June 22-July 1, 2012
Toronto Jazz Festival
Ticketed Shows
Jazz concerts scheduled  downtown core at different clubs and venues.
June 23-24, 2012
Dragon Boat Race Festival
Toronto Centre Island
Next available 2013
Toronto Island Garden Tour
Visit the cottage homes on Ward's Island and tour the beautiful gardens.
Every other year.
July 2012
CHIN International Picnic
Picnic celebrating cultural diversity - Bikini pageants, cycling races, music, food, circus, kids zone
July 4-15, 2012
Toronto Fringe Festival
Ticketed Shows
Eclectic, avant garde productions to choose from including dramas, comedies, musicals and more
July 2012
Corso Italian Fiesta
Free + food for sale
Free outdoor festival of italian food, music, live performance, shopping
July 6-8, 2012
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Free + art for sale
Paintings, portraits, sculptures, art of various medium for sale and judging
July 6-8 2012
Honda Indy Toronto
Ticketed event
Open-wheel racing of the IZOD Indy Car Series,2010 Honda Indy Toronto 
July 6-22 2012
Fixed price 3 course lunches and dinners
Try Toronto's finest restaurants for a 3 course meal with slow, surly service  for $15-20 lunches and $25-35 dinners
Aug 2-6, 2012
Free +
Ticketed shows
Festival of Caribbean cuisine, music, dance, and the Caribana parade.
July 20-29, 2012
Beaches Jazz Festival
Free concerts +
Ticketed shows
Free outdoor jazz concerts in a variety of settings such as Kew Beach, Distillery District, etc. Free and fee-based jazz workshops. Ticketed jazz events and shows.
Aug, 2012

Taste of the Danforth
Free + food for purchase
Outdoor kiosks selling food tastings (mostly Greek but also other ethnicities) from the numerous restaurants along the Danforth. Live entertainment.
Aug 20-22, 2012
Hot and Spicy Food Festival
Free + food for purchase
Aug 17-Sep 3, 2012
Canadian National Exhibition
Adults $14, Children/Seniors $10
Largest national fair in Canada - rides, games, shows and more
Aug  2012
Fake Prom
Dance, drinks, fun @ Palace Royale – annual dress up party that recreates a high school prom
Sep 7-9, 2012
Cabbagetown Festival
Neighbourhood festival with shopping, food, entertainment, mini zoo, historic walking tour.
Sep 7-9, 2012
Vegetarian Food  Festival
Free + food for purchase
Harbourfront – speakers, exhibitors, cooking demos
Sept 6-16, 2012
Toronto International Film Festival
Tickets starting from $16
One of the most prestigous international film festivals in the world and often a good predictor of upcoming Oscar nominations.
TBD 2012
Beer Week
Food and drink purchase
Craft beer and food events across Toronto
Sep 23, 2012
Word on the Street
A booklover’s paradise with a marketplace of more than 250 book, magazine and literacy exhibits, readings by more than 170 Canadian authors, poets, storytellers, and performers, and a myriad of workshops for aspiring writers.
Oct 14, 2012
Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Entry fee
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon & Half are part of the Canada Running Series—A Selection of Canada's Best Runs
Sept 29, 2012 - 7pm to sunrise
Nuit Blanche
From dusk til dawn, exhibitions of still and performance art in traditional and unusual spaces including free access to all art galleries and museums
TBD 2012
International Festival of Authors
Ticketed events
Renown authors give readings, interviews, lectures, roundtable discussions and book signinings.
Oct 2012
Zombie Walk
Trinity Bellwoods Park – Makeup provided
Oct  2012
Night of the Dead
Assemble in the park at 4pm, Parade departs at 6pm; PWYC, $10/suggested donation
An evening of pageantry, music and masquerade including towering puppets, stilt dancers, fire twirlers and fearful masks in a daring exploration of dread.
Nov 2-11, 2012
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
World’s largest indoor agricultural and international equestrian competition
Nov-Dec 2012
One of a Kind Christmas show

“One of a kind” handcrafted arts, crafts, clothing, etc.
Nov 17, 2012
Cavalcade of Lights

First Lighting Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square

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