Best Time To Visit Toronto

The best months to go to Toronto are from late April until May and from September to October. The chances that you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation in Toronto are higher when you go during these months. You can expect good weather, fewer tourists, try out the cities’ cuisine through its lively restaurants and markets as well as learn more about the city through its cultural events.


Good Weather: Warm weather and extended sunlight hours last longer from May to September. The rainiest months are May and July with May having the most numbers of days that have rain while the latter has a higher volume of millimeters of rainfall. If you want to go to the city when the weather is sunny and warm, the best chances are June and in September. On the other hand, if you’d like to go during snowing months then go during January and February where there’s a lot of snow that stays for a longer time.

Exploring Outdoor: The most famous outdoor attraction in the region is Niagara Falls, which is just an hour drive from the city. I recommend you to go to Toronto in June or September, as the weather is pleasantly warm and the city is less crowded compared to July and August. The Toronto Islands are a beautiful year-round destination with amusement parks open throughout the summer, and in the winter, you can cross country skiing. Go to HarborFront center for a large ice festival held in December until February.

Hiking is excellent during the summer, but it is also done during late spring or early fall where you can avoid the summer heat. Surfing or SUP is excellent in August with the best waves coming in during fall and winter, and you can join the yearly contest held at Cherry beach. Sportfishing can be done at any time of the year, but you can particularly enjoy it from April to September, and you can try to catch your salmon.

Avoiding Huge Crowds: Winter is Toronto’s most peaceful time, particularly from December until February. These are also the months that experience the coldest temperature. To avoid huge crowds while still enjoying pleasant weather, schedule your trip in late April, May, September, or October (but avoid the second Monday of the month which is when the thanksgiving in Canada takes place)

Great Offers and Deals: Since winter is the least popular month for visitation in Toronto due to cold weather, you can expect that the prices for accommodation and flights to go down. It’s an excellent time for you to have a cheap adventure across the city. Just make sure to have your winter gear with you. You can do various activities often at reduced prices. You can enjoy watching in theaters, eating out, and shopping at a less high price. Many shops and cafe have heated patios allowing you to enjoy a drink or two in the sidewalk or rooftop even if it’s cold outside.

Going to the Theater: You’ll be able to enjoy the lively theater scene in Toronto at any time of the year. The Entertainment District in Toronto is just behind London and New York in being one of the biggest in the whole world. To attend as many festivals as possible, go there during summer or spring. One of the festivals that you can enjoy in the summer is the Fringe Festival held in July where you can watch various shows and plays. There’s also InspiraTO which is a medley that is usually held around June.

Family-Friendly Activities: You don’t have to worry about finding fun activities for your family, especially your kids, when going to Toronto during summer. There’s a lot of festivities that you can check out with your whole family. Attractions in the city such as Centreville Amusement Park are available and will have a lot of activities going on. Your kids will also enjoy going to the Toronto Zoo, and you can always go for a stroll at High Park. The average temperature during the summer is 25oC, but there will be days that the temperature can go as high as 40oC, especially during July. This can be especially hard for large groups exploring the city.

July and August are considered the wettest months. Take into consideration your children’s school break when planning your trip. May, June, and September is the best time to go, and you can be sure that the weather is going to be pleasant and attractions will be open. You can also enjoy the fact that there will be fewer chances of you bumping into crowds during these months. You can also visit during April be sure to bring cold weather clothes as evening can get a little bit chilly.

During winter, there’s not a lot of activity going on around the city. If you go during this time, some activities that you can do outdoor are mostly skiing and ice skating. On the plus side, flights and hotel rates are much cheaper during the winter, so a family trip could be much more affordable when you visit during these months. If you’re planning to go during winter, make sure that the accommodation that you have booked is connected to PATH which is the underground system of Toronto. This will make it easier and less hassle for your family to various places like restaurants, attractions, and subway station without braving the cold too much.

Exploring the Islands of Toronto: The three major islands in Toronto are Algonquin, Centre, and Ward’s. These islands are all connected via bridges, path, and boardwalks. To avoid the traffic in the streets and enjoy the lovely scenery of the beach and cottages, a short ferry ride at the Inner Harbor will transfer you from one island to another with less hassle. Expect to see huge crowds, especially kids, together with their parents during summer. This number increases during weekends due to special events going on around the city.

To avoid huge crowds, go to the town a week before the start of summer vacation or go to various places during early hours in the morning. Unless you have kids, who would like to go on rides, avoid Centre Park if you want a quiet spot for yourself. There are a lot of locations to enjoy your time, even in the summer, quietly.

Going to St. Lawrence Market: The best time to explore this market is during the morning on a Saturday. Going as early as 8 am would let you enjoy and explore the products in the market in peace, and you’ll also have a great time taking photos. It will also be easier to do a culinary and educational adventure since you can easily ask the vendors about what they are selling if there are fewer tourists around.

Things will shortly get lively at the middle of the morning and will gradually slow down afterward with most of the vendor’s inventory getting lower.

Going to the CN Tower: If you don’t like huge crowds when going to the CN tower, the best time for you to go is during winter. The downside is that there are chances of bad weather which will make it harder to observe anything from the tower and there’s also a chance that the Outdoor SkyTerrace is closed. Make sure to get constant weather updates when you visit during winter so you can make sure that you will be going out during days when there’s the sun.

Aside from going there during winter, it’s best to visit the tower during early morning hours like 9 am and after 5 pm. There will be fewer people around these times, and you might even be able to enjoy the attraction all by yourself. As with most attractions in any part of the world, you should always remember that there will be fewer visitors in the middle of the week compared to weekends.

Going to Art Events: Various music, art, films, and dance performance are showcased throughout the city during spring or summer.

Toronto has countless movie festivals, opening with Hot Docs in April and finishing off in September with TIFF which is the city’s biggest film festival event, For families, make sure not to skip the TIFF Kids Festival held during April. It showcases various films made and appropriate for kids of all ages. Two terrific music, film and arts festivals called “North” organized by Northeast and “Luminato” happens in June. Book your accommodation and flights in advance if you are planning to go to Toronto during this time, especially when you go during TIFF.

Canadian Sports: The official winter sport of Canada is ice hockey, while the official summer sport of the nation is lacrosse. Hockey season starts from October until April. With NHS playoffs running from April to June while the lacrosse season begins in April and finishes in August.

Curling is highly popular across Canada, and games can be watched from August to April. 

Basketball is following hockey in terms of popularity. You can watch a game of the Toronto Raptors.

Toronto is a paradise for foodies with events taking place multiple times a year. The biggest is Summerlicious, which is a festival held each July with more than a hundred shops in the town serving fixed-price lunches and meals.

Winterlicious is held during winter months and lasts for two weeks starting from January to February. Different categories of burger cooking are being given an award during the Le burger Week, including the most creative burger, yearly every September while the La Poutine Week happens during February.

Seasons in Toronto

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High Season

High season in Toronto lasts from June to September but is particularly high from June to August. During this period, the US and Canada have their school break so you’ll see a lot of families taking this opportunity to go on a vacation. A lot of festivities also happen during this season. The temperature goes down during the night, so nightlife continues until the evening.

If you are someone who likes to do outdoor activities or attend parties, you’d want to go during these months although you should expect higher prices on your accommodation, flights, and other activities due to an increase in demand during peak tourist season.

Shoulder Season

If you want to experience autumn or spring in Toronto, go there from either February to May, or from the middle of September until the middle of November. The weather during this season is delightful, plus the transportation and hotel rates are much lower.

You can watch the falling of the leaves during autumn which happens in September or October. Note that Thanksgiving weekend in Canada occurs during the second Monday of October. Avoid going there during this holiday as rates are a little bit higher.

The temperature in April or May is a bit warmer, although not uncomfortable. You can see the blossoming of the tulip fields and attend the first festivities of the year. Some seasonal attractions are still open during these months, and the crowds are not as many as that of high season.

Low Season

Winter lasts from November until March in Toronto. Most of the prices during this time are more economical since the demand is also lower so you can get great deals on your flight and accommodation when you go during these months. But avoid going there during Family Day which is held on the third Monday of February or during Thanksgiving celebrated on November during its second Monday.

When you go during this season, you’ll notice that nights are longer and it is cold all day round. Since it is cold outside, take advantage of indoor activities throughout the city. Try to visit some museums and watch performances at some of the world-class theaters in the city. But if you want to do outdoor activities, you can try ice skating, skiing, or go ahead and watch a hockey game of Maple Leafs. You don’t also have to worry about having a meal or drink in the city as most restaurants and pubs have their heated patios available all-year round.

Month By Month Weather in Toronto

With warm, steamy summers, freezing winters, and mild springs and autumn, Toronto experiences all four seasons. The warmest month is July, and the coldest is January. Rainfall is spaced around the year, with the highest volume of rain in July and the lowest in December. May have the rainiest days (about 16) and the weather is also dry (about 30 mm in total). Always prepare for rain at all times as there is no dry season here.

In January

With an average of 3oC, this month is the coldest of the year. Temperatures go down to extremes, and there are evenings where it can get below -20oC.

You’ll notice that the snowfall is intense since this month experiences the heaviest during the year with an average of 7cm of snow. Blizzards seldom occur in the city but the probability of it happening is the highest during January.

Make sure to have your full winter gear when you go this time of the year as you’ll be cold.

In February

The average temperature is still the same as that of January, and you should expect it to be always cold. The amount of snowfall is still the same as the previous month with 1 to 5 cm on average but can again reach 7 cm, albeit occurring on a span of fewer days.

You’ll experience mostly cloudy days, but there is less downpour because this is the month with the lowest days of rainfall.

In March

In March, it will be a bit warmer (although it’s still cold) compared to previous months with an average of 1oC. You will see less snow, and it will continue to decrease until the final week of the month. You’ll notice that snowpack on most days is only about a centimeter or less.

Nights are still pretty long, and you will always be freezing. Wear clothes that you can easily layer since the city is still pretty much cold

In April

This will be the last month that you can even see a bit of snow sticking around before spring starts in the city. Tulips and daffodils will bloom in their color at around the middle or end of the month.

7oC is the average temperature during April, and you’ll mostly be experiencing a bit of snowfall or raining most of the days. Bring a waterproof jacket, so you’re ready for the weather.

In May

May is the month where you’ll feel that it’s the spring season. Days are longer, and temperatures will usually stay at 16 to 19oC. You’ll seldom see any snow if there’s any snowfall which is often just a quick burst.

Mornings and evening are a bit cold while afternoons are pleasantly warm.

In June

Around June, you’ll feel the heat coming in with the temperature usually at around 22oC. Evenings are still a little bit cold with temperatures that can decrease to 10oC. The average amount of rainfall for this month is around 68mm spread to over thirteen days. But don’t worry as the light rain won’t be enough to hinder your plans, and you’ll still see sunshine during the day. June experiences long days enjoy basking in the sun, which is the longest compared to any other month of the year.

Sunsets usually occur at 9 p.m. during June. You’ll enjoy doing different activities as of June generally has pleasant weather and temperature. Don’t forget to slather on some sunscreen during the day. A simple shirt will be enough for you, and a light sweater will give you enough heat if you need any.

In July

Both the rainiest and hottest month of the year, make sure to bring your wet gear and summer clothes when coming in July. Temperature can reach above 20 degrees and this month receives about 60mm of rainfall. You might feel hot and sticky as the humidity averages at 70%. Wear light summer attire like shorts, tank tops, light dresses, sandals, hat, and sunglasses. Also, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen.

A lot of activities are held during the month, bringing in one of the highest numbers of tourist in the year. Expect to see a lot of people participating during the festivities even if it’s hot or raining. Wear lightweight and absorbent clothes to keep yourself dry and comfortable from the moisture. Still, consider bringing a light sweater since evenings might get chilly and when you’re staying in air-conditioned places.

For colder evenings as well as for highly air-conditioned hotels and shops, you will also want to take lightweight, long pants and a sweater or light coat.

In August

With weather almost the same as that of July, August will continually have a lot of heat going on which dwindles by the end of the month. The average max temperature in the city during this season is 24oC. Rainfall happens a little bit more with an average of 80mm spread over nine days. Still, expect a lot of sunshine here and there with humidity levels going as high as 90%.

It’s a good time for you to visit the High Flora as you’ll see the black-eyed Susans and goldenrods blooming. It’ll feel a little muggy so wear comfortable summer clothing that is similar to what you would wear during the previous month.

In September

Weather is pleasant during this month and more tolerable this time of the year. The average max temperature is lower than that of August, which goes down up to 18oC as the weeks pass. There are less humidity and rain, with only an average of 75 mm falling in five days. You’ll experience dry sunshine during this month as the rainfall dwindles and the winter not officially starting yet.

Try to do different outdoor activities during this month as the weather won’t make you feel freezing or feel sticky and hot. Wear clothes that you can wear on top of each other. Still, use some sunscreen as there’s always sunshine and you can even wear sunglasses.

In October

Along with the different colors of the fall, you’ll be able to experience generally pleasant weather this month. The city will have an average maximum of 14oC, which is still cozy by standards. The town will have more rainfall with an average of 65mm this month. During October, nights are longer, and sunsets happen earlier compared to the previous months.

The temperature will change pretty often so bring some sunglasses with you as there’s still plenty of sunshine. You can feel a bit chilly during the evening since temperatures can plunge to 8oC and sometimes the month also experiences some light snowfall at the end. I advise you to wear clothing the can easily and comfortably layer, so you don’t get cold.

In November

Temperatures can get colder now with winter coming, but generally not all that unpleasant, particularly if you’re wearing proper clothes for the weather. The average high is now only 8 ° C, with lows falling to about 2 ° C.Snow fall can happen, although most precipitation occurs in the form of rain (average of 70 mm).

As the month goes by, there is a higher probability of snowfall. You’re still going to want to carry clothes that can be layered as it’s going to be cold most days, but locations like shops and hotels will often have sound heating systems in place. Clocks change back in November an hour earlier, expect the sun to go down just before 5 pm by the middle of the month.

In December

During this month, expect it to get colder with the winter season approaching. The city will experience an average maximum temperature of 8oC and an average low of 2oC. It still rains a lot with the town receiving an average of 70mm which can sometimes come in snow form. Snow will usually appear as weeks go by, and it will be freezing most days.

Make sure that you are ready and wearing clothes that can protect you from frostbite. Don’t worry, though as most places turn on their heating system so you’ll still be comfortable visiting different sites. The sun usually sets by 5 pm since nights become even longer during this month.

Festivities in Toronto

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  • New Year: Considered a national holiday across the nation, this means that government branches and banks will be shut, though there are still many sights and shops that are still open. This is an excellent time for you to go to the city’s Science Centre, zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Royal Ontario Museum, and Art Gallery. Local do the “Polar Bear Club” where they dive in freezing waters in the Lake Ontario to celebrate the year ahead. If you don’t like to do that, you can watch others and enjoy. New Year also have other celebrations as well as live music performances.
  • WinterCity Festival: There are three festivals during the WinterCity Festival with one of those happening for two weeks at the tail-end of January. The first one, Winterlicious, a culinary adventure that offers a range of activities such as cooking courses and presentations, dinner tastings and pairings, and meeting with different chefs.

The WOW! series includes theater performance and chef demonstrations, combined with different genres of music. Last but not least, The Warm Up Series is held throughout downtown at indoor locations showcasing activities and concerts with a variety of activities for perfect for different individuals.

  • Long Winter: During Saturday in the middle of January, various performances and exhibits are showcased over at the Great Wall, including some of the best musicians, artists, speakers, and dancers.
  • Winter Exhibitions: This yearly exhibition, which starts at the end of January and lasts until the early weeks of May, is held at the Harbourfront Center. It shows photography presentations, movie, sound, and art exhibitions.


  • Bloor-Yorkville IceFest: Held during February’s third weekend, the IceFest includes amazing ice sculpture pieces, carving show, performances, and many more. The neighborhood’s best eateries will also different meals and drinks, such as hot meals and dessert. It’s an outdoor activity, so make sure to bring your sweater.
  • Kuumba Festival: The longest operating festival in Toronto for Black history is held in two weekend-long events. The festival is traditionally held at the Harbourfront Center for the previous two decades, showing performances and exhibit that promote discussion on issues.


  • Toronto ComicCon: Toronto ComicCon is one of the spring season’s most popular activities. The event takes place at the Convention Center of Metro Toronto in the middle of the month for three days. Hundreds of exhibits as well as over hundreds of vendors who sell various collectibles. Lectures and the chance to meet famous people are some of the things you can experience during this event.
  • One of a Kind Spring Show: This famous craft display, an annual five-day exhibition hosted at Enercare Center at the end of the month, displays unique handiworks. Hundreds of artists showcase their artworks, including pictures, furniture, jewelry, and clothing.
  • Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival: Family-friendly event with samples and demos of maple syrup, horse-drawn carriages, and plenty of meals. The activity takes place in a month in four areas outside the town. Tickets can be bought online.
  • Canada Blooms: This famous annual festival held in the middle of March, various garden and flower designed by experts are exhibited.

Often, experts and famous TV personalities in the field provide gardening tips. It operates parallel to the National Home Show in which companies and exhibitors offer the biggest selection of products and skills in home decoration and refurbishment.

  • Toronto Storytelling Festival is one of the biggest and longest operating metropolitan storytelling events starting in 1979. It involves international and local story creators at locations throughout the town, as well as unique performances, conferences and family events.
  • St. Patrick’s Day: Every year, on the Sunday nearest to 17th of March, Toronto organizes one of North America’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. Over half a million visitors attend, and the festivities continue at the pubs, bars, shops, and other locations in the city. McVeigh’s, for example, an Irish bar that has been running for almost half a century holds events during the holiday.


  • TIFF Kids Film Festival: Modeled after Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Kids celebrates children’s films with choices selected by young supporters, and showcases young filmmakers.
  • Khalsa Day Parade: This affair marks the New Year and the founding of the Sikh community in 1699. You can join the festivities whether you’re a Sikh or not. Hymns, rituals, lectures, and many more happen after the program.
  • Arts and Fashion Week: This fashion week held in the middle of the month presents over two hundred designers, photographers, and performers with displays of photography, art, runway displays, and more. Hundreds of creators participate throughout the week.
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival: North America’s biggest documentary film festival showcasing more than two hundred movies. Established in 1993, this fixture in Toronto stars the season of festivals and includes a market and a forum.
  • Toronto Food & Drink Market: Held at the Enercare Center for three days, this fun convention includes a broad range of products displayed by over a hundred sellers as well as a local food and beverage showcase for farmers, courses of top chefs, cooking presentation and some of Toronto’s most famous food carts.
  • Four Winds Kite Festival: Held at the Kortright Conservation Center at the end of April this weekend event features distinctive conceptual kites, spring events, and skilled kite performances as well as hikes.


  • Canadian Music Week: The most extensive new music festival in Canada features bands across the city at more than 60 venues. It showcases a range of performers from around the world. The Black Lips, Wild Nothings, and X-Ambassadors are just some of the artists from the 2016 music festival.
  • Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon: This Boston Marathon qualifier is one of the most demanding and famous challenges in the town. There is also a half Marathon, relays, and marathons of different distances featured in here.
  • Science Rendezvous: A scientific festival that is held each year with live demonstrations, tests, and laboratory visits in and around the town. You could bring your whole family and enjoy this event.
  • Victoria Day: During this national holiday, government branches and banks are closed. A range of activities, including tours and tea tasting at historic locations, and fireworks across Ashbridges Bay, are offered on the weekend.
  • Contact Photography Festival: The festival takes place during the entire month of May and presents works by more than a thousand artists around the world throughout the whole town.
  • Doors Open Toronto: More than a hundred significant sites open to the public for one weekend. You can go to various museums, historical monuments, state building, radio stations, worship centers, and other sights in the city.
  • Inside Out LGBT Film Festival: The festival features different performances, workshops, talks, and events taking place from May to June. Over a hundred movies and videos about LGBT from different countries will be shown.


  • Taste of Toronto: Taste of Toronto is one of the world’s leading food festivals hosted at Fort York. Live performances and over seventy manufacturers of excellent meals and beverages, market, master courses, handicraft booths, etc. are seen.
  • Toronto Craft Beer Festival: Artisan brewers of beers showcase their creation. You can experience a fantastic weekend of fine beverages, excellent cuisine, and live music.
  • Pride Toronto Festival: The Pride Toronto Festival, which takes ten days to celebrate the Pride Month from June to July, includes marches and parades that celebrate gender diversity and includes various festivities as well.
  • Fringe Festival: The Fringe Festival takes place almost two weeks from the end of June. This festival is renowned for having performances wherein a lottery, rather than a judging commission, chooses the roster. Pretty much anyone can enter work, and you’ll enjoy going here.
  • Luminato Festival: This art festival features local and foreign talents. Entry is free, and you can see various presentations that you’ll enjoy. Since the event began, nearly more than a hundred works have been sold, and thousands of performers from different parts of the world have featured their work.
  • North by Northeast Music and Film Festival: Festival held each year concentrating not only on music but also films, comedy shows, exhibits, and video games. There are about 50 places throughout the city that joins with bands playing each evening. Emerging and renowned performers are present in a wide range of locations.


  • Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition: The country’s biggest indoor art show will usually feature approximately 500 performers in this three-day celebration in the middle of the month, as an option to more standard art displays.
  • Caribbean Carnival: also called Caribana. It’s one of North America’s most prominent street festivals, and it draws millions of tourists each year to this Caribbean cultural and musical festival. Festivities are held and end with a gigantic band parade with music and colorful performers.
  • Beaches International Jazz Festival: Together with an outstanding line-up of food trucks, the annual festival is held in the core of a lakefront district for two weeks in the middle of the month, offering several stage events with a variety of free jazz concerts.
  • Redpath Waterfront Festival: Bring your whole family to this festival that takes place from Spadina through Sherbourne on the banks of Toronto in the early weeks of the month. Caribbean and Latin talents celebrate with action, live music, dance performances, competitions and more.
  • Summerlicious: One of the most popular food events in the city. Over 220 restaurants give three-course lunch and dinner at a fixed price in two weeks a year. This is a cheap way for you to try loads of fresh food without spending too much. Accommodation bookings are advisable, but not necessary.
  • Brickfete: LEGO festival with displays of beautiful historical houses ‘ carvings, palaces, scientific designs, and others, created using LEGOs. LEGO Fans ‘ Festival is held on a weekend. You can construct your work, buy custom-made LEGOs, and speak to other LEGO fans.


  • Taste of the Danforth: This 3-day celebration honors Toronto’s ethnic variety in Greektown. It offers beautiful local restaurant Greek dishes including stuffed leaves of grapes and genuine souvlaki as well as Cuban, Thai, and Indian fare. Other celebrations you can join are Greek dancing, performances of songs, and games of sports teams in Toronto.
  • Canadian National Exhibition: Canada’s biggest fair, also called the EX, features live entertainment, dining, farm displays, casinos, acrobatic performances, dog shows, and more. You can try various fried foods, including deep-fried red velvet Oreos, cartoon eggs, churro burgers, and many more.
  • OVO Fest: This festival is hosted at Molson Canadian Amphitheater and is organized during August by Toronto-born musician Drake. It is an international festival. Drake and many other performers are often featured.
  • Ashkenaz Festival: One of Jewish music and arts ‘ biggest worldwide festivities, the Ashkenaz Festival started as a Klezmer and Yiddish festival in 1995 and has expanded to encompass dance, graphic arts, movies, and more. You can enjoy this with your whole family. This is a biennial occurrence with smaller festivities occurring throughout the year.
  • Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Fest: A day full of vegan comfort food, desserts free from dairy, and booze. Enjoy the entertainment on the commons of the Fort York garrison, and play various games with other people.


  • Buskerfest: You can see the various street performance for four days at this lively festival. There’s a “Be a Busker” zone, where children learn to fun performances, as well as a beer garden and car show. There is no set entrance fee, and you can pay at any amount you want. Profits help Toronto’s Epilepsy community.
  • Fan Expo Canada: One of North America’s most significant fan events, the Canadian Fan Expo is hosted at the Metro Convention Center in the early week of September over four days. Various celebrities attend this event, and you can bring your family here to see different kinds of exhibits.
  • Toronto International Film Festival: TIFF has grown in volume and impact since its founding in 1976. TIFF is considered one of the world’s largest film festivals attracting approximately half a million spectators and shows nearly 300 movies during its run. Make sure to reserve your accommodation and tickets as early as possible.
  • The Word on the Street: The most prominent literary festival in Toronto, showcasing books, journals, and all kinds of literature. Writers and editors show their recent work and discuss problems in the industry, with more than 250 sellers featuring their books on the market.
  • Small World Music Festival: Held on eleven days, various international and local Canadian music is performed fusing tradition with contemporary music. Concerts are held throughout evenings during weekdays and whole day during weekends. Get ready for a lot of dancing!
  • Southside Shuffle Festival: A three-day yearly festival held at the middle of the month, this musical event showcases blues and jazz with over a hundred local and international artists in attendance at Lake Ontario’s Port Credit region of Toronto.


  • International Festival of Authors: This conference honors modern literature from all around the world with lectures, book signings, boards, and a lot more. Several events and activities that are child-friendly are held at the Harbourfront Centre.
  • Nuit Blanche Festival: An art festival held all day throughout the city. Most of the operation happens from 11 pm to 3 am, when thousands of performers take over the town, producing thousands of displays of art in the streets.
  • Queen West Art Crawl: Art festival hosted in Trinity Bellwoods Park involving more than 200 selected performers, with live music and plenty of food and booze. It provides places where people can interact with the exhibit, with art-making stations that are free, game competitions, and facial painting where you can pay at any cost you want.
  • Toronto After Dark Film Festival: This festival gives rise to Toronto’s nine evenings of various horror and cult films. It involves new elements from all over the world.
  • Toronto Chocolate Festival: If you love chocolates then you’ll enjoy this festival, which starts in the middle of the month. Chocolate enthusiasts can try chocolate in different forms. A range of activities is organized, including competitions for eating chocolate, chocolate tasting, and exhibits.
  • Thanksgiving: During the second Monday of the month, Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving Day. It’s a national holiday in the country so expect that the majority of government offices and banks will have no operation during this day. Locals will spend their free time hanging out with their loved ones often by preparing plenty of food during dinners. Don’t worry, though as there are still a lot of shops and hotels that are still open.
  • Halloween: There are a lot of unique ways that locals celebrate Halloween. There are activities fit for people of any age. Your entire family can visit farms and see pumpkin patches, buggy rides, and mazes of corn. There are also lots of adventure you can do in the city, such as having a haunted house adventure, scary tours, and you can attend parties if you want to have some fun.


  • Royal Agricultural Winter Festival: Celebrated each year early on in the month, this event lasts for 10-days and showcases over 300 sellers, equestrian shows, dog shows, and a whole lot more.
  • Cavalcade of Lights: The annual Cavalcade of Lights is hosted on Nathan Phillips Square on the month’s last Saturday and includes performances, the official lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and a fantastic display of fireworks
  • Christmas Market: This yearly affair starts in the middle of the month and ends before the start of Christmas. People can see a lot of items showcased in this market. With the typical charm of a Christmas Market in Europe, it offers various exciting artisan products.
  • Parade of Santa Claus: Visitors will be amazed by twenty-five colorful floats accompanied by marching bands, costumed performers, clowns, and not to forget, Santa Claus himself. This parade is done for a century already, and a lot of Canadians enjoy taking part in this tradition. If you want to get great views during the show, come early, make sure that you are wearing comfortable clothing for the cold, and hot cocoa to give you that cozy feeling of Christmas.


  • 12 Beers of Christmas: The Gladstone hotels organize an affordable tasting party where you can try different craft beer. $5 will give you limitless tasting menus, and as well as a cocktail and wine bar. There’s also a sweater contest where the ugliest design can win, and free entrance to the karaoke party which happens afterward.
  • Christmas Festival: Starting in the middle of the month at the Toronto Harbor Front Centre, the Christmas festival in Toronto offers activities that are fun for the whole family like fun sleigh rides, music performances, light displays, and many more.
  • Winter Solstice at the Kensington Market: A lantern festival with music and marionettes are shown in the Kensington Market every 21st of December. This lantern festival celebrates the Winter Solstice or the darkest night during winter.
  • Magical Winterland Nights: See Canada’s castle covered with lamps, go to Toronto in December and head to Casa Loma. Ten trees designed by celebrities, gardens with lots of lighting decoration, caroling, and holiday performances grace this event.
  • Christmas Day: A high number of individuals residing in provinces spend their Christmas vacation with their relatives, and the bulk of companies, including shopping centers, will be closed, although some shops and theaters will stay open.
  • New Year’s Eve: Numerous events will take place all over Toronto to celebrate the New Year on the 31st of December. Join the party on Nathan Phillips Plaza and watch the fireworks display.
  • Comedy Galore in New Year: Have a great ending to your year by watching comedy shows during New Year. Performed since 2001 in Toronto, this event is held yearly at the Massey Hall.