Ultimate Events Visitors Guide of Toronto

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20150721_153921About this Guide and how to use it. The 2016 Ultimate Events Guide of Toronto includes a fun-filled lineup of things to do in Toronto during the summer and fall. You will find the events listed by date and at the end of this post are things to do in Toronto that happen all summer long, most of which are free however some music/alcohol related do have an admission fee. We have provided a short description of the event with links to some of our blog posts from past events to provide you more details.

We created this guide because we were unable to find a comprehensive listing of the up-to-date list of summer events and festivals in Toronto. So we created one for you by going to each and every event website to confirm the date and details. Please note that some dates are show as to-be-determined (TBD) because the event organizers have not yet updated the 2016 dates,  however we will update the dates as they become available.

Location and getting there. We have noted the location of the event and how long it takes to get from the Boatel. Don’t worry about the car because you can get to most of these events and festival by walking or streetcar access from Toronto’s only boat B & B but please book your Boatel stay early so that you’re not disappointed.

A note to event organizers: if you wish any details updated or if you wish to be included in our guide please email us.

Calendar of Events in Toronto this Summer

May 28-29, 2016          Waterfront Artisan Market For six exciting weekends this summer HTO Park will play host to the new Waterfront Artisan Market along the Toronto waterfront. Mark you calendar.  See our blog post

June 4 & 5, 2016          Field Trip is downtown Toronto’s community Music and Arts Festival.  The music festival offers a bit of everything including food, art, comedy, fashion and technology. Ticketed event for the all ages.  Location: Fort York a 15 minute walk from the Boatel or 8 minute streetcar ride.

June 5, 2016               Annex Festival on Bloor For one day a year, the stretch of Bloor between Bathurst and Spadina is transformed into a neighbourhood block party with live music, entertainment, buskers, theatre performances, a Children’s Village, and over 115 food vendors and local businesses and artisans. Free Event. Location: Bloor Street West between Spadina and Bathurst. From the Boatel take either the Spadina streetcar to Bloor Street and you can return via the Bathurst bus.

June 10 – 19, 2016                 Ontario Craft Beer Week celebrating Ontario beers. Location: Various locations

June 10-14, 2016                 Toronto Festival of Clowns celebrates their 10th anniversary. Ticketed event. Location: Factory Theatre on Bathurst

June 11, 2016                 Roncy Rocks Music and Art Festival in Roncesvalles Village features an juried art show an sale, music, food and side-walk sale. Free Event: Location: Roncesvalles Village

June 10-19, 2016           Luminato Toronto is an annual festival of Lights, Arts and Creativity. Free. Location: Multiple locations.

June 11 & 12, 2016     32nd annual Beaches Art & Craft Show in Kew Garden Park Free event. Location: 2075 Queen St. East

June 15-19, 2016        North By Northeast Music Festival (NXNE) is a music and arts festival that showcases 650 bands and 40 films in five exciting days. $ Cost for admission. Location: Multiple locations.

June  18 -19, 2016          Waterfront Artisan Market For six exciting weekends this summer HTO Park will play host to the new Waterfront Artisan Market along the Toronto waterfront. Mark you calendar.  See our blog post

June 17-19, 2016               CHIN International Picnic is the largest free multicultural picnic in the world featuring music, dance performances celebrating its 50th year.It is being held in conjunction with the Taste of Little Italy this year.  Free event. NEW Location: College Street & Markham.

chinatown festival

June 17-19, 2016        Taste of Little Italy Is an annual cultural event in the heart of Little Italy with music, street performance and sample food from over 45 restaurants. Free event. Location: Little Italy (College  from Bathurst to Shaw). Take the Spadina Streetcar to College 10 minutes or 25 minute walk fro the Boatel.

June 17-19, 2016        Beach BBQ & Brews Festival is an annual event every Father’s day weekend at The Beach. Enjoy Ribfest, live music, children’s play area, craft vendors, grilling demonstrations and beer garden. Great family outing to celebrate Father’s Day. Free Event. Location: Woodbine Park at Coxwell and Queen Street East

June 18-19, 2016                    Tim Horton Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival in its 28th year with over 200 teams from around the world. Location: Toronto Island 10 minute ride on the Tiki Taxi ($10) or walk to the ferry docks.

June 19, 2016               Om T.O. A full day of continuous outdoor yoga classes led by the most dynamic and popular instructors from the top studios in Toronto. Location: Distillery District

June 22, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week Mean Girls Comedy.Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

June 23-26, 2016                    Taste of Toronto is a foodie wonderland with 4 days with six half-day sessions that last between 4- 5 hours which gives our guests the time to enjoy their pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions including the Taste Theatre, Metro Master Classes, the Tasting Room, a Delta Air Lines VIP Lounge and a Music Stage. $ for tickets to event  Location: Fort York a 15 minute walk from the Boatel or 8 minute streetcar ride.

June 23, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Pink Flamenco in partnership with Pride Toronto “Bamboleo” Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

June 24-July 3, 2016              Pride Parade Festival celebrates diverse sexual and gender identities with many events including the famous Pride Parade on Sunday July 3rd Free Event Location: Gay village Church & Wellesley.

June 24-July 3, 2016              TD Canada Trust Jazz Festival celebrates all Jazz musical styles in its annual festival. Location: Main Stage is at Nathan Philips Square (city hall) plus multiple other locations

June 25 & 26, 2016          Chess Fest 2016 at Harbourfront Centre presented by the Chess Institute of Canada. Over 2000 sq feet of chess activities. Free Event Location: Harbourfront Centre 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

June 25, 2016       Stroll the Distillery District’s streets with a 1920s-inspired cocktail in your hand as you browse the fabulous vendors of vintage and handmade goods, period music and period.

June 26, 2016        Kensington Pedestrian Sundays takes place the last Sunday of the month from May to October. Streets are closed to traffic, vendors expand onto the streets and sidewalks and live music in the heart of the funky Kensington to celebrate the neighbourhood.
Sundays from  May – September,  noon – 7pm

June 29, 2016             Global Wellness Day Festival Presented by Sant Nirankari Mission Charitable Foundation Location: Harbourfront Centre. 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

June 29, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “Strange Brew” Comedy. Free Location: Harbourfront Centre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

June 29-July 10, 2016            The Fringe: Toronto’s Theatre Festival. Largest theatre festival of its kind with 150+ shows in 30 venues with more than 1100 performances featuring local and International theatre companies over 12 days. Max ticket price is $12. Multiple locations

June 30, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Swing and Jazz with Toronto All-Star Big Band Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

Toronto Streetcar

Getting around Toronto is easy using the TTC Toronto Transit Commission streetcars.

July 1-3, 2016          Waterfront Artisan Market For six exciting weekends this summer HTO Park will play host to the new Waterfront Artisan Market along the Toronto waterfront. Mark you calendar.  See our blog post

July 1-3, 2016                 Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival. The annual festival in celebration of Toronto’s vibrant waterfront. This year the RWF will welcome international tall ships and the Royal Canadian Navy. Free event. Location: Queens Quay from Spadina to Jarvis. The Boatel is the best place to stay for this festival. See our blog post

July 1-3, 2016                Canada Day Events Celebrate Canada’s birthday. Join us to celebrate the nation’s birthday with exciting musical performances and activities for the whole family, culminating in a fabulous display of fireworks over Lake Ontario. Events at multiple locations including Harbourfront Centre and a fireworks extravaganza in Toronto harbour. Free event. Best view of the fireworks is at the Boatel.

July 2 & 3, 2016     Salsa Festival (new this year) Free event Location: Woodbine Park.

July 3, 2016       Cancer Salsa Fundraiser – Salsa classes and dancer with a live Cuban band. Location Marina Quay West down the dock from the Boatel. Free event – donation to cancer requested.

July 3, 2016       Toronto Pride Parade celebrated in the streets of downtown Toronto. Canada’s largest Pride parade. Free event.

July 3, 2016           Queen’s Plate – Join the Hats and Horseshoe Party at Woodbine Race Track for live thoroughbred racing of the annual 157th running of the Queen’s Plate. $ for admission. Location: Woodbine and Lakeshore

July 4 -24, 2016                   Summerlicious  once again features over 200 Toronto restaurants that offer three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at exceptional price points. Reservations recommended. Various locations.

July 6, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday at the outdoor theatre. This week “The VIsitor” Drama. Free Location: Harbourfront Centre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

July 7, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Electro-Swing with Toronto All-Star Big Band Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

July 8-10, 2016           Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Since 1960 this an annual outdoor exhibition has been held at Toronto City Hall. A juried exhibition with 500 artists is an alternative to arts shows and galleries. Free event. Location: Nathan Phillips Square at Queen & Bay streets.

July 8 -10, 2016     Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside – part of the Beaches Jazz Festival (new this year) Free event Location: Jimmie Simpson Park @ Queen Street East and West of Logan avenue. Take Queen Street car.

July 8-10, 2015           Future Routes weekend festival showcases artists and performers from around the globe forge new paths and smash stereotypes while drawing on traditional roots music to create bold and far-out sounds. Get caught up in the rhythms of guitars, sitars, krars and more! Free Event Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay 10 minute walk from the Boatel

July 10-24, 2016         Beaches International Jazz Festival – free annual music festival features a mixture of latin, soul, and traditional jazz with more than 100 bands.  Free event. Location: The Beach.

July 13, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “A Little Princess” Fantasy Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

July 14, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Mariachi with DJ EMMIX with Mariachi Jamie Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

July 15-17, 2016     Beaches Jazz Festival – TD Main Stage Location: Woodbine Park  Free event

July 15-17, 2015           Ritmo y Color Festival celebrates Mexico with culture, colourful murals and the smells of delicious street food . Our stages showcase the best theatre, music and dance from the land that combines Indigenous, European and African culture into something wholly unique. Free Event Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay 10 minute walk from the Boatel

July 15-17, 2016           Honda Indy Toronto returns to the streets of Toronto around Exhibition Place with world class Indy Car racing. $ for admission. Location: Exhibition Place Lakeshore Avenue and Strachan. 20 minute walk or 10 minute streetcar ride from the Boatel.

July 19 & 20, 2016     Beaches Jazz Festival – Taste of Jazz Location: Woodbine Park  Free event

July 20, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “The Grand Seducation” Comedy Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

July 21-23, 2016     Beaches Jazz Festival – Street Fest Location: Queen Street East between Woodbine Park  and Beech Avenue Free event

July 21, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Celtic with Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

July 22-24, 2016     Beaches Jazz Festival – OLG Main Stage Location: Woodbine Park  Free event

July 22- 24, 2016        Shield to Shore New this year this weekend festival at Harbourfront  follows the St. Lawrence River from Upper Canada to the Atlantic, Shield to Shore showcases the contemporary culture of this celebrated Atlantic region with unique music, storytelling and more.. Free Event Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay 10 minute walk from the Boatel

July 22-24, 2016         Toronto’s Festival of Beer returns with 200 brands of beer and 60 brewing experts from around the world. Hosted by the Beer Store. $ for admission. Location: Exhibition Place at Lakeshore and Strachan. 20 minute walk or 10 minute streetcar ride from the Boatel. See our blog post

July 22 -24                T&T Waterfront Night Market is an annual event with exciting T & T Night Marketoutdoor Asian culinary experiences featuring an enticing selection of Asian ‘street food’ and merchandise for an all-out night market made famous in China. Location: Toronto Portlands on Cherry Street. See our blog post

July 23-31, 2016         Rogers Cup – Tennis anyone? This prestigious professional tennis tournament is organized by Tennis Canada and presented by National Bank and attracts the top ranked tennis players from around the world. This year the men will be in Toronto while the women will play in Montreal at the same time. $ for admission. Location: Rexall Centre at York University. Drive or 1 hour by public transit.

July 27, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “The Mighty Quinn”  Comedy Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

July 28, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Latin Caribbean & Dancehall with Banboleo Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

July 29-31, 2016         Toronto Burlesque Festival the 9th annual festival returns with workshops where you can learn from international stars, art reception, and the famous burlesque ball to celebrate this classic art form. Location: Revival Bar and Virgin Mobile Mod Club.

July 29- August 1, 2016        Island Soul weekend festival at Harbourfront is a multi-day, inter-generational Caribbean weekend of dance, music, visual arts, film, cuisine and family activities. Free Event Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

July 31, 2016        Kensington Pedestrian Sundays takes place the last Sunday of the month from May to October. Streets are closed to traffic, vendors expand onto the streets and sidewalks and live music in the heart of the funky Kensington to celebrate the neighbourhood.
Sundays from  May – September,  noon – 7pm

July 30-August 1, 2016          Waterfront Artisan Market For six exciting weekends this summer HTO Park will play host to the new Waterfront Artisan Market along the Toronto waterfront. Mark you calendar.  See our blog post

July 30, 2016              Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto Festival (formerly Caribana). The highlight of this annual week-long festival is the famous parade with Calypso, Steel Pan, Brass Bans, Soca and Reggae and Caribbean styled dancers. Location: Exhibition Place and along Lakeshore Avenue. 20 minute walk or 10 minute streetcar ride from the Boatel.

July 30 – August 1, 2016          Waterfront Artisan Market For six exciting weekends this summer HTO Park will play host to the new Waterfront Artisan Market along the Toronto waterfront. Mark you calendar.  See our blog post

July 28 – October 16, 2016          Cirque Du Soleil Luzia A Waking Dream of Mexico  is a new big top show inspired by the sights, sounds and people of Mexico. Playing under the Big Top at the Port Lands. Tickets start at $43

August 3, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “The Last Dragon”  Romance Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

August 4, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Funk, Soul, R & B with The Recipee Band Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

August 5-7, 2016         Beats, Breaks an Culture: The Bridge weekend festival at Harbourfront returns this summer with a mix of live music, DJs and dance, celebrating all that is hip-hop and electronic music! Free Event Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay 10 minute walk from the Boatel

August 5-7, 2016                     Krinos Taste of the Danforth celebrate Greek food, music, art and culture at the largest Greek Festival in North America. Free event. Location: Greektown on Danforth Avenue. Street car to subway.

August 10, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “The Good Life”  Drama Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

August 11, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Afro-Peruvian with Londo!Lando! Band Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

August 12-14, 2016         Habari Africia weekend festival at Harbourfront celebrates the culture diversity of global Africa. Free Event Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

August 17, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “Chef”  Comedy Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

August 18, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Jazz, Dixieland, Swing with Toronto All-Star Big Band Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

August 18 -20, 2016              Sail-In Cinema is hosted by Ports Toronto and is the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience. Movies are shown under the open skies on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour. You can watch movies for free by boat if you drop anchor in Toronto Harbour or landlubber can bring a chair or blanket. Free event. Location: Sugar Beach Queens Quay and Jarvis. 20 minute walk from the Boatel along Queens Quay.

August 19-21, 2016                     Hot & Spicy Food Festival is back at Harbourfront Centre for its annual weekend celebration of music and spicy foods. Free event. Location: Harbourfront Centre 10 minute walk from the Boatel

August 19-September 5, 2016            Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Since 1879 the CNE or the EX (as locals call it) is Canada’s largest community fair. It includes daily parades, talent shows, air show, free concerts, ice skating show, talent competition, midway, beer garden, rib fest, discount shopping, food vendor galore and a working farm. $ cost for admission TIP: $6 after 5pm Monday – Thursday.  Location: Exhibition Place at Lakeshore and Strachan. 20 minute walk or 10 minute streetcar ride from the Boatel. See our blog post

August 24, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “Sense and Sensibility”  Romance Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

August 25, 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Tango with Toronto All-Star Big Band Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

August 25-28, 2016                 Scotiabank Buskerfest is the largest international street performance festival in North America with over 170 of the best street performers from Canada and around the world from daredevils, puppeteers, contortionists, clowns, music, magicians and more. $ Admission is a donation to Epilepsy Canada Each performer then passes a hat after their performance. Location: Yonge Street from Queen Street to College Street, and throughout the neighbourhood including Yonge-Dundas Square and the McGill Granby Parkettes. Street car to Union Station and then to Yonge subway stop or 27 minute walk.

August 27, 2016     Coconut Festival will host its thir annual event for health conscious foodies with a love of all things coconut. The evetns inclues stage presentation, dance interactive demostrations, yoga along with vendors promoting healthy products and coconut based foods. Free event Location: David Pecaut Square 215 King Street West, 20 minute walk or 10 minute bike ride.

August 28, 2016        Kensington Pedestrian Sundays takes place the last Sunday of the month from May to October. Streets are closed to traffic, vendors expand onto the streets and sidewalks and live music in the heart of the funky Kensington to celebrate the neighbourhood.
Sundays from  May – September,  noon – 7pm

August 26-28, 2016         TAIWANfest  a festival which celebrates the food an culture of Hong Kong. Free Event Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

chinatown festival 2August TBD                Chinatown Festival Immerse yourself in this Asian festival which annually hosts a street party in the heart of Chinatown on Spadina street. The festival features mixed martial arts demonstration, lion and dragon dances, multicultural performances and international cuisines. Free event.  Location: Spadina Avenue a 20 minute walk from the Boatel or 7 minute streetcar ride.  See our blog post

August 31, 2016              Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks presented by Billy Bishop Toronto Airport every Wednesday. This week “TBD Audience Choice”  Free Location: Harbourfront Centre outdoor theatre just a 10 minute walk from the Boatel.

September 1 , 2016        Dancing on the Pier every Thursday – this week Yiddish Dance  with Live Klezmer Music Free Location Harbourfront Centre – 10 minute walk from the Boatel

September 3-5, 2016          Waterfront Artisan Market For six exciting weekends this summer HTO Park will play host to the new Waterfront Artisan Market along the Tnto waterfront. Mark you calendar.  See our blog post

September 2 – 5, 2016             Artfest 2016 is an outdoor art and craft shows clebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission

September 3-5, 2016          Ashkenaz Festival is North America’s largest celebration of Jewish music, art and culture Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay 10 minute walk from the Boatel

September 3-5, 2016 Canadian International Air Show returns to the Toronto skies with a dazzling array of planes from around the world and Canada’s very own Snow Birds. Shows daily. Location: can be viewed from the Boatel however there are various locations along the waterfront or Toronto Island that provide an unobstructed view. Various Toronto charter boat also offer public cruises during the airshow.  See our blog post.

September 8-18, 2016            Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) attracts Hollywood actors and visitors at this special annual event hosting more than 300 films from over 60 countries. $ cost for admission. Location: Various locations.

September 9-11, 2016            Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Sale is one of the premier art and craft festivals with unique made-in-Canada artisans and is held each year during the Cabbagetown Festival and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival. Location: Riverdale Park West, in the heart of Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown.

September 9 – 11, 2016            Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair has over 100 exhibitors which includes food, wellness, health and authors. Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay Ten minute walk from the Boatel.

September 10, 2016      Toronto Bicycle Music Festival is a yearly series (since 2010)of free outdoor pedal-powered concerts taking place in and between our city’s great community parks and streets. Location: It will take place this year on September 10th. Making music and travelling across the city from *to be determined* to Prairie Drive Park.

September 14-19, 2016         Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) is located on the grounds of Fort York’s Garrison Common National Historic Park. TURF is a multi-day outdoor boutique summer roots music featuring food, vendors and music on multiple stages.  $ cost for admission Location: Fort York 15 minute walk or 8 minute streetcar ride.

September 16-18, 2016          Toronto Ukrainian Festival Bloor West Village closes down it streets to cars to celebrate North Americas largest Ukrainian festival. Now in its 20th year the festival features a parade, dance competitions, food and music celebrating Ukrainian culture. Free event. Location: Bloor West Village between Runnymede and Jane Streets.  Take the streetcar to the subway and get off at Runnymede Subway approx. 30 minutes See our blog post

September 16-24, 2016          Toronto Beer Week (TBW) Attention beer lovers TBW features 70 participating bars, pubs and restaurants who host various beer tasting and food pairing events during the course of Toronto Beer Week. Locations: Various

September TBD                      Toronto Food and Wine Festival is an epicurean delight with a three day food and wine extravaganza with food talks, culinary stage, cookbook market to showcase the expertise, creativity, and excellence of the world’s most renowned culinary, wine, and spirit virtuosos. Location:

September 25, 2016               Word of the Street Book and Magazine Festival is a not-for-profit which promotes Canadian reading and writing through this free outdoor festival and has Canada’s biggest outdoor bookstore. Location: Harbourfront Centre – Queens Quay. Ten minute walk from the Boatel.

September 25, 2016        Kensington Pedestrian Sundays takes place the last Sunday of the month from May to October. Streets are closed to traffic, vendors expand onto the streets and sidewalks and live music in the heart of the funky Kensington to celebrate the neighbourhood.
Sundays from  May – September,  noon – 7pm

September TBD          Toronto Food and Wine Festival is an ultimate Canadian culinary weekend with local and celebrity chefs at this amazing 3 day epicurean event.

September TBD          Toronto Oktoberfest is an experience with the best in Bavarian fare, German and European biers, entertainment inspired in Munich, Germany.

September TBD          Toronto’s JFL42 Comedy Festival includes a stunning array of comedians across North America. Location: various venues

October 1, 2016                Nuit Blanche means white night. For one night each year Sleepless in Toronto is the best way to describe this event as Toronto transforms in a city of exploration of art of all kinds. Various downtown Toronto locations.

October 1-2, 2016       Queen Street Art Crawl The main draw is the Outdoor Art Show & Sale which features 250 artists, food vendors, community booths and an entertainment stage. The event also includes The Parkdale Night Crawl and Parkdale Crawl, a walking tour with guest speakers. Free event.  Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park on Queen Street West and Parkdale various locations Walk 25 minutes or Bike share

October 8-10, 2016          Waterfront Artisan Market For six exciting weekends this summer HTO Park will play host to the new Waterfront Artisan Market along the Toronto waterfront. Mark you calendar.  See our blog post

 Free Things to do in Toronto All summer

June 23 to September 1, 2016          Harbourfront Centre Dancing on the Pier every Thursday night during the summer with free live bands, social dance clubs and instructors. Come dance the night away. Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay and York. See our blog post and detailed weekly information above.

June 22 – August 31, 2016               Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks on Wednesdays at sunset with a cooling breeze near the lake and under the stars. Arrive early for a good seat because seating is limited Location: Harbourfront Centre Queens Quay and York.  See our blog post  Detailed schedule above

June 30th to September 18, 2016     Toronto Music Garden free concerts in a truly magical setting. Most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm and are approximately one hour in length. Limited bench seating is available but very limited so just ask us for a chair or a blanket. Location: Just down the pier from the Boatel. See our blog post

Yonge Dundas Square Lunchtime Live at Yonge Dundas Square Free concerts on Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 at Yonge Dundas Square. Singer & Songwriter Series Location: Yonge and Dundas.

Yonge Dundas Square Indie Fridays on Fridays from 8-10pm at Yonge Dundas Square. Free music concerts and Beer Garden provided by the Hard Rock Café from 4 to 11pm Location: Yonge and Dundas.

Yonge Dundas Square City Cinema  Free outdoor movies on Tuesdays at sunset. Seating is limited so go early for a great seat. This year’s theme: TBD.  Location: Yonge and Dundas.

Kensington Pedestrian Sundays takes place the last Sunday of the month from May to October. Streets are closed to traffic, vendors expand onto the streets and sidewalks and live music in the heart of the funky Kensington
Sundays from  May – September,  noon – 5pm

Distillery District Sunday Market. Features local artisan goods, including tasty treats like empanadas and organic maple syrup. Free event

Shakespeare in High Park Bring a blanket and a jacket to enjoy this Shakespeare production under the stars. $ Donation requested Location: High Park located south of Bloor and High Park Ave.

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Diane Greene stepped off the corporate treadmill in 2004 for pursue a life of traveling and adventure. 10 years later she is still operating Toronto's only Boat Bed and Breakfast and travelling with her husband on Boatel, their 65 foot trawler in the US and Bahamas during the winter. Diane has three wonderful children and 3 grandbabies. Diane loves photography, travel and scuba diving.

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