Festivals during Spring in Toronto

Festivals during Spring in TorontoA list of 50+ festivals during spring (~ March 20 to June 20, 2019) in and around Toronto including music, art and theatre, film, food and drink festivals.

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 Toronto Storytelling Festival

Stories and art activities for families, led by emerging community storytellers, professional storytellers, and artists. Details

March 2 to 24, 2019

Various venues, Toronto

Mostly Free

Canadian Film Fest

The Canadian Film Fest is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent. Details

March 19-23, 2019

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

$15 & up

Ergo Pink Fest

Ergo Pink Fest is a 3-day theatre festival in Toronto, conceived and hosted by Ergo Arts Theatre (EAT) that gives voice to female and non-binary identified playwrights, providing them a unique platform to showcase their work.  Details

March 28 to 31, 2019

Small World Music Centre
180 Shaw St

PWYC

 Water Docs Film Festival

A documentary film festival about all things water, Water Docs presents features and shorts, discussions with special guests and filmmakers, and opportunities to take action to protect water. The festival informs, educates and activates our audiences about water and water issues. The likelihood of having enough clean, fresh water is diminishing everywhere. Details

March 20 to 24, 2019

Various Venues, Toronto

Free & Ticketed events.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people. Details

April 3 to 10, 2019

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto

$10 to 14

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest

Delight in tasting new and established wines while getting to know the local shops and restaurants in Riverside better! Riverside Winefest is a week celebrating wine paired with local food and shopping. The week of festivities will include: FREE Wine tastings at a variety of shops along Queen St East from the DVP to Empire Ave throughout the week Special prix fixe meals with wine pairings at participating restaurants FREE Wine tasting EXPO with 10+ wineries, live music, culinary delights and more!Details

April 2 to 6, 2019

shops along Queen St East from the DVP to Empire Ave, Toronto

Free/By Donation

Silent Film Festival

Annual Toronto Silent Film Festival Details

April 5 to 8, 2019

Various Venues, Toronto

$13 & up

 Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival

Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy was created to give people of Toronto access to quality genre films throughout the year. Details

April 5-7, 2019

Imagine Cinemas Carlton – 20 Carlton Street, Toronto

$8 & up

International Fan Festival Toronto

International Fan Festival (IFF Toronto for short), is a multi-day, multi-fandom, Japanese focused event. Details

April 5-7, 2019

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto

$10 & up

ICFF Junior

 The Italian Contemporary Film festival will be screening a variety of new and diverse films, from home grown Canadian films to the latest Italian films freshly brought to Canada. Geared toward students, the films will inspire and educate students and expose them to exciting new cinema they could not see anywhere else. All non-English films will be subtitled. Details

April 8 to 13, 2019

Various Venues, GTA

$10 to $15

Images Festival

The Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Details

April 11-18, 2019

Multiple venues, Toronto

Varies by event.

Digifest

Digifest is an immersive three-day event that showcases groundbreaking creations and trending content in digital media, art, design and technology. International speakers, interactive installations and collaborative workshops. The festival fosters connections by bringing together industry, academics and the public, to inspire us to think about how digital tools and technology will shape our lives and our future. From architects to app designers, creators and entrepreneurs take centre stage to share their stories and showcase the digital and technological discoveries that will re-shape some of today’s pressing challenges.Details

 April 25 to 29, 2019

Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto

Free & ticketed events.

Fashion Art Toronto

Fashion Art Toronto is an arts & fashion week that celebrates contemporary art + design through runway shows, live performances, fashion films, photography exhibits and art installations. This annual multi-arts event, held every April, features 200 Canadian and International fashion designers and artists each year, and welcomes over 5,000 guests; including buyers, curators, the media, and fashion and art lovers in general. Details

April 24 to 28, 2019

Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St East, Toronto

$15 – $50

Hot Docs Film Festival

Canadian International Documentary Festival – Details

April 25 to May 5, 2019

Multiple venues, Downtown Toronto

Free and ticketed events.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, with over 1,500 Canadian and international photographers exhibiting throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Each year, CONTACT presents the best of international photography, responding to new approaches and forms of visual expression, while showcasing a diverse range of lens-based work. Details

May 2019

Various venues, Toronto

Free & ticketed events

Canadian Music Week

Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. It is music festival, comedy festival, film festival, trade show, award shows and conference. Details

May 6 to 12, 2019

Various Venues, Toronto

$10 & up.

Tastemaker Toronto

Tastemaker Toronto is a curated food festival that will take place at Evergreen Brick Works. Hand selected local and national chefs, restaurants, and artisans will connect, share, and inspire foodies through an unparalleled experience. Details

May 10 to 12, 2019

Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Details

May 2 – 12, 2019

Various venues, Downtown Toronto

$8 & up

Spring Bird Festival

Join for the Spring Bird Festival to learn about the amazing phenomenon of migration and the importance of bird conservation. A variety of activities will be offered for people of all ages and all birding abilities!Details

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie Street, Toronto

Free

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Prepare yourself for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, two-day exhibition. Details

 May 11 to 12, 2019

Toronto Reference Library, The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, The Masonic Temple, and The Pilot Tavern.

Free

WeeFestival

Toronto’s first contemporary arts festival for the very young and the second festival of its kind in Canada.Details

May 11 to 20, 2019

Various venues, Toronto

Varies

Rib Fest & BBQ Bash

RIB FEST & BBQ BASH at Yonge & Dundas Square will feature the BEST RIB TEAMS IN CANADA along with bbq foods from many of the cities different cultures! Details

May 16 to 19, 2019

Yonge & Dundas Square

Free

Paprika Festival

Performing arts festival of new work by young artists. Details

 May 20 to 26, 2019

Aki Studio, 250-585 Dundas Street East Toronto

Free to $10

Toronto Festival of Beer – Spring Sessions

Spring Session of the festival – Details 

TBA

 TIN PAN NORTH Songwriters Festival

Presented by – The Toronto Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). See performances by talented songwriters, sharing their stories behind the songs. Don’t miss this three night event of great music of songs in its raw and original form. TIN PAN

2019 – ~ May

Various Venues

 SING! Vocal Arts Festival

A festival of a capella music. The fourth annual celebration of Canadian and International vocalists. Details

May 24 to June 2, 2019

Various venues, Toronto,

Free and ticketed events

 Toronto Poutine Fest

Toronto’s first Poutine Fest! Join us at Yonge-Dundas Square to try some of Canada’s best food trucks and over 50 varieties of gourmet poutine. Details

May 24 to 26, 2019

Yonge-Dundas Square · Toronto

Free

Jewish Music Week

Jewish Music Week in Toronto is an exciting week of concerts, recitals and musical events throughout the GTA. 2019 marks the ninth year of this festival that celebrates Jewish music, as well as the Jewish contribution to genres of music not generally thought of as Jewish.   Details

May 26 – June 2, 2019

Various Venues, Toronto

Free & Ticketed events.

 InspiraTO Festival

Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival. With ten days of exciting theatre, it’s worth planning.  Details

May 30 to June 9, 2019

Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St, Toronto

Free & Ticketed events

Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Fest

The Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Festival is fun for the whole family! Since 1973 our festival has been held annually on the first weekend in June in the Village of Streetsville. From carnival rides and face painting to live music and ice cold beer, this Bread and Honey will be one for the books.

Memorial Park, 335 Church Street, Mississauga

May 31 to June 2, 2019

$3.00 – $5.00

BurgerMania

Food, Live Music, Beer and much more! BURGERMANIA will feature Toronto’s top burger chefs and establishments to serve up their finest patties between the buns in addition to everything else that relates to the burger experience! Details

Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E, Toronto

May 31 to June 2, 2019

Free

Riverside Eats & Beats

Annual spring Eats & Beats StreetFEST. The festival will showcase Riverside’s family-friendly food outlets and unique small town in the big city atmosphere, with a Caribbean and Latin twist. Details

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Queen Street East (DVP – Jimmy Simpson Park), Toronto10 vibrant blocks between the Don Valley Parkway to just past Degrassi Street on historic Queen Street East.

Free admission

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO

Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO (CosmoFEST) is Canada’s premier musical instrument & gear exhibition and celebration of live music.  Details

Saturday, June 01, 2019 | 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Cosmo Music – The Musical Instrument Superstore – 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill

FREE

Dundas West Fest

A celebration of arts, community and everything local. Food, live entertainment and more! Details

June 7 & 8, 2019

Dundas Street West between Ossington Avenue & Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto

Free

Luminato Festival

One of the preeminent arts festivals in North America! Luminato Festival is Toronto’s international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world.Each June, Luminato Festival transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundreds of events celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film, and more. Details

June 7 to 23, 2019

Various Venues, Toronto

Free and ticketed events.

NXNE

Music and arts festival. Primarily a music focussed festival, NXNE also includes films, comedy, art and talks. NXNE.

June 7 to 16, 2019

Various Venues, Downtown Toronto

Free and paid events.

The Mac + Cheese Festival

Come celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the festival in Toronto with celebrity chefs, savvy cooks, and talented entrepreneurs come together for one weekend to raise funds for charity by creating new concoctions of mac and cheese for fans to try.Details

June 7 to 9, 2019

 Roundhouse Park, Bremner Boulevard, Toronto

Free Admission

Open Tuning

Open Tuning is a free DIY festival celebrating live music! Inspired by “La fete de la musique” in Paris France, the annual Open Tuning invites amateur and professional Musicians from all genres and ages to perform at neighbourhood venues such as porches, alleyways, garages and street corners. Details

June 8 | 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Various Venues, Seaton Village, Toronto

Free

Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest

Up and down the avenue there will be centres of live music, art, fashion, and fun for the whole family. Plus Roncy is known for its fabulous array of unique shops and over 40 restaurants, cafés and pubs, to delight everyone.   Details

Saturday, June 8 | 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto

Free 

Desifest

South Asian Music concert, desiFEST features 12 hours of entertaining musical and dance performances. It gives audiences of all ages and cultures the ability to enjoy South Asian music, arts and culture. Included in the celebrations for the day are South Asian delicacies in the food market, artisans in the merchant market and the popular Kid’s Zone, entertaining kids with a popular bouncy castle and other activities. Details

June 9, 2019

Yonge Dundas Square, Downtown Toronto

Free

Toronto Taste

Savour scrumptious dishes from 50 top chefs, a startling array of beverages and breathtaking lakeside views. Best of all, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of helping those in need by supporting Second Harvest’s food rescue program! Details

Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 6:00 PM

Evergreen Brick Works, Bayview Avenue, Toronto

 Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Experience an international collection of Italian themed feature films, documentaries and shorts. Take part in panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, authors, and other experts. Come be entertained and enjoy new films freshly brought to Canada!  Details

June 13 to 21, 2019

TIFF Bell Light Box, 350 King Street W, Toronto
Colossus Vaughan Cinema, 3555 Highway 7 West, Vaughan

$12.17 &up

 Toronto Tango Festival

Toronto Tango Festival is a four day celebration of Argentine Tango, with workshops for all levels, practicas, milongas, performances and more. Explore and enrich your passion for this captivating dance at the biggest Argentine Tango event in Toronto.  Details

June 13 to 16, 2019

Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor St. W, Toronto

$15.00 & up.

Cheers Caledon! Craft Beer and Cider Festival

Caledon’s rolling hills and surrounding areas are famous for farming, artisan food producers, and the emerging cider, beer, wine and spirits production. And it’s high time we celebrated this with live performances, demonstrations, and a made-local flair. Details

Friday, June 14, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Caledon Civic Campus, 6311 Old Church Rd., Caledon

$20 to $25

Toronto True Crime Film Festival

Toronto True Crime Film Festival is a 2-day film festival dedicated to true crime on the big screen, including both documentary films and fictionalized films based on true crimes.
Details

June 14 & 15, 2019

Revue Cinema, Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto

Wine & Spirit Festival

Toronto’s first outdoor wine and spirit festival, is celebrating eleven years of
bringing you some of the best wine, spirits, beer, cider, cocktails, food and live
music in the world! Details

June 14 & 16, 2019

Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr, Toronto

$18 – $35

Dragon Boat Race Festival

Dragon boat race, cultural festivities and more! Details

June 15 & 16, 2019

 Toronto Islands

Free

Taste of Little Italy

Enjoy live entertainment and food bonanza from area restaurants – An event for foodies and music lovers. Details

Father’s Day Weekend

College St between Bathhurst and Shaw, Toronto

Free Admission 

Mississauga Waterfront Festival

Join us as we celebrate with Dock Dogs, special events and all sorts of family-friendly activities and fun.  Details

Memorial Park, 355 Church Street, Port Credit, Mississauga

Father’s Day Weekend

Free

Markham Village Music Festival

Come out to Markham Main St. to listen to music, dance, shop, dine and eat all kinds of food! Largest free, family-oriented music festival in York Region. Details

June 14 & 15, 2019

Main Street Markham(a.k.a. Markham Road or Highway 48) – closed to traffic from Highway 7 north to Parkway/Bullock

Free

The Beach Rib & Craft Beer Fest

Enjoy great BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, Grilling Demonstrations, Craft Vendors and of course the Beer and Beverage vendors. Details

Fathers Day Weekend

Woodbine Park, Toronto

Free Admission

Foodalicious Toronto

Foodalicious is a celebration and appreciation of Gourmet Street Food.
We are bringing together up to thirty of the best Food Trucks, Food Vendors and Artisans Toronto has to offer. An amazing live music stage will provide music and entertainment to usher in the summer.Details

June 15 & 16

Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Drive, Toronto

Adults: $8, Child: 12 and under Free

Peony Festival

This free event displays 300 types of peonies in the gardens and 100’s more inside Children’s Arena.  Artisans, live music, food, gardening seminars, community displays and more are all part of this festival. Details

June 15 & 16

Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden – Kinsmen Valleyview Park, 155 Arena St., Oshawa

Free

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