Festivals in Canada

Summer Festivals in Toronto

Looking to visit Canada while its warm? This year might be the best year to do so, as Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday on July 1st. This means cities around the country have planned additional fun events to celebrate. Canada has even developed a glow in the dark toonie – a two-dollar coin – to celebrate: you know we mean business. As covering the ones planned across Canada is a difficult task, below are some of the best festivals to visit in Toronto this summer. Toronto has a bangin’ food scene, musical talent everyone is jealous of, and the city itself is filled with creative geniuses who give it its cool vibe. Toronto boasts festivals for everything and they take place all year round. However, it’s the summer that tourists would rather visit, as the weather is considered acceptable.

Veld Music Festival

As the hometown of Drake, the Weeknd, and PartyNextDoor, Toronto has proven its musical talent, and the summer music festivals have proven it’s a city that can party as well. Veld may not be Coachella, but it can certainly organise an incredible line-up of artists. This year, headliners include Future, Major Lazer, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, and ASAP Ferg. Now in its sixth year, Veld has become an event hundreds of Torontonians look forward to. If you are looking for a good time, Veld is the place to be.

Vegan Food Festival

Toronto has every type of food festival there is: Mac’n’Cheese Fest, Rib Fest, beer fest; the list goes on. But Toronto also has a large hipster scene. Men with red beards and converse can be spotted carrying their groceries home in cloth bags and women in sundresses and colourful hair generally bike to their favourite smoothie bar. So naturally, a vegan festival is necessary to satisfy them. The Vegan Food Festival hosts restaurants from across Canada and the United States to share some incredible cooking, that just so happens to be plant-based. But don’t worry! Not everyone here is as pretentious as the men with beards and women in sundresses! Most who come and enjoy the food are families looking to eat something delicious.

The Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy

This festival comes as a relief to most people. The performers here are the ones who you see doing cool tricks on street corners when you are on your way to work or school, and you just don’t have time to stop and watch. This event is sponsored and run by Epilepsy Toronto and it is their biggest fundraiser of the year. So, while you are enjoying acrobats, fire-breathers, and other buskers do their performance, your money will be going to a charitable cause. How amazing is that!

For its 150th anniversary, Canada has planned multiple events around the country to celebrate. It would be difficult to cover them all, so I suggest that you click here (http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1468262573081) to find out more. Without a doubt, there is something planned for everyone. However, I can most highly recommend attending a firework display on July 1st. Canadians always know how to celebrate their Independence Day; however, I can promise that this year will truly be spectacular.

By Luise S.