Okay, Toronto. Last year was a rough one. Between the pandemic, the financial crisis, and all the other crazy events that went down, it’s no secret that 2020 was a mess. Well, now we’re on to bigger and better things, and although COVID-19 isn’t entirely gone just yet, 2021 is already looking brighter. There are tons of big events to look forward to this year. So let’s leave the past behind us and get ready for all the great things coming our way.

As an important note- all of these events are dependent on COVID-19 restrictions. Please stay up to date on Toronto’s pandemic situation throughout the year.

Here are 10 things to look forward to this year in Toronto.


Folks from all over Toronto can enjoy a ton of stellar documentary films this spring at the Hot Docs Festival. At the moment, it’s scheduled to be a hybrid event. Some screenings will be online and some will be scattered throughout Toronto’s cinemas. But, of course, that all depends on where things stand with the pandemic when the event rolls around. However we celebrate, they’ve got 150 titles to stream which is sure to make for a great week.

Where: Check it out online
When: Thursday, April 29th – Sunday, May 29th


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Speaking of film festivals, of course, we’ve got to mention Toronto’s largest. In 2020, TIFF was celebrated partly online, partly in theatres, and partly at drive-ins. So, depending on where things are with the virus, it’s likely it’ll be like that again. This festival is known for debuting some of the hottest flicks of the season and every movie lover knows it’s one you don’t want to miss.

Where: Check it out online
When: Thursday, September 9th – Sunday, September 19th


This year’s Pride may have been online, but who knows where things will stand come summertime. Hopefully, we’ll all be able to take to the streets to celebrate the city’s LGBTQ+ community. In regular years, the celebration comes with a parade, loads of parties, and tons of outdoor music and drinks.

Where: Check it out online
When: Scheduled for June 2021


The Just for Laughs festival had to do a little pivoting in 2020 because of all the COVID-19 restrictions, but as of now they are scheduled to go on as normal come October. One performer that everyone is excited for is Trevor Noah. This TV personality and comedian will be hitting the Scotiabank Arena in the fall.

Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay St
When: October 2nd, 2021

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Although there’s no word yet on whether the CNE will be up and running in the summer, Exhibition Place has some pretty big plans for the spring. Folks can load up their car to drive through a socially-distanced display of prehistoric beasts. There will be 35 real-sized, museum quality dinosaurs to check out. Plus, it’s all safely distanced so we’re confident this event won’t be cancelled.

Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd
When: Friday, March 12th – Sunday, March 28th


Every winter, restaurants all over Toronto go all out with special Prix Fixe menus in celebration of Winterlicious. The jury’s still out as to when exactly Winterlicious 2021 will take place. But once it does, we’re in for a treat. Over 200 top tier restos are slated to participate, with amazing three-course meals we’re sure to enjoy.

Where: All over Toronto
When: Winter 2021 (COVID-19 pending)


Along with Winterlicious, Toronto’s also got the sister-event Summerlicious to look forward to. Just like the chillier event, top restaurants from across the city will put together incredible Prix Fixe meals for us to enjoy. Hopefully by the time summer rolls around our lockdown will be over and we’ll be able to enjoy this dining experience in person. Fingers crossed, y’all.

Where: All over Toronto
When: Summer 2021 (COVID-19 pending)

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Whether we see an online version of this incredible event like in 2020 or we get to experience it in person, Toronto is in for a treat. All of the city’s top artists are already working together to curate a lineup of incredible works. This all night event is probably the most well-known artistic endeavour the city’s got to offer. With amazing works and an all-night timeline, it’s not hard to see why.

Where: Either online or all across Toronto
When: Fall 2021


The 2020 version of this event may have been cancelled, but it’s already stated to take place in the fall. Toronto’s Oktoberfest is a three-day festival that celebrates all things German. Folks dress up, gather, and drink German beer while dancing and singing to traditional music.

Where: Check it out online
When: Fall 2021

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Our last event was one we had to miss out on in 2020, but here’s to hoping things are different in 2021. Surely by the time the holidays roll around the virus will be a thing of the past, right? Right?? Anyway, the Toronto Christmas Market is the Distillery District’s biggest event of the year. It’s got festival lights, local vendors, and tons of amazing eats to get us into the holiday spirit.

Where: Distillery District, Toronto
When: December 2021

So get excited about all the amazing things 2021 has got to offer. With these great events coming our way, we’ve got plenty to look forward to.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