July is an exciting month here in our city. Festival season is in full swing and the fun doesn’t stop! There are so many exciting things to do in Toronto this July and we’ve got the very best of them right here.

From festivals to carnivals to movies under the stars, our city has something for everyone this month.

Let’s dive into the very best things to do in Toronto this July and start our summer on a high note!

Outdoor Festivals & Events

Canada Day at Downsview Park

Canada Day at Downsview Park is making a comeback this year and it’s completely free to attend.

All are invited to come out and enjoy a day full of fun and games at Downsview on July 1st. The event will have live entertainment, games for kids, inflatables, vendors, and excitement for visitors of all ages.

It wouldn’t be complete without fireworks and food trucks, and Canada Day at Downsview Park will have both!

Please note: Fireworks timing and confirmation are accurate as of publication date. Please check your local weather forecast, and the organizers’ websites on the day of the event.

When: Saturday, July 1st, 2023 at 4 PM
Where: Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue

Taste of the Middle East Summer Festival

Celebrate Arabic music, art, culture, and cuisine at this summer festival.

The event will take place in Nathan Phillips Square this month and will feature food trucks, a bazaar, and entertainment.

When: July 14th to 16th, 2023
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Sponsored Pick: ICFF’s IncluCity Festival is back at the Distillery District

ICFF’s IncluCity Fest is back in Toronto, celebrating international cinema and Canada’s diversity. The Distillery District becomes an outdoor cinema village from June 27th to July 21st. Enjoy movie screenings, art exhibits, installations, and a tribute to a fashion icon. It’s an exciting cultural event in Toronto that you have to attend!

When: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 to Saturday, July 22, 2023
Where: Distillery District, Toronto
Cost: click here to see all ticket options

Midsummer Celebration

Stop by stackt market for a family-friendly event “with multi-sensory experiences rooted in local flora, sustainability, and community.” Art and culture!

When: July 7th, 2023 from 5 PM to 9 PM and July 8th, 2023 from 10 AM to 7 PM
Where: 28 Bathurst Street

OSSFEST

One of Toronto’s most popular street festivals is gearing up to showcase the best of the Ossington strip this month.

The family-friendly and dog-friendly event will showcase the best of the Ossington strip.

We’re talking delicious food offerings from its restaurants, the opportunity to shop from local businesses, and enjoying a day of music and fun programming right into the evening.

When: July 22nd, 2023
Where: Ossington Street from Dundas Street West to Queen Street West

Sponsored Pick: Toronto’s Festival of Beer

Hail to the Ale! 🍺 Toronto’s Festival of Beer is back & it’s better than ever! If 400+ local & international brews, great grub, a poolside lounge, and amazing stay + play options weren’t enough- they’re bringing T-Pain and Ice Cube to keep the party going with live performances.

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When: Friday, July 28 from 4:30 PM – 11:00 PM and Saturday, July 29 & Sunday, July 30 from 1:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Bandshell Park, 100 Prince Edward Island Crescent
Cost: click here to see all ticket & package options

Fun Philippines Toronto Street Festival

Taking place in Little Manila, this event will celebrate Filipino culture through food, entertainment, installations, and activities.

Bring the family to this joyful celebration of the Philippines and its vibrant community here in Toronto.

When: July 22nd and 23rd, 2023
Where: Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue

Toronto International BrazilFest

The city is heating up this month with the exciting return of a beloved festival.

BrazilFest is a weekend-long event that invites visitors to “experience the rich colors, captivating rhythms, and mouthwatering flavors of Brazil.”

Dive into the very best of Brazillian culture in the sunshine and greenery of Earlscourt Park.

When: July 22nd and 23rd, 2023
Where: Earlscourt Park, 1200 Lansdowne Avenue

AlohaFest

You don’t need to travel all the way to Honolulu to experience the best of Hawaiian culture.

Toronto’s AlohaFest is back this summer for a celebration of Polynesian food, heritage, and way of life.

Enjoy live performances, shop at the vendor market, indulge in authentic eats, and enjoy some ukulele tunes.

When: July 29th, 2023, 11 AM to 7 PM
Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St

Festival of South Asia

This highly-anticipated event is said to be the largest street festival of its kind in North America.

Come down to Gerrard India Bazaar to enjoy South Asian food, drinks, entertainment, and good times.

The event will feature two jam-packed days of shopping, family-friendly activities, and delicious cuisine.

When: July 29th and 30th, 2023
Where: Gerrard Street East, Glenside Avenue to Coxwell Avenue

Free Day Use at Ontario Parks

It’s coming back! Free day use at Ontario Parks is returning this month to give everyone a chance to enjoy our province’s top nature destinations at no cost.

On this day, there will be no charge for day-use visitation at all provincial parks (as long as they’re currently operating).

You’ll have until 10 PM to enjoy the parks with the complimentary pass that you’ll be issued when you arrive.

When: July 21st, 2023
Where: See all provincial parks here

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KIND Summer Fair

A cannabis festival is making its way to RendezViews this July.

The “ultimate park sesh” will transform the patio into an outdoor oasis with all kinds of products to try, music, lawn games, food and drink, a consumption zone, and a vibrant atmosphere.

When: July 11th and 12th, 2023
Where: RendezViews, 229 Richmond Street West

Bloor West Streetfest

Bloor West Streetfest returns to the city on July 15th with a ton of family-friendly activities, food, live performances, and more.

The one-day event is a great opportunity to meet and support local businesses in the community, too. You’ll have the chance to shop at the artisan vendor market, west Toronto artist market, and sidewalk sale.

Make sure to come hungry and ready to eat because there will be a handful of food vendors in attendance, serving you the best of the best in the community.

When: July 15th, 2023, 10 AM to 10 PM
Where: Bloor Street West between Runnymede & Jane Streets

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Come one, come all to this vibrant outdoor art fair in the heart of downtown.

This event is “buzzing with art for all” and will feature art showcases, installations, guided tours, kids programs, live painting, dancing, and a Beer Garden.

When: July 7th to 9th, 2023
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

TD Salsa on St. Clair

Mark your calendars because, on July 8th and 9th, a portion of St. Clair will transform into the ultimate hub for all things Latino. We’re talking food, drinks, performances, and of course, music!

The annual festival, like always, will be held between Winona Dr and Christie St. On both days, it’ll start at noon with Saturday ending around 10 PM and Sunday at 8:30 PM.

The event is free to attend.

When: July 8th and 9th, 2023
Where: St. Clair Ave West between Winona Road & Christie Street

Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market

The Sunday street parties we know and love are back at Kensington Market.

Pedestrian Sundays is back for its second edition this season and will continue well into the fall.

The sounds of live music and smells of street food will fill the air and visitors will be treated to live performances, entertainment, art showcases, and displays from local creators.

When: July 30th, 2023
Where: Kensington Market

Honda Indy Toronto

Racing fans, start your engines. The highly anticipated Honda Indy is just around the corner.

This year’s Honda Indy promises an action-packed weekend that you won’t want to miss.

The main event, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, will take place on Sunday, July 16th.

But that’s not all – there will be racing from various series, including the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, along with interactive entertainment, food trucks, beer gardens, and plenty of family fun.

When: July 14th to 16th, 2023
Where: Exhibition Place

TD Union Summer

Toronto’s busiest transit hub is once again hosting a summer-long lineup of free events and experiences this year.

Stop by for food, drinks, music, and a variety of activities in the heart of the downtown core.

From blues to salsa, Motown to movies, Union Summer will have a little bit of everything!

When: Until August 28th, 2023
Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West

 

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Food & Drink Festivals

Smorgasburg Toronto

Attention, foodies of Toronto! The largest weekly open-air food market in America, Smorgasburg, is gracing our waterfront for the second summer in a row.

The market, which is popular in cities like Brooklyn, LA, and Miami, is back in Toronto every Saturday until early September.

Admission to the “food flea market” is free and there are over 50 hand-picked vendors on-site showcasing their delicious cuisine.

When: Every Saturday from June 24th to September 9th, 2023, 11 AM to 6 PM
Where: Captain John’s Pier, 7 Queens Quay East

Wine Fest Toronto

Sip your way around the world at this annual wine-centric event.

The 3-day festival will showcase wines from all over the globe and celebrate the city’s thriving wine scene.

This event is “all you can taste,” so you’ll be sipping on all the reds and whites you can handle while munching on delicious eats.

When: July 7th to 9th, 2023
Where: RendezViews, 229 Richmond Street West

Taste of Lawrence

One of Toronto’s most beloved summer festivals is back this month for three full days.

Taste of Lawrence is bringing the heat with over 100 street vendors, music, culture, and more. Here’s what to know about this highly anticipated fest.

We’re talking delicious cuisine, live entertainment, midway rides, kid workshops, and a whole lot more.

When: July 7th to 9th, 2023
Where: Lawrence Avenue East between Warden Avenue and Birchmount Road

Halal Ribfest

A delicious event is on its way to Downsview Park and this year, it will be bigger than ever.

Indulge in delicious Halal BBQ, and enjoy a vendor market, live shows, music, giveaways, buskers, and a bouncy castle for the kids.

When: July 14th to 16th, 2023
Where: Downsview Park

Panamerican Food & Music Festival

It’s time to party at Panam Fest!

This is said to be “Canada’s largest annual festival celebrating the rich diversity of cuisine, music, and art in the Western Hemisphere,” according to the website.

Admission is free and the fun is non-stop, with delicious food and incredible music to enjoy all weekend long.

When: July 22nd and 23rd, 2023
Where: Nathan Phillps Square

Summerlicious

Toronto’s beloved restaurant festival is back this July.

This month, Summerlicious will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 restaurants, giving diners a chance to support local businesses for a good price.

Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced from $20 to $55. As for dinners, they are priced between $25 and $75.

When: July 7th to 23rd, 2023
Where: See all participating restaurants

 

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Music Festivals

Harbourfront Centre Opening Weekend

Locals will be treated to an entire lineup of free concerts at the Harbourfront Centre on Canada Day weekend to kick off their summer programming.

Harbourfront Centre will be hosting a variety of cultural festivals and performances throughout the season, and the fun begins with a long weekend lineup of shows from incredible headliners.

When: June 30th to July 3rd, 2023
Where: Harbourfront Centre (Concert Stage & Stage in the Park)

Afrofest 2023

Get into it, Toronto! The largest African music festival in North America is making a comeback.

This 3-day festival will celebrate its 35th year running this July, and it will showcase a wide range of genres rooted in African and Black culture.

The best part? Admission is free!

When: July 7th to 9th, 2023
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East

SummerSeries in Trillium Park

A summer-long event is returning to Trillium Park and it’s free for visitors of all ages.

This park on the waterfront is the perfect spot to enjoy music, arts, wellness, and nature.

Featuring Ontario-based and international artists, this season’s program will feature cultural events, live musical performances, and outdoor yoga classes.

When: July 1st until late September 2023
Where: Trillium Park, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Summer Music in the Garden

Toronto’s iconic music garden is hosting free live concerts throughout the summer and all are welcome to stop by.

The series presents 18 free concerts in the Toronto Music Garden on most Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer, featuring a wide variety of musical styles from emerging and established artists.

When: Until August 27th, 2023
Where: The Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay West

Mixto Festival

Get excited, Toronto — Mixto is back! This celebration is all about community and diversity through art, music, and performances.

It’s described as a “delicious combination of ingredients, a feast for the whole community that showcases different music scenes in Toronto.”

If you’ve got an appetite for music, community, and fun, this is one you don’t want to miss.

When: July 15th and 16th, 2023
Where: 260 Emerson Avenue

 

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Movies in the Park

Movies Under the Stars

Movies Under the Stars is back at Toronto’s Downsview Park this year for its seventh annual event. And as always, you can watch some of the best new releases for free.

The beloved movie program kicks off this July and will take place lakeside, in between the Orchard Pavilion and the Lake inside the park.

This July 11th, you can watch The Super Mario Bros Movie and on the 27th, you can see Top Gun: Maverick.

When: July 11th and 27th, 2023
Where: Lakeside, Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave, North York

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

Toronto’s beloved summer tradition of free movies in the park is officially back!

There are 21 films to see this summer and they will be played at four public spaces around the city — Fort York, Corktown Common, Bell Manor Park, and Christie Pits Park.

Eats and treats will be offered as of 7 PM and the show starts at sundown at around 9 PM.

When: Until August 27th, 2023
Where: Fort York, Corktown Common, Bell Manor Park, and Christie Pits Park