Guide to July Festivals 2014




Junior Carnival at Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto

Summer is here; let the festivals begin! There’s something on the calendar to please everyone this month, whether your family loves music, food, nature, or a good old-fashioned carnival. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome activities, and many are free! So grab the family, slap on some sunscreen, and kick off Summer at one of these great festivals taking place in and around the city.

July Festivals in Toronto and the GTA


Toronto Ribfest
June 27 to July 1, 2014
A great weekend full of fabulous food, family-focused attractions, great music and entertainment on three professional stages, a Kidz Zone, a massive Midway, and more. Admission by donation.
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FringeKids! The Toronto Fringe Festival
July 2 to 13, 2014
FringeKids! features eight productions which range from puppet shows and interactive musicals to fantastical tales and charming classics. Ticketed event.
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Taste of Lawrence
July 4 to 6, 2014
The Taste of Lawrence is a three-day food and cultural festival that takes place in the Wexford Heights BIA. As Scarborough’s largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. Free.
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Cultura Festival
July 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2014

Now in its fifth season, Cultura is a free weekly Friday night festival in July that celebrates music, art, food, and film. Cultura features unique performers and artists, international street food vendors, creative and interactive art installations, and evening film screenings under the stars in Mel Lastman Square. Free.
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Afrofest
July 5 to 6, 2014

With a bustling African marketplace, boasting more than 60 food and craft vendors, artistic displays, the Creative Children's Village, drum area, music workshops and organized fun, as well as educational activities for youth, Afrofest is the African cultural event of the Summer! Free.
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South Asia Festival at Harbourfront
July 4 to 6, 2014

Ancient Gurus: Modern Mastery is the guiding principal behind this week-long celebration of the contemporary South Asian community in Toronto and around the world. Free.
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China Now at Harbourfront Centre
July 11 to 13, 2014
Forget what you thought you knew about Chinese culture. From disparate influences and traditions, to the intersections of people, space and time, the inaugural China Now festival seeks to explore China's enormous worldwide legacy. Free.
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Carabram: Brampton’s Multicultural Festival
July 11 to 13, 2014

Families can experience the rich culture, food, crafts, drinks, and entertainment of different ethnic groups in Brampton. Ticketed event.
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Festival of India
July 12 to 13, 2014

This unique festival launches with a dynamic, high-energy parade down world-famous Yonge Street. The celebrations then shift over to Centre Island for two days of festivities. Admission is free.
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Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto
July 17 to August 5, 2014

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry, as well as visual and performing arts. Ticketed event.
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Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre
July 18 to 20, 2014
It's impossible to define what exactly is African culture, music, food, film, fashion, and art. Join us for a weekend of exploration and engagement with the art, sounds, and tastes of Africa.
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Beaches International Jazz Festival
July 18 to 27, 2014

Toronto's signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people, is filled with great music, large crowds, and an engaging atmosphere. Free.
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Annual Toronto Chinatown Festival
July 19, 2014 to July 20, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm
There will be sweet and savoury specialty foods from the Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Greek, French, Caribbean, Malaysian cultures, and many more. Keep your eyes peeled for the dragon parading around the streets of Chinatown as well as lively lion dances during the Festival hours. Free.
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Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival
July 19 to 20, 2014

St. Clair Avenue West will be transformed into a showcase of Latin Life where live music, dance, fiery food, and fun take over the street. Free.
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Taste of Thailand Festival
July 19 to 20, 2014

The biggest Thai community event in downtown Toronto with lots of activities and attractions. Free.
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Brickfête LEGO Fan Festival - Toronto 2014
July 19 to 20, 2014
Does your child love LEGO? Join us at Brickfête - a LEGO fan festival for the whole family.
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BIG ON BLOOR Festival
July 19 to 20, 2014

BIG ON BLOOR celebrates arts, culture, and small businesses with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities, exhibitions, and a play fair for kids. Free event.
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BrazilFest: Toronto International BrazilFest
July 20, 2014

Canada’s largest Brazilian culture event dedicated to showcasing Brazilian culture including its food, dance, and music. Free.
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YOUTH DAY
July 20, 2014

Youth Day is a multimedia festival put on by those 14 to 29 years of age for Toronto. It celebrates the positive achievements of young people by showcasing their music, dance, art, and photography. Free.
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Our Calendar of Events is continuously updated. CLICK HERE for an up-to-date list of July Festivals.

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