July 2018 Festivals

Maker Festival Toronto

Summer is here and there’s no better time to get outside with the kids than right now. One of the best ways to soak up some summer fun is at the GTA's many summertime festivals. These listed here are all super kid-friendly and will make for a memorable summer day.

Here are the best festivals happening in July...

Toronto Ribfest - Food and Music Festival
June 29 to July 2, 2018
The Ribfest Food and Music Festival committee and Rotary Etobicoke invite you to Kick Off Canadian Summer with Toronto Ribfest. Enjoy fabulous food, attractions your whole family can enjoy, great music, a Kidz Zone, a massive Midway, entertainment on three professional Toronto stages and lots more.
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Union Summer
July 1, 2018 to August 19, 2018
Union Summer returns this year bringing an eclectic offering of food vendors, musicians, film screenings and live performances to Union Station. Union Summer-Presented by TD runs 50 days straight, 7 days a week with free programming on the TD Stage showcasing festival previews, free movie nights, World Cup finals and local arts and cultural organizations featuring the spirit of Toronto at its gateway.
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Toronto Fringe KidsFest
July 4, 2018 to July 15, 2018
Toronto Fringe KidsFest runs from July 4-15, 2018 at the George Ignatieff Theatre. This dedicated kids theatre component of the wider Toronto Fringe Festival offers 8 different shows for kids aged 2-12. Don't miss the KidsFest Club! Situated on the grassy grounds beside the theatre, the KidsFest Club features outdoor programming for the whole family. KidsFest Club is by donation.
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Cultura Festival
July 6, 2018 to July 27, 2018
Cultura is a Free family friendly outdoor festival presenting Music, Art, Food and Film every Friday evening in July. Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world renowned Musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers and dance, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars.
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Beaches International Jazz Festival
July 6, 2018 to 29, 2018
Toronto’s beloved music festival and summer mainstay, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, returns from July 6 to 29, 2018 to celebrate its 30th year of unparalleled music from both established and emerging artists. Featuring multiple stages and venues, the return of festival favourites and leading musical talent, the 30th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival is one that can’t be missed.
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CPAC Summer Festival
July 7, 2018
Get ready for some fun in the sun with exciting activities and prizes at the 15th Annual CPAC Summer Festival on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at Mel Lastman Square. In this fun-filled event, foodies can feast at our marketplace of delicious food, kids can get creative at our Arts & Crafts Table and LEGO Robot Challenges, parents can shop at the exhibition area, and everyone can join in the Scavenger Hunt, try on Traditional Asian Costumes, dance with Chinese folk performers. Or sit back and relax as you watch our action-packed stage with amazing feats of martial arts, music, dance, fashion, cheerleaders, circus performances, and a dazzling magic show!
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July 7, 2018 to 8, 2018
AFROFEST is the largest free African festival in North America. Activities include face painting, story telling, drumming lessons. Drum Zone: This is an interactive area at AFROFEST where drummers and dancers meet and create impromptu music and dance. With over 80 vendors, the AFROFEST marketplace has food and merchandise vendors selling all manner of exotic food and products. Free admission.
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Maker Festival
July 7, 2018 to July 8, 2018
Maker Festival is a celebration of Toronto's tech, DIY and maker communities. The Festival returns this summer to the Toronto Reference Library, where makers will gather to show off their process and projects to the public. Free admission.
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Salsa on St. Clair
July 7, 2018 to July 8, 2018
Let the fiesta begin! Midtown Toronto prepares for another rumba filled weekend with the TD Salsa on St. Clair street festival. Come and enjoy a jam-packed schedule at one of Canada’s biggest Latin-themed cultural celebrations! Free admission.
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Barbados on the Water at Harbourfront
July 7, 2018 to July 8, 2018
Experience the best of Barbados right here in Toronto! Enjoy free concerts, tasty cuisine, children’s activities and more as the waterfront comes to life during the largest cultural celebration of Barbadian culture in Canada. Most events are free with some ticketed shows.
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Oakville Children's Festival
July 8, 2018​
National treasure and four-time Juno Award winner Fred Penner will headline the 2018 Oakville Children’s Festival on Sunday, July 8, 2018.  As well as Fred Penner, iconic Canadian cartoon character Franklin the Turtle will make an appearance in a live musical production of Franklin and Friends Playdate! The grounds will be turned into a playground for kids! Free admission.
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Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival
July 8, 2018 to August 12, 2018
The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting four-week celebration of Caribbean music, delicious cuisine and exciting revelry. It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North America.
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Fun Food Fest
July 13, 2018 to July 15, 2018
The GTA's newest food festival invites you to explore your inner foodie. Join the fun at Fun Food Fest from Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15 at the historic Woodbridge Fair Grounds. With over 30 of Toronto's best food trucks, Fun Food Fest brings an assortment of gourmet creators to satisfy every summer craving.
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Festival of India
July 14, 2018 to July 15, 2018
The event will begin with a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then will shift to Toronto Centre Island, for two days of festivities. Admission is free.
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Victorious Festival
July 15, 2018
Where can you find live entertainment, fabulous music and great food? Victorious Festival 2018! Victorious offers tons for everyone to enjoy. This year we will be hosting festivals in a very exciting venue: Yonge-Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada. It's not only fun, and best of all, this event is in support of Canadian Cancer Society and is completely free.
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Black Creek Farm Festival
July 21, 2018
Fun day at the farm! Don’t miss out on delicious pizza from our brick bake oven, free workshops, activities, exhilarating scavenger hunt tour and many more! Organic fresh produce for sale. Free admission.
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BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts & Culture
July 21, 2018
The BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture is an exceptional community and city-building festival presenting hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays and exhibitions. Free admission.
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Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
July 21, 2018 to July 22, 2018
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is a two-day multicultural extravaganza that showcases 30 plus performers/groups playing an eclectic array of drums from a beautiful mix of nations. In addition to the live performances, the event also features Drum Village workshops where members of the public can learn, and try their hands at, various drumming styles. Lots of mouthwatering ethnic foods will also be available as well as arts and crafts from many parts of the world. Free admission.
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Toronto International BrazilFest
July 22, 2018
The Festival will offer its attendees the opportunity to be closer to the performers. Get a chance to enjoy a taste of Brazil with Brazilian style foods and a family area. There are attractions for the whole family including a great Kids Zone open all day. Free admission.
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July 22, 2018
YD T.O is a FREE annual festival celebrating the positive achievements of young people showcasing their MUSIC, DANCE, ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, FASHION & FILM in front of some 35,000 visitors! Free admission.
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Richmond Hill's Ribfest
July 27, 2018 to July 29, 2018
Ribfest is a three-day outdoor event that features professional rib teams travelling to Richmond Hill from across North America. Ribbers cook and compete for various Best titles (as decided by honorary judges). In addition to the many delicious food options, enjoy the live entertainment, marketplace or play all day in one of the region's largest midways! The beer garden will be once again selling local craft beers. This event is one you won't want to miss! Free admission.
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AlohaFest Toronto
July 28, 2018
At AlohaFest Toronto, we share the Aloha spirit with over thousands of people through engaging cultural performances, cool kids’ crafts and unique items available at the AlohaFest Marketplace. AlohaFest Toronto is one of the few places in the city where guests can indulge in both local favourites and unique Hawaiian treats. Free admission.
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July 28, 2018
Ossington Avenue between Queen and Dundas Street West, will be transformed with all things memorable that summer weekend in the city are made of: shopping, dancing, live music, patios, eating, drinking and being merry. With free entrance throughout the entire strip, start off the day with the OssCrit urban bike race, then enjoy two live music stages, a silk screen workshop, basketball training, a fun filled kid zone, giveaways and exclusive access to experiences you wouldn't get else in Toronto! Free admission.
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The Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival
July 28, 2018 to July 29, 2018
The Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival is an outdoor event held in Scarborough's Guild Park and Gardens. Featuring artists, artisan vendors, live performances, beer garden and children's activities. Free admission.
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KidZfest at Canada's Wonderland
July 28, 2018 to August 5, 2018
Join us for a special celebration just for kids, at KidZfest! Live entertainment, dance parties, and foam pits! Plus, special visits from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Barney, Paw Patrol, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and MARVEL© Superheroes!
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Annual Fusion Of Taste Festival
July 29, 2018
Fusion of Taste street festival is one day celebration of multiculturalism that takes place at Albion Road and Islington Ave every year. The event showcases over 100 artists with 10.5 hours of programming, over 60 tasty and creative vendors, Kidz Zone, Fun Zone, exciting competitions,and much more. Free admission.
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Our Calendar of Events is always updated. CLICK HERE for an up-to-date list of July 2018 Festivals.

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