Special Events in Toronto

The Toronto Jazz Festival is one of the premier jazz festivals in North America. It has been produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz since 1987 and lasts for eight days. It includes more than 1,500 musicians giving more than 350 performances in approximately 40 locations in Toronto. There is a 1,200 seat main stage in Metro Square where many extraordinary shows are free to the public. Every year, some of the greatest jazz celebrities attend and participate in this festival.

The Cavalcade of Lights has been brightening up Toronto since 1967. It marks the beginning of the holiday season. The show includes the lighting of a giant Christmas tree in Nathan Phillips Square. The tree is covered with thousands of LED red, silver and white lights. There are live musical performances as well as a spectacular fireworks finale. There is an outdoor ice skating rink in the Square if weather permits.

The Toronto International Film Festival, held annually in Toronto, is the top public film festival in the world. It screens over 300 films from over 60 countries. It is famous for offering a diverse array of films and every year has its share of red carpet glamour, Hollywood galas and the best international cinema produced. Visitors also enjoy Canada's own comedies and other cinema. The films are divided by genre, so visitors can pick according to their mood.

The Festival of India has taken place in Toronto since 1972. It begins with a parade down Yonge Street through the city. The celebrations and shows start in Centre Island and last for two days. The Festival is free to the public and includes a free vegetarian feast at Yonge-Dundas Square and a fantastic arts and culture show. There is also a South Asian Bazaar, a yoga festival and more.

For twelve days The Toronto Fringe Festival draws over 70,000 people who enjoy musicals, comedies, drama, dance, family programs, improve and many other live entertainments. Since 1989, it has been a festival that provides opportunities for artists as well as audiences to enjoy theater. It benefits the theater community at large as well as artist and beginners. Independent artists are welcome to join and innovate. The Fringe Festival is the largest theater and performance festival in Toronto. It offers over 140 productions at over 25 venues. It also has Site Specific productions that take place in unexpected locations throughout the city. The center stage includes eight living gallery spaces with free discussions, forums and cabaret performances.