Must-See June Events in Toronto

June is finally around the corner. Nice summer weather is a predisposing factor for spending more time in the open air and doing more outdoor activities. This blog features some well-known, mostly annual, festivals and events to look forward to this June in Toronto. They are a great opportunity to make new friends, explore the city and become familiar with the Canadian culture.

1. Pride Week: June 19 – 28, 2015

Dyke Pride March Toronto 2010 - 3
If you have already spent some time in the city, you may know about this super famous and popular annual event in Canada. Pride Toronto is a non-profit organization that represents the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.

Pride Week celebrates not only sexual diversity but also the variety of histories, backgrounds and cultures that make Toronto what it is: diverse and dynamic. Don’t miss the colourful, fabulous parade on the 28th, with over a million people in attendance!

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* LGBTTIQQ2SA is an acronym used to represent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies

2. Honda Indy Toronto: June 12 – 14, 2015

Raphael Matos
Great news for motor sport lovers: the Honda Indy Toronto is back!

This annual race takes place on the streets next to Exhibition Place. It is cool to watch cars race, bullet-speed, through the city! In addition to the adrenaline-pumping race, the event will include other festival attractions, including: craft beer, food trucks, interactive games, live entertainment, charity events and celebrity appearances.

For more information, visit:

3. Luminato Festival: June 19 – 28, 2015

Luminato was born out of Toronto’s cultural mix and creative energy. With its unique and bold approach for artists and audiences, this festival of arts and creativity has become iconic in North America.

Luminato embraces all sorts of creativity and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration, while transforming theaters, parks and public spaces in the city into the artists’ atelier. The outlets of expression are quite diverse: theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film, and more.

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4. Bestival : June 12 – 13, 2015

The first Bestival to take place outside the U.K., it will take place on Toronto Island! This renowned music event has attracted music lovers in the United Kingdom every year for over a decade. For those who want get a ticket to the festival, we strongly recommend getting it in advance, as they may be sold out soon.

For more check the website

5. Ontario Craft Beer Week: June 12 – 21, 2015

Beer sampler
If you are over nineteen and you love beer, this event is for you.

This 10-day long event is happening not only in Toronto but all over the province. Come to discover the Ontario craft beer industry, learn its culture and, of course, enjoy premium quality beer. More than 50 craft brewers will present their products at the event this year.

For more information visit

6. NXNE : June 17 – 21, 2015

Danny Brown @ YDS NXNE 2014
North by Northeast (NXNE) is an annual music and arts festival best known for its large number of participants, bands and performers. There are so many interesting things happening at the festival that you may find yourself very busy for these five days.

Plan ahead, so you won’t miss your favourite performers! Check the program on the website

There are many more events going on out there and we wish we could have mentioned everything on this blog! If you want to check more events please visit:


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