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Top 10 Events Every Torontonian Should Go To This Summer

Sorry, other cities. But come visit us for some Timmies and good times!

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1. Summerlicious

I know it's bikini season and all, but who can deny great food for cheap prices? This summer, many of Toronto's restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus showcasing their most mouth-watering meals (bring a water tube).

Summerlicious starts on June 3-19. Follow their Twitter for updates!

2. Mississauga Waterfront Festival

Mississauga Life

The best things in life are free, so it's no wonder that Mississauga Waterfront Festival's free admission makes it a very appealing event to go to. Not to mention the pony rides, petting zoo, dancing shows and concert performances! This event is for all ages, who like to have fun, so pretty much everybody :P

Join in all the fun this June 12-14 at Memorial Park, Port Credit!

3. TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Live at the Shops

This summer, treat your ears to some jazz music! There's no better soundtrack to summer than this, guys. With almost 40 locations participating in this event, you'll surely be humming along and/or swinging this June 18-29.

Check out the upcoming performances for TD Toronto Jazz Festival!

4. Pride Week

National Post

They say Toronto is a melting pot of cultures, and we couldn't be prouder! But we have more to be proud of. Here in the GTA, we don't shy away from expressing our individuality, be it our hobbies, careers, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We live the way we want, and everyone respects it!

From June 19-28, Pride Week will celebrate in support of the LGBTTIQQ2SA communities in Toronto, and of course, everywhere else in the world! Spread the love, people!

5. Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Toronto 2015

Not to be confused with Hunger Games (they're really, very different), Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is coming to town and bringing over awesome athletes from North and South America, and Caribbean! The Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games will be respectively occurring from July 10-26 and August 7-15.

You can buy your tickets now and check out the competition schedules. Get your cheer on!

6. The Sixth Annual OVO Fest

Hip Hop State of Mind

Who's that fellow Torontonian who keeps making Headlines in Hollywood? Yep, it's Drake. From entertaining us on Canadian TV to making us proud by representing our city in the rap game, Drake has really rose to stardom. And what better way to celebrate it than by watching him kill it on stage at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre this August 3?

You can buy tickets now before they're all gone!

7. Krinos Taste of the Danforth


I know, I know. How could I post another summer festival sure to make you see yourself with a bit more belly and in less bikini? But how could I not! Taste of Danforth has been a yummy tradition in Greek Town at the south corner of Pape Station. There's going to be activities, performances and a lot of people. But trust me, there'll be enough food to go around ;)

This festival of food and fun is expected to run from August 7-9. Bring some sun screen. And a big appetite!

8. Fan Expo Canada


One word: YES! This amazing event is full of fandoms of every kind: horror, anime, action, gaming. You name it, they probably got it! Last year, the cast of Walking Dead graced us with their presence. Both Captain Picard and Captain Kirk beamed to Toronto. And Stan Lee offered up conversation during breakfast with his beloved fans. There were after-parties, cosplaying cuties and a ton of celebrities! It's where fans meet their favourite characters, buy awesome merchandise and get to spend the day in beautiful downtown Toronto.

Fan Expo takes place at Metro Toronto Convention Centre during the Labour Day weekend, so we're super lucky (unless you're a keener and want to prep for school that bad).



So let me get this straight: TIFF brings talented actors to our town and we get to see films before they really go global? Okay, permission to faint please.

The event holds screenings of all types of movies: foreign, animation, thrillers, dramas, the list goes on. Last year, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley got lots of votes as the top TIFF film.

TIFF will run from September 10-20 this year, so be sure not to miss it!

10. Canada's Walk of Fame Festival

Canada's Walk Of Fame

Whoa, it looks to be one star-struck summer! More celebs are coming to Toronto but this time, instead of visiting, they're coming back home (well, not permanently... so yeah, they're visiting :P). Canadian artists will be walking down the red carpet, performing on stage, giving each other awards and generally being awesome!

The date for Canada's Walk of Fame Festival is not official yet but is expected to be this September. So tune in!

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