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What's On This Month In Toronto | June 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
Toronto is official gearing up for summer in the city. This month’s What’s On guide is perhaps better referred to as your Toronto Festival Guide. We’ve compiled some of the best festivals – from mac & cheese and jazz, to beer and sake, to art and film – and it appears Torontonians won’t be lacking in options. Everything’s coming up Toronto this June, so make the most of it.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 1st – SUNDAY JUNE 5th


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@ estelheitz / © Bing / © Craft Beer Passport / © coniferconifer / © Almost Adults

FOOD  |  Bread & Honey Festival

June 3rd – 5th, 2016

Get yourself to Streetsville for the 44th annual Bread & Honey Festival – with live music, carnival rides, games, a parade and (of course) free bread and honey – you can’t go wrong.

FOOD  |  Mac & Cheese Fest

June 3rd – 5th, 2016

Put down the Kraft Dinner and head to Ontario Place to indulge in the ultimate comfort food at Mac & Cheese Fest: 45 of Toronto’s best chefs are serving up unique spins on the classic mac ‘n’ cheese.

DRINK  |  Craft Beer Passport

June 1st – November 30th, 2016

Become a Toronto beer connoisseur with Craft Beer Passport. Simply choose from a Toronto west or east passport, and explore participating bars and their feature craft brews. What’s more fun than drinking craft beers? Drinking craft beers *and* earning stamps…

DRINK  |  Kampai Toronto Festival Of Sake

June 3rd, 2016

Become a sake whiz this Friday at the Kampai Toronto Festival of Sake: with 150 sakes from North America and Japan to Toronto, it’s sure to be a (tasty) education.

FILM  |  Inside Out Film Festival

May 26th – June 5th, 2016

Kick off Pride Month in cinematic style at Inside Out Film Festival: explore and support the best LGBT films from Canada and abroad.


MONDAY JUNE 6th – SUNDAY JUNE 12th


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© Benson Kua / © Incrediblehunk / © First Light / © Nagasaki

ARTS  |  Luminato Festival

June 10th – 26th, 2016

For an arts festival that truly has it all, look no further than Luminato Festival. Toronto’s favourite global multi-arts festival is dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, magic and more.

MUSIC  |  Bestival

June 11th – 12th, 2016

Head to Woodbine Park to experience the hot and eclectic musical acts at Bestival Toronto – the Canuck version of the Isle of Wight’s famous original.

FILM  |  Italian Contemporary Film Festival

June 9th – 17th, 2016

Celebrate the best of Italian contemporary cinema at this nine-day fest held across select Canadian cities (including, of course, Toronto).

FILM  |  Toronto Japanese Film Festival

June 9th – 24th, 2016

Head to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to experience the best of Japanese cinema at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival – from dramas to comedies, action to anime – there’s something for every cinephile.


MONDAY JUNE 13th – SUNDAY JUNE 19th


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© JasonParis / Public Domain / © Taro Taylor / © Loozrboy

 ARTS  |  NXNE

June 13th – 18th, 2016

NXNE – otherwise known as North By Northeast Festival and Conference – hits Toronto for another week of music and art. Don’t miss this annual arts kick-off to summer; from music to interactive media and gaming, there’s plenty to check out.

DRINK  |  Ontario Craft Beer Week

June 10th – 19th, 2016

Don’t miss out on Ontario Craft Beer Week, the province’s biggest celebration of our beloved beverage: beer. Enjoy nine days of craft beer events hosted across the city.

FOOD  |  Taste of Little Italy

June 17th – 19th, 2016

Head to Toronto’s famed Little Italy for a celebration of all things Italian at Taste of Little Italy – from food and wine, to shopping and music (and back to food and wine).

FESTIVAL  |  The Junction Summer Solstice Festival

June 18th, 2016

It’s no Stonehenge, but The Junction is putting on a killer summer solstice event; so, kick off summer with the first festival of the season at The Junction Summer Solstice Festival.

CARS  |  Yorkville Exotic Car Show

June 19th, 2016

Spend Father’s Day surrounded by what (many) dads love best (apart from their children): super fancy cars. To up your car game, head to The Yorkville Exotic Car Show.


MONDAY JUNE 20th – SUNDAY JUNE 26th


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© Paramount Pictures / Taste of Toronto / © Chris Brooker / © Om Mistry

FILM  |  Free Flicks At Harbourfront

June 22nd – August 31st, 2016

What’s better than a flick at Harbourfront Centre? A *free* flick at Harbourfront Centre – every Wednesday evening, all summer long.

FOOD  |  Taste of Toronto

June 23rd – 26th, 2016

Love Toronto’s culinary scene? Taste of Toronto is back for another year of feasting on some of the city’s best cuisine.

FESTIVAL  |  Pride Toronto Festival

June 24th – July 3rd, 2016

‘You can sit with us:’ celebrate and support the diversity, courage, and history of Toronto’s LGBT community. Pride 2016‘s line-up is packed with can’t-miss events.

MUSIC  |  Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square

Friday, June 24th – July 22nd, 2016

Friday nights in the city just got a lot sweeter: head to Yonge-Dundas Square for their free concerts throughout the summer season with Indie Fridays. From Canadian reggae, to bedroom pop, and electro rap, there’s something for every music enthusiast.


MONDAY JUNE 27th – THURSDAY JUNE 30th


Public Domain / © Sarah Reid

Public Domain / © Sarah Reid

MUSIC  |  TD Toronto Jazz Festival

June 24th – July 3rd, 2016

Head to Toronto’s largest jazz event: with 1,500 musicians playing across the city, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take in some jazzy tunes at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

POETRY  |  Art Bar Poetry Series

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Head to the Black Swan Tavern for the final night of Art Bar Poetry Series and hear Toronto’s poetic talents – with both professional poets and open mic, poetry lovers won’t want to miss out.