June! The sun comes out, Torontonians emerge from their winter hibernation and Toronto’s diverse nature shapes the event landscape with many varied happenings. This year, Toronto will be the first North American city to host WorldPride, the international festival celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered lifestyles, increasing the significance of the city’s annual Pride Week celebration.
The foodie culture holds strong, drawing big crowds and big bucks for culinary-centric benefits and events. Intellectual life flourishes as well, so look for great events all month long.
A brief overview of June events:
June 6 – 15
For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create.
Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival
Jun 7-8, 2014
The Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival offers all you need for healthy, cruelty-free, eco-friendly green living.
Jun 8, 2014
Bringing together the city’s most celebrated chefs, vintners and breweries, Toronto Taste is the fundraiser connoisseurs anticipate all year. It will feature 70 of the city’s top chefs and celebrated beverage purveyors all coming together to share their love of food and raise funds to support Second Harvest’s food rescue program.
Toronto Tango Festival
Jun 12-15, 2014 Hide
A 4-day celebration of Argentine Tango that includes workshops and performances
NXNE: North by Northeast Music & Film Festival
June 13 – 22
North by Northeast is all about rocking the city with 10 days of great music and the coolest music-related films from around the world.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 19 – 28
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival delivers the sounds of the world’s greatest jazz musicians from the quaint and most intimate of venues to the large concert halls.
Pride Toronto Festival + WorldPride 2014
June 20 – 29 – culminating in the WorldPride parade
Digital Dreams Festival June 28 – 29 Electronic Nation presents the Digital Dreams Festival. Canada’s largest EDM festival.
Dragon Boat Race Festival
Jun 21-22, 2014
This festival combines a sporting event with loads of entertainment and events that have a multi-cultural flare. It’s held on Toronto Centre Island and approx. 200 teams with over 6,000 paddlers compete in over 100 races over the 2 days.
Canada Day Extravaganza
Jun 27-Jul 1, 2014
A celebration of 40 years of artistic creativity and innovation through a festival of Extravaganza! Extravaganza on Canada Day weekend is an elaborate birthday party showcasing Habourfront Centre’s creative legacies with OLG Canada Eve Fireworks on Jun 30.