Ontario’s Top 5 Summer festivals and events

Many families are planning out their summer weeks — booking camps, camping, excursions, vacations and more. Before you solidify your plans, check out this list of top 5 activities in Ontario.

 (1) Ever After Music FestivalJune 2nd–4th, Kitchener

This one is for all you music lovers and experience chasers! It’s a weekend of extraordinary dance music in Bingemans’ 30 acre campground. With an impressive lineup including performances by Bassnectar, Excision, Zeds Dead, and a juicy hip-hop injection in the form of French Montana, the Ever After Music Festival will be a mecca of visuals and sounds.


(2) Toronto’s Festival of Beer — July 28th–30th, Toronto

 At Bandshell Park inside Exhibition Place, beer fans from across the country will gather to celebrate their favourite golden beverage. This year, the festival will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing various breweries from across Canada, and offering food curated from some of Canada’s amazing Top Chefs that showcase the culture from our various provinces.

 (3) Canal Days— August 4th–7th, Port Colborne

 For those looking for a little taste of history and culture, the Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each August holiday weekend, for a jam-packed, four-day celebration. This annual marine heritage festival will include vendors, buskers, food merchants, and many attractions including a fully supervised children’s area featuring live entertainment, a carnival midway, and a live bird of prey and reptile exhibit. Tall Ships moored along the canal wall will be open for exploration, and special cruises are available on these historic ships, including a day-long journey from Lake Ontario, through the canal locks.

 (4)  Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)— August 18th – September 4th, Toronto

 The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest annual community event – and a fantastic family event as well! The CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, an aerial acrobatics and ice skating show, a working farm, parades, a three-day Air Show, Midway rides and games, wacky fair food, international food and tons of shopping! It’s one of Toronto’s major highlights each year.

 (5) Niagara Grape & Wine Festival—  September 8th-24th, St. Catharines

The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is a celebration of Niagara and the bounty of harvest. The Montebello Park food and wine experience truly showcases all that the region has to offer, as the park comes alive for two weekends in September. Experience regional cuisine presented by top local chefs and sip and savour VQA wines, while enjoying Canadian talent on the Centre stage.

 C/O Enterprise Canada

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