A silhouette of a person holding a Pride rainbow flag.

Oxford Pride | Dudek Photography

Celebrate Pride 2023 in Toronto and beyond

A silhouette of a person holding a Pride rainbow flag.

Oxford Pride | Dudek Photography

Toronto’s annual Pride festival is the largest Pride event in Canada, and it’s joined by cities, towns and communities across Ontario hoisting the rainbow flag in their own celebrations and reflections.

Experience Toronto Pride and discover more amazing Pride festivals in all directions from Toronto that are well worth a road trip.

Toronto Pride 2023

Toronto Pride has earned its reputation as one of the largest pride festivals in the world and returns with parades and marches including the Dyke March, the Trans March and a full schedule of kid-friendly programs.

The festivities extend to 2SLGBTQ+ communities beyond downtown Toronto, including Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke.

But Pride is so much more than a colourful and action-packed festival.

It’s a month-long opportunity for 2SLGBTQ+ communities and allies to reflect on where they have come from, recognize what they have achieved, and to rally together for the ongoing push ahead towards an inclusive and supportive society for all.

The annual Pride Month kicks off with an official flag-raising ceremony at City Hall and runs throughout the month of June, building up to the high-energy festival weekend, which includes the Trans March, Dyke March, and culminates in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2023.

Visit Destination Toronto to find the perfect place to stay and all the great restaurants, attractions and events the city has to offer.

More Pride events near Toronto:

Pride Durham: Events take paces at Arbour Park in Durham Region on June 4, 2023
Brantford Pride: Annual event takes place during the third week of June 2023
York Pride: Special events throughout the year, including Pride in June 2023

Pride events east of Toronto

Ottawa Capital Pride

With a mission to build a rainbow community within the nation’s capital, this festival aims to advocate, educate, connect and celebrate. And there’s no shortage of celebrating. Follow the pageantry during the parade to a fair on Bank Street with entertainment and more.

When: August 19-27, 2023

Where to stay: Great hotels in Ottawa include the Andaz Hotel Ottawa ByWard Market, The Alt Hotel Ottawa and Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre.

Brockville Pride

Pride Week commences in Brockville with the annual flag raising behind City Hall, followed by fun events such as the Rainbow Run, Pride Parade and the Rainbow Village Vendor Fair in Hardy Park.

When: June 5-11, 2023

Where to stay: Explore the historic downtown, scenic waterfront and heritage sites in and around Brockville. Find the perfect accommodation to serve as a home base during your stay.

More pride events include:

Bay of Quinte Pride: Pride parade and Pride in the Park, June 3-10, 2023
Pembroke Pride: June 2023
Lanark County Pride: Courage to be me! Events take place across Lanark County throughout June 2023
Peterborough-Nogojiwanong Pride: The parade, Pride in the Park and more September 15-24, 2023

Pride events west of Toronto

Windsor Essex Pride Fest

Windsor’s 2SLGBTQ+ community and friends celebrate equality and diversity with five days of inclusive theatre, music, art and a parade. The parade begins at Market Square and proceeds via Ottawa Street to Lanspeary Park for Pride Day activities, food vendors and entertainment.

When: August 8-13, 2023

Where to stay: Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino and Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel are two great options. Find more accommodations in and around Windsor.

Pride London Festival

Feel the love at London’s most colourful event that embraces empathy, inclusion and fun. Activities include an outdoor festival, comedy show, art exhibit and annual London Pride Parade in and around Victoria Park.

When: July 13-23, 2023

Where to stay: Accommodation options in London include Hotel Metro, Delta London Armouries Hotel and Idlewyld Inn & Spa. Find all the best places to eat, shop and play in "Forest City".

More pride events include:

Guelph Pride: Spring Pride dates are June 8-18, 2023. Check back for Winter Pride 2024
Kincardine Pride: June 2023
Pride Niagara Festival: Pride Niagara Week runs from May 27 to June 4, 2023
Chatham-Kent Pride: Flag raising, Pride parade and more August 11-19, 2023
Pride Hamilton: June 2023
Stratford Winter Pride: February 2024

Pride events in Central and Northern Ontario

Kenora Pride

Over five years strong and growing, the 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies in Kenora celebrates its pride in June with special events, including a Pride March.

When: June 2023

Where to stay: With some of Ontario’s most spectacular nature at your doorstep you’ll want to stay awhile in Kenora.

Elliot Lake Pride

Hailed as the Pride capital of the north, Elliot Lake’s Pride or "ELPride" kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony, followed by engaging workshops, all culminating in the grand finale parade.

When: May 27-June 3, 2023

Where to stay: Laurentian Lodge and Hampton Inn by Hilton are both great accommodation options.

More pride events include:

Sault Ste. Marie Pride Fest: June 2023
Timmins Pride: Pride rally, parade and more mark the 10 anniversary, June 3-10, 2023
Thunder Pride: June 2023
Borderland Pride Fort Frances: June 2023
Dryden Pride: June 2023
Sudbury Pride: July 2023
Muskoka Pride Week: events across Muskoka, July 22-30, 2023
Minden Pride: fun social events and a float, August 21-27, 2023
Pride Manitoulin: August 2023
Grey Bruce Pride: Pride parade, June 2023
Simcoe County Pride: Pride season features special events from July 24 to August 6, 2023

Get more information about 2SLGBTQ+-welcoming experiences, attractions and events all around Ontario.

Last updated: August 22, 2023

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