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Top summer cultural events and food festivals in Ontario

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Toronto | Destination Ontario

Ontario celebrates its rich mosaic of different cultures, cuisines and backgrounds in the best way possible—with food, entertainment and music. If you’re wondering where to start on your summer food fest and multi-cultural circuit, here are a few can’t-miss favourites in Toronto, Ottawa and beyond.

Note: check back for upcoming 2024 dates, details on pre-purchase ticketed events and for events with age restrictions. And find even more unique events around Ontario that celebrate food, drink and cultural diversity at Festivals and Events Ontario.

 

Ontario-wide food festivals

Northern Heat Rib Series

This summer, North America’s largest rib and beer combo tour will be hosting a series of Ribfest events across Ontario. Feast on mouth-watering BBQ ribs along with a wide assortment of top local craft beers and beverages, plus a bevy of entertainment.

When: stay tuned for 2024 dates
Where: various communities across Ontario

Halal Ribfest and Food Truck Festival Tour

North America’s largest halal barbecue and food truck event is rolling through Ontario again this summer.

And it’s pulling out all the stops with a host of great food trucks, carnival rides, games, sports competitions, a BBQ recipe competition with prizes, a fun vendor bazaar and some of the very best, juiciest and mouth-watering BBQ ribs.

When: events take place in July and August 2024
Where: Participating locations include Toronto and Ottawa

Greater Toronto Area

Street Eats Underground Night Markets

This year, Street Eats Market will host a new schedule of exciting food festivals including an underground night market at Downsview Airport in April, another one in Mel Lastman Square in downtown Toronto in June and a third event in North York in July.

When: check for monthly dates in 2024
Where: Various locations in Toronto

Carassauga Festival of Cultures

Experience Canada’s largest multicultural festival of food and entertainment.

This unique event takes place at multiple pavilions around the city of Mississauga, each dedicated to different cultures and cuisines. The pavilions are connected by a fleet of free shuttle buses.

Upon entry, you’ll receive a Carassauga passport that you can fill with stamps as you "travel" to different countries, taking in a delightful array of sights, sounds and tastes along the way.

When: May 24–26, 2024
Where: Mississauga

Taste of Little Italy

From pasta to pizza to gelato, indulge in classic Italian food in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood, as well as tasty fusion cuisine familiar around College Street.

Enjoy Take in live street performances, local artisan vendors and inviting patio drinks. Bellissimo!

When: check back for 2024 dates
Where: College Street, Toronto

Summerlicious

Join fellow foodies and celebrate the diverse and innovative culinary scene in Canada’s largest city.

Over 200 restaurants across Toronto offer special three-course prix fixe menus that represent the essence of their cuisine.

When: July 5–21, 2024
Where: participating restaurants across Toronto

Taste of Lawrence in Scarborough

One of Scarborough’s largest street festivals returns to Lawrence Avenue this summer with a three-day celebration of culture and cuisine from around the world.

Live music, family entertainment and a vast array of street vendors make this an event you won’t want to miss.

When: 2024 dates coming soon
Where: Scarborough

Toronto Festival of India

The 52nd annual Festival of India includes a parade down Yonge Street followed by celebrations, activities and delicious vegetarian food on Centre Island.

When: July 13–14, 2024
Where: Centre Island, Toronto

Toronto Food Truck Festival

Local food trucks will be serving up some of your favourite dishes, along with local beer, local talent, live-eating contests and more.

The festival ensures there are vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free options available each year so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Admission is free.

When: August 2–5, 2024
Where: Woodbine Park

JerkFest Toronto

Immediately following North America’s largest festival of Caribbean culture, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, savour Caribbean cuisine at another one of Ontario’s hottest summer events celebrating everything jerk flavoured, along with Island music and family entertainment.

When: August 9–11, 2024
Where: Toronto

Waterfront Night Market

Soak in the ethereal atmosphere and enjoy exceptional pan-Asian cuisine from top food vendors as well as great craft brews from the beer garden at this evening of food, music and floating lanterns by the waterfront.

When: August 9–11, 2024
Where: 111 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto

Toronto’s Taste of the Danforth

One of Canada’s largest street festivals, the Taste of the Danforth takes place along Danforth Avenue in Toronto, affectionately known as Greektown. With entertainment, arts and crafts, live music, special menus and sidewalk tasting tables, you can sample all the best Greek cuisine and smash some plates.

When: check back for 2024 dates
Where: Danforth Avenue, Toronto

Japan Festival Canada

Be a part of the largest Japanese cultural festival in North America, celebrating Japanese food, technologies and culture.

When: August 17–18, 2024
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

Ottawa Region

Lebanese Food Festival

For over 30 years, the Lebanese Food Festival has showcased the best of Middle Eastern food and culture.

Hosted at the Saint Elias Centre, the festival features music performances, live cooking demonstrations like those at the saj bread booth, carnival rides and of course plenty of delicious hummus, tabouli, falafel and chicken shawarma.

When: July 2024
Where: Ottawa

Bruce, Grey and Simcoe

Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival

Savour various delicious butter tarts at Canada’s largest butter tart festival.

From coconut and maple to bacon and chocolate-covered, this festival offers a diverse range of flavours from over 200 vendors and food trucks.

Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival offers entertainment, food trucks, vendors and a competition for the best butter tart. Vegan and sugar-free keto options will be available.

When:  June 8, 2024
Where: Midland

Carrot Fest

Consistently named one of the top 100 events by Festivals and Events Ontario, Carrot Fest celebrates the agricultural heritage and rich soil that makes the region one of Canada’s most productive carrot (and vegetable) growing locations.

Events and activities take place throughout downtown Bradford and at the Bradford and District Memorial Community Centre.

When: August 16-17, 2024
Where: 125 Simcoe Road, Bradford

Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

Taco Fest

Enjoy delicious tacos and craft beer from the best restaurants and breweries in the Waterloo Region while raising support for local charities.

Tickets include parking, entertainment, activities and unlimited tacos!

When: check back for 2024 dates
Where: Waterloo Region

Southwestern Ontario

London International Food Festival

Explore delicious and diverse dishes from around the world. Enjoy Portuguese, Caribbean, Mexican, Chinese, Serbian, Italian, Polish, Greek food and more.

And quench your thirst with an assortment of beverage options, including fruit smoothies, slushies and bubble tea as well as coolers, craft beer and wine.

When: June 21–23, 2024
Where: Victoria Park, London

LaSalle Night Markets

Just south of Windsor, the summer night markets in LaSalle feature delicious food vendors, unique handcrafted goods from local artisans, farm-to-table local produce and live music. Admission is free. Note, the last event of the season will be held at the Event Centre instead.

When: Last Sunday of the month, from May to September
Where: LaSalle Civic Centre, 5950 Malden Road, LaSalle

York, Durham and Headwaters

Whitchurch-Stouffville Strawberry Festival

Held in Whitchurch-Stouffville Memorial Park, this annual free festival welcomes guests to enjoy a weekend of family fun. Activities include live entertainment, a festival market and lots of great food including fresh strawberries and strawberry-inspired products.

When: June 28–30, 2024
Where: 2 Park Drive, Whitchurch-Stouffville

Markham’s Taste of Asia

North America’s largest outdoor Asian festival features amazing Asian food, artisan vendors, performers and more together for a harmonious, multi-day celebration of cuisine and culture.

When: 2024 dates coming soon
Where: Kennedy and Steeles, Markham

Southeastern Ontario

Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival

With four stages for entertainment, buskers, arts and crafts, canine watersports and dog shows, plus amazing, multicultural cuisine and local craft beer, Belleville is a summer staple for festive fun and great food.

When: check back soon for 2024 dates
Where: West Zwick’s Park, Belleville

Brockville Ribfest

Enjoy a fishing derby, volleyball and five-kilometre run. These fun activities are sure to work up your appetite for mouth-watering, barbecued-to-perfection ribs, chicken and other delicious foods.

When: August 2024
Where: Hardy Park, Brockville

Hamilton, Halton and Brant

Winona Peach Festival

Since its start in 1967, this unique event continues to bring the community together to celebrate with amusement rides, family entertainment, live music and most importantly, great food including peach pies, crepes, cobblers and the famous Peach Sundae.

When: August 23–25, 2024
Where: 1328 Barton Street, Stoney Creek

Northern Ontario

Thunder Bay Festival of India

Experience the colours and flavours of India this summer during Thunder Bay’s largest celebration of culture, arts, music and mouth-watering vegetarian food.

Bonus: the Festival of Colours also takes place in Marina Park on July 21, 2024.

When: July 20, 2024
Where: Marina Park, Thunder Bay

Festa Italiana

Hosted by the Porcupine Dante Club, Festa Italiana is celebrating over 70 years with food, music, entertainment and market vendors.

This three-day event lasts the whole weekend, with a “Party in the Parking Lot” on Friday, live traditional music plus a gala on Saturday and a street party along Cedar Street on Sunday to cap off this festive celebration of Italian culture.

When: July 19–21, 2024
Where: Timmins

Last updated: February 20, 2024

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