Entertainment and shopping

Be front, centre and first in line for the best shows, events and shopping in Ontario.

Ontario sets the stage for world-class live music festivals, big-ticket concerts, as well as intimate performances from all musical genres. Or get in on the action with pro sports events, casinos, horse racing, comedy clubs and more. 

Shop for top name brands and discover one-of-a-kind antiques, souvenirs or bespoke pieces of art by local artisans.

Whatever your style, sound or passion, you're sure to find it in Ontario. 

Quick guide to entertainment and shopping in Ontario

Find out what’s on

There’s a lot to celebrate in Ontario. Use the handy Festivals and Events Ontario guide to find out what’s happening near you.

Shopping hours of operation

Most shopping centres and retail stores are open every day of the week, with the exception of select public holidays. Daily opening and closing times will vary, so check in advance of your visit.

Did you know?

The spirit of sporting competition and camaraderie runs deep in Canada, where lacrosse, basketball, five-pin bowling, ringette and wheelchair rugby were invented.

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Know before you go

Sales tax in Ontario

A 13% harmonized sales tax (HST) is levied on the purchase of most goods and services in Ontario.

Event tickets and restrictions

Some events and shows may require age limits for attendance. Check in advance of booking. Always purchase tickets for reputable sources.

Travel tips and trip ideas

From suggested itineraries to health and safety and getting around in Ontario, here’s all the information you need to plan your next trip.

Last updated: August 25, 2023

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