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Numerous festivals, shows and exhibitions are held annually in Toronto. They include:

January

  • Winterlicious
  • Toronto Design Offsite Festival
  • Toronto Design Week

February

  • Canadian International AutoShow - at the Metro Convention Centre
  • Winter City

March

April

  • Sporting Life 10K
  • Hot Docs
  • Khalsa Day parade, first held in 1986
  • Toronto Fashion Week

May

  • Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival - Held the first Sunday in May.
  • Doors Open Toronto
  • Science Rendezvous
  • Anime North - Usually held the weekend following Victoria Day, although some times during the long weekend.
  • Toronto Comic Arts Festival at Toronto Reference Library

June

  • Luminato a festival of arts and creativity established in 2007
  • North by Northeast, an annual five-day live music and film festival and music conference
  • Pride Week a large gay pride festival
  • Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival - various indoors and located throughout the downtown core
  • MuchMusic Video Awards
  • Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival - Centre Island
  • Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) - June 21 annually. Musicians from all over the world perform free concerts throughout the city
  • The Taste of Little Italy
  • Taste of Toronto - The Fort York National Historic Site is the setting for one of the top global food festivals
  • VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo - a virtual reality conference that takes place the 3rd week of June, annually.

July

  • Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto's largest theatre festival
  • Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place
  • Caribana is North America's largest street festival, showcasing Caribbean/West Indian culture (in some years early August).
  • AFROFEST - North America's largest African music festival
  • Beaches International Jazz Festival - The Beaches
  • Summerlicious
  • ConBravo! fandom convention
  • Brickfete LEGO Fan Festival
  • Rogers Cup - An ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and WTA Tour Premier 5 tennis tournament held annually since 1881.

August

  • The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, or "the Ex").
  • The Taste of the Danforth festival showcases the mostly Greek culture of The Danforth and has expanded to include other cultures of the area.
  • Fan Expo Canada

September

  • The Canadian International Air Show -off CNE grounds over Lake Ontario
  • The Terry Fox Run
  • The Toronto International Film Festival is considered one of the big three global film events, with Cannes and Berlin, with more screens and more films than either.
  • Cabbagetown Fall Festival, - Held the second weekend in September.
  • FIVARS Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories third week September
  • Virgin Festival, based on the British festival
  • Word on the Street - Canada's largest, annual outdoor book and magazine festival
  • Taste of the Kingsway - September 6–8, 2019. A celebration of food and music, the Taste of the Kingsway festival is a family-friendly way to honour the community.
  • Roncesvalles Polish Festival - September 14–15, 2019. North America's largest celebration of Polish culture.

October

  • Nuit Blanche
  • The Toronto Waterfront Marathon - One of just five IAAF Gold Label marathons in North America, run along the waterfront starting and ending in downtown Toronto
  • The Toronto After Dark Film Festival

November

  • The Canadian FinTech Awards. An annual Gala Awards Dinner to celebrate Canadian Innovation, which was started in 2015.
  • The Toronto Santa Claus Parade (Started in 1904 with just a single float, it now boasts 32 floats, 24 bands, and 2000 participants. It is one of the biggest productions in North America, and broadcast to many countries around the world.)
  • Cavalcade of Lights.
  • The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, an annual fall fair started in 1922.

December

  • Reviving the Islamic Spirit
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