As June is upon us, the summer vibes in Toronto are quickly picking up steam and the party is just getting started. Locals and tourists alike are spending more time on patios, by the water and exploring what the city has to offer. This month, the 6ix is full of events ranging from food festivals to Pride Toronto. Whether you want to stuff your face with tacos or jam out to your favourite beats on the beach, there’s a festival for everyone. Read on for some of our favourite events to catch this month.
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Pride Toronto – All Month Long
One of the city’s most anticipated events each year is Pride Toronto. While the main weekend is June 23rd-25th, events roll out as soon as the month starts. The celebration is one that brings out the diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity that Toronto is all about. Leading up to the beloved parade, parties and human rights panels will be hosted each week.
Manifesto 11 – June 8th to 11th
Manifesto is one of Canada’s largest celebrations of hip-hop culture. Inspired by the city’s youth, the festival aims to put local artist and talent on the map. What used to be week-long plus festival in September is now broken down into mini festivals throughout the year. They are kicking things off this month with a focus on rap music, featuring Toronto natives Majid Jordan as one of the headliners.
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Taco Fest – June 16th-18th
Nothing says summer like tacos and cocktails. For one weekend, Torontonians will get to sample some of the city’s best tacos complete with a margarita and sangria bar. You can sample hot sauces and salsas to the sounds of an authentic mariachi band. This authentically Mexican festival is presented by Taste Toronto and will be hosted at Ontario Place. Some vendors include Fidel Gastros, Tacoritto, and Playa Canbana. It’s the perfect place to grab authentic Mexican corn or a crunchy churro.
TD Jazz Festival – June 23rd-July 2nd
Whether you are a jazz fan or looking to explore some new music, TD Jazz Festival will feature over 1,500 musicians in over 350 concerts. For 10 days, various venues across the city will host some of the most talented artists in Jazz. Headliners include Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and Mavis Staples.