Summer Events in Canada

Summer Events in Canada

Our winters may be a bit cold here in Canada, but our summers grace us with pretty perfect outdoor temperatures. We’ve put together a list of events that are happening in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver this summer. Grab a friend and a bike, and come explore the uniqueness and beauty of participating in Canada’s best community events. From jazz festivals and art shows, to beer festivals and dance parties, this list will ensure you have a blast this summer.


Toronto Events


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

July 12-14 // Free // Nathan Phillips Square //


As the largest of its kind in Canada, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair offers a fresh-air and free alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. Over 300 artists participate and 100,000 visitors attend the fair every year. Side-by-side, established artists, undiscovered talents and innovative students exhibit and sell their work directly to the public. It’s an ideal way to see incredible art and make connections with local artists and their work

Beaches International Jazz Festival

July 5-28 // Free // The Beaches Neighbourhood //


Unfolding each summer in the heart of the lakeside neighbourhood, the celebration of music features a dynamic roster, multiple stages, a popular street fest and an enticing line-up of gourmet food trucks. And all the performances are FREE.


Toronto Caribbean Carnival

July 3-August 3 // Free //


When summer arrives in Toronto, the streets come alive with the sights, sounds and spirit of the Caribbean. And every year it draws carnival fans young and old, near and far to celebrate their heritage, music and, of course, food.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

July 26-28 // $80+ // Bandshell Park //


Toronto’s Festival of Beer celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history by featuring more than 120 brands around the world and many Ontario craft brewers. The event has become Canada’s largest beer festival with 30,000 people attending every year. Established in 1994, the Toronto Festival of Beer has been sampling beer for those aged 19+ for 17 years.


Roger’s Cup presented by the National Bank

August 3-11 // $20+ // Aviva Centre //


Organized by Tennis Canada since 1892 and offering over $3 million in prize money, the best tennis players in the world come to Toronto to compete for the prestigious Rogers Cup trophy, the third-oldest title in tennis.


Canadian National Exhibition (The CNE)

August 16-September 2 // $16+ //


This annual end-of-summer tradition takes the fall fair to new heights. Jammed with midway rides, live music, dog and pony shows and over-the-top culinary concoctions, The Ex is fun for everyone.


Fan Expo Canada

August 22-25 // $25-60 // Metro Toronto Convention Centre //


Four days of celebrity guests and exciting family-friendly events await at Fan Expo Canada. In 2019, Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park, Jason Momoa from Aquaman and Kristin Kreuk and Tom Welling from Smallville, are just a few of the dozens of celebrities expected to attend.


Toronto International Buskerfest

August 30-September 2 // Free // Woodbine Park //


Comedy, spontaneity and a dash of the unbelievable: 4 days and 4 nights of non-stop, action-packed, fun-filled entertainment. Comedians, contortionists, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns and daredevils all come together for North America’s largest street performer festival.


Ottawa Events


Ottawa International Buskerfest

August 2-5 // Free // Sparks Street //


Very unorthodox entertainment by street performers from around the world. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats and magic tricks. Free admission but donations appreciated.


Ottawa Lumiere Festival

August 24 // Free // New Edinburgh Park //


A fun and free evening festival with performers, large lantern statues created by artists, and members of the public who have made their own lanterns.


Map Mondays - CPAC Route 338

August 19 // Free // Royal Canadian Geographical Society //


Learn about Canadian history and geography through floor maps. This edition’s theme is the Arctic.


Vancouver Events


Summer Dance Series with DanZa

July 8-August 19 // Free // 630 Hamilton //


Escape the confines of your office and come experience an exciting outdoor dance class series with DanZa Productions! Right at 6:00pm (just in time for happy hour!), these FREE classes are designed to introduce you to a variety of Urban and Afro-Caribbean inspired dance styles and rhythms. No dance experience? No problem! These beginner friendly classes cater to multiple fitness levels and abilities.


Disney’s Newsies presented by There Under the Stars

July 6-August 17 // $20+ // 610 Pipeline Road //


A true tale of high-flying heart.


They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines!


In 1899, New York City had its papers delivered by an army of ragged orphans and runaways called ‘newsies'. When newspaper owners raise distribution prices at the newsies' expense, this band of misfits unites to strike against the unfair conditions.


A soaring spectacle of powerful song and high-kicking dance, Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message for the whole family. This Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what's right and seize the day.


Pablo Picasso presented by the Art Gallery

July 6-31 // Free // LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery //


Vancouver's best hidden secret.


Your opportunity to view or purchase an ORIGINAL PAINTING by PICASSO in VANCOUVER !!


Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 to April 8, 1973) was born on October 25, 1881, in Málaga, Spain. 


For nearly 80 of his 91 years, Picasso devoted himself to an artistic production that he superstitiously believed would keep him alive, contributing significantly to — and paralleling the entire development of — modern art in the 20th century.


EVO Summer Cinema

August 20 // Free // Stanley Park //


EVO SUMMER CINEMA has just announced this summer’s outdoor movie lineup! Starting on July 2nd, and continuing every Tuesday through August 20th, Evo Car Share and Fresh Air Cinema host eight amazing FREE evenings of movie events open to everyone! 

Movies begin at sundown each night, but there are fun and festivities beginning at 5:00pm and continuing right on through until the show begins. Arrive early and bring a blanket or lawn chair for the best seating, or instead purchase reserved seating in our exclusive tentree Canopy seating area with a comfortable Adirondack chair for the evening.