Bundle your cultural experience and hotel for a curated vacation that makes the most of Toronto’s 2022 festival comeback.
Festival season is back, baby! After a two-year break, Toronto’s summer festivals are long-overdue must-attends. Staying at a hotel that’s just a short walk or transit ride away from all the fun means you can spend more time soaking in the arts and culture, and less time commuting. Get set to get your fête on!
Luminato Festival Toronto (June 9–19, 2022)
Luminato is dedicated to performance, media and visual arts that go beyond traditional forms of art. This year’s events range from Nigerian Canadian artist Oluseye Ogunlesi’s installation piece, Black Ark, which explores Canada’s role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, to a theatre experience with environmentalists David Suzuki and Tara Cullis. Their work, What You Won’t Do For Love, examines whether our love for one another can save the planet.
Location(s): Venues across the city, from central Trillium Park to the east end’s Ashbridge's Bay.
Hotel Pick: Located in the heart of the Entertainment District, The Slate puts you a short walk from live theatre, the Bell TIFF Lightbox, Osgoode subway station and stops for the King and Queen streetcars.
NXNE (June 14–19, 2022)
Canada’s festival of emerging music puts the spotlight on over 300 new bands. This year’s lineup includes Big Smoke Brass Band from Toronto and indie rockers Sleep Gonzales from Surrey, B.C. You’re guaranteed to leave the fest with so much music to add to your playlists.
Location(s): Shows take place in more than 20 of the city’s top live music venues; snag a Full Festival Pass for access to any show in the fest’s lineup.
Toronto Jazz Festival (June 24–July 3, 2022)
This iconic and international jazz celebration celebrates 35 years this summer! Music legend Smokey Robinson will perform at Meridian Hall while New Power Generation will showcase the music of pop icon Prince, to name just two of the stellar acts coming to town.
Location(s): Live music venues throughout the downtown core.
Hotel Pick: Located across from Union Station and a short walk to Meridian Hall, you’ll be well situated to take the TTC to your next live jazz fix from the Fairmont Royal York. You’re also close to delectable restaurants like Toronto institution, Terroni, and Top Chef Canada Season 2 winner Carl Heinrich’s Richmond Station.
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Toronto Fringe Festival (July 6–17, 2022)
This grassroots, non-juried festival celebrates the arts with a rich variety of performances, from comedy and musicals to drama, improv and children’s shows. Fun fact: Kim’s Convenience made its debut here before becoming a popular CBC television comedy.
Location(s): You’ll find performances in more than 13 downtown venues.
Hotel Pick: With The St. Regis Toronto as your outpost, you’re close to Queen subway station and a short walk to Yonge-Dundas Square, Nathan Phillips Square and CF Toronto Eaton Centre — all excellent spots to soak up the city’s buzzy summertime energy.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival (July 7–30, 2022)
North America’s largest Caribbean carnival returns this year with the King and Queen and Pan-Alive Showcases, the Grand Parade, and a new culinary event, Carnival Flavours, featuring dishes from several Caribbean islands.
Location(s): Carnival Showcases take place at Lamport Stadium; the Grand Parade starts on the Exhibition Grounds and continues along Lake Shore Boulevard West; Carnival Flavours takes over the Stanley Barracks at Hotel X.
Hotel Pick: With the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Toronto as your home base, you’re a half-hour stroll to the free portion of the Grand Parade, but much closer to the after-dark carnival parties in the Entertainment District.
TD Salsa in Toronto Festival (July 9 and 10, 2022)
The La Fiesta Parade and Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival combine to transform much of midtown’s St. Clair Avenue into one weekend-long open-air party, complete with Latin music, dancing and food.
If you’re here on an extended trip, check out the festival’s dance lessons, screenings, exhibitions and concerts, which run through June and July in venues across the city.
Location(s): The Fiesta Parade and Salsa on St. Clair take place on St. Clair Avenue West between Winona Drive and Christie Street; other events take place across the city.
Hotel Pick: The luxe midtown Kimpton Saint George Hotel is just steps from St. George subway, which will whisk you north to St. Clair station. Plus, you’re only a short walk from Yorkville’s haute spots, should you require any festival fashion finds.
Taste of the Danforth (postponed until 2023)
Canada’s largest street festival, this Greektown event has evolved to celebrate both Hellenic culture and the city’s multicultural mosaic. Over three days, eat your way through the festival (think everything from souvlaki and baklava to gelato and kebabs) while taking in the live music and culture.
Location: Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Jones Avenues.
Hotel Pick: The Broadview Hotel is a chic boutique hotel that is a 10-minute streetcar ride from the festival. Bonus: come golden hour, you can indulge in a Zen moment, cocktail in hand, on the Broadview’s rooftop patio after spending hours on your feet amongst 1.6 million other Taste of the Danforth attendees.
The Ex a.k.a Canadian National Exhibition (August 19–September 5, 2022)
This beloved end-of-summer festival brings carnival rides and over-the-top gastronomic creations in the Toronto Star Food Building. Live music, talent and stunt shows, and the aeronautical displays of the Canadian International Air Show, round out the programming.
Location: Exhibition Place, not far from the Liberty Village neighbourhood.
Hotel Pick: Skip the Uber and stay at Hotel X Toronto with a super-short walk to the fairgrounds. Plus, when you need a reprieve from the crowds, you can take a breather in the rooftop pool, where you’ll score a phenomenal view of Toronto’s downtown skyline.