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17 Toronto Festivals and when they are

17 toronto festivals

Are you planning a trip to Toronto? It’s a beautiful city to visit in any season, for its architecture and its many parks. While developing our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt and our Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt, we identified many Toronto festivals that take place along our routes.

We’ve limited our list to the downtown core and harbourfront areas, where our scavenger hunts are located.

17 Toronto Festivals

  1. Metro Toronto Convention CenterCanadian International AutoShow
    • Annual automotive expo with everything from the latest models to concept cars.
    • When: 3rd week of February
    • Where: Toronto Metro Convention Center
  2. Toronto ComicCon
    • Annual cosplay, comic traders, conference and celebrity photo op.
    • When: 3rd weekend of March
    • Where: Toronto Metro Convention Center
  3. Canadian Music Week
    • CNW is about celebrating local talent.
    • When: 2nd week of May
    • Where: In a large number of venues across the city. Many are located along Queen Street and elsewhere in the downtown area.
  4. Electric Island
    • Annual electronic music festival spread over 4-5 dates from May to September.
    • Where: Toronto Islands
  5. Young-Dundas SquareYonge-Dundas Square Ribfest
    • Annual rib tasting festival with 7 of Ontario’s top craft brewers.
    • When: 3rd weekend in May
    • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  6. Toronto Poutine Fest
    • Annual poutine tasting festival. Try over 50 different kinds!
    • When: last weekend of May
    • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  7. Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
    • Annual Toronto LGBT film festival.
    • When: last week of May
    • Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox
  8. North By Northeast Festival
    • Gaming, innovation, music acts and more across dozens of venues downtown.
    • When: 2nd week of June
    • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square mostly
  9. Nathan Phillips Square City HallToronto Outdoor Art Fair
    • TOAF is an alternative to traditional art shows as it is outdoors and wide open.
    • When: 3rd weekend of July
    • Where: Nathan Phillips Square
  10. Toronto Caribbean Carnival
    • Caribbean music, cuisine, dance, and performing arts take to the city!
    • When: end of July to mid-August
    • Where: across the city including Nathan Phillips Square and CN Tower
  11. Small World Music Festival
    • 3-day festival presenting music from around the world.
    • When: August
    • Where: Harbourfront Center
  12. Fan Expo Canada
    • Annual cosplay, comic traders, conference and celebrity photo op.
    • When: last weekend of August
    • Where: Toronto Metro Convention Center
  13. Toronto International Film Festival
    • TIFF is an annual film festival presenting many world premiers and industry galas.
    • When: 1st & 2nd weeks of September
    • Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox and other theatres across downtown
  14. Sony CenterJFL42
    • Just For Laughs interactive 10-day festival
    • When: September
    • Where: Sony Center of the Performing Arts
  15. The Word on the Street Festival
    • Annual outdoor book and magazine fair.
    • When: September
    • Where: Harbourfront Centre
  16. Nuit Blanche Toronto
    • Annual all-night contemporary art event.
    • When: 1st weekend of October
    • Where: Nathan Phillips Square
  17. Hockey Hall of FameHockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend & Legends Classic
    • The annual event dedicated to Canada’s game.
    • When: November
    • Where: Hockey Hall of Fame

There are many other festivals throughout the city you might also like.

We invite you to try our Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt or Old Toronto Tourist Scavenger Hunt. They are 2-3 hours each, self-guided walking tours that you do with your smartphone (how it works). You might walk through one of these festivals depending on when you do your scavenger hunt. You’ll definitely enjoy solving the various challenges at each step of the way while learning the history of Toronto.

They each cost $35 for a group of up to 6 persons. There is an Explorer version of the Old Toronto scavenger hunt available for $45 – it’s longer and has more challenges.

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9 Evenings in Hollywood

evenings in hollywood

Do you enjoy going out and really feeling a city’s vibe through its night scene? There are a great many types of places to spend your evenings in Hollywood.

Whether you are planning a visit Hollywood, or if you live here but haven’t taken the time to take in these architectural sites to see in Hollywood, this list is for you.  In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Hollywood, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.

However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are recommendations for 9 evenings in Hollywood for drinks, dancing and laughter.

This article was updated on 2 August 2019.

9 evenings in Hollywood

  1. Magic CastleMagic Castle
    • The Magic Castle is a nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts, as well as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts. It bills itself as “the most unusual private club in the world.” It was established in 1962.
    • Nestled at the top of Orange Drive, the Magic Castle stands on Franklin, one block north of Hollywood Blvd.
  2. Frolic Room
    • Located next to the Pantages Theatre, the Frolic Room’s jukebox style no-frills bar will impress you with its walls covered with signed movie star photos.
  3. The Second CityThe Second City
    • The Second City started in Chicago in 1959 and has locations here and in Toronto. They’ve produced comedy television shows such as SCTV and Saturday Night Live. They’ve also produced such comedic greats as Bill Murray, John Candy, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert.
    • The Second City sits on Hollywood Blvd at Schrader. Ticketing depends on the event.
  4. Boulevard3
    • Boulevard3 stands on Sunset Blvd, also at Schrader (2 blocks south of The Second City) in the original Hollywood Athletic Club building.
  5. Lono
    • How about taking in a tiki bar? Lono on Hollywood at Whitley has you covered! Tiki drinks here are strong!
  6. Avalon HollywoodAvalon Hollywood
    • Completed in 1927, this theater remains one of L.A.’s premier superclubs. As a matter of fact, this is the only club in Los Angeles to have a 24-hour license. It also attracts globally recognized and loved DJs.
    • Avalon Hollywood stands across the street from the Capitol Records Building on Vine, just north of Hollywood Blvd.
  7. The Woods
    • The Woods looks like a hunting lodge-style bar in a strip-mall on La Brea Ave at Lanewood, south of Hollywood Blvd. Correspondingly, it serves specialty drinks under antler chandeliers.
  8. iO West
    • This is Los Angeles’ branch of an original Chicago institution. It presents nightly improv & sketch comedy in theatres.
    • You will find iO West on Hollywood Blvd at Cosmo St.
  9. Mama Shelter Bar
    • Mama Shelter Bar sits atop the six-story Mama Shelter hotel on Selma Ave at Wilcox. Indeed, it offers outstanding views of Hollywood and solid cocktails. However, it is very hard to get into.

Furthermore, there are many other nightclubs to check out such as The Sayers Club, Sound Nightclub, Create Nightclub as well as the Bardot.

We invite you to try our Hollywood Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 2-hour guided walking tour throughout the heart of Hollywood you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group. Moreover, you will enjoy your spotting these iconic nightclubs, bars and much more while completing challenges and learning about Hollywood’s history. Who knows, you might return to them later in the days for your evenings in Hollywood.