When the temperature begins to rise there’s nothing quite like getting out of the house and taking the fun times outdoors. The proliferation of fairs and festivals around the country every summer make it easy to spend every weekend under our big, beautiful Canadian sky as you discover something exciting and new.
To ease your festival planning, here’s a list of some of the most interesting events in the land.
Halifax Jazz Festival (July 8-12): Started in 1987, this festival brings in acts from around the world “to a city that doesn’t always find itself naturally on the maps for touring artists.” The group also holds a diverse array of musical and education activities through the year.
Whistler Children’s Festival (July 10-12): Celebrating its 32nd year, this fest offers hands-on creative workshops, live performances, free activities, roving characters, and kicks off with a dance party.
Festival d’été de Québec (July 9-19): With 300 shows, 10 venues and 11 days of music, this is one of the largest music festivals in Canada. This year’s artists include The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, De La Soul and Interpol.
K Days (July 17-26): This family friendly Edmonton event is part carnival, part fair and part music festival with plenty of live concerts, food, indoor shopping and attractions, dozens of rides and nightly fireworks.
Pan American Food Festival (July 30-August 3): Focusing on the restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere, this fest celebrates the cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. This year’s spotlight country is Mexico.
Veld Music Festival (August 1-2): If EDM is your thing, this fourth annual Toronto electronic music fest is for you. Over 30 artists will take the stage this year, including featured performer Deadmau5.
Victoria Dragonboat Festival (August 14-16): A three-day celebration of Asian sports and culture that features boat races, global cuisines and music from local bands, while also raising money for the BC Cancer Foundation.
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (August 15-16): Set among the “tranquility of a picturesque woodland park,” this festival has acres of art up for sale, special interest displays and presentations, local culinary delights and unique fine foods, performances from local musical acts and the interactive ARTivity Zone.
TAIWANfest (August 28-30): Celebrate the food, culture, music and history of Taiwan with this Toronto festival.
This is just a small portion of the events you could be enjoying before fall sets in! So, take your summer fun seriously and find the perfect fest for you by searching the list here.