Harbourfront Summer Season Line-up

by Liza Mattimore

Tour the world at Harbourfront Centre! From cutting-edge music to international culinary experiences and movies by the lake to dancing under the moonlight, Harbourfront Centre is Toronto’s summer destination! Best of all, most events are FREE!

In addition to summer festivals and events, Harbourfront Centre will open two new public spaces for everyone to enjoy; Ontario Square on June 23 and Canada Square on July 1. And for the first time in over a decade, fireworks will return to Toronto’s central waterfront on Canada Eve (June 30) with a spectacular two-barge fireworks display set to music. Join us for our Canada Day Weekend Celebrations featuring three stages of live acts and family activities across our 10-acre site.

Throughout the summer, patrons can also create their own unique Harbourfront Centre experiences based on their personal interests. Foodies can organize their own ‘global culinary tour’ starting at a new Artisanal Food Market (June 8-9); vote for their favourite empanada at the Ritmo y Color Festival (July 5-7) or favourite ramen at Fortune Cooking (Aug. 9-11); learn how to make Persian delicacies at Tirgan Festival (July 18-21); sample delicious pinoy at Mabuhay! Phillipines Festival (Aug. 16-18); witness the ultimate international culinary competition at the 10th Annual Iron Chef Competition during the Hot & Spicy Food Festival (Aug. 30-Sept.2); partake in talks and cooking demos at the 29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival (Sept.6-8) or taste the flavours of the Americas at the first Pan American Food Festival (Sept. 20-22).

Music lovers can partake in a ‘live musical journey” at NXNE events happening at Harbourfront Centre (June 15-16); join in the Canadian spirit with Elliot Brood and Alex Cuba during Canada Day Weekend Celebrations (June 28-July 1); push envelopes and challenge music perceptions at SoundClash Music Festival (July 12-14) with performances from Born Ruffians and Chairlift; explore a global twist on classical music and witness a Big Boat Blast at Classical V: Brass (July 26-28) or celebrate the sounds of the Caribbean at Island Soul (Aug.2-5) with Tabou Combo and Calypso Rose.

Families will enjoy children-focused programming at HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival (May 18-20); explore all-things nautical (including tall ships) at the Redpath Waterfront Festival (June 20-23); take part in the world’s largest dance freeze during Canada Day Celebrations (June 23-July 1) or discover “Children of the Ocean” at TELUS TAIWANfest (Aug. 23-25).

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit the Harbourfront Centre website here, or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.