A roundup of Toronto festivals, returning attractions in 2022 – Toronto

As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, there is exciting news pointing to a more normal spring and summer.

Organizers of many of Toronto’s most popular festivals and attractions are planning a return to live, in-person programming for 2022.

Lido Chelli, founder of the Beaches International Jazz Festival, told Global News that the 34th annual festival will take place from July 2-24.

This year, new locations for live music, including Leslie Grove Park, will be added to existing music hotspots: Queen Street East in The Beaches, Woodbine Park and Jimmy Simpson Park.

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“The Toronto Caribbean Carnival will be ‘On de Road Again’ this summer to celebrate the many colors of Caribbean culture,” said Laverne Garcia, President of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

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“With public health and safety precautions for the community in mind, after two years, we are excited to once again host our series of events celebrating our rich culture and diversity,” added Garcia.

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival will take place along Lake Shore Boulevard on July 30.

If you missed engaging in public art, Luminato promises to return June 9-19.

“We’ll be in parks with big stages and great music and dancing and really cool art installations. We will be in unexpected places you should expect from Luminato,” said Celia Smith, CEO of Luminato.

If your summer family tradition includes a visit to the Canadian National Exhibition for Tiny Tom donuts and ice cream waffle sandwiches, you and your taste buds have something to look forward to.

“We have a full itinerary and new initiatives that I think are going to really get people excited,” said CNE Chief Executive Darrell Brown.


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The CNE will be open from August 19 to September 5.

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If you missed visiting Toronto’s most notable buildings, Doors Open Toronto will return May 28-29 with additional details available in the coming weeks.

Previously announced, Toronto will see the official return of KURIOS – Cirque du Soleil’s Cabinet of Curiosities to the Ontario Place marquee on April 14 and throughout the summer.

Pride Toronto has reconfirmed its month-long programming and celebration plan.

“We are returning to the 2022 physical festival. Save the date – it’s going to be a great time with our marches scheduled for Friday June 24 and 25 and our grand parade on the 26th,” said Bobby Macpherson, Director of Operations, Pride Toronto.

And finally, Taste of the Danforth organizers told Global News that they are planning a return of the food festival from August 5-7, but are still awaiting official communication from the City of Toronto.

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