Chances are if you’ve never been to Toronto, you’ve at least seen it on television or in movies. Toronto is a prime filming location that frequently doubles for places like Chicago, New York City, and even dystopian Gilead from The Handmaid’s Tale miniseries on Hulu.
While Toronto is forced to hide its natural charm during filming, visiting Toronto for a vacation allows you to see a whole new side that’s usually covered up. It’s a dynamic multicultural metropolis, and as soon as the ground thaws, everyone pours outside to celebrate together. Spring and summer are prime festival time. Here are a few that you can catch now that the warm weather has begun.
Caribana is an annual festival celebrating all things Caribbean! This year, Caribana takes place from August 3 to 7. Attending will allow you to fall in love with Caribbean culture, music, food, and so much more. The highlight of Caribana is the parade, where bands, dancers, and gorgeous people of all shapes, colors, and sizes take to the street to show off their flamboyant costumes. After the parade, the carnival continues with events for families, plus adults-only club parties that rage until dawn. Caribana is North America’s largest cultural festival – at least one million people are expected in Toronto this upcoming year.