657. Harbourfront Centre – May to September, 2016

Ashkenaz Parade. Copyright ©2015 Ruth Lor Malloy

Ashkenaz Parade. Copyright ©2015 Ruth Lor Malloy

We are so fortunate to have Harbourfront Centre. It is great for kids and adults and most of its events are free. It’s the place to go on summer weekends and even during the week. Just click on its What’s On Calendar and put in your available dates: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm.

This summer, for fans of diverse cultures, you can experience what it’s like to be in Barbados, Mexico, the Caribbean, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Pictured here are the wonderful annual African dance and drum lessons from previous Habari Africa Festivals. This year the Ashkenaz Festival is on again. It’s every two years.  The Hot and Spicy Food Festival and other events will give you a chance to sample exotic foods. Mark your calendar now.

Summer 2016 Overview

    • Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™
      May 17–19
    • HarbourKIDS: Circus
      May 21–23
      Barbados on the Water
      Co-Produced by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc
      May 27–29
    • Canadian Writers’ Summit
      June 15–19
    • Free Flicks
      Presented by Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
      Wednesdays, June 22–August 31
    • Dancing on the Pier
      Thursdays, June 23–September 1
    • Visual Arts Exhibitions: All Over Town
      June 25–September 18
    • Global Wellness Day Festival
      Presented by Sant Nirankari Mission Charitable Foundation
      June 29
    • Summer Music in the Garden
      Presented by TD Bank Group
      Most Thursdays and Sundays, June 30–September 18
    • Canada Day: Fireworks, Music and More!
      July 1
    • Oh Canada!
      July 2–3
    • Future Routes (New)
      July 8–10
    • Ritmo y Color: The Streets of Mexico
      July 15–17
    • Shield to Shore (New)
      July 22–24
    • Island Soul
      July 29–August 1
    • Beats, Breaks & Culture: The Bridge
      August 5–7
    • Habari Africa Festival
      Co-Produced by Batuki Music Society
      August 12–14
    • Hot & Spicy Food Festival
      August 19–21
    • TAIWANfest: A Cultural Tango with Hong Kong
      Co-Produced by Asian Canadian Special Events Association
      August 26–28
    • Ashkenaz Festival
      Produced by Ashkenaz Foundation in Partnership with Harbourfront Centre
      September 3–5
    • Veg Food Fest
      Produced by Toronto Vegetarian Association
      September 9–11
    • The Word On The Street
      September 25
Habari African Festival. Copyright ©2016 Ruth Lor Malloy

Habari African Festival. Copyright ©2016 Ruth Lor Malloy

If you are coming from out of town and want to stay within walking distance of Harbourfront Centre, think about the Westin Harbour Castle and the Radisson Admiral Hotel also on the waterfront. Walkable too and on or very close to our air-conditioned, underground PATH  are Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square, Delta Toronto, and InterContinental Toronto Centre,  Harbourfront Centre is on the street car line from Union Station where you can get the subway to other parts of the city and cheaper accommodations.


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