Annual Events in The Beach

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Annual Events in The Beach

Beaches International Jazz Festival 3rd week in July For 25 years, The Beach has been transformed every July into a mecca for jazz fans from all over the GTA and the world. It starts with preview concerts on the first weekend at the Woodbine Park bandshell. That is followed by 3 nights (Thurs, Friday and Saturday) of "Jazz on the Street", with Queen St. East being closed for a pedestrian mall from Woodbine Ave. to Beech Ave. A huge variety of bands set up on every street corner, performing a diverse selection of musical styles for the gathering crowds. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the festival wraps up with concert performances at the Kew Gardens Gazebo and on 2 waterfront stages. From my point of view, this is the best festival offered anywhere in Toronto, and it is totally free to the public

Waterfront Blues Festival 1st week of July Free Concerts in the bandshell at Woodbine Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Victoria Day Fireworks May 24th Huge fireworks presentation on the beach at Ashbridges Bay

Bard in the Park Mid June Shakespeare performed in the Gazebo at Kew Gardens

Easter Parade Easter Weekend Queen Street East closes for the Lion's Club Easter Parade each year with floats, clowns, and free chocolate.

Arts and Crafts Show Mid June Kew Gardens hosts a large number of vendors for this open-air show, with everything from paintings and sculpture to woodworking, jewelry, and food items for sale

Celtic Festival Early September Kew Gardens hosts a celebration of Celtic heritage each fall, honoring the Scottish, Irish and Welsh diaspora

Afrofest Early July Music, drumming and food vendors at Woodbine Park celebrate African culture

Family Sunday in The Beach Mid February Free ride on a Vintage Trolley, Ice Sculpture carving, Figure skating show, West Coast Lumberjack Show, bouncy castles, music, warming stations and more

Beach Studio Tour Twice a year in the Fall and Spring Artists and craftsmen open up their studios and houses to the public to display and sell their creations