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44 Toronto events to check out this June

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Ainsley Smith May 29, 2017 12:03 am 1,045

As the weather continues to heat up, so does Toronto’s event scene.

We’ve rounded up every major event happening this month to keep you plenty busy. From food and craft beer festivals, to Pride events, concerts and a few fancy galas, here are the top June events worth checking out.

Let’s do this, Toronto!

Inside Out

What: Inside Out, Toronto’s very own LGBT film festival, is back for another action-packed season and will feature a hefty mix of world premieres, local features, industry programs and a festival lounge.

When: Now until June 4
Where: Check the website as there are events happening throughout the city

Toronto Festival of Clowns

What: Now entering our 12th year, the Toronto Festival of Clowns returns to the city, bringing five full days of clown festivities. The annual festival aims to bring together clowns and physical theatre artists of all disciplines and backgrounds and provide a common space to showcase their work.

When: Now until June 4
Where: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street

3rd Annual Garden Party

What: WaterStone Foundation will host its third annual Garden Party to raise funds and awareness for eating disorder treatment in Canada. Hosted at an undisclosed private estate in Etobicoke, Toronto’s most influential will enjoy cocktails and food, as they listen to live jazz by Steve Hagen followed by DJ Adam Ralphs while strolling through lush gardens overlooking the city. 

When: June 1, 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Location will be revealed to ticket holders

The Backyard Opening at the Addisons Residence

What: The Addisons are throwing The Pink Flamingo Party for the opening of The Backyard. Guests can enjoy complimentary gourmet bites from 7 to 9 pm, life-sized lawn games, frozen treats, fire pits and so much more.  All guests are encouraged to wear pink to show support for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
When: June 1, 7 pm to 2 am
Where: The Addisons Residence, 456 Wellington Street West

Kampai Festival of Sake

What: Canada’s biggest festival of Sake will be taking place at The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. This year’s event will present the opportunity to discover an exciting range of over 150 Sakes from more than 50 Sake breweries while enjoying tempting culinary delights from Japan and beyond.

When: June 1, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane

BBQ in the Park

What: Kick-off summer barbecue season at the annual St. Lawrence Market BBQ in the Park. As part of this signature series, guests will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by St. Lawrence Market merchants and a concert performance by Lemon Bucket Orkestra.

When: June 1, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: St. James Park, 120 King Street East

What: The Power Plant collaborates with fashion house Max Mara once again to present Toronto’s most notorious art party, Power Ball XIX: Stereo Vision. The 19th annual major fundraiser will transform The Power Plant into an immersive contemporary art experience fusing music, ambiance, food, fashion, and society.

When: June 1, 7 pm
Where: The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West

The Regent Park Gala

What: Hosted by the 3TO6 Team, Toronto’s annual Regent Park Gala is back for another incredible night to support ongoing recreational programs for the youth of Regent Park. The event includes a complimentary host bar, raffle prizes, live music, and an epic dance party headlined by Naughty By Nature with a special appearance by Aion Clarke and more.
When: June 1, doors open at 6 pm for VIP and general admission at 8 pm
Where: Capitol Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge Street

Appleseed Cider Festival

What: Are you looking for a sweet event this summer? Or perhaps a dry one? Whatever you prefer, Appleseed Cider Festival has you covered! There will be two sessions available, one for families and one that’s 19 plus.
When: June 3, 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street

Field Trip

What: Field Trip is back to take over Fort York for two days of music, art, comedy, family activities and plenty of food. Musical guests include Broken Social Scene, Phoenix, Feist, A Tribe Called Red, and so many more!
When: June 3 to 4
Where: 100 Garrison Road

Food Truck Festival at Boyd Conservation Area

What: The conservation area in Woodbridge hosts their first every food truck festival the first weekend in June. Adults can enjoy half-price admission, while kids are free. Come and feast on plenty of delicious food truck offerings and step up your picnic game at this majestic greenspace.

When: June 3 and 4, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Boyd Conservation Area, 8739 Islington Avenue, Woodbridge

Toronto Taste

What: Mark your calendars and experience Toronto’s premier culinary fundraiser. Experience the best from over 60 of Toronto’s top chefs and enjoy beverages from 30 purveyors while enjoying breathtaking views and incredible entertainment.

When: June 4, 6 pm
Where: Lakeside, Corus Quay

Neil Diamond

What: Neil Diamond makes a Toronto stop to celebrate his five decades of creating chart-topping music, complete – of course – with all of his timeless hits.

When: June 4, 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street

Canada’s Largest Barber Expo

What: This exciting event will feature Canada’s top barbers as they compete in six creative categories all under one roof. Come witness Lady Barbers, Traditional hair category, Perfect Fade and the super exciting Tag-Team category.

When: June 4, 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cathedral, 237 Sackville Street

Jack Johnston

What: To kick off the lazy days of summer on a chill note, Jack Johnston hits Toronto for a (couples-filled) concert in support of his new single, “Fragments.”

When: June 4, 7:30 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

5th Annual Scarborough Film Festival

What: Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival is an annual six-day celebration showcasing local, Canadian and world cinema and media projects. This year’s film fest will feature a variety of film programs, parties, concerts, industry meetings, guests, and of course more films. Check the festival website for full event listings and ticket prices.

When: June 6 to 11
Where: Venues throughout the city

Food on Film: Susur Lee on Eat Drink Man Woman

What: Globally renowned local hero and chef, Susur Lee will be speaking about his restaurant legacy, the traditions and techniques that inspire him, and the culinary sensibilities that drive Ang Lee’s 1994 culinary classic, Eat Drink Man Woman. Come and enjoy an evening of film and local bites from the St. Lawrence Market.

When: June 7, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West

Toronto Japanese Film Festival

What: Now in its sixth year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival showcases the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy.

When: June 8 to 28, 1 pm to 7:30 pm
Where:  Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court

It’s Not U It’s Me: NANO MUTEK T.O.

What: It’s Not U It’s Me will be collaborating with MUTEK for an evening of live electronic music here in Toronto. The annual MUTEK festival in Montreal, as well as their other activities all over the world, are leading voices in modern electronic music and digital art.

When: June 9, 9:30 pm to 5 am
Where: 2nd Floor Events, 461 King Street West

Canadian Sport Film Festival

What: The Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) is back for another year and will be hosting a diverse slate of feature and short-length films, documentaries, and animations that highlight the ways in which sport, recreation, and play matter in the everyday lives of people.

When: June 9 to 11
Where: TIFF Light Box, 350 King Street West

What: The 19th Annual Toronto Tattoo Show is returning to Toronto, for another exciting weekend.Get tattooed by world-renowned artists and be a part of one of the largest tattoo conventions in North America.

When: June 9 to 11
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd

FutureWorld

What: FutureWorld will feature presentations and demos on the future of robotics and AI from creators, researchers, industrialists, and visionaries, with a focus on human-robot interaction, real-world impacts, challenges, and opportunities. Discover next generation AI interfaces, humanoid robots, autonomous vehicles, exoskeletons and more.

When: June 10, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street

Ontario Craft Beer Week

What: Hosted by 70+ Ontario craft breweries, Ontario Craft Beer Week features hundreds of craft beer-themed, grassroots events held throughout the GTA. Make sure to check the event website to find out what’s happening nearest you.

When: June 10 to 18
Where: Venues located throughout the city

Afrojack at Cabana Pool Bar

What: If you’re looking to dance the afternoon away, make sure to stop by Cabana Pool Bar as Dutch DJ Afrojack is set to play an epic pool party.

When: June 11, 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street

The Stop’s Night Market

What: This incredible night market will transform a vacant lot in the Lower Junction into a vibrant open-air marketplace complete with one-of-a-kind food carts and open bars. The event boasts over 70 chefs and 20 local beverage vendors hawking freebies over two nights and proceeds go towards The Stop’s work to “build healthier, more connected, and more self-determined communities,” so you’ll be stuffing your face for a good cause.

When: June 13 to 14, 7 pm
Where: 181 Sterling Road, Toronto

Luminato Festival

What: From June 14 to 25, Toronto will be covered in art of all kinds thanks to Luminato, one of the largest arts festivals in North America. Make sure to visit the festival’s website, as you can plan your own unique festival experience based on genre, cost, location, and experience.

When: June 14 to 25
Where: Events throughout the city

Sam Hunt 15 in a 30 Tour

What: Come and enjoy the sweet sounds of Country Music heartthrob Sam Hunt as he headlines Toronto’s Budweiser Stage for his 15 in a 30 tour. There will also be performances from Maren Morris and Chris Janson.

When: June 15, 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

Taste Toronto

What: Garrison Common at Fort York will transform into a foodie wonderland as the World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival returns for four days of fantastic food, drink and summer fun.

When: June 15 to 18
Where: The Garrison Common at Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd

All- Star Gala in Support of SickKids

What: The third annual AllStar Gala in support of SickKids will bring over 1,250 celebrities, young professionals, and pro athletes together at Toronto’s historic Arcadian Court. This year’s glamorous semi-formal event invites party-goers to enjoy a night of complimentary cocktails, luxury live and silent auctions and live entertainment by DJs and musicians including Legacy Band. Past athlete attendees include PK Subban, Morgan Rielly, Peter Holland, James van Riemsdyk, Devante Smith-Pelly, Luke Gazdic and Brian Conacher.

When: June 16, 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street

Nasty Women: ROBYN Edition

What: Come and enjoy an evening celebrating electro females who just don’t give a damn. This event will spotlight the Swedish Queen of Electro: ROBYN.

When: June 16, 10:30 pm to 2 am
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West

John Legend: Darkness and Light Tour

What: If you’re looking for a romantic (and politically-fuelled) date night option, John Legend will hit Budweiser stage for his Darkness and Light tour, named after his fifth studio album.

When: June 17, 8 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

The Total Package Tour: NKOTB with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men

What: If an overload of nostalgia is your thing, you’ll find it on June 20, as favourites (or guilty pleasures) of times past NKOTB, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men take the stage at ACC.

When: June 20, 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street

Train: Play that Song Tour

What: If you’re a fan of early 2000s radio staple Train, grab your “soul sister” and a massive beer for an uplifting pop-filled affair to kick off the first night of summer.

When: June 21, 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

What: U2 celebrate the 30th anniversary of their hit album The Joshua Tree with a world tour, where fans will see the iconic band that both you and your parents can agree on perform the entire album.

When: June 23, 7 pm
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way

Toronto Craft Beer Festival

What: Come and celebrate some of the best independent craft brewers. The festival will feature a wide variety of finely made craft beers and ciders, as well as delicious food, fun activities, and live music for 19+ festivalgoers.

When: June 23, 3:30 pm to 10 pm; June 24, 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West

The Food Dudes Presents: Block Party IV

What: The Food Dudes’ signature event experience is back and better than ever. BLOCK PARTY IV will be taking over the lakeside paradise of Toronto Event Centre for an unforgettable celebration of food, art, music, performance and interactive entertainment.

When: June 23, 7 pm to 3 am
Where: Toronto Event Centre, 15 Saskatchewan Road

NXNE – Port Lands

What: At NXNE, not only will you find thirty acts that span multiple genres, added perks include midway rides, carnival games, food trucks, art installations and goodness-packed food trucks.

When: June 23 to June 25
Where: 51 Commissioners Street

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

What: Whatever flavour of jazz you enjoy, you’ll find it at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival this summer! Performers include Joss Stone, Aretha Franklin, and Mavis Staples to name a few. Make sure to view the festival website to find where your favourite musicians are performing and ticket prices!

When: June 23 to July 2
Where: Venues throughout the city

The Arkells and July Talk

What: Homegrown talent, The Arkells (who are multi-Juno winners) and July Talk hit the breezy Budweiser Stage for an evening of crowd-swaying rock.

When: June 24, 6 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

Gatsby Garden Party

What: Step back in time to the roaring twenties, dust off your best Daisy Buchanan-inspired frocks, and head to Toronto’s very own Spadina Museum for its annual Gatsby Garden Party where Champagne and boozy cocktails will be flowing in full force. You can expect to enjoy live jazz music, dancing, croquet, and of course plenty of costumes. Guests are invited to dress up in full Gatsby attire from flapper dresses to feathered hats — with prizes available for the best costume.

When: June 24 and 25, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Road

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone in Concert 

What: It’s time, muggles. Harry Potter will be taking over the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. The Centre will be featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as they perform a live score to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The performance will be conducted by Justin Freer, and is part of a global tour that has been enchanting crowds.

When: June 27, 28, and 29 2017 at 7:30 pm
Where: The Sony Centre for The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

Nickelback: Feed the Machine Tour

What: The Canadian band we all love to hate hits Budweiser Stage, offering a solid option if you’re looking to ridiculously rock out.

When: June 29, 6 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

Lady Antebellum: You Look Good Tour

What: Country superstars Lady Antebellum makes a Toronto stop on their soul-filled You Look Good tour. “You Look Good” is the debut single from their forthcoming album Heartbreak, set for release just weeks before on June 9.

When: June 29, 7:30 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

Shakespeare in High Park

What: Canada’s longest-running outdoor theatre event celebrates its 35th year with bold new takes on two Shakespeare classics under the stars. This summer’s lineup will feature King Lear and Twelfth Night.

When: June 29 to September 3
Where: High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor Street West


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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is always on the hunt for the best avocado toast.

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