There’s no shortage of Diwali festivities happening in Toronto.
The five-day festival of lights celebrated around the world by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs is on now until October 21 and there’s parties, boat cruises, feasts, and fireworks to be enjoyed all across Toronto for the occasion.
Celebrate Diwali at this Indian restaurant in The Junction where the festivities include henna tattoos, vermilion, and a special dinner menu featuring courses of Lasooni Cauliflower, Sindhi Okhra Curry, Kheer, and more.
When: October 17 to 19, 5 pm
Where: 3108 Dundas Street West, Toronto
This three-day event boasts 100+ types of traditional Indian sweets (AKA Mithai) plus Bengali sweets, gift boxes and baskets, firecrackers, dry fruits and nuts, diyas, fresh Jalebi, pakoras, cookies and more. Looking for more sweet ways to celebrate? We rounded up some of our favourite sweet shops right here.
When: October 17 to 19
Where: 199 Advance Boulevard, Brampton
Diwali festivities on the water! This evening is jam-packed with programming including a Punjabi buffet, cash bar, games, prizes, dance, and bhangra. Phuljhadis provided.
When: October 20, 7:30 pm
Where: Pioneer Cruises, 333 Lakeshore Boulevard East, Toronto
Celebrate the festival of lights with the Woodsworth College Students’ Association and the Hindu Students Council. Ticket prices include a night full of music, dance, dinner, and freebies.
When: October 20, 7 pm
Where: Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College, 119 Saint George Street, Toronto
Diwali Utsav hosts this annual celebration in Etobicoke. This family-friendly party kicks off at 7 pm for an evening of dancing and performances with DJ Reshiv.
When: October 21, 7 pm
Where: Rose Garden Banquet and Convention, 6628 Finch Avenue West, Etobicoke
This holiday mash-up presented by Bollywood Social Toronto and Desibeatz bills itself as the scariest Bollywood party in the city. Come costumed and spend the night dancing to Electronic Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Hindi Remixes, EDM and Mainstream Bhangra.
When: October 27, 10:30 pm
Where: Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Price: From $15