12 Outdoor Art Events to Take Advantage of for Summer 2019

12 Art Events to Take Advantage of for Summer 2019

The summer in Toronto started a bit late. However, the events will be scheduled as planned, and outdoors.

Overall, Toronto is flourishing with art, performances and family gatherings. We had an increase in art investment back in 2013 to $25 per capita after significant advocacy. (FYI Ottawa spends $28 per capita on arts funding; Calgary, $42; Vancouver, $47; and Montreal, $55; including overlooking the arts in the 2018 federal budget).

In addition, the 2018 economic impacts of arts in the province of Ontario documented by Ontario Arts Council, where "arts and culture products represent $25.7 billion or 3.5% of the province's gross domestic product (GDP) and over 269,000 jobs." This is no easy feat. We all enjoy the arts, all the more reason to continue investing and supporting the arts in the public. 



Arts Investment Requires a Dedicated Audience

While there are many events throughout the city, below is a list of some of the bigger events so you can plan your summer (and your spending) accordingly.


  • Sundays: Kensington Market and their pedestrian last Sundays of each month until October 27th, 2019.
  • Sundays: Evergreen Brickworks and their Sunday Artisan Market until November.
  • July 5 – 7:  Beaches Jazz Festival  a block party with jazz that runs from Friday to Sunday.
  • July 7: - AfroFest at Woodbine Park, African music festival
  • July 3 – 14: Fringe Festival (theatre) showcasing 150+ productions every July at 30+ venues around downtown Toronto, with affordable ticket prices.
  • July 12 – 14: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair art talks, tours, installations, performances, and family fun, an art fair with significant foot traffic.
  • July 27: Black Owned Unity Black-Owned Summer Market, a social enterprise that was started to unite the black community around the goal of economic development.
  • Aug. 17: Rasta Fest music, dance, ancestral drumming, arts/crafts market place, ital food cuisine, children/youth activities, writers’ corner and a live concert
  • Aug. 17 – 18: Chinatown Festival the theme this year is the 12 Chinese Zodiac; various cultural performances on two stages with about 80 vendors to showcase Asian culture
  • Aug. 30 – Sept. 2: Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Labour Day Weekend, focuses on fine art and craft with a splash of gourmet food, with a curated selection of 80 artists.
  • Sept 6 – Sept 8: Cabbagetown Art and Crafts, a community-based arts and crafts sale.
  • Sept 14 – 15: Danforth East Art Fair a free event held in East Lynn Park, located on the south side of the Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine, dozens of art vendors.
  • Sept 21-22: Queen West Art Crawl an Outdoor Art Exhibition in beautiful Trinity Bellwoods Park in September, which draws over 60,000 visitors annually.


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