Awesome Festivals in Canada You Need To Go To

This is an incomplete list of festivals in Canada. This list includes festivals of diverse types, among them regional festivals, commerce festivals, fairs, food festivals, arts festivals, and recurring festivals on holidays.

Province or territory

  • List of festivals in Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge)
  • List of festivals in British Columbia (Vancouver)
  • List of festivals in Manitoba (Winnipeg)
  • List of festivals in Ontario (Ottawa, Toronto)
  • List of festivals in Prince Edward Island
  • List of festivals in Quebec (Montreal)
  • List of festivals in Saskatchewan

City

  • List of festivals in Calgary
  • List of festivals in Edmonton
  • List of festivals in Lethbridge
  • List of festivals and parades in Montreal
  • List of festivals in Ottawa
  • List of festivals in Toronto
  • List of festivals in Vancouver
  • List of festivals in Winnipeg

Sublists by type

  • List of film festivals in Canada
  • List of music festivals in Canada
  • List of jazz festivals #Canada
  • List of Canadian blues festivals and venues

Festivals by size

Attendance

As of 2013

  1. L’International des Feux Loto-Québec (Montreal), 3 million
  2. Montreal International Jazz Festival (Montreal), 2.5 million
  3. Winterlude (Ottawa), 1.6 million
  4. Celebration of Light (Vancouver), 1.6 million
  5. Just For Laughs (Montreal), 1.5 million
  6. Quebec City Summer Festival (Québec), 1.5 million
  7. Nuit Blanche Toronto, 1.2 million
  8. Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto), 1.3 million
  9. Calgary Stampede, 1.2 million
  10. Toronto Caribbean Carnival, 1.2 million
  11. Pride Toronto, 1.3 million
  12. Montréal En Lumière (Montreal), 0.9 million
  13. Pacific National Exhibition (Vancouver), 0.9 million
  14. K-Days (Edmonton), 0.8 million
  15. Toronto International Film Festival, 0.5 million
  16. Quebec Winter Carnival (Quebec City), 0.5 million
  17. Folklorama (Winnipeg), 0.4 million
  18. Bluesfest (Ottawa), 0.3 million
  19. Carassauga (Mississauga), 0.3 million
  20. Festival du Voyageur (Winnipeg), 0.1 million

Economic impact

As of 2010

  1. Toronto Caribbean Carnival, $470 million
  2. Calgary Stampede, $172.4 million
  3. Winterlude (Ottawa-Gatineau), $151 million
  4. Pacific National Exhibition (Vancouver), $139 million
  5. Pride Toronto, $136 million
  6. Toronto International Film Festival, $135 million
  7. Just For Laughs (Montreal), $80 million
  8. Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto), $58.6 million
  9. Celebration of Light (Vancouver), $37 million
  10. Quebec Winter Carnival, $34 million

Festivals by type

Arts festivals

  • Alberta Culture Days
  • Algoma Fall Festival
  • ArtsPeak Arts Festival
  • Calgary Animated Objects Society
  • Eclipse Festival
  • Edgy Women
  • Festival Accès Asie
  • Great Northern Arts Festival
  • Infringement Festival
  • Kempenfest
  • London Ontario Live Arts Festival
  • Luminato
  • Mondial des Cultures
  • MUTEK
  • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
  • Sled Island
  • St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
  • Up Here Festival
  • Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale
  • The Works Art & Design Festival
  • Westfest
  • Woodstock en Beauce
  • World Ski and Snowboard Festival
  • Yukon International Storytelling Festival

Children’s festivals

  • Carrousel international du film de Rimouski
  • Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival
  • Ottawa International Children’s Festival
  • Winnipeg International Children’s Festival

Comedy festivals

  • HubCap Comedy Festival
  • FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival
  • Halifax Comedy Festival
  • Just For Laughs, Montreal
    • Comedia (film)
    • Zoofest, Montreal
  • Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival
  • Winnipeg Comedy Festival
  • We’re Funny That Way!

Cultural festivals

  • Calgary Stampede
  • Carnaval de Québec
  • Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg
  • Festival of Northern Lights, Owen Sound, Ontario
  • Festival Western de Saint-Tite, Saint-Tite
  • Folklorama, Winnipeg
  • Friendship Festival, Fort Erie
  • Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, Ontario
  • MuslimFest, Toronto
  • Le Pays de la Sagouine, Bouctouche, New Brunswick
  • Pohela Boishakh, Calgary, Alberta.[3][4]
  • Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (Caribana), Toronto
  • The Great India Festival, Ottawa, Ontario.[5]
  • Vaisakhi
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo
  • Winterlude, Ottawa

Dance festivals

  • Canada Dance Festival
  • Canadian Ballet Festival
  • Festival TransAmériques
  • Mondial des Cultures
  • Thrill the World
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival

Fairs and exhibitions

  • Arts County Fair
  • Ayer’s Cliff Fair
  • Brome Fair
  • Brampton Fall Fair
  • Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (trade fair)
  • Calgary Stampede, Calgary
  • Canadian Lakehead Exhibition, Thunder Bay
  • Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto
  • Canadian Western Agribition
  • Canada-Wide Science Fair
  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair
  • Drumbo Fall Fair
  • Driven To Perform (trade fair)
  • Expozine (book fair)
  • Expo 67 (world’s fair)
  • Expo 17 (world’s fair)
  • Edmonton Expo 2017 (world’s fair)
  • Expo 86 (world’s fair)
  • Floralies Internationales de Montréal (world’s fair)
  • Grande Prairie Stompede
  • Hants County Exhibition
  • Harrow Fair
  • K-Days, Edmonton
  • Lilac Festival (Calgary)
  • Markham Fair
  • Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show
  • Ottawa SuperEX (Central Canada Exhibition), Ottawa
  • Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver
  • Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg
  • Rockton World’s Fair
  • Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
  • Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
  • Provincial Agricultural Fair of Canada West
  • Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
  • Sasktoon Ex, Saskatoon
  • Scarboro Fair
  • Schomberg Fair
  • Salon du livre anarchiste (book fair)
  • Sooke Fall Fair
  • Spencerville Fair
  • Western Fair
  • Whoop-Up Days
  • World of Commodore (trade fair)

Film festivals

Food festivals

  • Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
  • Brighton Applefest, Brighton, Ontario
  • Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Burlington, Ontario
  • Eat! Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Exploits Valley Salmon Festival, Exploits Valley, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Sun and Salsa Festival, Calgary, Alberta
  • Taste of the Danforth, Toronto, Ontario
  • A Taste of Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta

Fringe festivals

  • Atlantic Fringe Festival
  • Calgary Fringe Festival
  • Edmonton International Fringe Festival
  • Island Fringe Festival
  • Ottawa Fringe Festival
  • Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival
  • St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
  • Vancouver Fringe Festival
  • Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

Literary festivals

  • Banff Mountain Book Festival
  • Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival
  • Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, Eden Mills, Ontario
  • The Frye Festival, Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Vancouver Writers Fest
  • Winnipeg International Writers Festival
  • The Word on the Street