12 Canadian summer festivals: East coast

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Why not hit up one of these hot east coast festivals.

Montreal Bike Fest

The Montreal Bike Fest, From May 31 to June 6

One of the largest bike events in the world, hundreds of people will pack Montreal to show off their cycling skills. The event includes a night of cycling through Downtown Montreal (Tour la Nuit) as well as Operation Bike-to-Work.
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Grand Rire Festival

Festival Grand Rire de Québec, June 9 to July 4

The legendary Bill Cosby will close this year’s one-of-a-kind Laughs for All Festival in Québec City. From indoor shows to outdoor events, there’s something to laugh at for every festival goer.
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Pride Week, June 25 to July 4

Each year, Pride Week celebrates the diverse sexual and gender identities, histories and cultures from across Canada. It includes a three-day street festival that culminates in the famous Pride Parade. The 10-day long event in Toronto is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world (over 1.2 million people attend annually).
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Montreal Jazz Fest, June 25 to July 6

A mainstay on the Montreal festival scene, this year’s event will offer some 500 concerts (most of which are free of charge) and will see over 2,000 musicians performing from over 20 countries.
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SummerfestSummerfest, June 30 to July 4

At the centre of this year’s festival is a first of its kind Cirque du Soleil event (the backdrop will be Charlottetown’s waterfront). On top of the Cirque du Soleil showcase, there will be concerts and family-oriented activities.
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Caribana Toronto, July 13 to August 2

A great way to celebrate Caribbean culture in Canada, this almost month-long event features classes, parties and events all infused with a little Caribbean soul. The not-to-miss highlight of the event is the Caribana Parade happening on July 31 (the elaborate costumes and upbeat music are world famous).
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Seafest, July 14 to 24

This annual celebration in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, highlights some of the best parts of living by the sea: eating seafood, a lobster festival (it’s harvest season) and a parade of lights. There are also children’s parades and art exhibitions.
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Beaches internationalBeaches International Jazz Festival, July 16 to 25

This annual event draws thousands from across the Greater Toronto Area to the Beaches (aka: The Beach) for good music (at one of the many stages), food (at the local restaurants) and fun (there are plenty of games for families and kids).
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PEI Potato Blossom Festival, July 19 to 25

Each year, PEIers celebrate their potato crop with this annual celebration (it’s an ode to all things, well, potato). The week-long festival includes educational activities about potato-farming machinery and a Miss PEI Potato Blossom Pageant.
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Festival Acadien, July 29 to August 15

The largest Acadian festival in the world, thousands pack the small region of Baie Saint-Marie to take part in musical concerts and art expositions that celebrate the roots of the culture (which also laid many of the Canadian traditions we still celebrate today).
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Newfoundland FestivalNewfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, August 6 to 8

Taking St. John’s by storm, this weekend following the Royal St. John’s Regatta is the second-longest running folk festival in Canada and features performances by some of the industry’s newest folk-singing talent. Juno-award winning performers will also take the stage.

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Toronto International Film Festival, September 9 to 9

The way to wrap up summer in Toronto is by stalking celebs at this world-renowned film festival. Ticket sales begin July 9.
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