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The Return of Major Events in Toronto 2022

.. And so the wait is over.

Finally, after 2 years of COVID-related cancellations and the rise of virtual events has come to an end. Toronto Mayor John Tory has finally announced and confirmed that the major festivals are returning this summer. The city is now working closely with event organizers across the city to plan their return of in-person events and in line with public health guidance and direction. Public Health Regulations around COVID-19 will continue to guide the city’s ability to issue permits.

The pandemic, lockdowns, and stay-at-home mandates severely impacted the meeting and events industry. Multiple events were cancelled back in 2020, so this is very exciting news for everyone. As well, great news for the hospitality sector as they endured a challenging two years. However, let’s acknowledge the reality of what in-person events will look like. It may be difficult for these events to gain the traffic they had pre-covid, but everyone else is eager to get out. Not everyone will be comfortable going back to in-person events right away. But the planning and execution of these major events in Toronto will be bigger than ever and you do not want to miss out!

Although major events are coming back, you can start planning the event you've been waiting to execute.

Ontario has begun to slowly ease out of lockdown restrictions, loosening capacity limits and finally removing the requirements for the vaccine passports.

“We have truly missed these events in Toronto and can’t wait for them to come back this spring and summer,” Tory said. “Welcome back Toronto we know and love!”

Here is a list of events coming back this year:

  • Doors Open Toronto: May 28 to 29.

  • Pride Toronto: June 24 to 26.

  • Luminato Festival Toronto: June 9 to 19.

  • TD Salsa in Toronto Festival: June 1 to July 31.

  • TD Toronto Jazz Festival: June 24 to July 3.

  • Taste of Lawrence: July 8 to 10.

  • Toronto Caribbean Carnival: Aug. 1.

  • TD JerkFest Toronto: Aug. 4 to 7.

  • Taste of the Danforth: Aug. 5 to 7.

  • Toronto International Film Festival: Sept. 8 to 18.

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