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Chinatown Celebrates

Toronto is a city of wonderful summer street festivals—in fact, these many free outdoor celebrations are among the best ways to get to know us. To see the largest of our five Chinatown districts in action, make your way to the Toronto Chinatown Festival on the weekend of August 12 (noon to 8 p.m.) and 13 (noon to 6 p.m.).

The activities spread up and down Spadina Avenue, several blocks north and south of Dundas Street. Nearly 100 vendor booths offering food, clothes and crafts cover Spadina, transformed into a pedestrian thoroughfare for this weekend. The Art Gallery of Ontario hosts a children’s activity area, and two stages feature traditional Chinese entertainment, notably the majestic Lion Dance, as well as martial arts demonstrations and multicultural shows.

All of this on top of the shops and restaurants that make Chinatown Chinatown a must-see destination year-round. (For more on Chinatown, visit Distractions in the Districts.

For more on the International Dragon Boat Federation’s Club Crew World Championship, see the Dragon Races feature.


Get the full scoop on the Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival in Illuminating Event.
—Robert Maurin

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