Summer 2024 in Canada – reasons to travel to Canada this summer

Canada’s summer season is bustling with excitement and offers an amazing lineup of festivals that cater to all tastes—whether you’re into music, food, sports, or theatre, there’s something for everyone. Here’s why you should consider Canada your go-to destination for summer festivals in 2024. 

Striking Sporting Events 

Canadian Open (May 28 – June 2): 

Head to Ontario to witness top-notch golfing where the first North American golf club was born! Enjoy the green alongside some of the best players in the sport. 

Calgary Stampede: (July 4 – 14): 

Dive into the world of rodeo in Calgary, Alberta! This 10-day spectacle features the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, exciting stage shows, amusement rides, and live concerts. Plus, you’re just an hour away from the stunning Rocky Mountains—perfect for a scenic getaway! 

Rogers Cup (August 4-12): 

Witness tennis greatness as the Rogers Cup serves up two weeks of top-tier action. With Montreal and North York hosting the men’s and women’s tours respectively, get ready for non-stop excitement and world-class tennis.

Savour the Flavours with Canada’s Culinary Scene 

Poutine Fest Ontario (April 11 – June 2)

Indulge in Canada’s iconic dish at this roaming food-truck festival, featuring over 50 poutine vendors showcasing unique twists on this beloved comfort food! 

Great Okanagan Beer Festival (May 13)

Beer, bands, and breathtaking views in Kelowna, British Colombia! Join fellow beer enthusiasts for a three-day celebration featuring 60 craft breweries pouring 120+ types of beers and ciders, live music, and stunning lakeside views. 

TD Tailgate Party (June 22): 

This vibrant event in Niagara’s wine country includes live music, al-fresco dining, and exceptional VQA wines. Take a tour along the wine route and explore the abundant local wineries.

Toronto Ribfest (June 28 – July 1): 

Kick-off Canada Day weekend with exhilarating rides, live entertainment, and the best ribs in town! Toronto Ribfest is the perfect blend of delicious food and family fun! 

Move and Groove at Canada’s Premier Music Festivals 

Montreal International Jazz Festival (June 27 – July 6): 

Jazz your blues away at one of the biggest music festivals in Canada! From intimate jazz bars to sprawling stadiums, closed-off streets, and charming terraces, Montreal transforms into a haven where you can let the music soothe your soul. 

Fun Fact: This festival holds a Guinness World Record as the largest jazz festival globally, making it a must-see experience! 

Ottawa Blues Festival (July 4 – 14): 

Ranked among the world’s top outdoor music festivals by Billboard, this event draws over 300,000 fans to enjoy over 200 acts at LeBreton Flats in downtown Ottawa! 

Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 11 – 14)

If you’re drawn to music that weaves tales of history, life, and culture, then the Winnipeg Folk Festival is the place to be! Running for four days during the second week of July, this festival showcases over 70 artists from diverse corners of the globe, including Australia, Iceland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. 

Dawson City Music Festival (July 19-21)

Experience grassroots music in Dawson City, Yukon—a “tiny, perfect festival” renowned for its intimate and electrifying atmosphere. 

Celebrate Culture: Festivals for the Culturally Curious 

Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival (July 18-22)

Laugh out loud with top international comedians at one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world, held annually in Montreal! Did you know big names like Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, and Jimmy Fallon got their starts at this festival? 

Canadian National Exhibition (August 16 – September 2): 

Come experience the CNE, an 18-day extravaganza filled with rides, games, delicious food, incredible horse shows, and live entertainment that will keep you on your toes! Join in the excitement of one of Canada’s top festivals – let’s go to the Ex!

Toronto International Film Festival (September 5-15): 

Are you passionate about cinema? Imagine being among the first to experience cinematic masterpieces at a film festival. The Toronto Film Festival is one of Canada’s premier events for movie buffs! 

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