Top 5 Music Festivals to Attend in Toronto This Festival Season


The days have gotten longer, temperatures have gotten warmer, and the music will soon get louder. With the festival season fast approaching, we’re here to help you narrow down your choices of the hottest upcoming music festivals you should attend this summer.

Electric Island

Kick off your summer ‘16 music festival season right this year by dancing your way over to the Toronto Islands for the picnic utopia that is Electric Island. Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, DJ Tennis, and Job Jobse are set to launch the summer concert series on May 23, however the party doesn’t stop then. The three-month concert series also has shows planned for July 1, August 1, and September 4 and 5.

Field Trip

Field Trip is more than just a music festival. Taking over Toronto’s Historic Fort York on June 4 and 5, it incorporates food, art, comedy, and fashion, making sure there is something for everyone that attends. While festivals don’t usually cater to the whole family, Field Trip is different as it encourages families to attend and even provides activities for children throughout the day. This year’s lineup includes The National, Robyn, July Talk, Of Montreal, and Santigold.

Bestival

Back for its second year in Toronto, Bestival may have changed locations (happening at Woodbine Park this year), but it’s a festival not to be missed this summer. Artists set to take the stage this year include The Cure, Tame Impala, Odesza, and Grimes. Bestival, known as one of the world’s most innovative festivals, is about more than just music and includes shamans, sound healing, a drag queen opera, and a musical bicycle. This two-day experience goes down on June 11 and 12, so don’t forget to get your tickets soon.

WayHome Music & Arts Festival Ok, so maybe this one isn’t exactly a Toronto music festival but we like it so much we had to add it. Produced by the people that put together Bonnaroo, WayHome Music & Arts Festival multi-day festival held at Burl’s Creek Event Ground between Orillia and Barrie is coming to town July 22-24. Acts like LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, The Killers, and Major Lazer are set to take multiple stages in what is more than just a music festival, offering original art installations and international and local food and drink options for hungry patrons. So grab your WayHomies and call dibs on the best camping spot, because this is one festival you don’t want to miss this summer.

Time Festival

Electronic music lovers will find themselves in the heart of Toronto for the eighth annual Time Festival this summer happening on August 6. With acts like Run the Jewels, Broods, and Kehlani taking over Fort York Garrison Common, this reasonably priced single-day music festival is surely one to attend if you’re looking for a cheaper festival experience this summer.