Toronto’s waterfront is always full of activities to make your experience here special. From large festivals and events, to arts and cultural programming, to community activations, there’s something to excite everyone. Make sure to check back regularly as we are continuously sharing information on what’s new!

ON NOW – SEPTEMBER 5th, 2022

Check out a dockside performance series bringing together musicians, artists, comedians, poets, dancers and more for an intimate outdoor productions. Located in high foot traffic areas, we invite folks to stumble into the art & cultural scene, breaking down barriers and reconnecting people, fostering life long patrons of the arts.

Tues, Weds, & Thurs: 585 Queens Quay West from 6-9pm
Sat & Sun: 1 Queens Quay East from 1-4pm


This summer, the Power Plant Art Gallery will exhibit Brazilian contemporary artist Paulo Nazareth’s The Red Inside, in partnership with the Waterfront BIA. The exhibit will showcase the artist’s journey through the route of the Underground Railroad: a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States in the early to mid-nineteenth century that provided an escape to enslaved African Americans, spanning from New Orleans to Toronto. Originally installed at the Rockefeller Center in New York City, this exhibition will be on display outdoors in locations from Sugar Beach to the Power Plant.

ON NOW – SEPTEMBER 10th, 2022

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting thousands of people to Brooklyn, Manhattan, Jersey City, Los Angeles and Miami each weekend to eat from dozens of local vendors. This summer, Smorgasburg will launch the first-ever international weekly market in Toronto.

Smorgasburg Toronto will launch July 23 on the waterfront for eight Saturdays (through Sept. 10), located at 7 Queens Quay East, at the foot of Yonge Street from 11am – 6pm.


Part of Waterfront Toronto’s Temporary Public Art Program, Harbour Square’s floating temporary art returns this summer as a striking, thought-provoking public art installation that continues to bring interest and diversity to the waterfront and across the city. The initiative is meant to engage a greater diversity of artistic voices to help reimagine and shift our relationship to and understanding of our landscape and shoreline.

SEPTEMBER 17-18th, 2022

Beach party –> this way!

The Redpath Waterfront Festival is returning to Toronto’s waterfront in HTO Park and Sugar Beach with a ‘Water Weekend’ from September 17-18, 2022.

Enjoy live-music on two beaches, delicious food, water-themed activities, and a walk down memory lane with a visit from Theodore TOO, the iconic 65-foot tugboat from the 90s.

Visit TOwaterfrontfest.com for additional announcements and details. Get ready to make a splash!


As the next official artist-in-residence, interdisciplinary Canadian artist Lisa Hirmer will focus her challenge exploring the critical theme of climate change. Hirmer plans to plumb the depths of these inquiries through a series of three temporary installations and performances between late spring and fall this year, that will write new meanings on the waterfront.

AUGUST 5th-7th, 2022

Habari Africa Festival is a multidisciplinary art and music festival that displays Africa’s rich and diverse cultures. Join us for a weekend of exploration and engagement, offering an authentic experience through presentations celebrating the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of the continent of Africa and its music, dance, film and arts. The Habari Africa Festival will feature emerging artists in Canada and established national and international touring groups. 

AUGUST 17th, 2022

HealthOne recently celebrated their 3-year anniversary, and now it’s time to celebrate in person! Join the celebration on Wednesday, August 17th at the HealthOne Hub (110 Harbour Street) for an exciting community event featuring: 

🎵 Live music performances 
🎁 Free giveaways 
🍴 Healthy food and beverages 
👋 Info sessions from our team 
🤝 Community networking  
And so much more!  

Drop by anytime between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Located right beside the Winner’s on the 2nd level of 110 Harbour Street.

AUGUST 16–20, 2022

The National Ballet of Canada returns to Harbourfront Centre with Sharing the Stage, free outdoor performances on the Concert Stage and free dance classes and interactive conversations.  

Sharing the Stage allows audiences to engage with live dance in multiple forms. Hope Muir – Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, and Robert Binet – Curator and Producer, CreativAction and Special Initiatives, have curated two mixed programmes featuring the National Ballet and four guest companies, Holla Jazz, Rock Bottom Movement, Samantha Sutherland and Tanveer Alam, for stunning live performances under the stars.

AUGUST 19th-21st, 2022

Experience the best in tap dance and the wide range of how it lives today at this 3-day festival featuring many of North Americas greatest Tap artists in performances, panel discussions and nightly jam sessions where everyone is invited!

AUGUST 26th-28th, 2022

TAIWANfest is a Canadian cultural festival exploring connections between cultures through arts. This year, TAIWANfest will Indulge in Indonesia and Discover Malaysia. Discover the art of Batik, the melodies from Kanatal, traditional cultural dishes such as the zongzi, film screenings, virtual “Hope Talks” and more. TAIWANfest 2022 will find the Stories of Independence that resonate within all of us.

ON NOW – AUGUST 28th, 2022

Summer Music in the Garden concerts take place most Thursdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 4:00pm at the Toronto Music Garden along the waterfront.

“The 2022 season encompasses sounds from nearby and afar, comfortingly familiar, and thrillingly unexpected. In my first season of programming, we will hear new artists making their debuts, we will honour friends who have passed on and we will tell lots of stories and then sit down on the grass and listen again.” – Gregory Oh, Curator


Join Toronto Botanical Garden volunteers on a free guided tour of the Toronto Music Garden between June and September on most Wednesdays at 11:00am and on concert Thursdays at 5:30pm, beginning in the Prelude section of the Park.

ON NOW – AUGUST 21st, 2022

This summer, The Bentway invites you to see the streets of Toronto anew. Through a series of free art installations, performances, workshops, public conversations, and community celebrations, we ask: How can we learn from, and take to, the street? What do we borrow from these spaces, and what do we offer back to them? How do we capture this collective moment to re-imagine our streets as public spaces for all? Come join us at street level for STREET: A summer of public art featuring installations, performance, and interchange.

ON NOW – SEPTEMBER 6th, 2022

Since 2019, Toronto-based artists Vid Ingelevics and Ryan Walker have documented the transformation of the Port Lands Flood Protection Project, one of the most ambitious civil works projects in North America. Part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, their third series of photographs capturing the removal of buildings for the Don River river excavation titled, How To Build A River, documents how this soil removal made way for the river to be constructed using bio-engineering practices. The photographs will be displayed publicly on wooden structures along the Villiers Street median to be observed and enjoyed by all.

ON NOW – 2022

Love Letters is a 150-foot visual record of experiences that speaks through pattern, text and audio to detail how we come to know and understand love in all of its layers of complexity.

ON NOW – 2022

A year-long initiative led by Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre fostering cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. Working with partners across Canada, Nordic Bridges will present multidisciplinary contemporary art, culture, and ideas throughout 2022.

ON NOW – AUGUST 14th, 2022

The experience will showcase never-before-seen Marley photographs and memorabilia, while immersing you in a journey through his life, passions, influences, and enduring legacy.

Venture through the One Love Forest, visit the Soul Shakedown Studio and delve into the multi-sensory experience celebrating one of the world’s most beloved and unifying musical figures.

ON NOW – SEPTEMBER 5th, 2022

Be immersed in 600,000 cubic feet of stunning projection animating the masters’ oeuvre and illuminating the mind of the genius. Wander through giant projections that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and colour as you have never experienced them.

ON NOW – SEPTEMBER 5th, 2022

Explore the world through the eyes of the legendary Frida Kahlo – a brilliant, uncompromising painter who created some of the history’s most iconic artwork. The groundbreaking team behind the smash hit Immersive Van Gogh now turn their eye for innovation towards the work of a woman who boldly told the story of her life in brushstrokes.