Toronto Hare Krishna Centre
The Festival of India has taken place in Toronto for over 40 years, yet its rich history actually stems from thousands of years of tradition and heritage. The festival begins with a vibrant parade down Yonge Street in which three giant floats are hand-pulled by thousands of attendees and spectators amidst melodious singing, chanting, drumming, and dancing.
Everyone is invited to come walk, chant, sing or dance in the parade. Celebrations then continue throughout the weekend at Centre Island.
Thoughts About Art and Community
Aside from the organization of the annual Festival of India, ISKCON Toronto also regularly conducts programs for youth empowerment, community care and a “Food for Life” program involving regular outreach to the underprivileged via the distribution of hot vegetarian meals. Internationally speaking, ISKCON is a worldwide confederation of more than 400 centres, including 60 farm communities, 50 schools and 90 restaurants.
Explore India’s Spiritual Roots on Centre Island
After the parade on Yonge Street, celebrations continue at Centre Island for the remainder of the weekend with a massive, colourful, and free festival! The biggest highlight is the free vegetarian feast served to all who attend! The festival also features a stunning arts and culture showcase, a South Asian Bazaar, cultural exhibits, a children's area, face painting, and much more!
An Arts & Culture Extravaganza
The Festival of India’s Arts & Culture Showcase presents a beautiful and soul-riveting array of devotional music, dance, and drama from the ancient subcontinent! The line-up presents all the spiritual allure and elegance of melodies and choreography that were once commonplace in ancient, spiritual India. With a line-up of internationally acclaimed artists and performers, the festival’s Arts & Culture programme promises a unique and unforgettable weekend of sublime sounds and enchanting performances.
Celebrated as a “Festival within a Festival”, on Sunday, July 17th the 9th Annual Yoga Meltdown will present Toronto with an opportunity for relaxation & rejuvenation at a free outdoor yoga festival. Presenting the authentic, spiritual-depth of yoga, Yoga Meltdown will feature free yoga classes, vegan cooking demos and mantra meditation circles!
The festival is open to the public and free for everyone. Get more information by checking the links inside the menu above.