London's Summer Festivals
London is a diverse city bringing together many people of various backgrounds. During the summer, the community thrives through events that celebrate the individuality of its residents. With an emphasis on food and music, these annual summer festivals bring everyone together and support good causes. It’s a right of passage for Londoners to take part.
July 4 to July 7, Victoria Park-Free Admission
Sunfest is considered by many citizens to be London’s main summer event. This year marks the 25th annual celebration, so it’s a day you won’t want to miss. Both international and national performers gather for three days of singing and dancing on multiple stages. It’s a continuous atmosphere of vibrance and fun. Vendors set up stalls side by side along the pathway and provide the opportunity to view a variety of art pieces and try delicious food represented by different nationalities.
Pride London Festival
July 18 to July 28. Various Locations-Free Admission
Pride London Festival comes to London every year for 10 consecutive days, when LGBTQ2S+ communities and allies join together to celebrate and spread awareness. Many different events take place during the festival, a selection for families and some exclusively 18+. Honorable mentions are the Pride parade and the art show reception at the TAP gallery downtown. Keep an eye out for the 2019 Pride guide, for a full itinerary on all the upcoming Pride functions.
International Food Fest
June 21 to June 23, Victoria Park-Free Admission
This festival is all about the grub. It’s a chance to try something new with many international dishes to choose from. Most of the vendors are from nearby restaurants, so if you like what you taste be sure to get a business card to try it again sometimes. Some restaurants feature glutenfree and vegan options, and others are exclusively meatfree. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to snack!
Rock the Park
July 10 to July 13, Harris Park-Tickets available at rockthepark.ca
Rock the Park is London’s very own music festival that brings in crowds from all over Ontario. It began in 2004 and has been a wild success ever since. Each day of the festival is dedicated a specific genre of music. General admission and VIP tickets are available online, as well as luxury suites for group parties looking to splurge. The event is LLBO licensed and provides food and drink vendors for all your partying needs.
August 17, 9282 Elviage Dr- $10 per vehicle
Canada’s favourite dog festival is back, with many opportunities to spoil your best furry friend. As a 100 per cent volunteer-driven event, all proceeds are donated to the Animal Rescue Center of Ontario (ARF) and LEADS Employment Services. The festival was initially held on International Homeless Animals’ Day to help raise awareness about Canada’s pet overpopulation. The entrance fee is just $10 per vehicle and includes parking. You and your companion can enjoy a variety of activities such as pond swimming, an off-leash FunZone, silent auctions, VIP lounges, free treats and more.