Welcome to The 18th Toronto Chinatown Festival

About Toronto Chinatown Festival

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The Toronto Chinatown Festival has come a long way since its first opening in 2000. Each year the Festival continues to grow to ensure that the celebration surpasses the success of its predecessors. In 2017, the Toronto Chinatown Festival attracted about 250,000 visitors during this 2-days event. Our theme for 2018 is “Leap through The Dragon’s Gate.” In the folktale the Carps swim upstream to try hard to jump through the dragon’s gate; it reminds people to work hard in order to be successful. The Festival will host related engaging performances alongside vendors and interactive activities that will both showcase Canada’s cultural and communal diversity while helping to improve local tourism and economy.

Dates and Times:

August 18: 12:00pm – 11:00pm

August 19: 11:00am – 8:00pm


West side of Spadina Avenue

(between St Andrew St & Sullivan St)

Features & Attractions

Dragon Dance & Lion Dance

Lion dance brings good fortune and prosperity to the community. The Toronto Chinatown Festival will feature lion dance as part of the Opening Ceremony.

Traditional Dancing & Opera Performances

A mix of traditional and modern Asian dance groups, bands, musicians, and other artists are invited to perform during the festival. Not only will the performances be a feast to the eye, but they will also prove to be culturally educational.

Kung Fu Performances

City-wide Kung Fu (Martial Art) masters from different schools of disciplines will be showcasing their skills and expertise alongside their students on a second stage. Mastering such arts require significant levels of discipline and dedication – their hard work will most definitely show through.


Art & Culture Booths

Lots of Asian artist will be invited to the event to present the modern art and craft. TCF provide a chance for the local artist to showcase different angle of Asian culture and the extension of Chinatown spirit.

Multi-Cultural Street Food

There will be multicultural street food vendors selling treats from all over Asia. These authentic street snacks are a taste into all the different cultures that the Toronto Chinatown Festival has to offer.

Special Activities

Chinatown Walking Tour

Walk with Professor Leo Chan to understand the fascinated history of Chinatown. Do you know that Chinatown was not established on Dundas in the very beginning? Do you know that Chinatown Centre almost became a ski resort? This free walking tour will provide you with the most unknown story about Chinatown.

Time: August 18 & August 19 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sign up in Chinatown BIA information booth at the festival or online: August 18, August 19. Limited to 25 people per tour.

Free Movie Night

That’s right! We are so excited to announce that we are playing one the Stephen Chow’s beloved comedy film “Fight Back to School.” This movie was produced in 1991 and is still lots of people’s favorite movie! Come and enjoy the movie with street food and breeze in the middle of Chinatown.


Time: August 18 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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