Those looking for great music, sandy beaches, tasty food, and a massive street party should head eastward this weekend for The Beaches International Jazz Festival. The immensely popular annual festival will take place in Toronto’s lovely Beaches neighbourhood, and continues from now until Sunday, July 27.
Arguably the best part of the Beaches International Jazz Festival is the Streetfest, where the neighbourhood’s main drag, Queen Street East, is closed to vehicular traffic between Woodbine Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue, with stages set up along the entire route for live performances. This year, the Streetfest will be running daily from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27. One big change this year is the clustering of performance stages in Woodbine Park, which will allow festival attendees easier access to all of the amazing musical acts! Some of these acts include Messenjah, the legendary Canadian reggae band who have recently regrouped after a 15-year hiatus, and Jay Douglas, often labelled as the best R & B singer in Toronto! To keep all of the music lovers well-fed, a plethora of food trucks will be stationed in Woodbine Park with plenty of food options from a diverse array of cuisines!
The Beaches International Jazz Festival can be reached by taking CitySightseeing Toronto’s hop on hop off city tour to stop # 21. From there, walk one block to the north to Queen Street East and take the 501 streetcar eastbound the rest of the way.