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The top 10 events in Toronto for June 2015

The top events in Toronto for June will have you getting down to everything from jazz to EDM, as music festivals take over the city. Bestival, Field Trip, Luminato, Digital Dreams, The Toronto Jazz Fest and NXNE are all on tap for this live music-filled month. There are also a number of other can't-miss options on offer that will satisfy everyone from foodies to pet lovers.

Here are my picks for the top events in Toronto this June.

Mac & Cheese Festival (June 5-7)
Liberty Market will be filled with the sweet scent of mac and cheese from June 5-7 as the city's first ever Mac and Cheese Festival takes over. The long list of participants includes Cheesewerks, Fonda Lola, and Cardinal Rule. And, good news, there are no entrance fees so you can reserve all your funds for food.

Field Trip (June 6)
Arts & Crafts' family-friendly Field Tripreturns to Fort York for year three. Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket top the bill, with Arkells, Father John Misty, Purity Ring, and more spread over two stages and two days. There will be food, local vendors, and bouncy castles for the kids. In other words, there's something for everyone. Well, that is except metal fans.

Bestival (June 12)
After 12 years of positive vibes in the UK, the first overseas Bestival will land at Toronto Islands this spring. Florence + The Machine, Nas, Flume, Caribou, SBTRKT, and more will play while you play in the Bollywood Temple, Inflatable Church, and so much more.

NXNE (June 17-21)
Look forward to seeing everyone from Betty Who to The New Pornographers when NXNE rolls into town. Still no word if Action Bronson will play after being dropped from Yonge-Dundas Square. Don't forget that last call is extended to 4 a.m. at 25+ bars when the festival kicks off.

Taste of Little Italy (June 19-21)
The crowds will return to College St. this year for Taste of Little Italy, where people will devour food on sticks, plenty of gelato, and dance in the streets. Of course, there will be plenty of non-Italian fare on offer too, as the festival now showcases the diverse vendors that call the neighbourhood home.

Toronto Jazz Fest (June 19-27)
If you're a fan off syncopated rhythms and scatting, you're in luck. The city will be filled with jazz music this June as over 1,500 artists perform over 350 concerts, many of which will take place at Nathan Phillips Square. Performers include Freddy Cole, Charles Lloyd, and Tower of Power among others.

Luminato (June 19-28)
Luminato gets underway in the final week of June. The festival will host a smorgasbord of art and performance events. There will be food vendors, dance performances, concerts, and much more. The lineup includes big names like Nelly Furtado and St. Vincent, not to mention the Unsound Festival.

Pride (June 19-28)
Pride is taking over Church once again this year. Get ready for one of the largest parties of the summer as thousands take to the streets in celebration of LGBTQ rights and equality. There will be music, performances, street vendors and parties happening day and night.

Digital Dreams (June 27)
Digital Dreams brings all your favourite EDM acts to Ontario Place once again this June. This year's line up includes Porter Robinson, Zedd, and Armin Van Buuren. Remember to wear some sensible footwear as you'll be dancing non-stop for hours.

Ribfest - Centennial Park (June 27-July 1)
Ribfest is one of the biggest BBQ events in the city, with vendors serving up everything from ribs to brisket at Centennial Park. The event offers a number of rides, attractions, games and even fireworks on Canada Day.

Contributions by Aubrey Jax and Benjamin Boles


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