About Toronto Chinatown Festival

On August 19 & 20, 2023, the Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area (CBIA) will host its 23rd Toronto Chinatown Festival (TCF) under the theme of “Flaming Phoenix: Rebirth & Uprising” (開心消費,振興經濟). One of the main missions of the CBIA is to create exciting community events to promote the area and draw locals and visitor to dine, shop and explore Toronto Chinatown. The TCF is CBIA’s signature event of the year, attracting estimated over 250,000 visitors during the two-day event.

2023 marks the rebirth of our economy in our beloved city. As people return to work and major events resume operating, it is expected that Downtown Toronto will once become the hot spot like it once was, before the pandemic. To collect the power of the community for the rebirth of our city, we propose the theme of this year’s TCF: “Flaming Phoenix: Rebirth & Uprising”. In Chinese mythology, the Phoenix (Fenghuang / 鳳凰) is an immortal bird whose rare appearance is said to be an omen foretelling harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new emperor.



Download TCF Site Map HERE.



Download Schedule HERE.


TD Stage (Dundas & Spadina)


BMO Stage (Outside of Chinatown Centre at 222 Spadina Avenue)





Hong Kong Singer/Actor Lee Lung Kei (李龍基) will be performing at our TD Stage (Spadina & Dundas) on Saturday, August 19 at 8:30pm! For those of you who are a fan Lee Lung Kei or classic TVB dramas, make sure you don’t miss this once in a life time performance by this HK legend!





Join our Free Mural Walking Tour led by Professor Chef Leo Chan at this year’s Toronto Chinatown Festival! Prof. Chef Leo Chan will take you through various murals scattered across Chinatown that are painted by various artists telling different tales and stories of Chinese legends. Sign up now as we have limited spots!


Date & Time:
Saturday August 19, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Sunday August 20, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Check in at information booth near main stage (St. Andrew and Spadina) at 1:40pm.

Sign Up Here



Classic Chinese Novels (古典小說) are the best-known novels of pre-modern Chinese literature.
They include the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國演義), Water Margin (水滸傳), Journey to the West (西遊記), and Dream of the Red Chamber (紅樓夢). Join the tour, participate in our Four Classic Chinese Literature Mural Naming Contest for a chance to win these Classic Chinese Novels!

Scheduled Tours:
August 19th, 2023 – 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 7:30pm
August 20th, 2023 – 1pm, 3pm, 5pm

Visit the Rules & Regulation Page in English
Visit the Rules & Regulation Page in Mandarin (中文)


Dates and Times:

August 19: 12:00pm – 11:00pm

August 20: 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.

Cultural 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.

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.

Free Mural Walking Tour

One of our festival’s most exciting events is our walking tour! Scattered across Chinatown are murals painted by various artists telling different tales and stories of Chinese legends. Sign up to see these beautiful works of art led by professor and chef Leo Chan!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Toronto Chinatown Festival about?

Toronto Chinatown Festival is an annual festivity started back in 2000. This year, the Toronto Chinatown community will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary.

Do you have to register for the Chinatown Festival?

The Toronto Chinatown Festival is a FREE festival for everyone to attend, therefore no registration is needed.

Where is the festival being held? Is the venue generally accessible?

The venue is accessible by foot only. The festival will be held on the west side of Spadina Avenue, between St. Andrew Street and Sullivan Street.

Does the subway system serve this area?

The nearest subway stations are Spadina Station and St. Patrick Station. If you are coming from Spadina station, take the street car (#510) south and get off at Dundas Street (either North or South side: 6 stops). If you are coming from St. Patrick Station, take the #505 bus (4 stops) or walk west to Spadina Avenue for about 12 minutes.

Will washrooms be available, especially disabled spots?


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