Summers in Toronto are jam-packed with events and festivals, with an endless amount of things to do. If you’re looking to start putting together your Summer 2019 bucket list, you need to make sure that you’ve got at least one music festival penciled into your summer plans. No matter what kind of music fan you’re into, there’s a festival for everyone in or around the downtown core of Toronto this season.
However, the funny thing about festivals is that they’re not always the easiest places to get to. If you’re planning on attending a festival in the heart of the city that’s accessible by public transit, that’s one thing, but if you’re looking at venues that are a ways away from the metropolitan core, you might find yourself stuck if you don’t have your own car.
What is rideshare?
Rideshare is all about moving people from a pickup point to the same event. When you book a seat on one of our festival rideshare buses, you’re signing up for direct, worry-free transportation to your festival. Instead of dealing with all of the pains of driving your own vehicle, just load onto one of our comfy coach buses and leave the navigation to the experienced driver. All rideshare buses are equipped with plenty of undercarriage storage for all of your festival gear, and even have A/C.
Perhaps the best thing about rideshare, however, is that you get to meet people who are interested in the same event as you. Who knows, you may just end up meeting your new festival buddy on the bus!
Psst: if you’re in a small group who wants to stick together, consider renting a van that your entire group could fit in. A sprinter van is a type of passenger van rental that can fit up to 15 people comfortably. Bus.com rents out sprinter vans in Toronto.
When is the best time to book your shuttle seat?
ASAP! The sooner you book, the better. Depending on the popularity of the festival you’re attending, seats might sell out (sometimes far in advance!). Don’t leave your transportation to chance; it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can see all the events that we offer rideshare for here.
Toronto summer music festivals
Want this summer to be the best yet? Check out one (or more) of these festivals for an unforgettable experience!
2019 marks the fifth year of Ever After Music Festival, which takes place in Kitchener, Ontario. This event is all about transporting you to another world filled with fantasy and stunning aural and visual elements. Ever After brings high-class performances to their stages which never fail to entertain and enchant audiences. Oh, and no need to call a babysitter for this weekend: Ever After is open to people of all ages, just make sure that all kids under 16 are accompanied by an adult. Ready to head to Ever After? Load onto one of our rideshare shuttles at our departure points in Toronto, Guelph, and Montreal.
Canada Rocks with the Rolling Stones
Are you ready to rock?! The most legendary rock band of all time (don’t @ me) is making their way to Burl’s Creek, in Oro-Medonte, Ontario on June 29th for their one and only Canadian gig. If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the Stones perform live, now’s your chance to knock this one off your bucket list. Our shuttles leave from Barrie, Oro-Medonte, Toronto, and more.
Roxodus Music Festival
If you thought that the days of Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd were long behind us, think again. Roxodus Music Festival is bringing all of your old school rock favourites to the stage from July 11th to 14th at Edenvale Airport in Clearview Township, Ontario. Roxodus will have you revelling in nostalgia, featuring acts like Cheap Trick, Kid Rock, Blondie, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Nickelback, and tons more that are alive and well today just as much as they were in the ‘80s. While there will likely be a lot of dads in attendance, this is one festival that you can’t miss if you routinely listen to your vinyl collection. Our shuttle buses depart from Barrie, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, and more.
One of the biggest music festivals in Montreal is back for its 13th year, bringing some of the hottest names in pop and indie music to Parc Jean Drapeau. Happening from August 2nd to 4th, this year’s lineup includes The Lumineers, Flume, Logic, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Kaytranada, and tons more. You can get to this fun-filled weekend from one of our shuttle pickup points in Mississauga, Toronto, Sherbrooke, and more.
Boots and Hearts
Where our country fans at? Boots & Hearts is an annual country music and camping festival taking place August 8th to 11th in Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte, ON. This year’s lineup includes Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kip Moore, and tons more. Sport your cowboy hat and load your camping gear onto our roomy coach shuttle bus, and get ready for a wild ride of a weekend. Our shuttle departure points leave from Barrie, Oro-Medonte, Toronto, and more.
One of Toronto’s most highly anticipated music events of the summer is back on August 3rd and 4th at Downsview Park. Veld brings plenty of notable EDM and hip hop artists to their stages for an astounding weekend of great tunes and even better energy. Make sure that you don comfy running shoes – you’ll be dancing non-stop at this festival. This year’s lineup includes Cardi B, Kygo, Skrillex, Tiesto, Alesso, Zeds Dead, and tons more. Up for the ride? Our Veld rideshare departure points leave from Mississauga, Ottawa, Hamilton, and more.
North by North East Festival provides a weekend of music, comedy, and immersive experiences that is – wait for it – FREE. This unique festival experience attracts thousands annually to its site, which is spread out across downtown Toronto. Celebrating its 25th year from June 14th to 16th, this edition’s lineup includes Santigold, Cold War Kids, American Football, and slews more. No need to rent a bus for this one, though. Just take the subway to Dundas Station and walk from there.
Sound of Music Festival
Believe it or not, Sound of Music Festival originally started in 1980 as a marching band parade and has since evolved into a massive nine-day festival in Burlington, Ontario. This not-for-profit festival is happening from June 8th to June 16th and is absolutely free to attend. Notable acts to this year’s lineup includes Bush, Bedouin Soundclash, Cowboy Junkies, Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, Freedom Train, and more. Don’t feel like driving to Barrie yourself? One of our whole buses can get you and your crew there hassle-free.
Get prepared to get psyched
Before you head out to party, make sure that you give our Guide to Festival Going a proper read-through; it gives you all the insight you need to prep for a wild music festival weekend!