'OFF COURSE' by OCAD U students, part of the 2019 DesignTO Festival. Photo by Amine Salhi.

2023 DesignTO Festival

The DesignTO Festival returns this January 20-29, 2023 to bring people together to design a better future, one that is more sustainable, just, and joyful. While most events and exhibitions will return to an in-person format, there are still a few events that will take place online. Most events are free, but some require a RSVP or purchased tickets. All window installations are viewable 24 hours a day from the outdoors at venues across the city.

COVID protocols may be in effect for in-person events and exhibitions.

Here are just a few ways to help you make the best of your 2023 DesignTO Festival experience.

DesignTO Mobile App

Plan your DesignTO 2023 experience using our Festival Mobile App, available for iPhone and Android. The app features the complete list of Festival Week programming and a Festival map. Save exhibitions, installations and events for quick access to your favourites.

Accessibility Requests

Please contact the event organizer using the contact information listed in each event listing on the Festival Schedule to coordinate accessibility requests.

Stay in Touch


Sign up for the DesignTO Newsletter to stay up to date with news, events, and all things design. DesignTO Newsletter subscribers will receive newsletters during the year, informing you of engaging exhibitions, innovative installations, exciting events, and more. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Social Media

Share your #DesignTO23 experience with your friends! Tag us in your Festival photos and posts, and be sure to check out our social channels for live updates throughout the week.

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Stay Close to the Action

For the 2023 DesignTO Festival, we have partnered with the Drake Hotel and the Ace Hotel Toronto to provide DesignTO attendees with discounts at these two downtown Toronto hotels.

Stay a stone’s throw away to all things DesignTO Festival! 

COVID-19 Precautions

For the safety of the exhibitors, participating designers & artists, and their guests, some projects may implement certain COVID-19 precautions. To help you maneuver exhibitions, events and installations, we have created a series of icons outlining the precautions. Click an event listing to see the specific precautions in place for that project.

Required physical distancing measures will be followed.

Attendees will be required to wear face masks.

Hand sanitizer will be provided.

Exhibition/Installation will be viewable from outdoors.

A digital alternative will be available online.

Attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination