10 Things Not to Miss at Rotary International Convention 2018


This year, Rotary International Convention 2018 takes place in Toronto. In addition to the exciting speakers and sessions, there are a number of events you won’t want to miss.

Don’t forget to visit Operation Warm in the House of Friendship at Booth 811! Learn how your club can get involved in a hands-on service project to help kids in need in your community.

Rotary International Convention 2018 Top 10

Princess Anne and Laura Bush

Both women will be speaking at general sessions throughout the week.

Laura Bush

Where: Air Canada Centre, General Session 3

When: Tuesday, June 26th 10am-12pm

Princess Anne

Speaking schedule TBD at time of publication

Flag Ceremony

Many Rotarians say the flag ceremony is one of the most impactful parts of the opening session on Sunday.

Where: Air Canada Centre, Opening Ceremony First Seating

When: Sunday, June 24th 10:30am-1pm

The House of Friendship

The House of Friendship is where you can browse project and group booths, shop for Rotary merchandise, meet staff and enjoy food and entertainment. Visit Operation Warm in Booth 811.

Where: Level 800, Halls D & E, South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

When: Saturday, June 23rd, 9am-6pm

Sunday, June 24th, 9am-6pm

Monday, June 25th, 9am-6pm

Tuesday, June 26th, 9am-6pm

Wednesday, June 27th, 9am-4pm

Rotary Fest

Rotary Fest is a ticketed event that includes fireworks, music, food and more.

Where: Canadian National Exhibition Centre

When: Tuesday, June 26th 4pm-10pm

Pride Toronto

Pride Toronto is the largest pride festival in North America.

Where: Various locations around Toronto

When: Sunday, June 21th through June 24th


Toronto’s international arts festival, Luminato, is dedicated to performance, media and visual arts is not to be missed.

Where: Various locations around Toronto

When: Wednesday, June 6th through Sunday, June 24th

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

More than 1,500 musicians entertain all across the city during the ten-day TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Where: Various locations around Toronto

When: Friday, June 22nd through Sunday, July 1st

Convention Breakout Sessions

Convention breakout sessions offer additional educational opportunities. These Independent sessions are organized by learning themes, such as strengthening membership, developing leaders and service and projects.  See the schedule of Rotary International 2018 breakout sessions.

Rotary Business School

The Rotary Business School offer speakers on Teamwork, Innovation and Change Management.

The Culture Lounge

Known as “An Experiment in Fun,” the Culture Lounge features crafts, activities and games that don’t require a common language.

Where: Room 205D

When: Monday, June 25th through Wednesday, June 27th, 1:30-4:30pm

Related Rotary Convention Events

rotary international conventionPre-convention events include World Water Summit 8 on Friday, 22, Rotaract Preconvention, Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention, and the Rotary Peacebuilding Summit.

Host Committee events include the Host Hospitality on Monday night.

Here are many related unofficial events: https://my.rotary.org/en/document/unofficial-affiliate-events-and-global-networking-groups-preliminary-schedule-2018

There may still be time to register for Rotary International 2018.


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