August is a steamy month to visit and live in Toronto, not just because of the weather, but because of the multitude of hot events going on.
OVO Fest – July 29th – August 1st
This three-day annual music festival is located at TD Echo Beach, along with other venues like the Air Canada Centre and Molson Ampitheatre. The festival will host a number of hot musical names and is not to be missed by those who worship Drake (or merely like what he’s done for the city of Toronto). Hosted by Drake’s record label, OVO Sound, one of the bigger names present will include Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.
Island Soul Festival – July 29th – August 3rd
This four-day, absolutely free, festival celebrates the cultural diversity of the city of Toronto. Located at Harbourfront Centre, this family-friendly event will explore everything about Caribbean culture, including food, music and more.
SummerWorks Performance Festival – August 4th – 14th
The largest curated performance festival in Canada, SummerWorks mixes theatre, dance, music and live art for 11 days of performances by local, national and international performers. Low ticket prices allow access by everyone in the Toronto area and beyond and you can buy show passes so you can see more than one show for a low price. Watch a show and join the party at a number of venues throughout the city including Facotry Theatre and SummerWorks Back Patio.
Taste of the Danforth – August 5th – 7th
One of Canada’s most-widely known festivals and also its largest street festival, Taste of the Danforth is Toronto’s crowning glory. With events, a kid’s fun zone and most importantly, delicious food served by Toronto’s Greek community, this event is not to be missed. There is an archery arena, valley of the Gods, instructors teaching Greek folk dance and an actual LEGO Parthenon. You can even experience the art of breaking plates.
Time Festival – August 6th
Located at the Fort York Garrison Common, tickets for this musical event start at only $20. This all-day, all-ages event includes a number of great musical performers.
Humber Bay Shores Annual Waterfront Festival – August 8th
With artisan booths, a farmer’s market, talent shows and music, there is so much to do at this condo association’s annual festival, right on the Toronto waterfront.
Toronto International Queer West Film Festival – August 11th – 14th
Screening 24 films from 13 countries, this film festival is dedicated to the LBGTQ community. Located at the Innis Town Hall, near St. George and Bloor Street, you can get individual tickets for shows or buy a three-day pass. The reception and after-party are also worth going to for this epic event.
Pan American Food Festival – August 13th and 14th
Located at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, this event promises to bring out the best chefs, the tastiest food, along with some great entertainment. Celebrating the cultural diversity of the countries of North, South and Central America, along with the Caribbean, this year’s featured country is Bolivia.
Vegan Food and Drink Festival – August 13th
Located at the Fork York Garrison Common in the Toronto area of Niagara, this festival celebrates the vegans of this fine city. There will be a number of vegan vendors as well as performing artists from around the world. Ticket prices vary and even if you aren’t a vegan, you’ll get excited about some of the great food and entertainment being presented at this event.
Craft Beer Festival – August 13th and 14th
Located right in Toronto’s Roundhouse Park, this event will feature the opportunity to sample a number of craft beers and food trucks. Hosted by Steam Whistle Brewing, this fantastic festival celebrates small and artisanal craft brewers from all over Ontario.
Sail-in Cinema – August 18th – 20th
Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre event is located right at Sugar Beach. With a two-sided floating screen, visitors can watch movies from the land or water side of the beach. This free event has brought over 11,000 people to the shore and over 100 boats to the water.
Canadian National Exhibition – August 19th – September 5th
Toronto’s largest event every summer, the Canadian National Exhibition is attended by thousands of residents and visitors to Toronto. The events and attractions are numerous during the duration of the Ex and everyone, young and old will enjoy everything from aerial shows to the rides and games or the many food vendors.
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