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20 things to do in Toronto this weekend: August 25 to 27

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Ainsley Smith Aug 24, 2017 11:30 am 1,374

It’s the last weekend of August!

Whether you’re looking to enjoy some mouth-watering dishes at the CNE or catch an incredible concert (ahem, Bruno Mars is in town), you’ll find plenty of things to do in Toronto this lovely weekend.

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The CNE

What: No summer in Toronto is complete without a visit to the EX! Come and check out the incredible food, catch a show, and try your hand at winning some ridiculously large prizes.

Where: Canadian National Exhibition, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
When: Now until September 4

Fake Prom 2017

What: Did you miss your own prom growing up? Well, even if you didn’t, there’s an incredible Fake Prom taking place this weekend that you surely won’t want to miss. The only catch is there’s a theme: vintage monster movies. That’s right, whether you’re into Dracula, mummies or zombies, you’ll need to dress to impress to attend.

Where: Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd. West
When: August 25, 9:30 pm to 1 am

Kesha Tribute Toronto

What: Tik, Tok on the clock and the party won’t stop, yeah! Toronto, there’s an incredible Kesha tribute dance party taking place this Friday that you won’t want to miss. Dance the night away to the pop singer’s biggest tracks, watch some dance performances and enjoy some special surprises all night long.

Where: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
When: August 25, 10:30 pm to 2:30 am

TAIWANFest

What: What began in 1990 as a way to introduce Taiwanese composers to the Canadian public is now an annual festival. This year’s theme is Kan Pai Japan.

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: August 25 to 27

 CNE Food Truck Frenzy

What: Situated on Princes’ Boulevard just inside the historic Princes’ Gates, the Frenzy returns for another year of extreme carnival eats.

Where: CNE Grounds, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
When: August 25 to 27

Shakespeare in High Park

What: Toronto’s annual Shakespeare in High Park is back for another exciting summer and will be taking on two classics this year. This season’s performances will include Twelfth Night and King Lear, with all screenings starting at 8 pm. Tickets are pay what you can.

Where: High Park Amphitheatre
When: August 25 to 27

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

What: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ is Toronto’s newest late summer festival and it’s taking every tried and true summertime attraction and mashing them all together into one single event. This event promises all the BBQ and craft beer you could ever need, live country bands, line dancing lessons, bourbon tasting bars, axe throwing, BBQ cook-offs, and more.

Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
When: August 25 to 27

Woodbine RibFest

What: If you haven’t had your fix of BBQ this summer, you’re in luck as Woodbine Racetrack is hosting its own mouth-watering Ribfest this weekend. Come and enjoy delicious ribs and BBQ, food trucks, live country music and thrilling horse racing.

Where: Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd
When: August 25 to 27

Korean Harvest Fest

What: Similar to Thanksgiving, this festival celebrates the fall harvest. The Korean community will be coming together to share Korean culture, with k-pop and dance competitions, traditional fan dancing, bands, and numerous booths for both traditional and modern Korean cuisine and accessories.

Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
When: August 25 to 27

The Fantasy Sports Show

What: With a focus on education, The Fantasy Sports Show offers you the chance to meet and learn from the top fantasy experts, headlined by The Fantasy Footballers.

Where: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road
When: August 25 to 27

Movies in the Square

What: The Friends of Sorauren Park have planned another season of outdoor movies and special events this summer. The family event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month and this month’s feature will be Disney’s Jungle Book. 

Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Ave
When: August 26

Leslieville Beer Fest

What: Come and bid farewell to summer at this old fashion neighbourhood street party. Ticket are $20 and include three beer tokens and a beer mug.

Where: Dundas Street East
When: August 26, 1 pm to 8 pm

Toronto Cider Festival

What: This year’s Toronto Cider Festival will showcase amazing ciders paired with delicious food, live entertainment, and local Canadian talent. In honour of Canada 150, the Cider Festival will allow you to celebrate the end of summer in true Canadian style.

Where: Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Drive
When: August 26, 11:30 am to  10:30 pm

Coconut Festival

What: Toronto is hosting the fourth annual Coconut Festival this month, and invites Toronto’s various communities to learn about the coconuts’ various health benefits and diverse addictive delicious culinary and lifestyle uses. The event will feature 60 vendors dealing with coconut in food choices, wellness program, cleaning, cosmetics, fashion and more from Asia & Pan America.

Where: David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West
When: August 26, 10 am to 8 pm

All You Can Eat Cereal Party

What: Remember Saturday mornings as a kid? Plenty of cartoons and sugary cereal… thing’s were good! Well, now you’re invited to take a walk down memory lane and enjoy all your favourite cereals for one afternoon in Toronto.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
When: August 26, 10 am to 1 pm

IMATS

What: Attention makeup lovers, the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow will be stopping in Toronto this weekend. IMATS Is the world’s largest celebration of makeup artistry and features thousands of make-up artists, exhibitors and enthusiasts discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
When: August 26 to 27

Pedestrian Sunday’s in Kensington Market

What: The 14th season of Pedestrian Sundays brings back one awesome way to spend your Sundays this summer. Performers, musicians, artists, and shopping, basically an awesome Sunday Funday.

Where: Kensington Market
When: August 27

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

What: Bruno Mars is taking his 24K Magic act on the road in this year with a massive, 85-date world tour. This month, Toronto fans can enjoy his incredible dance moves and soulful voice for one night only.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: August 27, 8 pm

Halo Halo Filipino Festival 2017

What: Halo Halo is the sweet inspiration behind this Toronto food fest happening this month. Like the sweet treat itself, the Filipino food festival promises a colourful array of arts, culture, entertainment, and of course, edibles. Attendees can look forward to everything from adobo and pancit, to lechon and lumpia on offer along with traditional folk music, dances, and kid friendly activities.

Where: Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: August 27

Bellwoods Flea

What: This Sunday, shop locally from 20+ of Toronto’s best in art, baked goods, beauty care, fashion, accessories, eco-friendly goods, food, handmade, home decor, jewelry, vintage, and more.

Where: Bellwoods Flea, 876 Dundas Street West
When: August 27, 12 pm to 6 pm


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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is always on the hunt for the best avocado toast.

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