21 things to do in Toronto this weekend: August 26 - 28

Aug 25 2016, 7:13 pm

It’s here.

The last weekend of August is upon us.

Make it epic, do everything outside, and enjoy the final days of this beautiful summer. Have a great weekend, Toronto!


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 “A cultural tango with Hong Kong.”

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: August 26 – 28


Toronto’s Hookah, Vape, Cannabis, Spirits & Food Festival! This is a 19+ event.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd
When: August 26 – 28

CNE Craft Beer Fest

In the heart of the Food Truck Frenzy, 12 master brewers will sample their locally crafted beers! Hit up the CNE and check out the Beer Fest while you’re there – two summer events in one!

Where: CNE, 210 Princes’ Blvd
When: August 26 – 28

Korean Harvest Festival

Celebrate the Korean thanksgiving with the family! Check out the shops and eat delicious Korean dishes. Enjoy song, dance and martial arts during this anticipated three day event.

Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
When: August 26 – 28

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas

Is it us, or do the 90’s keep coming back? California’s Counting Crows are on tour with Rob Thomas (formally of Matchbox 20). Thomas has been riding a steady wave on his solo career, with three albums released including last year’s The Great Unknown.

Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – 909 Lakeshore Blvd.
When: August 26 at 6:45 pm

Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square

Kickstart your weekend at Indie Fridays. In partnership with Massey Hall, check out this outdoor free show with Pierre Kwenders and Casey Mecijia.

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: August 26 at 8 pm

Movie Night in Liberty Village Park

What better way to wind down than an outdoor movie at the final screening at Liberty Village Park. Tonight, they are showing the blockbuster hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Get there early for giveaways.

Where: Liberty Village Park, 70 E Liberty St
When: August 26 at 8 pm

Canada’s 3rd Annual Coconut Festival and Marketplace

Soak up the sun and sip on fresh coconuts as Toronto hosts Canada’s 3rd Annual Coconut Festival and Marketplace. The festival will have info booth and vendors, who will be providing information on the many health benefits of coconuts.

Where: David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street
When: August 27, 10 am to 8 pm

Toronto Cider Festival

The Toronto Cider Festival is back, and it’s bringing our beloved cottage life to Yonge and Dundas Square. Kick back and relax in our Muskoka chairs, while enjoying over 30 different ciders from across Canada and around the world.

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: August 27, 11:30 am to 10:30 pm

Concord CityFest

Toronto’s top local art vendors and food trucks are taking over Canoe Landing Park at Concord CityPlace this Saturday to showcase their talent. The 4th annual Concord Cityfest is a curation of local art, music and culture.

Where: Canoe Landing Park in CityPlace, 95 Fork York Boulevard
When: August 27, 12 – 9 pm

Bloorcourt Arts & Crafts Fair

And for the crafty ones, The 5th Annual Bloorcourt Arts & Crafts Fair returns with vendors, music, games, and much more.

Where: Bloor St. W. from Dufferin St. to Montrose Ave.
When: August 27, 12 – 10 pm

Bard in Berczy: Twelfth Night

Dauntless City Theatre presents an outdoor Shakespeare play at beautiful St. James Park. An evening performance of The Winter’s Tale takes place at 7:30 pm, but you can also enjoy peak afternoon with Twelfth Night.

Where: St. James Park, 120 King Street East
When: August 27, 1 pm

Leslieville Beer Festival

The inaugural Leslieville Beer Festival takes place this weekend,  shutting down Dundas Street East from Logan Ave to Carlaw for a good ol’ neighbourhood street party. You’ll need tickets so make sure you get ’em in advance.

Where: Dundas & Carlaw – 1173 Dundas Street East
When: August 27, 1 – 8 pm

GTA Rollergirls Roller Derby

Maybe it’s time you check Roller Derby off the list. The Ted Reeve Arena plays host to G-sTARs vs Wellington Roller Derby and Debs vs. Niagara Roller Derby in this double header match.

Where: 175 Main Street
When: August 27 at 5 pm

Sister Act 2: Pre-Show Sing & Quote Along

Bring your blankets and get your vocal chords ready. A free screening of Sister Act 2 takes place outdoors at St. Peter’s Church, and there will be a pre-show with snacks and the movie will be filled with singalongs.

Where: St Peter’s Church, 659 Markham Street (across from Bathurst Station)
When: August 27 at 7 pm

MotoBrain Ride 2016

If you got a motorcycle, listen up! The first annual Motobrain Ride is a motorcycle ride and charity event geared towards bringing awareness to the cause and raising money for brain cancer research in conjunction with Sunnybrook Foundation.

Where: Route begins at Snow City Cycle Marine, 1255 Kennedy Road and ends at Glen Eagle Golf Club
When: August 27 at 7 am

Toronto Green Market

Another Toronto first! Toronto’s first free annual green and eco living and lifestyle market. Bringing the best in eco fashion, sustainable food, natural beauty and home décor all to one place.

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: August 28, 10 am – 5 pm

Pedestrian Sunday’s in Kensington Market

The 13th season of Pedestrian Sundays brings back one awesome way to spend your Sundays until the end of October. Performers, musicians, artists, and shopping, basically an awesome Sunday Funday.

Where: Kensington Market
When: August 28, 12 – 7 pm

Danforth East Laneway Crawl

Play at this East End Laneway Crawl! Art, workshops, games, live murals, and more. Try Zumba dancing, or pick-up street hockey. It’s all going down in one place.

Where: The East-West laneway just north of Danforth  Avenue, from Woodbine to Woodmount
When: August 28, 1 – 5 pm

Keys N Krates Birthday Party 2016
It’s the birthday of one of Toronto’s most beloved trios, and Keys N Krates are throwing their annual party with other faves including Mannie Fresh, Lunice, Araabmuzik, River Tiber, CLN, and Bevstmode.

Where: Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd West
When: August 28 at 3 pm

Promise x Get Leashed

On the last Sunday before Labor Day weekend hits, electronic music lovers and their canine companions are invited to bounce to the beats while basking in the sunshine with Get Leashed Magazine and Toronto’s legendary Promise Cherry Beach Soundsystem –  check out this first ever dog-friendly day rave! You don’t have to have a dog to join the fun.

Where: Cherry Beach
When: August 28, 3 – 6 pm