30 Toronto events worth checking out in August

Jul 31 2018, 4:33 pm

Even though we’re about to enter the final weeks of summer, there are plenty of things to do over the next 31 days.

From amazing summer music festivals to mouth-watering foodie events, here are the best events taking place this month so you won’t have any trouble staying entertained.

The Art of Banksy


One of the pieces at the Art of Banksy in Toronto (David Newman/Daily Hive)

What: A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, is now open in Toronto displaying the largest collection of the artist’s works. According to organizers, with over $35 million in art, this is the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled.

When: Now until August 19
Time: Monday and Tuesday, 11 am to 7 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Thursday and Friday, 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 12 am; Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

What: This summer, the ROM welcomed a new exhibit, Spiders: Fear & Fascination and trust us, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The exhibit explores the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of these eight-legged creatures and will feature more than 400 live and preserved spiders, cutting-edge interactive experiences, and new scientific discoveries.

When: Now until January 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

Chudleigh Cider Summer Nights

What: Chudleigh’s Farm re-opened in July, unveiling a brand new way to experience the farm. As part of the new experience, the farm is launching Summer Cider Nights, which will take place on Friday and Saturday nights throughout August, featuring live music, delicious food, wagon rides, the new Chudleigh’s Hard Cider and so much more.

When: Friday and Saturday nights in August
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
 9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills, ON
Price: $10 per person

Open Roof Festival

What: Open Roof Festival will be back for its ninth season this summer. This evening, Open Roof will feature live music from Terrell Morris in addition to a screening of Games Night.

When: August 1
Time: Music begins at 7 pm
Where: Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle (the lot adjacent to 158 Sterling Road)

Toronto Vegan Block Party

What: There will be a block party over the August long weekend to celebrate the grand opening of Not Your Mother, Vegandale Brewery and Copenhagen Cafe.

When: August 2 to 5
Time: Friday, 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm
Where: Vegandale Brewery, 1346 Queen Street West
Price: Pay for what you eat

Rogers Cup

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What: Toronto is the centre of the tennis world as the Rogers Cup returns for another exciting year.

When: August 4 to 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100
Price: Tickets from $25


What: If you didn’t get enough of your electronic music fill at Dreams Festival, you can make up for it in your costume-clad glory at Veld Music Festival. Headliners include DJ Snake, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and more.

When: August 5 to 6
Time: Varies by day
Where: Downsview Park, Downsview Park Allen Road
Price: Single-day tickets start at $139.99

Twilight Tuesdays Night Market

What: The week event pops up every Tuesday evening August and will transform the Drake One Fifty’s parkette into a vibrant mini night market hawking a rotating cast of street eats from top Toronto restaurants along with ice-cold Ungava Gin drinks.

When: Every Tuesday from August 7 to 28
Time: Kicks off at 5 pm
Where: Drake One Fifty, 150 York Street
Price: Food and drink tickets will cost just $5 each

World Fitness Expo

What: Dance superstar Derek Hough has joined fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels to headline this fitness event. Over the weekend, attendees can customize their experiences with 295 education sessions from over 200 leading industry experts about living a healthy and active lifestyle and much more.

When: August 8 to 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: Day rates start at $281

Wings Around the World

What: Massive, juicy, crispy and superbly sauced! Real Sports’ Executive Chef Matthew Sullivan teams up with Creemore Brewery to present this evening of wing-eating that draws inspiration from around the world.

When: August 9
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill, 15 York Street, Toronto
Price: $60

Boots and Hearts

Boots and Hearts Festival

Boots and Hearts Festival/ Facebook

What: Dust off your cowboy boots and get ready to experience Canada’s biggest country music festival. This year’s headliners include Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington and more.

When: August 9 to 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 180 8th Line South
Price: From $269.99


What: The summer food fest is a favourite for its multi-day festivities devoted all things Jerk and in addition to devouring the Caribbean classic all day, festival-goers can partake in a Hot & Spicy Jerk Chicken-eating competition, So You Think You Can Jerk competition and Jerk Chicken seasoning workshops.

When: August 9 to 12
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 10 am; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Toronto
Price: General admission from $10 online

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music and live art is back, and runs for 10 days for its 28th edition.

When: August 9 to 19
Time: Schedules vary by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Single tickets start at $15

Tapas Journey

What: Spotlighting Spanish flavours in Ontario, the summer-time event, now in its fourth year, offers a chance to enjoy three plates of tapas and a lager for just $20 at nearly 40 participating restaurants.

When: August 10 to 19
Time: Varies by the restaurant
Where: Participating Toronto restaurants
Price: Varies by the restaurant

Rosé Picnic

What: If rosé all-day is all you want to do this summer then this event is for you. Billed as “Canada’s largest premium picnic,” Toronto’s Rosé Picnic returns for 2018 and will turn the Stanley Barracks at Hotel X into a sea of pink for a single day.

When: August 11
Time: 12 pm to 11 pm
Where: Stanley Barracks at Hotel X, 111 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $30 to $1,500 available online

Electric Island 2018

electric island

Electric Island TO

What: Get your sunglasses and dancing shoes ready, Toronto’s favourite summer concert and picnic series kicks off the new month. Now in its 6th year, Electric Island will be taking over Hanlan’s Point.

When: August 11
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island
Price: Tickets start at $50.84

Billy Talent And Friends: Toronto Together

What: Toronto-based rock band Billy Talent is hosting a benefit concert in honour of the victims of the tragic shooting on Danforth Avenue this month. Taking place on Saturday, August 11 at the Danforth Music Hall during the Taste of the Danforth festival, the concert will also feature special performances from City and Colour, PUP, and others.

When: August 11
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
Price: Tickets cost $50 and are limited to two per person

Vegandale Food and Drink Fest

What: The Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival has morphed into the Vegandale Food & Drink Fest this year. From the same folks trying to transform an entire Toronto neighbourhood into a vegan utopia of the same name, the food fest in Toronto is just one stop on a tour that will also hit Houston, Chicago, and New York in summer 2018.

When: August 11 and 12
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Fort York, Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Early bird tickets on sale from $10

Roundhouse Craft Beer and Food Trucks Festival

What: Spend the day outside with beer, street foods, and friends this summer. Craft beer shares the spotlight at this food festival featuring a dozen or so food trucks along with Ontario craft breweries.

When: August 11 and 12
Time: noon to 6 pm
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Fairland Funhouse

What: A magical world of art, music, and discovery is about to debut in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Fairland Funhouse is taking over the namesake 1950s grocery store and letting local artists loose to transform it into an experiential art maze.

When: August 15 to October 31
Time: 12 pm to 12 am
Where: Fairland Funhouse, 241 Augusta Avenue
Price: Tickets start at $20

Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc

What: Toronto’s top secret white party is set to pop-up once again this summer. Dîner en Blanc, the wildly popular and secretive annual event returns for its seventh year in Toronto and will see white-clad diners gather for an epic and visually stunning pop-up picnic on August 16.

When: August 16
Time: TBA
Where: TBA
Price: From $44

The Burger Fest

What: Taking place at Interchange Park from August 17 to 19, this family-friendly festival is promising a weekend full of burgers, beers, and live entertainment.

When: August 17 to 19
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Interchange Park, 1 Commerce Street, Vaughan
Price: Tickets are $10 online

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

What: No summer is complete without a visit to the EX. Get some food, and win some ridiculously large prizes.

When: August 17 to September 3
Time: The grounds are open daily from 10 am to midnight, but attractions and rides all close at different times
Where: Canadian National Exhibition, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: General admission is $19.99

Cityfest Parc Rosé

What: Rosé is totally having a moment in Toronto this summer. Toronto has already been blessed with a sea of rosy summer picnics and runs in 2018, and now you can add one more to the list. Cityfest Parc Rosé is licensing a park for an afternoon devoted to day-drinking rosé this August.

When: August 18
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Canoe Landing Park
Price: Tickets from $30

Camp Wavelength

What: For two magical days, Camp Wavelength will summon the spirit of summer camp and take festival-goers on a journey of discovery and escape. Look forward to incredible live music, interactive installations, DIY activities, games, and much more.

When: August 18 and 19
Time: Saturday, 1 pm to 1 am; Sunday, 1 pm to 10 am
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: From $28

Toronto Cider Festival 2018

Toronto Cider Festival/Facebook

What: The Toronto Cider Festival returns this August. Taking over the Sherbourne Common, the waterfront festival will bring together more than 100 kinds of cider “from the best apple growing regions across Canada.”

When: August 24 and 25
Time: Different entry times each day
Where: Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $35

The Dark Knight 10th anniversary screenings

What: It’s been ten years since Christopher Nolan released “The Dark Knight,” and you can soon watch the film in IMAX to celebrate the occasion. To mark the anniversary of its release, Warner Bros. Pictures is screening the film at four select IMAX locations for an exclusive one-week engagement starting August 24.

When: August 24 to 30
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Cinesphere, Ontario Place
Price: Adult tickets are $13.67

CNE Food Truck Frenzy

What: The annual CNE Food Truck Frenzy wraps up summer by bringing together nearly two dozen food trucks. Conveniently, this food fest takes place at the same time as the CNE Craft Beer Fest so you can wash down your fave curbside eats with a cold one.

When: August 25 to 27
Time: TBA
Where: Situated on Princes’ Boulevard just inside the historic Princes’ Gates
Price: Admission to the festival is included with entry to the CNE

Fan Expo Canada

What: Fandom at its best. From comics to sci-fi, horror and gaming, all under one massive roof. Guests this year include Jason Momoa (DC Justice League), Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Joe Keery (Stranger Things), Rob Schneider (Saturday Night Live), and more.

When: August 30 to September 2
Time: Thursday, 4 pm to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Monday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd.
Price: From $25

Toronto Rib, Bacon and BBQ Fest

What: Hogtown is going hog wild. The Toronto Rib, Bacon and BBQ Festival is taking over Downsview Park over Labour Day weekend and is promising a massive Ribfest bolstered by the addition of vendors specializing in bacon and barbecue as well.

When: August 31 to September 3
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 11 pm; Monday, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, North York
Price: General admission is $5. Kids under 12 are Free

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