30 things to do in Toronto this weekend: August 24 to 26

Aug 23 2018, 5:30 pm

It’s the final weekend of the month, so you’re going to want to make it count.

Whether you’re in the mood to check out a food or drink festival or maybe you want to embrace a new culture, there’s plenty of awesome events happening throughout the city this weekend.

Friday, August 24

Museum of the Moon

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What: The world-renowned Museum of the Moon is a touring art installation by artist Luke Jerram, and will be landing in Stratford as it makes its first-ever appearance in the province. The strikingly realistic, scale-model moon exhibit has been visiting major cultural cities around the world since 2016, inspiring and entertaining with its blend of science and art.

When: Now until August 25
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Avon River, Tom Patterson Island
Price: Free

A Forest of Canoes at The Bentway

What: A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton, is a site-specific installation set up throughout The Bentway and is co-commissioned with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and curated by Bonnie Rubenstein. The installation highlights the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories.

When: Now until August 31
Time: All day
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free

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: Now until 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

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

Open Kitchen Toronto Crêpe and Movie Night

What: You can get a taste of New York City in Prince Edward County (PEC) Friday night. Toronto Chef Charlotte Langley of Scout Canning teams up with Chef Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy NYC for the one-time-only Crêpe and Movie Night. Guests are invited to BYO-beverages.

When: August 24
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Old Third Vineyard, 251 Closson Road, Hillier
Price: A donation of $40 is requested in support of the Open Kitchen Toronto Female Culinary Scholarship Fund at George Brown College.

Indie Fridays

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What: Chevrolet Canada presents Indie Fridays, a free concert series featuring some of Canada’s top indie musicians on Friday evenings.

When: August 24
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Free

Movie Night in Liberty Village Park: Jumanji

What: You can enjoy a free outdoor screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart this Friday. As always, fun times, prizes galore, and best of all, it’s FREE.

When: August 24
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Liberty Village Park, 70 East Liberty Street
Price: Free

Toronto Cider Festival 2018

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

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: August 24 and 25
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
 9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills, ON
Price: $10 per person

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 24 to 26
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Situated on Princes’ Boulevard just inside the historic Princes’ Gates
Price: Admission to the festival is included with entry to the CNE

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ


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What: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ is back. This food fest centred around summertime essentials returns to Toronto’s waterfront this weekend. Like one massive cook-off fueled by cold beers and brown liquor, this festival promises slow-smoked and grilled meats among the main attractions. Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, Parallel Brothers and Fidel Gastro’s food truck are just a few of the food vendors you should save your appetite for.

When: August 24 to 26
Time: Friday, 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: From $7.95

TAIWANfest 2018

What: The annual event celebrates, shares, and exchanges culture and heritage between communities and uses visual, musical, theatrical, and culinary arts to highlight cross-cultural values.

When: August 24 to 26
Time: Varies by day 
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

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

Saturday, August 25

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

What: The Evergreen Brick Works’ Saturday Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Come and enjoy good food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

When: August 25
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Free Yoga at Ontario Place

What: Every weekend this summer, Ontario Place hosts yoga at Trillium Park. On Saturday and Sundays, from now until August 26, the morning classes will be offered with no sign ups necessary. Yogis just need to bring a mat for practice.

When: August 25 and 26
Time: Saturday, 10 am; Sunday, 11 am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Price: Free

Coconut Festival Canada

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What: Taking over David Pecaut Square, this coconut focused food festival is all about the health benefits and deliciousness of the tropical fruit. Visitors can look forward to more than 70 vendors dealing in coconut infused foods, cosmetics, fashions, and more alongside a superfoods expo, offering wellness talks and dance and yoga sessions.

When: August 25 and 26
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West, Toronto
Price: General admission is free

Waterfront Artisan Market

What: Back for its third year, the Waterfront Artisan Market features 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday.

When: August 25 and 26
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Pan American Food and Music Festival

What: Celebrate the cuisines and cultures of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, when the Pan American Food and Music Festival returns to Toronto this August.

When: August 25 and 26
Time: Varies by day
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Admission is free

Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest

What: The 7th annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest will feature live musical performances, exciting entertainment from local and international artists, mouth-watering ethnic cuisine, visual arts, drum and dance workshops, kid’s zone, dance competitions, and much more. Definitely not an event to miss.

When: August 25 and 26
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Drive
Price: Free admission

Bloorcourt Festival

What: This festival boasts one of Toronto’s largest gatherings of artists, musicians, artisans, and masters of all crafts. There will be vendors, emerging artists and veterans alike. There will be plenty of family fun complete with inflatables, crafts, and interactive entertainment for the children to enjoy.

When: August 25
Time: 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: Bloor Street West, Dufferin Street to Montrose Avenue
Price: Free to attend

The Bentway Block Party

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What: The Bentway is hosting a massive block party this August to celebrate the full completion of Phase 1 construction and everyone’s invited. On Saturday, August 25, the entire family can enjoy fun games and activities in the Kids Zone, check out the open-air arcade from Hand Eye Society, roaming live musical performances, dance workshops, a street dance competition, and more.

When: August 25
Time: 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Bentway
Price: Free

Tamil Fest

What: Tamil Fest is the largest Tamil street festival of its kind outside of the Indian subcontinent. This two-day festival is a unique platform to showcase and exhibit traditional and modern Tamil culture, cuisine, arts, and entertainment.

When: August 25 and 26
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Markham Road (Between McNicoll Avenue & Passmore Avenue)
Price: Admission is free

Dachshund Derby

What: The first-ever Dachshund Derby will see 30 Dachshunds compete in a 25-metre dash for the championship title and a $500 grand prize. Spectators can look forward to three qualifying heats featuring 10 ultra-cute contenders at a time. The qualifiers will start at approximately 1:40 pm on the EP Taylor Turf Course and be followed by one championship race.

When: August 25
Time: 12:30 pm
Where: Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Boulevard
Price: Entry fee for the event not listed online

Innk & Gunn Tattoo Shop

What: You can spend this weekend in Toronto getting (temporarily) tattoos, eating FREE burgers, and sipping FREE beers. Innk & Gunn Tattoo Shop is popping up at the old Ossington Tire space and is offering up a trifecta of free stuff.

When: August 25 to 26
Time: 2 pm to 8 pm
Where: 146 Ossington Avenue
Price: Free to attend

Sorauren Park Free Movies

What: Toronto’s Sorauren Park will be hosting free movie screenings this summer, with showings happening on the fourth Saturday of every month from June to September. This year, attendees can look forward to pizza dinners before each screening from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina. August’s screening is Ghostbusters.

When: August 25
Time: Pizza dinner at 7 pm, movie starts at 8:30 pm
Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Ave
Price: Free to attend

Queen West Midnight Madness Sale

midnight madness


What: Intended to bring locals and visitors to one of the city’s most unique shopping locations, restaurants and stores will remain open from 8 pm to midnight, transforming the historic Queen West strip into a late-night buzz of shoppers and diners.

When: August 25
Time: 8 pm until 12 am
Where: Toronto’s Queen Street West
Price: Pay for what you buy

Sunday, August 26

Toronto Artisan Market

What: Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone or maybe you want to treat yourself, chances are you’ll find whatever you’re looking for at this curated artisan market designed to celebrate local arts, crafts, and community.

When: August 26
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods, 790 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Books & Bikes on the Bloor Viaduct

What: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Prince Edward Viaduct, the public is invited to participate in a moveable literary festival on bikes along Bloor Street to the viaduct. There’ll also be free bike maintenance, storytelling and pizza for participants.

When: August 26
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm (festivities begin at 1 pm)
Where: Various bookstores along Bloor
Price: Free to participate

Pedestrian Sunday’s in Kensington Market

What: The 15th 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.

When: August 26
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market
Price: Free admission

Promise Cherry Beach 2018

What: Come and enjoy an unmissable chance to take in the best of Toronto’s underground music scene surrounded by sun and fun at the beach.

When: August 26
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cherry Beach, Cherry Street just south of Unwin Avenue
Price: $20

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