22 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, August 18

Aug 16 2018, 8:22 pm

FEATURED EVENTS IN YOUR CITY

Your weekend continues, Toronto.

Check out what’s happening in the city this beautiful Saturday. And then take advantage of it.

Burger Fest

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

Manifesto

What: Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture returns this August, taking over downtown Toronto with multi-arts events that end with a FREE concert and community gathering at City Hall.

When: Now until August 19
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Various venues
Price: Free

Tapas Journey

Tapas Journey

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: Now until August 19
Time: Varies by the restaurant
Where: Participating Toronto restaurants
Price: Varies by the restaurant

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market, presented by TD, launched on Canada Day and is happening now until August 19 on the doorstep of Union Station. Participating food vendors include Amano PastaBananza, Fugo DessertsHarry’s CharbroiledMean BaoRoywoodsThe Carbon BarThe Plant YYZ, Union Chicken, and Wvrst.

When: On now until August 19
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: 65 Front Street West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

The Art of Banksy

Banksy

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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: 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

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

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

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

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)

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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

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

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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 18
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 18 and 19
Time: Saturday, 10 am; Sunday, 11 am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Price: Free

Toronto Flower Market

Toronto flower market

Toronto Flower Market

What: There will be 18 incredible vendor stalls on display to visit and admire, each selling an assortment of seasonal showstoppers including tulips, daffodils, gerbera, orchids, hyacinths, muscari, lilacs, and more. Plus there will also be an array of dahlia tubers, seedlings, garden planters, handmade pots and indoor plants also for sale.

When: August 18
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Price: Free admission

Butterfly Festival

What: This August, visitors can learn about Monarch Butterflies through many activities, nature hikes, and educational displays, while discovering the more than 55 species of butterflies recorded at the park to date. This fun family event is free and everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the incredible migration of the Monarch Butterfly.

When: August 18
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie Street, Toronto
Price: Free to attend

Mississauga ITALIFEST

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What: ITALFEST celebrates all that is Italian. Featuring delicious food and crafts from 40+ vendors and artisans, cultural and family-oriented activities, entertainment from local and international talent, a thriving “marketo” and much more, the festival spotlights a community rich in heritage, entertainment and family values.

When: August 18
Time: 10 am to 10:50 pm
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive
Price: Free admission

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 18 and 19
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Toronto’s Chinatown Festival

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What: Toronto’s 18th annual Chinatown Festival is back. The staple at Dundas and Spadina returns this weekend and brings with it traditional dancing, food, art, and performances.

When: August 18 and 19
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: West side of Spadina Avenue, (between St. Andrew Street and Sullivan Street)
Price: Free to attend

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

Cityfest Parc Rosé

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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

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 18
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
Where:
 9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills, ON
Price: $10 per person

Free Movies at the Park – Jumanji

What: This Saturday you can enjoy a free screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Downsview Park’s outdoor football field and running track. Bring a lawn chair or blanket (and a friend), and be sure to arrive early to enter our raffle for a chance to win a prize pack.

When: August 18
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: 79 Carl Hall Road, Football Field & Running Track
Price: Free to attend

Christie Pits Film Festival: Surprise Screenings

What: This weekend, the Christie Pits Film Festival is hosting two surprise screenings.  Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.

When: August 18 and 19
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
Price: Free to attend

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