16 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, August 24

Aug 23 2019, 5:00 am

Make the most of today by checking out all the great events happening in the city this beautiful Saturday, August 24.

This includes a thirst-quenching cider festival, the CNE, and even an east-end beer fest.

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Fan Expo Canada

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What: The Fan Expo offers costume-filled fandom at its best to end the summer on a high note. From comics to sci-fi, horror, and gaming, you will find it all under one massive roof.

When: On now until August 25
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd.
Price: Tickets start at $20

The Office! A Musical Parody

What: In case you’ve already re-watched The Office for the umpteenth time on Netflix, you’ll soon have the chance to see your favourite paper company employees live on for another day. This summer, the off-Broadway performance, The Office! A Musical Parody is heading to Toronto for a four-week run at Mirvish’s CAA Theatre.

When: On now until August 25
Time: Saturday, 2 pm and 8 pm; Sunday, 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge Street
Price: From $42

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

What: Toronto’s late summer festival it’s taking every tried and true summertime attraction and mashing them all together into one single event including live country bands, line dancing lessons, bourbon tasting bars, axe throwing, BBQ cook-offs, and more.

When: On now until August 25
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $7.95

TAIWANfest 2019

What: TAIWANfest is making a very welcome return to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre this weekend. The annual public event celebrates, shares, and exchanges culture and heritage between communities and provides a stage for guests to learn, share, and foster new artistic expressions. Attendees can expect a wide array of visual, culinary, and theatric arts, workshops and demonstrations for all ages, mesmerizing performances, and tantalizing cuisine.

When: On now until August 25
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

CNE Food Truck Frenzy

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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: On now until August 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

The Funhouse

What: Queen Street West has a brand new immersive installation and it’s going to be a houseful of fun. Toronto-based art collective Mondo Forma and Universal Music Canada are bringing The Funhouse to downtown. The immersive, experiential art maze, inspired by music and created in collaboration with some of Toronto’s most exciting artists, and will open this Saturday.

When: On now through to September
Time: Doors open at 10 am
101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28 general admission

Shakespeare in High Park

What: The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare returns this summer and runs until September 1. The long-running outdoor theatre event is celebrating its 37th year and takes on two classics this year. This summer’s plays include the comedic tale of love and desire, Much Ado About Nothing, and the timeless story of morality and power, Measure For Measure.

When: Tuesday to Sunday, until September 1
Time: All performances begin at 8 pm
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Tickets are pay-what-you-can

CNE 2019

What: No summer is complete without a visit to the EX to take in the sounds, tastes, rides, and animals. Get some food, and win some ridiculously large prizes.

When: On now until September 2
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Canadian National Exhibition, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: All attractions and shows are FREE with admission to the CN

Summer Music in the Park


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What: This summer, head to Bloor-Yorkville and snag a seat by the ‘big rock and enjoy some incredible live music that ranges from jazz to traditional Cuban and Greek and Celtic.

When: On now through September 7 (Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Time: Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Saturdays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Sundays (only in July and August), 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Village of Yorkville Park, Bellair and Cumberland streets
Price: Free

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

What: The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers and producers.

When: Every Saturday during summer
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

What: The annual Toronto Bicycle Music Festival returns this weekend, featuring an outdoor pedal-powered concert between Trinity Bellwoods and Bell Manor Parks.

When: August 24
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
Price: Free

Kensington Market Flea

What: The weekly Kensington Market Flea returns this Saturday. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: Every Saturday until September 21
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

The Deadstock Depot Vintage Flea Market

The Deadstock Depot

What: Toronto’s only vintage streetwear flea market is back. Shop from dozens of local and international vendors who have come together to form Canada’s largest selection of handpicked garments catering to the 80s, 90s, and 2000s street and sportswear aesthetic.

When: August 24
Time: Doors open at 1 pm
Where: Ossington Tire, 146 Ossington Avenue
Price: $10 entry fee

Leslieville Beer Fest

What: The Leslieville Beer Festival is back for a craft brew-fuelled block party this weekend. Taking place on Saturday, the festival will shut down Dundas Street East between Logan and Carlaw Avenue for a full day and will feature more than 20 regional brewers and over 30 local food vendors and artisans.

When: August 24
Time: 1 pm to 8 pm
Where: Dundas Street East from Logan Avenue to Carlaw Avenue, Toronto
Tickets: $25, available online

Toronto Cider Festival

What: This year’s Toronto Cider Festival will showcase an assortment of refreshing and amazing ciders paired with delicious food, live entertainment, and local Canadian talent, offering a no-fail way to wrap what will be an epic summer.

When: August 24
Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Drive
Price: From $48

Afro Caribbean Vegan Market

What: This not-for-profit event features plant-based products, art and services. Learn more about the benefits of introducing more plants into your day-to-day life through guest speakers, workshops and more.

When: August 24
Time: 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: 519 Community Centre – 519 Church Street
Admission: Free

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