20 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, August 26

Aug 24 2018, 6:59 pm

Just because the weekend has come to an end it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.

In case you’re looking for something to do, we’ve rounded up 20 awesome events happening in and around the city this fine Sunday.

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: Now until August 26
Time: 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: Now until August 26
Time: Varies by day 
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

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: 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 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: Now until August 30
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Cinesphere, Ontario Place
Price: Adult tickets are $13.67

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

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 26
Time: Varies by day
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
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 26
Time: 11 am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Price: Free

Coconut Festival Canada

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

Waterfront Artisan Market

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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 26
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

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

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 26
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Markham Road (Between McNicoll Avenue & Passmore Avenue)
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

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

Innk & Gunn Tattoo Shop

What: This two-day event is presented by Inkbox and Innis & Gunn and will feature “regret-free” semi-permanent tattoos, tasting flights of beer, and charcoal bun chicken club sandwiches and chickpea salad sandwiches both infused with Innis & Gunn Lager, all for FREE.

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

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


What: End your weekend on a high note with a performance from r&b singer Miguel and Canadian r&b duo Dvsn at Toronto’s Echo Beach.

When: August 26
Time: 7 pm
Where: RBC Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: From $67

The 2018 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards

What: Stars, music, and parties are heading this way soon. The award show formerly known as the MMVA’s is back with hosts Awkwafina, as well as headliners Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Marshmello, Alessia Cara, Halsey, and more.

When: August 26
Time: 9 pm
Where: Much Music headquarters, 299 Queen Street West
Price: Fans can lineup and watch the show for free

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