The 10 Best Events Happening in Toronto this August

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Diner en Blanc (Image: Ryan Emberley for @DinerEnBlancToronto)

As the days get shorter and cooler, it signals the approaching end of summer. Luckily, August is jam-packed with activities so that you’ll be able to enjoy that last bit of summer bliss. Some of the best and biggest food and music events are taking place this month, so remember to save the dates.

August 3-7
Experience North America’s largest cultural festival by checking out some awesome Caribbean-inspired events. Expect lots of wild parties, great reggae and R&B music, and a colourful parade to top it all off. Tickets to different events can be bought here.

Performers clad in sparkly and colourful outfits dance their way through the streets in the parade. (Image: Instagram/@caribana_toronto)

Veld Music Festival
August 5
One of the city’s hottest electronic and hip-hop music festivals will be returning with over 30 acts from some of the most revered names in the industry. The ever-impressive lineup features Major Lazer, Zedd and Future, to name a few. Tickets can be bought here.

Rogers Cup 2017
August 5-13
Come see the best in women’s tennis by attending this year’s Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre. Some of the tennis superstars competing for the prestigious title this year include Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Canada’s own Eugenie Bouchard. Tickets can be bought here.

Taste of the Danforth
August 11-13
Canada’s largest street festival will be returning this year, celebrating the Greek culture and heritage with food, music, entertainment and more. Enjoy being Greek for a day, as you eat your way through the streets, soak in the boisterous atmosphere, learn different ethnic dances, and join in the joyous exclamations of “Opa!”

All varieties of gyros will be sold at the many food booths. (Image: Instagram/@tastedanforth)

Waterfront Night Market
August 11-13
This huge indoor and outdoor night market is not to be missed. In addition to over 100 vendors selling foods from around the world, there will be an interactive art showcase, live performances, and a number of carnival games and rides to keep you entertained.

Diner en Blanc
August 17
Originating in Paris and taking place annually in cities around the world, the city’s largest outdoor dinner party is making its way to Toronto again. This summer, eager guests decked head-to-toe in white will be congregating at a secret location for a night of fine dining, socializing and dancing. You’ll get to appreciate the beauty of the city’s public spaces, show off your chic outfits, meet new people, and take part in a magical evening. You can register here.

Sail-In Cinema
August 17-19
For a truly unique movie-going experience, head over to Sugar Beach this summer to see it transform into Toronto’s largest outdoor movie theatre. Over three nights, movies will be shown under the night skies on a two-sided screen set on a barge in the Toronto Harbour. This year, they’ll be showing Edward Scissorhands, Indiana Jones and Beauty and the Beast.

Huge crowds of people gather on Sugar Beach to catch the floating movie. (Image:

Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival
August 19
The Vegan Food & Drink Festival will be returning for its third year at the historic Fort York grounds. This year will be bigger and better than ever, as more vendors from across North America join the festivities. Everything sold within the festival is 100% vegan, so you can rest easy as you eat your way to a food coma. Tickets can be bought here.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
August 25-27
From the creators of Taco Fest and Brunch Fest, they will be hosting the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at the newly renovated Ontario Place. You’ll be able to sample Toronto’s best BBQ, craft beers and bourbon cocktails while enjoying live country music and taking part in line dancing. You can also take a lesson at the grill master school or try your luck at axe throwing. Get your tickets here.

Toronto Cider Festival
August 26
This year’s Cider Festival will celebrate the spirit of Canadian pride in honour of Canada 150. There will be over 70 different ciders produced in Canada and around the world paired with amazing food and live entertainment. You’ll be able to kick back, relax by the water and celebrate the end of summer in true Canadian fashion. Purchase tickets here.

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Lisa Xu

Lisa is a journalism student at Carleton University and an aspiring travel writer. When she’s not struggling with writer’s block, she loves hitting up the hottest foodie spots around the city and taking photos of everything.

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