August is around the corner and it’s jam-packed with fun things to do in the city. Make the most out of the month by heading to one of the best festivals and activities on offer in August.
Krinos Taste of the Danforth (August 7-9)
Taste of the Danforth is back for another year and as Canada’s largest street festival it attracts over a million visitors annually. Expect tons of food – Greek of course, but the vendors will also represent the culinary diversity of the area. In addition to filling up on delicious eats there will be live entertainment, dozens of free activities and an area just for kids.
Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival (August 8-9)
Craft beer fans should mark August 8 and 9 on the calendar and plan a visit to the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival. The fest, taking place at Roundhouse Park, will only be showcasing beers from Ontario craft brewers. Some of these include Mill Street Brewery, Flying Monkeys Brewery, Wellington Brewery, Black Oak Brewing and many more. You can soak up the booze with food from some of Toronto’s best food trucks.
Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival (August 8)
This all-vegan eating and drinking experience is happening at Historic Fort York and will feature 100 percent vegan dishes, craft beer, wine and spirits. This is Toronto’s first ever all-vegan festival for the 19 and over set. Some vendors to look forward sampling from include Yamchops, Tori’s Bakeshop, Bunners, Cardinal Rule and Animal Liberation Kitchen among many more.
Sweetery (August 15-16)
Anyone with a serious sweet tooth will want to check out Sweetery, Toronto’s only food festival to focus exclusively on sweet items. The dessert and sweet treat-focused event will be taking place at Front and Portland and feature bakeries, patisseries, dessert shops, cake shops and more from across Toronto showcasing their best treats. Specific vendors aren’t listed yet so check the website closer to the event for more details.
Big on Bloor Festival (August 22-23)
On August 22 and 23 Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne will be home to the Big on Bloor Festival. The car-free summer street celebration offers a chance to get to know the diverse array of businesses in the neighbourhood, an area where new bars, cafes, shops and restaurants are regularly opening.
Camp Wavelength (August 28-30)
The last weekend in August Camp Wavelength takes over Artscape Gibraltar Point for a three-day camping and music festival. If you don’t feel like camping there are single day passes available. If you do want to send the night a camping pass gets you admission and overnight camping access for the Friday and Saturday nights. Acts playing this year’s fest include The Weather Station, Do Make Say Think and The Wooden Sky among others.
TaiawanFest (August 28-30)
Harbourfront Centre plays host to TaiwanFest, which celebrates the food, arts and culture of Taiwan over three days. During the free festival there will be live music, performances, cooking demonstrations and even a karaoke and dance challenge.
Canadian National Exhibition (August 21-September 7)
A sure sign of summer coming to an end is the start of the Canadian National Exhibition. Get your annual fix of rides, test your luck playing carnival games, see a show or visit the food building to fill up on deep fried goodies. There’s something at the CNE for every age and interest level.