The Top 10 Events in August in Toronto

August might symbolize summer coming to an end for some people, but it's still a good time to enjoy numerous fun things to do in Toronto. This month in particular happens to be jam-packed with festivities and places to eat and drink. Whether you’re into food festivals, music, cultural events, or night markets—Ontario's provincial capital has it all in August. 

Note: Many of these events have been altered or canceled in 2020. Check details below and event websites for more information.

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Waterfront Night Market

Waterfront Night Market

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This event has been postponed for 2020.

Make your way to one of Toronto’s biggest evening markets for entertainment and Asian street food at the annual Waterfront Night Market. The popular three-night summer event happens at Ontario Place, West Island. You can expect more than 120 vendors serving all kinds of pan-Asian street snacks, as well as music, live entertainment, and cultural events.

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Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth

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Taste of the Danforth will celebrate its 27th anniversary on August 7-9, 2020. One of Canada’s largest street festivals, it attracts more than 1.5 million visitors annually in honor of the Danforth district's Greek heritage. There will be tons of food—Greek, of course—but the vendors will also represent the culinary diversity of the area, so your taste buds will be in for a treat. In addition to filling up on delicious food from street-side vendors, look for lots of live family-friendly entertainment, a sports zone, dozens of free activities, and an area just for kids.

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Toronto Food Truck Festival

Toronto Food Truck Festival

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This event has been postponed for 2020.

There’s something about buying items from a food truck that seems to make eating more fun, especially in the summer. People of all ages can have their pick from some of the best mobile eateries in the city in August at the Toronto Food Truck Festival. More than 50 food trucks converge on Woodbine Park for four days. Bring your appetite and snack on everything from burgers and poutine to dumplings, arepas, grilled cheese, and much more. 

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Grace JerkFest

Jerkfest Toronto

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If you like things spicy, add Grace JerkFest to your list of things to do in Toronto, which will be held virtually on August 8 and 9 in 2020. For this year, you can pre-order your food and pick it up at the curb of specific businesses or get it delivered to your home. A host of vendors will offer their take on jerk delicacies, usually including vegetarian fare. You can also expect headlining acts, local performers, and cooking demos. For more details on the schedule and local performers, see the event website or Facebook page.

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Toronto Cider Festival

Toronto Cider Festival

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This event has been canceled for 2020.

Those ages 19 and up can celebrate the end of summer by sipping on over 100 kinds of cider made from the best apple growing regions in Canada and around the world. The Toronto Cider Festival happens over two days at Sherbourne Common.

Your ticket typically gets you a commemorative mug and four sample tokens to start off the day of cider sampling. There will also be live entertainment, a waterfront gamezone, a photo exhibit, an outdoor fire pit, and food trucks if you get hungry.

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Vegandale Food and Drink Festival

Vegandale Food and Drink Festival

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Vegandale, a Toronto city block filled with vegan goods and foods, is also the name of an eating and drinking experience free of animal products. The event is taking place at Historic Fort York and Garrison Common on August 8, 2020. Expect everything from burgers to beverages to sweet treats. The all-ages bash also features live music by a DJ, games and giveaways, and a bar with alcohol for those 19 and above.

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TAIWANfest

From August 28-30, 2020, TAIWANfest will present “The Survived,” a virtual platform for one of the largest Mandarin/English cultural events in Canada. In collaboration with the Harbourfront Centre, the event will celebrate the food, arts, and culture of Taiwan. The free three-day festival will be online this year, with highlights such as The Island and Maple Leaf live-streamed symphony concert, art exhibitions, artist talks, food demonstrations, and more. See the TAIWANfest website closer to the event for more details.

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Sweetery

Sweetery
 Sweetery

This event has been canceled for 2020.

Anyone with a serious sweet tooth will want to check out Sweetery, Toronto’s only food festival to focus exclusively on dessert and sugary treats. The two-day event taking place in David Pecaut Square features bakeries, patisseries, dessert and cake shops, and other businesses from across Toronto showcasing their best confections. Guests also enjoy musical performances by local artists.

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FAN EXPO Canada

This event has been postponed until August of 2021, but a limited edition gathering will take place in November of 2020.

FAN EXPO Canada: LIMITED EDITION, the biggest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada, will take place from November 6-8, 2020, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This gathering will be limited to 25,000 tickets. Guests will enjoy exhibitors, family-friendly events and attractions, and world-famous celebrities.

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Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition

This event has been canceled for 2020.

A sure sign of summer coming to an end is the start of the Canadian National Exhibition in late August and early September. Get your annual fix of rides, test your luck playing carnival games, see some live music, or visit the food building to fill up on deep-fried goodies of all kinds. There’s something at the CNE for every age and interest level. Beer fans will want to check out Craft Beer Fest happening in tandem with Food Truck Frenzy. The CNE also hosts the Indoor Lantern Festival, believed to be one of the world's largest.

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