The Top 10 Events in August in Toronto

August might symbolize summer coming to an end for some, but why lament the waning warmer days when you could be making the most of the month? August in particular also happens to be jam-packed with fun things to do, eat, and drink. Whether you’re into food festivals, music, cultural events, or night markets—August in Toronto has it all. 

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    Waterfront Night Market (August 10-12)

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    Make your way to one of Toronto’s biggest night markets for an evening of entertainment and Asian street food at the annual Waterfront Night Market. The popular summer event is moving to Ontario Place this year—it used to set up outside the Hearn Generating Station last year, and in previous years, it would use the parking lot of the T&T Supermarket near Cherry and Commissioners streets. Regardless of location, you can expect more than 100 vendors serving all kinds of pan-Asian street snacks to fill up on, as well as music, live entertainment, and cultural events.

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    Taste of the Danforth (August 10-12)

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    Taste of the Danforth is back for another year, and as Canada’s largest street festival, it attracts more than a million visitors annually. This year is the 25th anniversary of the much-loved fest, so expect some extra surprises this time around. 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, there will be lots of live entertainment, dozens of free activities, and an area just for kids.

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    Toronto Food Truck Festival (August 3-6)

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    There’s something about eating food from a food truck that seems to make eating more fun, especially in the summer. You can have your pick of eats from some of the best mobile eateries in the city in August at the Toronto Food Truck Festival when more than 30 food trucks will converge on Woodbine Park for three days. Bring your appetite for a day of snacking on everything from burgers and poutine, to dumplings, arepas, grilled cheese, and much more. 

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    Toronto Cider Festival (August 24-25)

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    Love cider? You can celebrate the end of summer by sipping on more than 100 kinds of cider from the best apple growing regions in Canada and around the world. The Toronto Cider Festival is happening at Sherbourne Common at 61 Dockside Drive, at the corner of Queens Quay and Sherbourne Street.

    Your ticket gets you a commemorative mug and four sample tokens to start off your day of cider sampling. There will also be live entertainment and food trucks on site if you get hungry.

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    Jerkfest Toronto (August 9-12)

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    If you like things spicy, add Jerkfest Toronto to you list of things to do in August in Toronto. Centennial Park in Etobicoke will play host to the event, which features a whole host of vendors offering their take on everything from jerk chicken to jerk fish to spiced up vegetarian fare. You can also expect live entertainment, cooking demos, and a hot-and-spicy jerk chicken eating contest.

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    Camp Wavelength (August 18-19)

    Feel like you’re back at summer camp—with a whole lot of great music to listen to—at Camp Wavelength. This year’s festival takes over the green, wooded area at the western end of Garrison Common, directly adjacent to Fort York National Historic Site for two days of music-filled fun. The stacked lineup includes Suuns, Tops, Maylee Todd, Casper Skulls, and many more at the all-ages, rain-or-shine fest. 

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    Vegandale Food and Drink Festival (August 11-12)

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    ••• Tasty vegan festival eats.

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    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 second all-vegan festival, and you can expect completely vegan goodies, from burgers to beverages to sweet treats, both days of the event.  

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    Sweetery (August 11-12)

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    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 in David Pecaut Square and feature bakeries, patisseries, dessert shops, cake shops, and more from across Toronto showcasing their best treats. Check the website closer to the event for more details.

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    TaiwanFest (August 24-26)

    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, art exhibitions, workshops, and much more at the largest Mandarin/English speaking cultural event in Canada.

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    Canadian National Exhibition (August 17-September 3)

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    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 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 August 24 to 26 happening in tandem with Food Truck Frenzy—meaning lots of great beer and food truck treats. The CNE will also be hosting the Indoor Lantern Festival, believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.