Must-See August Events in Toronto

The last month of summer is around the corner and it brings lots of fun social events, festivals and happening across the city. Most of these events celebrate cultural diversity, with music, people and cuisine from all over the world.

Most of the activities are free and open to the public. Check out this list of must-see August events prepared by ILAC and we guarantee you will never forget your summer in Toronto.

1. VELD Music Festival: August 1-2, 2015

Future Music Festival 2013Attend the VELD Music Festival this August. It is all about fun, great electronic music and good vibes. Over the weekend you’ll be able to relax and listen to electronic music and great performances by a variety of musicians. Do not forget to manage your time by picking your favourite artists. This festival in Downsview Park, will be followed by an after-party.

2. Taste of the Danforth: August 7-9, 2015 *FREE

New Danforth Avenue Sign


The Taste of the Danforth festival is an annual celebration of Greek culture, taking place in Toronto’s Greektown.

Come to listen to great music, taste amazing food, learn traditional dances and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

The Taste of Danforth’s 2013 Zorba dance holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest. In 2014, the “Largest Tug of War” and “Most People Participating in a Standing Long Jump in 8 Hours” also set Guinness World Records.

This year there will be more fun challenges: the “Most People to Eat an Olive in 8 Hours” and the “Most People to Make a Penalty Kick in 8 Hours”. Practice your kick now!

3. Sail-In Cinema: August 20-22, 2015

Sugar BeachToronto’s beautiful Sugar Beach, located close to the Distillery District, is going to transform its chaise-longues and pink umbrellas into an outdoor movie theatre. This year’s theme is the 80s. The movies will be projected in a unique way. Two-sided screens will be floating in the water, so you will be able to watch movies from the beach or from the water.

4. Canadian National Exhibition: August 21 – September 7, 2015

ferris wheel - long exposure

One of North America’s largest annual fairs, the 18 day-long Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) offers amusement park rides, live entertainment, food, shopping, concerts, performances and special events.

If you are an airplane enthusiast, get ready for a jaw-dropping experience at the Canadian International Air Show on the last weekend of summer. The pilots will perform daredevil loop-de-loops and synchronized manoeuvres.

5. Toronto Chinatown Festival: August 22-23, 2015 *FREE

the dragon is always present : flower festival, grant street, china town, san francisco (2014)Visiting Toronto’s Chinatown Festival is an exciting experience for anybody. This beautiful part of the city is located in Downtown Toronto. This event celebrates Chinese culture and will include lion dances, Kung Fu performances, delicious Chinese street food and an exhibition of traditional Chinese art and crafts. Time of the event: Saturday: Noon–11pm and Sunday: 11am–8pm.

6. Buskerfest: August 27-30, 2015 *FREE

Fire Dancer

Buskerfest for Epilepsy is the festival which traditionally closes the major summer festivals in Toronto. There are going to be over 130 street performers from all over the world.

Craziness is in the air, with numerous clowns, acrobats, puppets and jugglers performing simultaneously on the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood.


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