August Fairs & Festivals

August Festivals

It’s the last month of the summer so be sure to get out with the family and enjoy the long, warm days at a summer festival! We’ve rounded up the top family festivals in Toronto and the surrounding area. You’ll find loads of summer fun to add to your family calendar. Head out to food festivals, community fairs, ethnic and cultural celebrations, fireworks, dancing, kids activities, ribfests, cotton candy, music and more! We are always adding to these listings so keep checking back and have a fun summer!

August Festivals

Jerk Fest

Jerk Fest

Start:
Aug 9, 2018
End:
Aug 12, 2018
Venue:
Centennial Park
JerkFest is an annual festival which takes place the second weekend in August every year. JerkFest celebrates the world renown jerk cuisine. Its a fusion of jerk food, pulsating music, family friendly entertainment and good vibes! Kids Zone The Kidz ...
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The Feast of St. Lawrence

The Feast of St. Lawrence

Start:
Aug 11, 2018
End:
Aug 11, 2018
Venue:
St. Lawrence Market
Join us on Saturday, August 11th for our Market Street Celebration. We celebrate the world famous St. Lawrence Market and Market Street with outdoor food stalls and seating areas, farm fresh produce, canning and food preparation demonstration sessions in the ...
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Toronto Chinatown Festival

Toronto Chinatown Festival

Start:
Aug 18, 2018
End:
Aug 19, 2018
Venue:
Chinatown Toronto
In 2017, the Toronto Chinatown Festival attracted about 250,000 visitors during this 2-days event. Our theme for 2018 is “Leap through The Dragon’s Gate.” In the folktale the Carps swim upstream to try hard to jump through the dragon’s gate; ...
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Open Streets TO

Open Streets TO

Start:
Aug 19, 2018
End:
Aug 19, 2018
Venue:
Various venues in Toronto
Come walk, bike, and play in the streets with us, on Yonge St (Bloor to Queen) and Bloor St (Christie to Sherbourne)! Open Streets TO opens streets to people by briefly coming them to cars so we can play in ...
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Aurora Ribfest

Aurora Ribfest

Start:
Aug 24, 2018
End:
Aug 26, 2018
Venue:
Machell Park
It's all about the "Ribs, Bibs and Sauce"! The tastiest event of the year will be taking place at Machell Park, as the rib teams get fired up starting on Friday, August 24. Not only will there be the tastiest ...
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MuslimFest

MuslimFest

Start:
Aug 31, 2018
End:
Sep 2, 2018
Venue:
Mississauga Celebration Square
MuslimFest is an award-winning annual festival in Mississauga, ON, that celebrates the best in Muslim arts and entertainment. The event features over 80 local and international artists who showcase their talent in various genre or art. Launched in 2004, MuslimFest ...
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Open Streets TO

Open Streets TO

Start:
Sep 16, 2018
End:
Sep 16, 2018
Venue:
Various venues in Toronto
Come walk, bike, and play in the streets with us, on Yonge St (Bloor to Queen) and Bloor St (Christie to Sherbourne)! Open Streets TO opens streets to people by briefly coming them to cars so we can play in ...
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Creemore Children’s Festival

Creemore Children’s Festival

Start:
Aug 4, 2018
End:
Aug 4, 2018
Venue:
Mill Street, Creemore
This year marks the 7th annual Creemore Children’s Festival. It promises to be bigger and better than ever. We are staying true to our mandate, to empower children by creating an event that is for and about them. The festival ...
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Enchanted Garden Weekend

Enchanted Garden Weekend

Start:
Aug 4, 2018
End:
Aug 6, 2018
Venue:
Royal Botanical Gardens
Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you. Meet mystical creatures, participate in delightful activities, and learn the secrets of our Enchanted Garden. Saturday August 4 to Monday ...
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Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth

Start:
Aug 10, 2018
End:
Aug 12, 2018
Venue:
Greek Town, Toronto
The Krinos Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s largest street Festival, welcoming 1.65 million attendees annually. As we enter our 23rd year, the Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with dozens of free activities for ...
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Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition

Start:
Aug 17, 2018
End:
Sep 3, 2018
Venue:
Exhibition Place
Marking 138 years as one North America’s favourite fairs, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is the ultimate FUN destination for the young and young at heart. There’s something for everyone with excitement at every corner ranging from the new and ...
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We Are Story: Storytelling Festival

We Are Story: Storytelling Festival

Start:
Aug 19, 2018
End:
Aug 19, 2018
Venue:
High Park Amphitheatre
Join Canadian Stage for a FREE family-friendly event as we explore and share stories from across the globe through interactive artistic stations in beautiful High Park. Featuring artists and storytellers such as Spirit Wind, Fay and Fluffy's Storytime, Luvsumone, All ...
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Power Off and Play Festival

Power Off and Play Festival

Start:
Aug 19, 2018
End:
Aug 19, 2018
Venue:
Windfall Ecology Centre
Join us on Sunday August 19th for a special one day festival in the Sheppard's Bush at Windfall Ecology Centre! There will be rock climbing, face painting, geocaching, nature play, a whole host of new sports to try such as ...
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Creemore Springs Copper Kettle Festival

Creemore Springs Copper Kettle Festival

Start:
Aug 25, 2018
End:
Aug 25, 2018
Venue:
Downtown Creemore
There's a Party Brewing! Join us for some good old fashioned fun at the annual Creemore Springs Copper Kettle Festival. Help Creemore Springs celebrate our 30th anniversary in the beautiful village of Creemore! Poke along the main street of Creemore ...
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Buskerfest

Toronto International Buskerfest

Start:
Aug 31, 2018
End:
Sep 3, 2018
Venue:
Woodbine Park
Bringing more than 100 street performers from across the world to the beach in Toronto in support of epilepsy. 4 days and 4 nights of continuous non-stop, side-splitting hilarity at Woodbine Park in Toronto! Visit the Family Fun Zone This ...
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Union Summer

Union Summer

Start:
Jul 1, 2018
End:
Aug 19, 2018
Venue:
Union Station
Union Summer-Presented by TD returns to the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza from July 1-August 19th this year bringing an eclectic offering of food, musicians, film screenings and live performances to Union Station. The market will showcase ‘Where Toronto is Going’ with a curated mix of local ...
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Taste of Regent Park

Taste of Regent Park

Start:
Jul 4, 2018
End:
Aug 29, 2018
Venue:
Regent Park
Taste of Regent Park is a family-friendly festival that animates our community’s namesake green space, also known as “Big Park,” with a celebration of food and culture. Held on Wednesday evenings through the summer, Taste of Regent Park features an ...
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Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Start:
Jul 8, 2018
End:
Aug 12, 2018
Venue:
Exhibition Place
The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting four-week celebration of Caribbean music, delicious cuisine and exciting revelry. It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North America. The carnival is celebrating its 51st anniversary ...
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Toronto Food Truck Festival

Toronto Food Truck Festival

Start:
Aug 3, 2018
End:
Aug 6, 2018
Venue:
Woodbine Beach Park
Woodbine Park has never tasted this delicious before. Back for another year, The Toronto Food Truck Festival is serving up some real must-eats! As always, admission is free and there’s something for everyone. Entertain yourself with some of Toronto’s best ...
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Island Soul Festival

Island Soul Festival

Start:
Aug 3, 2018
End:
Aug 6, 2018
Venue:
Habourfront Centre
Soak up some island flavour on the waterfront and experience the rich legacy of Caribbean music heard throughout Canada and around the world ...
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Simcoe Day at Fort York

Simcoe Day at Fort York

Start:
Aug 6, 2018
End:
Aug 6, 2018
Venue:
Fort York
Fort York comes to life in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada (1793-96) and founder of Fort York and the Town of York – John Graves Simcoe. Walk the historic grounds and thrill to musketry, ...
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Teddy Bear Fair 2018

Teddy Bear Fair 2018

Start:
Aug 11, 2018
End:
Aug 11, 2018
Venue:
Brooks Farms
Shine Through the Rain's annual Teddy Bear Fair is back! Join us for a family-friendly day of fun on the farm including games and activities such as the petting zoo, scavenger hunt, raffle, the giant slingshot and more! Proceeds will ...
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Taste of Italy

Taste of Italy

Start:
Aug 25, 2018
End:
Aug 26, 2018
Venue:
Canada’s Wonderland
Bellissimo! Come to our 3rd Annual Taste of Italy Food Festival to be serenaded with live music while you indulge in your favourite Italian dishes, from pizza to pasta and everything in-between! ...
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Toronto's Rib, Bacon & BBQ Fest

Toronto’s Rib, Bacon & BBQ Fest

Start:
Aug 31, 2018
End:
Sep 3, 2018
Venue:
Downsview Park
Come to Toronto’s Rib, Bacon & BBQ Fest Labour Day Weekend at Downsview Park for all things BBQ! We’re expanding on the traditional ribfest food fare by including vendors that specialize in delicious Bacon and BBQ treats as well. Come ...
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Pickering Food Truck Festival

Pickering Food Truck Festival

Start:
Aug 10, 2018
End:
Aug 12, 2018
Venue:
The Esplanade Park
You’ll want to bring your friends and kids to Esplanade Park for some unbelievable food! We’re transforming the park to a foodie haven, jam-packed with a children’s village, beer garden and live entertainment stage. As always, admission is free and ...
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Habari Africa Festival

Habari Africa Festival

Start:
Aug 10, 2018
End:
Aug 12, 2018
Venue:
Habourfront Centre
Now in its fourth year, Habari Africa Festival features local and international artists who bring the evolving traditions and vibrant diversity of African culture to Toronto. The festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts festival that displays the rich and ...
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Toronto Vegandale Food Drink Festival

Toronto Vegandale Food Drink Festival

Start:
Aug 11, 2018
End:
Aug 12, 2018
Venue:
Fort York
Entering its fourth festival season, the Vegandale Food Drink Festival brings highly curated vegan comfort food and craft brews back to Toronto ...
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Burlington Children's Festival

Burlington Children’s Festival

Start:
Aug 19, 2018
End:
Aug 19, 2018
Venue:
Spencer Smith Park
Come celebrate Burlington's annual Children's Festival with a birthday party! Join us as we celebrate being a kid ...
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TAIWANfest 2018 Fête with the Philippines

TAIWANfest 2018 Fête with the Philippines

Start:
Aug 24, 2018
End:
Aug 26, 2018
Venue:
Harbourfront Centre
Feel the itch to get moving with the TAIWANfest jeepney experience! The ubiquitous transport in the Philippines is now in Harbourfront Centre to celebrate our “Fête with the Philippines” - hop on board and be reminded of how close humans ...
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Picasso's Picnic Kids' Art Festival

Picasso’s Picnic Kids’ Art Festival

Start:
Aug 25, 2018
End:
Aug 25, 2018
Venue:
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Join us on August 20th for this years' Picasso's Picnic. Experience a wide range of arts, performers, workshops, young artists and local arts related businesses. It's an Art Festival for kids of all ages (and their families) ...
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Markham-Milliken Children's Festival

Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival

Start:
Aug 25, 2018
End:
Aug 25, 2018
Venue:
Markham Civic Centre
The Markham-Milliken Children's Festival is celebrating its 18th year in the heart of Markham! Ontario's largest annual children's festival takes place at the Markham Civic Centre and features a wide variety of entertainment, play zones, crafts and other outdoor activities ...
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Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest

Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest

Start:
Aug 25, 2018
End:
Aug 26, 2018
Venue:
Albert Campbell Square at the Scarborough Civic Centre
The 6th annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest brings you live musical performances, exciting entertainment from local and international artists, mouth-watering ethnic cuisine, vendor exhibitions and marketplace, visual arts, drum and dance workshops, kid’s zone, dance competitions, prize giveaways, business expo and ...
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