What’s Up in Toronto this August

Toronto has a myriad of events and festivals taking place this summer. Here are a few of the main events taking place in the city throughout the last month of the summer.

Thursday July 15th – Monday August 2nd, 2010
Caribana Festival & Parade

Numerous events including a food festival and art exhibitions take place around the city during the two weeks that the Caribbean comes to Toronto. The main event of Caribana is the parade and street festival that takes place on July 31st. The parade begins at Exhibition Place and continues west on Lakeshore Blvd. The parade is free to watch, but seating at the Exhibition is available for $20.

June 25- September 5th, 2010
Dream in High Park

Now in its 28th year, The Canadian Stage Company is presenting outdoor stagings of Romeo & Juliet High Park. There are performances every Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm. Admission is by pay what you can donation for adults,($20 minimum suggested) and is free for children under 14.

Friday July 30th – Monday August 2nd, 2010
Harbourfront Free Summer Festivals – Island Soul

In the spirit of Caribana, the Harbourfront Centre is hosting a weekend-long festival to celebrate Caribbean culture through music, food, and art.

Saturday July 31st – Monday August 2nd, 2010
Artisans at the Distillery – Mid-Summer Craft Show

The Artisans at the Distillery Mid Summer Craft Show is held outdoors on the grounds of the historic Distillery District and features handmade works from Canadian artists. Visit the Distillery District over the Civic Holiday Weekend to browse crafts. Admission is free and the event runs from 11a.m. on the 31st until 6pm on the 2nd.

Monday August 2nd – Sunday August 8th, 2010
Summer Antiques Sale

The 39th annual antiques sale, Toronto’s largest antiquing event, will take place at Sherway Gardens Mall (Hwy 427 and the QEW). Shoppers can browse nearly 1.2 kilometres of antique pieces starting at 10 a.m. on the civic holiday Monday August 2nd until Sunday, August 8th (Monday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Parking and admission are free.

Friday August 6th – Sunday August 8th, 2010
Taste of the Danforth

Now celebrating its 17th year, the Pilaros Taste Of The Danforth is Canada’s largest street festival and welcomes over a million visitors to GreekTown on Danforth. The festival features Hellenic foods, wines, and other spirits as well as sporting events, comedy, dancing and live music.

Friday August 20th – Monday September 6th, 2010
The Canadian National Exhibition

Let’s go to the Ex! The CNE once again returns to Toronto and visitors can enjoy games, rides, the CNE Casino and a wide variety of shows and live performances. This year’s line-up includes the classic Horse Show and Rodeo, the IAMS Superdogs, and the Labour Day Weekend Air Show. Ticket prices 16 dollars for General Admission, 12 dollars for Seniors 60 years and over, 12 dollars for Children under 13, and free for Children under 2 years.

Family passes, early bird specials, and other deals are also available.

Thursday August 26th – Sunday August 29th, 2010
Toronto BUSKERFEST in Support of Epilepsy Toronto

The St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood will be filled with street performers from all over the world. Events include silent comedy and slapstick, daredevils and magicians, highly skilled circus acts and a wide variety of music, clowns, contortionists, acrobats, aerialists, puppets and fire artists. The shows run between noon and midnight, starting on the 26th and ending on the 29th, and admission is by donation to Epilepsy Toronto.

Saturday August 28th, 2010
The Underwear Affair

The North York General Hospital’s Underwear Affair is a five-kilometre, or 10 kilometre marathon to raise funds and awareness for underfunded below-the-waist cancers like prostate, ovarian, and colo-rectal. Runners are encouraged to race in their underwear or other quirky attire.

Saturday August 28th – Sunday August 29th, 2010
Live Green Toronto Festival

Exhibitors and performers fill Yonge-Dundas Square on August 28 & 29. The event features exhibitors promoting green products and services as well as live music and local food. The event runs on Saturday August 28th from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. through Sunday August 29th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.