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A Guide to August Festivals 2013

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

The Summer vacation season is in full swing, and parents and kids are raring to get outside. Fortunately, Toronto and GTA's August lineup of festivals delivers precisely that. Hit Canada's largest fair, buy some quirky art (or make a craft of your own), get your Carribean music fix filled, hop on a midway ride, and of course, sink your teeth into some of the tastiest fare around. Every weekend promises new adventures, so make way for August fun!

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Junior Carnival at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto
August 1 to 12, 2013
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts.

Island Soul
August 2 to 5, 2013
One of Harbourfront Centre’s more popular festivals that celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging art forms, innovative expressions, and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean. Free admission.

Pirate Festival
August 3 to 5, 2013
This festival has pirate stages with entertainment, interaction with pirates, a marketplace, games of skill, food, drinks, and loads of fun.


Ice Cream Carnival at Westfield Heritage Village

Ice Cream Carnival at Westfield Heritage Village
August 4 to 5, 2013
Celebrate Summer with the sweet taste of ice cream. Carnival games, amusements, foods, music, ice cream making demonstrations, and living history make the perfect topping for this delicious family outing.

Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games
August 9 to 11, 2013
This festival celebrates everything Scottish! There are children's activities such as dance lessons, story-telling, competitions, Highland dancing, piping, and many other entertaining events.

Fortune Cooking
August 9 to 11, 2013
Fortune Cooking features the best dishes, restaurants, music, dance, and artists from East Asia to Southeast/South Asia. Free admission.


Pilaros Taste of the Danforth

Pilaros Taste of the Danforth
August 9 to 11, 2013
Greektown Taste of the Danforth showcases the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music - from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music, to interactive children's games!

JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival
August 10 to 11, 2013
Staged at the beautiful Centennial Park in Etobicoke, JerkFest offers great jerk food and fun for the entire family, with more prizes and surprises this year.


Deep Fried Butter at the CNE

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
Aug 16, 2013 to Sep 2, 2013
The CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell Concerts, Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, an Aerial Acrobatics Show, the President’s Choice SuperDogs Show, the Farm, the Daily Mardi Gras Parade, and the Air Show, all of which are FREE with admission. Midway rides and games, wacky fair food, and shopping are also popular highlights of the CNE.

Mabuhay Philippines Festival
August 16 to 18, 2013

Immerse in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Philippines right here in Toronto at the Harbourfront Centre.

Burlington’s Children’s Festival
August 17 to 18, 2013
A whole weekend of circus themed free family fun on Burlington’s beautiful waterfront. Play on Burlington’s beautiful beach and enjoy a sand sculpting demonstration, workshops, music, and fun.

York-Eglinton International Street Festival
August 17 to 18, 2013

An annual event that showcases the diversity of Toronto's communities. A full street closure event that boasts live music, dance lessons, spectacular sales, incredible food, and a fantastic street-level carnival.


Scotiabank Buskerfest

Scotiabank BuskerFest
August 22 to 25, 2013
4 days and 4 nights of continuous non-stop, side-splitting hilarity! Takes place in the Downtown Yonge Street Neighbourhood in support of EPILEPSY Toronto. Admission is by voluntary donation.

TELUS TAIWANFest
August 23 to 25, 2013
Held at the Harbourfront Centre, this festival features tantalizing cooking demonstrations, musical performances by some of the top acts in Taiwan, and much more.

Rastafest
August 24, 2013
Rastafest is a multi-disciplined festival showcasing diffrent aspects of the rastafari culture.


Wild Blueberry Festival at Evergreen Brick Works

Wild Blueberry Festival at Evergreen Brick Works
August 25, 2013
Grow, cook, taste, and celebrate all things wild blueberry! Enjoy the delicious tastes and special guest vendors of the Sunday Marché and be a judge in our annual Wild Blueberry Pie Bake-Off—featuring some of Toronto's top bakers. Or dance to the sounds of local musicians as you dig into a blueberry gardening workshop.

Hispanic Fiesta
August 30 to September 2, 2013

Salsa, cumbia, merengue, vallenato, and mariachi are some of the expected musical treats. Spanish Flamenco dancing, tango show, Spanish food, and an arts and crafts exhibition serve as other key highlights.

Hot & Spicy Food Festival
August 30 to September 2, 2013
Set your temperature soaring! The Hot & Spicy Food Festival features a fiery palette of hot and spicy food, music, dance, and the always-popular Iron Chef Competition.