August Festivals 2017




Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Get ready to bond over fried foods, carnival rides, art exhibits, and lots of outdoor music festivals this month. We've rounded up the best family-friendly festivals happening throughout Toronto and the GTA this August to help you get the most out of the city with your family during this last month of summer. Best of all, many are free!

Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival
July 3 to August 5, 2017
Celebrate 50 Years of the Festival! We're back. And we're bigger than ever. Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival. The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is 5 glorious weeks of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry. It's an all out spectacle of visual and performing arts.
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Scarborough Ribfest
August 4 to August 7, 2017
Enjoy delicious ribs, hot dogs, french fries, corn on the cob and more - Midway rides and skill testing games - Karaoke competition everyday - Creative designs by crafters and vendors - All day beer garden. This is a great family event! Entertainment and parking are free.
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Toronto Food Truck Festival
August 4 to August 7, 2017
Come Join Us at Woodbine Park For Great Food! Cold Beer! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Take a stroll through a beautiful green park, where you can sample farm fresh food and organic beers, or browse the wares of the Marketplace, home to amazing artisans and a diverse selection of delicious food from partnering Food Trucks at the inaugural Toronto Food Truck Festival. Free admission and parking.
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Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront
August 4 to August 7, 2017
Come to the waterfront to catch a little bit of that island soul and experience the rich legacy of Caribbean music heard through Canada and around the world. Free admission.
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JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival
August 10 to August 13, 2017
JerkFest is an annual festival which takes place around 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 – all under the throbbing Toronto sun. Free admission.
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Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival
August 11 to August 12, 2017
Activities for all ages, talent shows, music, artisan booths, Farmer’s Market booths and a plethora of attractions entertain you and your family on Marine Parade Drive. Free admission.
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Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre
August 11 to August 13, 2017
Habari Africa festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts festival that displays the rich and diverse cultures of Africa. Join us for a weekend of exploration and engagement with the art, sounds and tastes of the continent. The festival will display an authentic African experience through presentations and workshops that celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, dance, arts and culture. Free admission.
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Pickering Food Truck Festival
August 11 to August 13, 2017
You’ll want to bring your friends, pets 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 we’ll be beefing up the park with some good tunes! Free admission.
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The Krinos Taste of the Danforth
August 11 to August 13, 2017
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 visitors of all ages – and of course Food, Food and more Food! Enjoy free entertainment on three separate stages! Free admission. Food purchases.
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Feast of St. Lawrence
August 11 to August 13, 2017
The St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood in Old Town Toronto has been a food destination since the 1800s. Today, this legacy continues at the world famous St. Lawrence Market and in more than 150 local restaurants. The event features a ticketed outdoor 5-course dinner for charity, a Free St. Lawrence Market Street event and a Free family fun day in St. James Park.
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Pan American Food and Music Festival
August 12 to August 13, 2017
The Pan American Food & Music Festival (PAFMF) is Canada’s only annual festival that celebrates the Western Hemisphere’s rich diversity of cuisine, music and art. The name of the Festival has been changed this year to include Music, reflecting the actual level of music programming presented alongside the culinary programs. The fifth annual PAFMF will be presented on August 12 to 13, 2017, with a programming focus on Canadian food and music in celebration of Canada 150. Free admission.
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Sweets Food Festival
August 12 to August 13, 2017
Canada’s Largest Sweets Festival makes its third appearance celebrating local chefs, students and artists! We've got lots of food and lots planned for those two days! Admission is free.
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Beats, Breaks & Culture at Harbourfront Centre
August 18 to August 20, 2017
Check the next wave of Canadian talent starting new movements in hip-hop and dance music, featuring innovators in genres like post-rap, electro-pop, and world electronica. Free. More info

The Big Feastival
August 18 to August 20, 2017
The UK’s food, music and family-fun festival is coming to Canada! The Big Feastival is coming to Canada! From August 18-20, 2017, Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte will transform into a weekend celebration of music, food and fun for the whole family. Enjoy the ultimate foodie experience with the country’s top culinary talent, including Canadian celebrity chef, television personality, and restaurateur Chuck Hughes. Take part in culinary workshops with educational Table Sessions, enjoy live cooking demonstrations in the Big Kitchen, and indulge in a wide variety of artisanal products at the Producer’s Market.    
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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
August 18 to September 4,  2017
Canada’s largest fair, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), is gearing up for another fun-filled season, August 18 to September 4, 2017. All of the mainstays of Toronto’s beloved end-of-summer tradition are back from the Midway games to The Farm and Sky Ride. Also returning are the SuperDogs, Canadian International Air Show, Waterfront Show and the Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show starring Elvis Stojko, with all-new themes celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.
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The City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival
August 20, 2017
It's the 26th annual Children’s Festival! We’re celebrating being a kid with activities, interactive games, bouncers, face painting and more! Free admission.
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TAIWANFest at Harbourfront
August 25 to August 27, 2017
Ingenuity is the tale of human history. From humble paper to elegant crafts, classical music to contemporary pastry; whether it’s Taiwan or Japan, chiyogami or even Van Gogh, discover how these are all connected in the showcase of cultures at the 2017 TAIWANfest: “Kanpai, Japan!” Free admission.
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Coconut Festival Canada
August 26, 2017
It’s a Free General Admission event featuring 70 vendors dealing with coconut in your food choices, wellness program, cleaning, cosmetics, fashion and more from Asia & Pan America. You can taste and shop for various coconut products including those from local artisans : vegan coconut cakes, spreads, oils, energy snacks, chips, dips drinks, organic baby food and more. And full meals from the Caribbean, Thailand & , Hawaii. Free admission.
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Scarborough Afro-Carif Festival
August 26 to August 27, 2017
Celebrating our Diversity” at the Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest this summer! It’s BACK!! It’s BIGGER! It’s BETTER! The 6th annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest, taking place on August 26-27, 2017 inside Albert Campbell Square at the Scarborough Civic Centre, 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, business expo and much more! The event is FREE and welcomes over 25,000 people from across Canada and internationally.
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Our Calendar of Events is always updated. CLICK HERE for an up-to-date list of August Festivals.

Photo Credit: CNE - Greg Korek
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