August Festivals 2015

The Canadian National Exhibition

Some of the city's best annual festivals take place during the summer, like the colourful Chinatown Festival, the BIG ON BLOOR festival, and an annual favourite: Buskerfest. So go get your calendar! Here are some sizzling summer fests for Toronto and GTA families. Best of all ... most are Free!

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto
July 7 to Aug 2, 2015

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Join us as we celebrate our 48th anniversary. We’re bigger and better than ever! Free and ticketed events.
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Festival Kompa Zouk: French Creole Festival
July 28 to Aug 3, 2015
FKZO is Ontario’s largest gathering of local, national and international French-Caribbean performers, and has grown into one of Ontario’s premier, bilingual and multicultural family festivals.
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Pan American Food Festival
July 30 to Aug 3, 2015
Flavour & Fun Pan American Style! The Pan American Food Festival is back in July and August 2015 showcasing restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere, with a spotlight on one country each year. A cultural festival of art, music and folklore enhances the food experience to celebrate the region’s diverse cultural expression. This year, the featured country is Mexico. Don't forget to check our our Family Fun Zone. Free. Food purchases.
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Scarborough Ribfest
July 31 to Aug 3, 2015
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. Entertainment and parking are free.
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Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront
July 31 to Aug 3, 2015
A four-day festival celebrating the cultural diversity of Toronto and the island countries, Harbourfront Centre presents their annual Island Soul Festival. Free.
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TD IRIE Music Festival
Aug 1, 2015 to Aug 2, 2015
The TD IRIE Music Festival is a multi-day, family, friendly festival taking place Aug 1 to Aug 2 at Fort York, Toronto. Join the celebration of music—from Reggae to Salsa, Soul to African; dance from the African Diaspora presented in association with dance Immersion, spoken word, visual arts exhibition, delicious tropical food & drinks and more. Free admission.
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Grange Festival
Aug 7, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
It's the 2015 Grange Festival! Entertainment, FREE games and prizes for all the kids, Over 30 community tables for non-profit organizations, special “Kids Zone” for the little ones, Free hot-dogs and sno-cones for everyone! Free admission.
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Pilaros Taste of the Danforth
Aug 7, 2015 to Aug 9, 2015
Pilaros Taste of the Danforth is one of Toronto's signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer - from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children's games! Come enjoy the culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination. Free admision. Food purchases.
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Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival
Aug 8, 2015 - 10:00 am until 7:00 pm
Visitors can expect free family friendly activities, such as: Children’s Village, buskers food vendors reflective of our diverse community, a bandstand, a farmers market, community vendors and Toronto’s finest food trucks. Free.
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North York Festival
Aug 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 10:00 pm
10 hours of family festival fun with amazing activities for all (children to seniors). Free live music, performances, dance and singing competitions, dance groups and DJs Magicians and a fashion show. Lots of prizes for everyone!
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JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival
Aug 8, 2015 to Aug 9, 2015
Come and indulge in a wide array of jerk foods - if you dare, try the jerk Frog Legs or jerk alligator! If not stick to the conventional jerk items like jerk chicken, jerk pork or jerk fish. In addition to food, the festival also feature entertainment as well as jerk cooking competitions, and eating competitions. The Kidz Zone remains a major attraction for families, especially the children. These young ones can enjoy the face painting, balloon characters, inflatable rides, rock climbing, midway rides and so much more. Free.
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Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre
August 14 to 16, 2015
It's impossible to define what exactly is African culture, music, food, film, fashion, and art. Join us for a weekend of exploration and engagement with the art, sounds, and tastes of Africa.
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Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre
Aug 14, 2015 to Aug 16, 2015
Habari Africa festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts celebration. Learn about the rich and diverse cultures spanning the African continent at this weekend-long exploration of art, food, film, music and more. Free.
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York-Eglinton International Street Festival
Aug 15, 2015 to Aug 16, 2015 - 11:00 am until 7:00 pm
This Street Festival features live musical performances from local talent, salsa dance demonstrations and instruction, a street-level carnival, countless food vendors, an exotic animal petting zoo, and amazing sales offered by community businesses. Free.
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TD Festival of South Asia
Aug 15, 2015 to Aug 16, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 11:00 pm
The TD Festival of South Asia creates a window into the East to celebrate and experience the culture and cuisine of South Asia. Free.
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Sweets Food Festival
Aug 15, 2015 to Aug 16, 2015
Toronto’s Inaugural Sweets Food Festival. Bringing sweet things & sweet people together! Mark August 15th to 16th on your calendars because Sweetery Toronto will be hosting Toronto's inaugural sweets-only food festival. Admission is Free!
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The City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival
Aug 16, 2015 - 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Sports Fun! We're celebrating over 20 years of the festival that is all about kids having fun! Bouncers, face paint, swag and activities galore. Join us for a sports themed event as we celebrate Burlington's 24th annual Children's Festival. Enjoy free sports-themed and fun activities. Free.
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Tirgan Iranian Festival
Aug 20, 2015 to Aug 23, 2015
The world's largest Iranian arts and culture festival. Tirgan returns to Harbourfront Centre, bringing together artists from around the globe to showcase the richness and diversity of Iranian art and culture through a mosaic of world-class talent. Free.
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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
Aug 21, 2015 to Sep 7, 2015
Taking place over the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, the CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, a dog show, a working farm, parades and a three-day Air Show, all of which are FREE with admission to the CNE. Midway rides and games, wacky fair food as well as international food and shopping.
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Annual Toronto Chinatown Festival
August 22, 2015
There will be sweet and savoury specialty foods from the Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Greek, French, Caribbean, Malaysian cultures, and many more. Keep your eyes peeled for the dragon parading around the streets of Chinatown as well as lively lion dances during the Festival hours. Free.
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4th Annual Scarborough Fro-Caribbean Festival
Aug 22, 2015 to Aug 23, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm
The 2015 Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest is a FREE two-day fun filled event for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the richness of the cultural fabric that makes up our wonderful city.  Organized by the non-profit organization, Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC) and with the support of Canadian Heritage and Ontario Arts Council, the festival offers its guests live musical performances and activities that highlight African and Caribbean culture. Free.
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Aug 22 and 23, 2015

BIG ON BLOOR celebrates arts, culture, and small businesses with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities, exhibitions, and a play fair for kids. Free event.
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Coconut Festival Canada
Aug 23, 2015 - 11:00 am until 7:00 pm
We are excited to present you the festival in Canada in its 2nd year that highlights one of the greatest fruits in the world, the coconut! Experience the sights and sounds and immerse your senses in the wonders that it brings. A fun day awaits the foodies and the adventurous as hundreds of products from coco jams to full meals will be presented by a diverse lineup of vendors. Free.
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Scotiabank BuskerFest
Aug 27, 2015 to Aug 30, 2015
Ontario’s largest street performers’ festival boasts a collection of musicians, sketch artists artisans and entertainers. Throughout the festival, gutsy street performers boldly take their talent right into the audience, where spectator participation ensures that every set is just a little different. The festival features over 100 performers from Canada, the U.S., Hungary, Argentina, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and more and is all in support of Epilepsy Toronto. Free.
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TAIWANFest at Harbourfront
Aug 28, 2015 to Aug 30, 2015
The tiny island where a world of food and culture meets! Explore some of the most remarkable generations of artists and ideas through TAIWANfest. Free admission.
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Until September 13, 2015
The festival includes public art installations by Canadian artists, art activities for families and all ages, guided art tours, and musical performances in a licensed outdoor space.
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Our Calendar of Events is continuously updated. CLICK HERE for an up-to-date list of August Festivals.

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