August 2016 Festivals

Toronto has fairs and festivals galore this August.




Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront

Toronto has fairs and festivals galore this August. Flutter over Island Soul at Harboufront or indulge in carnival rides and games at the Canadian National Exhibition. With so many options, the family calendar will be super packed all month long. Read on for our top picks, and squeeze in as many as possible! Labour Day is just around the corner!

Best of all ... most are Free!

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto
Jul 5, 2016 to Aug 1, 2016
Toronto Caribbean Carnival 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 49th anniversary. We’re bigger and better than ever!
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Festival Kompa Zouk: French Creole Festival
Jul 14, 2016 to Aug 1, 2016
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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Scarborough Ribfest
Jul 29, 2016 to Aug 1, 2016
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.
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Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront
Jul 31, 2015 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. Explore the rhythms, mythologies, histories and delicacies of the islands with a diverse lineup of artists and thinkers striving to leave their mark on Caribbean cultural identity and catalyze an emerging generation. Free.
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Grange Festival
Aug 5, 2016
It's the 2016 Grange Festival! Entertainment, FREE games and prizes for all the kids, community tables for non-profit organizations, special “Kids Zone” for the little ones. Free admission.
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Beats, Breaks & Culture at Harbourfront Centre
Aug 5, 2016 to Aug 7, 2016
Beats, Breaks & Culture makes a triumphant return this summer with a mix of live music, DJs and dance, celebrating all that is hip-hop and electronic music! Free. More info

JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival
Aug 5, 2016 to Aug 7, 2016
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, eating competitions and a Kids Zone. Free.
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Pickering Food Truck Festival
Aug 5, 2016 to Aug 7, 2016
Come Join Us at The Esplanade Park For Great Food! Cold Beer! Eating Challenges! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Free admission. More info

The Krinos Taste of the Danforth
Aug 5, 2016 to Aug 7, 2016
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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Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival
Aug 6, 2016
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.
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Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre
Aug 12, 2016 to Aug 14, 2016
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. Free.
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Pan American Food Festival
Aug 13, 2016 to Aug 14, 2016
Pan American Food Festival is back for 2 days in August 2016 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.
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York-Eglinton International Street Festival
Aug 13, 2016 to Aug 14, 2016
The Annual York-Eglinton International Street Festival is one of Toronto’s must-see events. Created to showcase Toronto’s diverse community, the International Street Festival features live musical performances from local talent, salsa dance demonstrations and instruction, a street-level carnival, countless food vendors, and amazing sales offered by community businesses. Free.
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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
Aug 19, 2016 to Sep 5, 2016
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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Suburban Steam: A Steampunk Fair for the Whole Family! Free Event!
Aug 20, 2016
A retro-futuristic community festival celebrating all things Steampunk! Enjoy a day of historical make-believe in an authentic 1910 Edwardian Schoolhouse. Join us for an exciting day of Steampunk family fun, with entertainment, performers and merchants to delight the senses! Free. Donations accepted. More info

5th Annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest
Aug 20, 2016 to Aug 21, 2016
This year the Scarborough Afro Caribbean Festival is offering the entire family a wonderful two days filled with food, fun, great music, exciting performances, vendors and the chance to experience the rich cultural fabric that makes up our community. Please bring your friends and family to enjoy the spectrum of diversity. The event is free and open to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
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Sweets Food Festival
Aug 20, 2016 to Aug 21, 2016
Toronto’s Inaugural Sweets Food Festival. Bringing sweet things & sweet people together! It's the 2nd Annual Sweetery Toronto Food Festival, bringing sweet things & sweet people together on August 20–21, 2016. We've got lots of food and lots planned for those two days! Admission is free.
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The City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival
Aug 21, 2016
It's our 25th birthday! 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 birthday themed bash as we celebrate being a kid! Free.
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TAIWANFest at Harbourfront
Aug 26, 2016 to Aug 28, 2016
earn about the richness of Taiwanese culture at TAIWANfest! This year's celebration will change your perception of Asia by showcasing the cultural conversation between Taiwan and Hong Kong through cooking demonstrations, family events and live music by top Taiwanese acts. Free admission.
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Coconut Festival Canada
Aug 27, 2016
Soak up the sun and sip on fresh coconuts as Toronto hosts Canada’s 2nd Annual Coconut Festival and Marketplace on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at David Pecaut Square (behind CBC bldg and next to Roy Thompson Hall). The Coconut Festival is produced by Coconut Festival Canada which aims to bring the community together to learn about the many health benefits of coconuts as well as its diverse culinary uses. Free.
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Markham-Milliken Children's Festival
Aug 27, 2016
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 for children 2 to 12 years of age. Free. Rides extra. More info

Our Calendar of Events is always updated. CLICK HERE for an up-to-date list of August Festivals.

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