August in Toronto: Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Toronto Life
Toronto Harbourfront by Bahman
Toronto Harbourfront by Bahman

The citizens and visitors of Toronto have countless exciting opportunities for spending their summers in Toronto. This year, August is no exception. Whether you enjoy music festivals, sport events, theatres, or exhibitions of all kinds, you will definitely be amused. Here is a short guide to the most popular and entertaining events in August.

World Cafe

Until October 10th
www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/worldcafe

World Cafe
World Cafe

Tasty dishes from various corners of the world are served every weekend at the World Cafe. Visitors will have the opportunity to try authentic, exotic cuisine from many regions, including Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Caribbean. The food is prepared by Toronto’s most popular chefs right in the heart of the busy Hot Spot Summer Festival series at the Harbourfront.

Canadian National Exhibition

August 19th – September 5th
www.theex.com

CNE
CNE

The Canadian National Exhibition, or The Ex, is one of the largest annual fairs in North America. Approximately 1.3 million people come to visit The Ex each year and enjoy 18 days of live entertainment, amusement park rides, parades, delicious food, games, and other special events such as the jaw-dropping Canadian International Air Show. The programme of The Ex is extremely rich and offers tremendous and exciting experiences to everyone, so don’t hesitate to attend!

BuskerFest

August 25th – August 28th
www.torontobuskerfest.com

BuskerFest
BuskerFest

The 12th season of this wacky festival promises more than 100 highly skilled street performers with their breathtaking shows. Comedians, contortionists, musicians, magicians, sword swallowers, fire jugglers, acrobats, and aerial artists will gather at the St. Lawrence Market, which will witness world-class street theatre full of spontaneity and colours. So come on out and enjoy seven stages bursting with energy, thrill, and excitement.

Telus TaiwanFest

August 26th – August 28th
www.taiwanfest.ca

Telus Taiwan Fest
Telus Taiwan Fest

The 2011 Telus TaiwanFest is not just an ordinary cultural festival: it promotes and explores Taiwan from a different perspective. It doesn’t only focus on the history and traditions of Taiwanese culture; its main aim is to analyze the changes that globalization and migration brought into this beautiful and rich culture. The festival is an exciting combination of Taiwanese music, film, cuisine, dance, and arts.

Ice Cream Summer Fest

August 27th, 2011
www.icecreamconcert.com

Ice Cream Summer Fest
Ice Cream Summer Fest

The Molson Amphitheatre again hosts the annual music festival, Ice Cream Summer Fest. Come and enjoy the best R&B music and delicious ice cream. This year’s headliners are a soca singer and songwriter, Machel Montano, from Trinidad and Tobago, rapper Ludacris, and famous American singer and songwriter, Ciara.

Butterfly Festival 

August 27th, 2011
www.butterflyfest.ca

Butterfly Festival
Butterfly Festival

Tommy Thompson Park, located on the Toronto Waterfront, is an extremely important home of more than 55 species of butterflies. This park is also the home of the third year of the annual Butterfly Festival. This festival offers a huge variety of activities, such as a butterfly walk, bike tour, nature sketching workshop, and wildflower planting.

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