Toronto’s most popular annual family end of the summer event, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), surpasses itself every year, with the latest and greatest in things to see, do, and taste. This year’s event, from August 17 to September 3, is no exception. Packed with thrilling rides, live music, gaming competitions, and outrageous food combos, the CNE, known as the Ex, is fun for every age group.
What are the top things to see and do at this year’s EX?
The Gaming Garage is back for the second year in a row. From August 24-26, it’s a three-day showcase of the latest in gaming and gaming competition, free with your CNE admission. Win a cash prize as you show off your skills against hundreds of other gamers at the open eSports and Pinball competition. Not up for competing? Then stroll around and check out the featured exhibitions and meet video game developers. You can also play board games with your friends at the interactive Tabletop Gaming Library. Updates will be posted at #CNEGamingGarage.
Who doesn’t love the classic Ford Mustang car? It’s been one of the most sought-after cars since 1964, and the Ex will feature 50 vintage ones on Princes’ Boulevard, close to the Automotive Building (now the Beanfield Centre). Travel back in automotive time as you sip a cocktail from the bar from August 20-23, and see why Mustang has retained its magic through the years.
If seafood and dancing are more your style, tap your toes to fiddle music as you celebrate the Canadian Maritimes from August 18-19. This old-fashioned East Coast Kitchen Party features oyster shucking, craft brews, and cuisine from the sea.
Experience a truly magical event when you attend the world’s largest indoor Chinese lantern festival. The massive Light Festival will be located in Hall D of the Enercare Centre during the entire time of the festival. Expect 16 illuminated installations that will create a stunning kaleidoscope of light and beauty!
Ghost lovers are in for a treat with the CNE Ghost Walks, a new addition to the CNE Heritage Walking Tour, which guides visitors through The Ex’s rich 139-year history. These one-hour tours, starting at the Princes’ Gates, feature the darker historical events in and around Exhibition Place and end at the historic Scadding Cabin. Get spooked with your friends at the CNE at this memorable tour.
Thrill seekers can ooh and aah at the gravity-defying aerial stunts at the Canadian International Air Show, from September 2-4. Now in its 69th year, you can also learn about the latest in aviation technology, as well as get wowed watching the acrobatics of Canada’s own Snowbirds.
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