With just over a month of summer left, there’s no better time to get outside and not only enjoy the beautiful weather, but also all of the amazing events taking place throughout the city.
Luckily for you, we’ve tracked down the hottest summer events worth checking out and put together a curated list that will keep you having fun until the summer season ends.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, chances are we’ve found the perfect Toronto summer event for you.
The 13th annual Waterfront Night Market is making its return this summer for a Pan-Asian Food and Craft Beer Festival. The market will feature more than 100 food, artisan, and craft beer vendors, and is definitely an event you won’t want to miss.
When: August 12 – 14 from 2 pm to 12 am
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
The Summerlicious festival returns this August, offering Torontonians a way to celebrate the city’s diverse culinary scene with set menus and price points at amazing restaurants throughout the city. Diners can enjoy three-course prix fixe menus at more than 200 participating restaurants at six price points for lunch or dinner.
When: August 12 – 28
Where: See all participating restaurants here
Let’s go to The Ex! Everyone’s favourite event of the summer is back! Get ready for a whole lot of rides, shopping, live entertainment, and an amazing array of carnival food at this epic late summer event.
When: August 19 to September 5
Where: Exhibition Place
The biggest rosé party of the summer is returning to Toronto. Get your finest pink and white ensemble ready for this boozy bash at a new venue, and enjoy a full day of drinks, bites, dance parties, photo ops, and plenty of entertainment.
When: August 20 from 12 pm to 11 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
Chinatown’s popular summer street festival is finally returning this August and will feature a neighbourhood-wide celebration of Toronto’s local Chinese community. Get ready for multi-cultural street food, traditional dancing and dragon shows, Kung Fu demonstrations, and much more.
When: August 20 from 12 pm to 11 pm and August 21 from 11 am to 8 pm
Where: West of Spadina Avenue, between St Andrew Street and Sullivan Street
This is Canada’s only event that brings together the 41 countries that make up the American continent. With more than 20 chefs, 40 performances, and over 600 artists on stage, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Pan American Food & Music Festival.
When: August 20 and 21 from 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Yonge and Dundas Square
This historic tradition of the Queen’s Plate will celebrate its 163rd edition this summer and spectators can enjoy the races, entertainment, and sumptuous dining packages. This event is also notoriously fashionable, so don’t forget to wear a big hat and garden party chic attire.
When: August 21, doors open at 11:30 am
Where: Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Boulevard
Experience the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada. Get ready for four days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions, and world-renowned celebrities.
When: August 25 – 28
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
Raise a glass of crisp cider and celebrate the wind-down of summer at the Toronto Cider Festival. Get ready to drink, eat, and shop local with a glass of cider in hand as you enjoy live entertainment. After taking a two-year break, this is an event you and your friends need to be at.
When: August 26 and 27, Friday from 5 pm to 11 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm and 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: Toronto Inukshuk Park, 789 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Calling all movie buffs: Toronto will once again roll out the red carpet from September 8 to 18 to host TIFF. This is your chance to catch a glimpse of your favourite celebrities and the opportunity to watch new movies from around the world.
When: September 8 – 18
Where: Events are happening throughout the city. Check the TIFF website for full event locations
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