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May 22, 2015

Toronto Festival Guide - August 2015

Remember: Please ALWAYS check with website for exact dates, etc. as details may change after the listing is posted here. More festivals will be posted whenever dates, etc have been confirmed.

Changes: Hot & Spicy Food Festival has moved to September

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto

Jul 7-Aug 2, 2015

See July for details.


Pan American Food Festival

Jul 30-Aug 3, 2015

The Pan American Food Festival celebrates the best food and great cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. It showcases leading restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere.

Pan American Food Fest logo


Island Soul

Jul 31-Aug 3, 2015

Island Soul returns this year, casting a wider net to multitude of islands that make up the rich tapes try that is the Caribbean.

Island Soul will take the audience on an odyssey across generations, tracing the roots of modern day steelpan music, putting a spotlight on the diversity of the French Caribbean celebrating Bob Marley’s immense global impact.


Scarborough Rib Fest

Jul 31-Aug 3, 2015

Organized by the Rotary Club of Scarborough, Scarborough Ribfest is an annual community favourite over the August long weekend. It's East Toronto's largest community event. There are Free shuttle buses for seniors and handicapped at the parking lot. Leave your pets at home.

Where: Thomson Memorial Park (Corner of Lawrence Ave. & Brimley Rd.)
Times: Friday-Sunday (11am-11pm) || Monday (11am-8pm; Entertainment ends: 10pm)
Parking: FREE. Highlights:

  • Enjoy delicious ribs, hot dogs, french fries, corn on the cob and more...
  • Midway rides
  • Skill testing games
  • Karaoke competition everyday
  • Creative designs by crafters and vendors
  • All day beer garden and much more!

TD IRIE Music Festival

Aug 1-2, 2015

The TD IRIE Music Festival is a multi-day festival that takes place over 2 weekends at 2 different venues:

  • Jul 11-12: Celebration Square, Mississauga (near Square One)
  • Aug 1-2: Fort York, Toronto (Change of venue)

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.


Pirate Festival

Aug 1-3, 2015: 10am-6pm

This festival has pirate stages with entertainment for the family, interaction with pirates, a marketplace, games of skill and loads of fun and of course, there will be food 'n' drink. Entertainment with a pirate flare, provides a little bit of everything for everyone!

The Captains Keg on Saturday night will be overloaded with piratical enjoyment for adults after the children are tucked into their hammocks.


Jambana

Aug 2-3, 2015

jambana logoJambana is an exciting 'Fun for the Family' event with the opportunity for marketing, networking and socializing with delicious food and excellent entertainment to celebrate Jamaica. Experience the rhythms of Gospel, Dance, Comedy, the "Lick A Six" Domino Tournament and Entertainment.


SummerWorks Theatre Festival

Aug 6-16, 2015

The SummerWorks Theatre Festival is the largest juried theatre festival in Canada, producing approximately 40 plays, 10 nights of music, performance and more from Toronto and across the country.

Held throughout Toronto in many different venues, this is definitely a festival for all theatre-goers.


Oakville Jazz Festival

Aug 7-8, 2015

Oakville Jazz Expect to see some of the finest artists and legends from all the roots and branches of Jazz perform at the Oakville Jazz Festival this year.

The festival takes over the downtown area of Oakville with six stages placed along Lakeshore Rd East from Navy Street to Allan Street. Parking is available, but as like everywhere else, you will have to pay.


Taste of the Danforth

Aug 7-9, 2015

Taste of the Danforth bannerIf you enjoy Greek food and everything associated with Greek culture, this is the festival to attend. Best way to get there - TTC (Broadview Stn, Chester or even Pape) as parking can be a nightmare. If you're not one for crowds, go early (10/11 am) as you will be able to see everything and still manage to pick out your spot on one of the many patios. Pick up a 'snack' or a full meal from one of the many stalls along the Danforth.


Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Aug 7-9, 2015

If you've never been to Scotland, attending this festival will make you feel you have. Held out in Fergus (map), it celebrates everything Scottish and you don't have to be part of a Clan to enjoy yourself!! There are children's activities such as dance lessons, story-telling; competitions, e.g., tossing the caber; Highland dancing; piping; scotch tasting and many other entertaining events to watch or participate in.


JerkFest

Aug 8-9, 2015: 11am-10pm

JerkFest celebrates the world renown jerk cuisine. Its a fusion of jerk food, pulsating music, family friendly entertainment and good vibes – all under the Toronto sun.


Rogers Cup - Womens' Tennis Tournament

Aug 8-16, 2015

It's the Mens' championship this year in Toronto with many of the top ranked players confirmed to play. Tickets for the semi-finals and finals usually sell out - so pick them up as soon as you can! The Men's tournament will be held in Montreal (Aug 7-16).


Dundas Cactus Festival

Aug 14-16, 2015

The Cactus Festival of Dundas, Ontario is a large, street festival showcasing Dundas businesses & area artists. The festival includes 3 entertainment stages, event zones and over 100 street vendors and kicks off with the Parade. Highlights:

  • Parade
  • Musical Entertainment
  • Cactus Family Fun Zone! (King St - between Market/Church)
  • Fortino’s Baby Cactus Contest (with babies 3-17 months)
  • Robertson’s Midway
  • Art in the Alley

York-Eglinton International Street Festival

Aug 14-16, 2015

This festival is a family event providing international experiences that include Caribbean, Italian, Portuguese, Latin to name a few.

Please note there will be street closures: Oakwood Ave. to Dufferin St.


Wheels on the Danforth

Aug 15, 2015: 11am-11pm

Toronto’s only "on the street" judged Car show featuring Classics, Exotics, Tuners, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Motorcycles all lined up on the closed section of Danforth Ave/Danforth Rd. Local cycle groups will be participating in a structured ride to the event. Highlights of the day/evening:

  • Variety of vendors and artisans in the Market Place
  • Food Trucks along with local restaurants offer food
  • FREE Kid’s Zone
  • Rides and bouncy castles and lots of family entertainment
  • Main stage: Emerging local talent
  • Beer garden
  • Tuner Show in the evening
  • Summer street dance party (evening)

Fusion of Taste

Aug 16, 2015 [change of month]

Held at the intersection of Albion Road and Islington Avenue, Etobicoke, this all day/night [Noon-10:30 pm] celebration hosts entertainment and an array of tantalizing tastes.

Website  ||  FREE Streetfest


Tirgan Iranian Festival

Aug 20-23, 2015

Tirgan festival logo Tirgan Festival is returning to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, bringing together artists from around the globe to showcase the richness and diversity of Iranian art and culture through their mosaic of world-class talents.

The festival offers something for everyone, from workshops and activities to performances in music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature and the visual arts. Tirgan is also a great opportunity to sample savoury Iranian cuisine and a traditional bazaar, showcasing a range of items including arts and crafts, Persian literature, exotic sweets, spices, and even traditional musical instruments and much more.


The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Aug 21-Sept 7, 2015

The Canadian National Exhibition (aka The Ex) is an 'end of summer' celebration held at Exhibition Place. Once you've paid the entrance fee, all entertainment is free. But in order to go on the amusement rides, you must have the RAD pass (includes admission AND rides).

The Midway


Mississauga ITALFEST™

Aug 22, 2015: Noon–11pm

Ferragosto in the City coming to Mississauga. With expectations of 5000+ attendees, the event will be filled with food, fun and festivities as you spend the day exploring all that is Italian! For the latest updates, you should visit their website.


BIG On Bloor Festival

Aug 22-23, 2015

BIG ON BLOOR celebrates arts, culture, community & small business with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions

  • The BIG Market Place: More than 200 arts, crafts, vendors and information tables
  • An eclectic mix of music, performance and dance
  • Institutions, collectives and artists creative events...see, touch, learn, participate
  • Savour Bloor: In the stores, restaurants, patios and the Bloordale Food Court
  • Games for children and adults

CariFestival

Aug 22-23, 2015

Experience the Caribbean in Vaughan: Family-friendly Caribbean festival, celebrating the culture with Live music, food, kids zone and beautiful carnival costumes.

Visitors can participate in culinary and rum,cocktail workshops.


Scarborough Afro-Caribbean Festival

Aug 22-23, 2015: Noon-8pm both days

A Fun-filled family event that offers live performances by local and international artists, visual art exhibitions, Afro-Caribbean cuisine and dance competitions for adults and children. There's a Kids Zone which includes games, face painting and more!

40 vendors featuring food, crafts, local businesses, Non profit organizations will be present to showcase their products and services.


Toronto Chinatown Festival

Aug 22-23, 2015

Chinatown festival along SpadinaThe Toronto Chinatown Festival will be held on Dundas St. West (between Spadina Ave. & Beverley St.) as well as Huron St. (between D’Arcy St. & Dundas St. West) in Toronto Chinatown. Showcasing a mixture of Chinese culture including Lion Dance, Kung Fu Performances, Chinese street food, traditional Chinese arts & crafts.
Times: Sat: Noon–11pm and Sun: 11am–8pm.

If taking public transit, there are several ways to get there: streetcars that leave Spadina & Union stations as well as Dundas and Queen St streetcars.

Website  |  FREE


Scotiabank Buskerfest

Aug 27-30, 2015

Spontaneous, colourful and bursting with the unexpected, the festival is a showcase for over 100 of the most remarkable street performers on earth.

Over 4 days and nights, Toronto’s international busker festival will entertain audiences along Yonge Street, as well as surrounding areas. There is a Buskerball on Aug 19.

Scotiabank Buskerfest is produced by Epilepsy Toronto as a fundraiser in support of people with epilepsy and their families. So it's no surprise that the proceeds collected at the festival will go towards Epilepsy Toronto. So, take lots of change for the performers - PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY!


Toronto Burlesque Festival

Aug 27-30, 2015

Celebrating the best of burlesque! 4 hot nights of scintillating striptease, variety and live music branching from across Canada and beyond.

Expect to see the top names in international burlesque entertainment and more! For more information, please visit their website.


TAIWANfest

Aug 28-30, 2015

The storied island of Taiwan has much to showcase as a place where cultures immigrated and Indigenous cultures thrived and innovated. Taiwan brings some of the most remarkable generations of artists and ideas to the stage at TAIWANfest.