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

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Aug 21-Sept 7, 2015

The Canadian National Exhibition (aka The Ex) is an 'end of summer' celebration for Torontonians but not for the kids (cos it's a sign that 'going back to school' is near!). Once you've paid the entrance fee, all entertainment is FREE. But in order to go on the amusement rides, you must either purchase single ride tickets or the RAD pass (unlimited but does not include admission when bought on-site).

The Midway

The following are some dates you should keep in mind:

  • Buy your tickets before Opening Day and SAVE $$ (avail from June 8) - this special ends Aug 20
  • $8 @ the Gate Opening Day Special: Grounds admission is only $8 on Friday, August 21
  • $6 after 5pm: Just pay $6 after 5pm each Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs (except Labour Day Monday)

Bandshell Concerts

The following are artists performing FREE concerts (with admission) at the CNE.

  • Aug 25: Chubby Checker
  • Aug 26: Rick Springfield
  • Aug 27: Leroy Sibbles
  • Aug 28: Foghat
  • Aug 29: Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts
  • Aug 30: The Last Waltz - A Musical Celebration of THE BAND
  • Aug 31: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Sept 1: Cody Simpson - YOUTH DAY (TBC)
  • Sept 2: Brett Kissel
  • Sept 3: Tokyo Police Club
  • Sept 4: MKTO
  • Sept 5: Monster Truck
  • Sept 6: Dallas Smith

Special Events

The following are just some of the special events.

  • Toonie Mondays: Kids 13 & under [Aug 24 & 31]
  • Free Till 3: 19 yrs & under [Sept 1: before 3pm]
  • Ribfest [Every day]
  • Food Products Day [Aug 26]
  • Food Truck Frenzy [Aug 28-30]
  • Canadian International Air Show [Sept 5-7]

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.


Aug 28-30, 2015: 11am-7pm

TAIWANfest returns to Harbourfront Centre with a lineup of programming including Taiwan’s top EDM band in Magic Power, famous Taiwanese street food, an indigenous fashion exhibit in The First Impressions, a lifestyle craft showcase in The Art of Seating, a film screening featuring both Canadian and Taiwanese film directors, a contemporary dance telling you the story of “red” eggs, a children delight of Holy Sheep exhibit and lots more!

one of the concerts at TAIWANfest

Mabuhay Philippines Festival

Aug 29-30, 2015

The Mabuhay Philippines Festival returns for a weekend of food, music and entertainment of the Filipino culture . Experience annual celebrations held in the many different regions of the Philippines and highlights 7 popular Fiestas of the Philippines e.g., Sinulog, Moriones, Dinagyang.

The theme this year is “Kulay” (Colour). Fashion show by Agnes Miranda featuring Salud and Pamaong creations. Performances include The Muso Project, The Belinda Corpuz Band, Gian Carlo Bobilla Group, Yan Yon All Stars, and many more!

Activities begin at NOON both days.