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Top 10 Toronto Things To Do in August

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With so many months of the year spent indoors in Toronto, it's no wonder that once summer arrives, the city explodes with things to do. From free concerts to spending a week's worth of grocery money on fried foods, there's something on offer for everyone from classical music lovers to coconut fanatics (seriously). Below, we've rounded up just ten fun ways to fill your time in August.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival
July 30 - August 2
various venues
The city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands at the largest outdoor festival in North America. Celebrating Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry, the festival hosts a number of events, the highlight being the Grand Parade. Bejewelled masqueraders in striking costumes and steel pan bands wind their way down Lakeshore Boulevard. You can catch this colourful celebration for free, with dancing on the sidelines encouraged! Learn more

IMG_0511 Just some of the colourful costumes you can expect to see at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Dusk Dances
August 3-9
Withrow Park
Now celebrating its 21st season, Dusk Dances is an enchanting evening of dance set against the landscape of Withrow Park. This season features four short works by Canada’s finest dance makers, as well as a special 30 minute presentation created by Tedd Robinson for the dance group Cloud 9. If you feel like moving to the beat yourself, there is a free salsa class before the beginning of each performance. Bring a chair, grab some popcorn, and be prepared for a magical evening! Learn more

August 6-16
various venues
Celebrating its 25th year this season, Summerworks is the largest juried and curated festival in Canada that predominantly features new Canadian works. From dramatic stories of loss (Upon the Fragile Shore), to dance pieces which intersect the worlds of performance with visual and digital arts (HYPER), to a truly Canadian musical performed by students (Mapleman: Canuck Crusader), Summerworks offers something for everyone. Learn more

UponTheFragileShore Upon the Fragile Shore at Summerworks

August 7-15
Nathan Phillips Square
The cultural side of the Pan Am Games continues well into August at Nathan Phillips Square with music and performances from artists across the competing countries. Big name performers include Chromeo, The Roots, and Jann Arden. If you ever find yourself with no evening plans, simply head down to Nathan Phillips Square as there is always something exciting going on. Don’t miss the dazzling fireworks display every night at 10:45pm. Learn more

As part of a special presentation at Panamania, Nightwood Theatre’s Obeah Opera features an all female-cast and tells the story about the Salem witch trials from the point of view of the enslaved African women. Sung entirely in a capella, Obeah Opera is a hand clapping, foot-stomping, and spirit-lifting musical sensation. Click here to check out the creative home of Nightwood Theatre, one of the many spaces we have on the Spacefy platform. Learn more

Foot-stomping Obeah Opera. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann Foot-stomping Obeah Opera. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Canadian National Exhibition
August 21 - September 7
Exhibition Grounds
The CNE, or The Ex as it's more commonly known, never fails to thrill with all its sights, sounds, and tastes (deep fried everything, anyone?) and offers a number of shows included in the cost of admission. While the full list of performers hasn’t been released, some of things we can expect are parkour demonstrations, a stunt pogo team, and an aerial acrobatics figure skating show. Dancers from all over the world will also be performing, from locations such as the Philippines, Denmark, and Hawaii. Learn more

cne2 The sights and sounds of the CNE

Coconut Festival
August 23
David Pecaut Square
Although not an arts festival, this festival is too fun not to share! Canada’s first ever coconut festival is coming to Toronto and will feature food with coconut ingredients, lectures about the health benefits of coconut, and a variety of music, clothing, accessories, and jewelry. Be prepared to go loco for coco. Learn more

August 27-30
Downtown Yonge district
Street performers will take over the area around Dundas Square in a flurry of yo-yo’s, unicycles, hula hoops, balloons, and of course, theatrics! From traditional musicians to larger than life cheeky seagulls, Buskerfest is always full of surprises. Learn more

buskerfest Just an example of some of the fun to be had at Buskerfest

Dancing on the Pier
Thursdays until September 3
Harbourfront Pier
Grab your dancing shoes and head down to the waterfront. If you’ve ever wanted to try salsa, swing, ballroom, or jive, then now is your chance! Don’t know how? Instructors are on hand to show you how to dance like no one’s watching. Learn more

Shakespeare in High Park
Performances until September 6th
High Park
A summer tradition in Toronto’s west end, experience Shakespeare in this unique outdoor amphitheatre in High Park. This season sees both sides of Shakespeare, comedy and tragedy, performed on alternate nights with Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors. The performances are pay what you can and make sure you arrive early to grab the best available seats! Learn more

titus_6 An image from last year's performance of Shakespeare in High Park

Summer Music Garden
Thursdays and Sundays until September 13
Toronto Music Gardens (Queen’s Quay and Spadina)
Sitting down by the water in the magical Toronto Music Gardens is one of the best places to experience live music in the city. From roots to Celtic, folk to Baroque, these stunning public gardens provide the perfect backdrop to experience live music each week. Learn more

Which events are you most looking forward to in August? Tell us in the comments below!

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