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Festivals, Fundraisers and Other Special Events


Food festivals, street performers and the CNE - August in Toronto is all about getting outside and celebrating. See what special events are taking place in August 2013.

Continuing to Sunday September 1, 2013
Shakespeare in High Park
Every year Canadian Stage presents one of Shakespeare's works as an outdoor performance in High Park. In 2013 there are two shows being performed on alternating nights by the same cast - Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew. Performances are every Tuesday to Sunday at 8pm.

Continuing to Monday September 2, 2013
The CNE Casino
Open before the rest of the CNE begins on August 16, the CNE Casino is in the north-east corner of the Better Living Centre.

Continuing to August 4, 2013
Dusk Dances in Withrow Park
Visit Riverdale's Withrow Park for a pay-what-you-can evening of outdoor dance.

Continuing to Sunday August 4, 2013
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto
Numerous events take place around the city, culminating in a parade and street festival (formerly known as Caribana).

Continuing to Thursday August 15, 2013
HorseCapades at the CNE
HorseCapades is a family-oriented introduction to horses, which runs from 11am to 2pm from July 28 to August 15. The CNE Horse Show Competition runs July 29-31, August 2-4, 6-8, and 24-25. Both are free before the CNE opens on August 16; afterward they are included with CNE admission.

Friday August 2 - Monday August 5, 2013
Harbourfront Free Summer Festivals - Island Soul Festival
Celebrate Caribbean culture through through music, food, and art.

Friday August 2 - Monday August 5, 2013
Irie Music Festival
Free performances of reggae and world music at Nathan Phillips Square. Check the website for details on earlier July dates at Mississauga's Celebration Square and Oshawa's Memorial Park.

Friday August 2 - Monday August 5, 2013
Scarborough Rotary Ribfest
Visit Thomson Memorial Park for entertainment and eats. Free admission.

Saturday August 3, 2013
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto - The Grand Parade
This showcase event of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (formerly known as Caribana) begins inside Exhibition Place before heading west on Lakeshore Boulevard.

Saturday August 3 - Monday August 5, 2013
Artisans at the Distillery
Visit the Distillery District over the Civic Holiday Weekend to browse crafts. Free admission, 11am-6pm.

Monday August 5, 2013
Simcoe Day
The first Monday in August is Simcoe Day in Toronto, a civic holiday to celebrate our history and, if you're lucky, to celebrate not going to work.

Thursday August 8 - Sunday August 18, 2013
An annual festival of indie theatre, music and art.

Friday August 9 - Sunday August 11, 2013
Taste of the Danforth
Toronto's Greektown spills out onto the streets with entertainment and plenty of food. And if Greek food isn't your thing, don't worry. The diverse Danforth has plenty of other eats up for grabs during this weekend celebration.

Friday August 9 - Sunday August 11, 2013
Harbourfront Free Summer Festivals - Fortune Cooking Festival
Enjoy food and culture from East Asia to Southeast/South Asia.

Saturday August 10 - Sunday August 11, 2013
JerkFest 2013
Head to Centennial Park in Etobicoke for a full slate of entertainment and jerk cuisine.

Friday August 16 - Monday September 2, 2013
The Canadian National Exhibition
Or The Ex, as it's usually called. Enjoy games, rides, the CNE Casino and of course the wide variety of shows that make the CNE an exhibition. Among this year's lineup are classics like the Horse Show and Rodeo, the IAMS Superdogs, and the Labour Day Weekend Air Show.

Friday August 16 - Sunday August 18, 2013
Harbourfront Free Summer Festivals - Mabuhay! Philippines Festival
A celebration of traditional and contemporary Filipino culture.

Friday August 16 - Saturday August 17, 2013
Can-Fit-Pro Consumer Fitness and Wellness Show
Lectures, exhibitors, presenters and fitness activities.

Thursday August 22 - Sunday August 25, 2013
Scotiabank BuskerFest in Support of Epilepsy Toronto
In 2013 Buskerfest moves to the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood, bringing street performers from all over the world. Admission is by donation to Epilepsy Toronto.

Thursday August 22 - Sunday August 25, 2013
Fan Expo Canada
Fans of horror, sci-fi, comics, anime and gaming come together at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to meet celebrities, artists, industry leaders, and each other.

Friday August 23 - Sunday August 25, 2013
Harbourfront Free Summer Festivals - TELUS TAIWANfest
Experience music, dance, food and the marketplace.

Friday August 30 - Monday September 2, 2013
Harbourfront Free Summer Festivals - Hot & Spicy Food Festival
Music, food competitions, and spicy cuisine.

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