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August Guide: Major Events & Festivals in the GTA

Published Jul 22, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Toronto parents! Here's everything you need to know for August 2019 in the GTA. From foodie events, to free outdoor movies, to cool & unique festivals, here are the top things to do this month that the entire family will enjoy.

Who doesn't enjoy throwing some fun festivals into the mix? I know I do.

Festivals and fun events keep all of our kids entertained during the summer months, which helps keep our sanities intact! 

Here I highlight the major annual events, but you can also visit ChatterBlock's full calendar of events for a snapshot of everything that's happening around the GTA, and beyond.

Now, the lineup of the biggest, family-friendly August events you need to know about:

1. Peter Pan: The Musical

Travel to Neverland with Peter Pan, the boy who can fly and never grows up, Wendy, and the Darlings as they embark on a childhood adventure that includes fairies, pirates, and mermaids. This timeless tale is brought to life on stage on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in August and September. 

When: Fridays-Sundays from August 23 to September 22 with varying evening & matinee showtimes
Where: Randolph Theatre
Price: Varies
Get Tickets & Learn More

2. Outdoor Movie Nights in the Park

Movies screenings will rotate between Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park. As always, admission (and popcorn!) is FREE! Experience movies under the stars. Here's the line up:

August 7 – The Sandlot (Ivan Forrest)
August 14 – Pitch Perfect 3 (Kew Gardens)
August 21 – First Man (Ivan Forrest)
August 28 – Crazy Rich Asians (Kew Gardens)

3. Toronto Food Truck Festival

Woodbine Park has never tasted this delicious before. Back for another year, The Toronto Food Truck Festival is serving up some real must-eats! As always, admission is free and there’s something for everyone, including vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and more options!

When: Aug 2rd-5th, Friday 5pm-10pm, Sat & Sun Noon-8pm, Monday Noon-8pm
Where: Woodbine Park
Price: Free Admission
Learn More

4. Fireworks at Canada's Wonderland

You can spend your whole day enjoying over 70 awesome rides, including the newest rides Lumberjack and Flying Canoes, then take in the spectacular fireworks display when the park closes. Each fireworks show at Canada's Wonderland has a unique, custom-design set to an original soundtrack that you won’t find anywhere else in Toronto!

When: Aug 4th at 10pm
Where: Canada's Wonderland
Price: Included with Admission
Learn More

5. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

This year, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is bringing you movies that feature some of cinema's best Dynamic Duos. As always, admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated! Screenings in August are taking place at Bell Manor Park and begin at sundown (around 9pm). Here's the August lineup:

August 8: Ratatouille (Bell Manor Park)
August 15: You've Got Mail (Bell Manor Park)
August 22: The Kid (Bell Manor Park)

6. Spectac! Royal Canadian Circus

The all new Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC! is back for another summer of spectacular shows under the Big Top. Shows are being held at three different locations in the GTA up until August 18, so there's many opportunities to see the circus and then see it again!

When: 27 Shows From Aug 1st-18th
Where: Sheridan Centre, Corpus Christi Secondary School Park & Milton Fairgrounds
Price: Varies
See Showtimes & Get Tickets

7. Taste of the Danforth

Great food and lots of free entertainment! There are plenty of cultural performances, live music, dancing, a kids' zone, a sports zone, and even the opportunity to break plates - OPA!

When: August 9th - 11th
Where: Danforth Ave
Price: Free
Learn More

8. The CNE (Canadian National Exhibition)

A showground, fairground, carnival, concerts, horse show, farmyard, garden show, food hall, restaurants, and a fabulous Mardi Gras parade are all rolled into one for the Canadian National Exhibition, held in Toronto each year. For 18 amazing days leading up to and including Labor Day on the first Monday in September, about 1.5 million visitors flock to Canada’s largest fair, The Ex.

When: August 16th - September 2nd
Where: CNE Fairground
Price: Family pass is $60, admission & ride tickets vary
Learn More

9. Markham-Milliken Children's Festival

The Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival offers a wide variety of safe, fun and educational FREE Play Zones and activities for kids. Let your children’s imagination run wild and learn something new! There will be games, crafts, bubbles, technology, experiments, emergency preparedness, and free coffee for adults!

When: Saturday, August 24th from 10am-7pm
Where: Aaniin Community Centre & Library
Price: Lots of free activities, plus a $10 Play-All-Day for exclusive access to rides and attractions
Learn More

10. Toronto International BuskerFest

End the month off (and the summer) with an exciting and fun festival! There will be a family fun zone, a small midway, over 100 performances from magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, clowns, and more! There's even a Little Big Top with 15 minute performances, markets, beer garden, and 20 MAC AND CHEESE VENDORS, yum!

When: August 30th - September 2nd
Where: Woodbine Park
Price: Free (by Donation)
Learn More

More Fun Things To Do

Read up on some of our other articles with awesome ideas of other great things to do during the last few weeks of summer. 

The Coolest Free Splash Parks Around the GTA

20 Things To Do in TO for Under $5

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