The best festivals in Toronto to end the summer

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It’s almost August, but that doesn’t mean summer is over.

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Perhaps you spent this long weekend enjoying one of the many major events taking place in Toronto.

There’s the Caribbean Carnival, watch the parade or attend OVO Fest and VELD, the electronic music festival.

Or maybe you headed to Nathan Phillips Square to enjoy the music and dance performances and, of course, the food of the Taste of India festival.

Speaking of food, the Toronto Food Truck Festival in Woodbine Park is not to be missed, whether you’re sampling one of the dozens of trucks or taking part in a food challenge.

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That said, summer is not over.

With dozens of summer festivals in the city yet to come, there’s something for everyone, whether you like to dance, eat, take walks, or check out some cool art or new music.

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Here’s what else you can do to end the summer on a high:

Taste of Vietnam Festival (August 5 and 6)

Expect delicious food, live entertainment, activities and even a fashion show at this cultural event at Nathan Phillips Square.

JerkFest (August 5-7)

If jerk chicken is your favorite, then this spicy summer festival in Centennial Park is where it’s at, with music and entertainment for the whole family.

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AlohaFest Toronto (August 6)

Toronto’s Polynesian community will be celebrating even more after the festival’s two-year hiatus. Mel Lastman Square is the next best thing if a Hawaiian vacation isn’t in the cards.

Waterfront Night Market (August 12-14)

Expect the best in Asian street food, a beer festival and tons of culture and interactive entertainment, Ontario Place missed out on this celebration. It’s fun for all ages, although there’s also a 19+ event.

CNE (August 19 to September 5)

After a two-year hiatus, Toronto’s favorite end-of-summer event is back. From the food at the Midway, to the animals and the air show, this is going to be a fair to remember.

Chinatown Festival (August 20 and 21)

Chinatown BIA is ready to bring back this popular attraction to help improve local tourism as it honors Chinese culture through activities and vendors.

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Taste of Manila (August 20 and 21)

Not only does the event bring the pride of all Filipinos to life, but it is the largest Filipino festival in North America outside of the Philippines.

Barrio Latin Music Festival (August 20 and 21)

If you’re looking for the best in Latin entertainment, head to Downsview Park for a two-day extravaganza.

Fan Expo Canada (August 25-28)

Get ready to rock your geek and the nation’s biggest comic book, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event returns to the Metro Convention Center. Fans will be lining up for celebrity guests including William Shatner, Elijah Wood, Matthew Lewis, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes and Giancarlo Esposito, to name a few.

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Cider Festival (August 26 to 28)

This 19+ event at Inukshuk Park, on the city’s waterfront, will feature a nautical theme, All Drinks on Deck, offering over 100 varieties of cider from over 30 different cider houses across the country. And there’s a dance party!

Before you know it, it will be September, when the city is buzzing with celebrities for the Toronto International Film Festival and Rolling Loud.

Things continue in October when Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s free nighttime celebration of contemporary art, returns for its 16th edition starting at sundown on the 1st.

  1. Crowds attend Taste of the Danforth on Danforth Avenue in Toronto on August 12, 2017.

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  2. Gordon Lightfoot in his music room at his Toronto home on February 4, 2020.

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  3. The Roncesvalles Polish Festival on Saturday 14 September 2019.

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