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What's On This Month In Toronto

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Updated: 22 December 2016
Toronto, we’re only halfway through the season: if anyone knows how to make the most of summer, it’s those that spend half the year ankle (or knee) deep in snow. If you’re looking for the best eats, drinks, art shows, and more to keep you occupied this August, look no further. Just follow this guide to get all you can out of these balmy summer days and nights.

 


MONDAY AUGUST 1st – SUNDAY AUGUST 7th


Courtesy of Kultura Festival / © Pixabay / Courtesy of Shakespeare in High Park / Courtesy of the AGO

Courtesy of Kultura Festival / © Pixabay / Courtesy of Shakespeare in High Park / Courtesy of the AGO

 

FESTIVAL | Kultura Filipino Arts Festival

August 5–7, 2016

From live performances and art installations, to traditional and modern cuisine and a must-shop marketplace, celebrate the Filipino-Canadian experience at Kultura Festival.

 

FESTIVAL | Taste of the Danforth

August 5–7, 2016

It’s a Toronto summer staple for a reason: souvlaki, gyros, dancing, music, and beer are all the reasons you need to hit up Taste of the Danforth this weekend.

 

THEATRE | Shakespeare in High Park

June 30th – September 3rd, 2016

Shakespeare in High Park is back for its 34th year, and you won’t want to miss out on the Bard’s tragic Hamlet or fairytale comedy All’s Well That Ends Well.

 

MUSIC | Toronto Summer Music Festival

July 14 – August 7, 2016

Toronto Summer Music Festival brings classical music to Torontonians; this year takes on a British theme, so brush up on your favourite Anglo tunes.

 

ART | The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris

July 1 – September 18, 2016

Curated by actor-comedian-jack-of-all-trades, Steve Martin, catch The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris at the AGO in an exhibition that’s garnering attention across North America.


MONDAY AUGUST 8th – SUNDAY AUGUST 14th


Courtesy of SummerWorks / © Pexels / © Nuagecafe/ © Factico

Courtesy of SummerWorks / © Pexels / © Nuagecafe/ © Factico

 

ART | SummerWorks Performance Festival

August 4–14, 2016

For boundary pushing performance art, check out SummerWorks Performance Festival this August in Toronto. With 69 unique performances, it promises to be a packed 11 days of must-see programming.

 

FOOD & DRINK | Roundhouse Summer Craft Beer Festival

August 13–14, 2016

Revel in the dog days of summer at Roundhouse Summer Craft Beer Festival. An afternoon spent in the park with food trucks and craft beer… Need we say more?

 

FOOD & DRINK | Vegan Food & Drink Festival

August 13, 2016

For 100% vegan libations and eats, head to Toronto’s historic Fort York for an all-vegan afternoon at the Vegan Food & Drink Festival, featuring comfort food, craft brews, wine and spirits.

 

PERFORMANCE | Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA

July 28 – October 16, 2016

LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico – Cirque du Soleil’s buzzed about new show – transports you to an imaginary Mexico. With rave reviews coming in, you’ll want to catch a performance in Toronto this summer before tickets sell out.

 


MONDAY AUGUST 15th – SUNDAY AUGUST 21st


© Mkooiman / © Patrick Tomasso / © Loozrboy / Courtesy of Christie Pits Film Festival

© Mkooiman / © Patrick Tomasso / © Loozrboy / Courtesy of Christie Pits Film Festival

 

FILM | Sail-In Cinema

August 18–20, 2016

Let’s not pretend a FREE film screened on a barge in Lake Ontario isn’t a tempting summer evening: head to Sugar Beach for Sail-in Cinema.

 

BOOKS | Literary Speed Dating

Friday, August 19, 2016

Skip the bar and proceed directly to the library for Literary Speed Dating. Like-minded, book-loving singles, rejoice.

 

FESTIVAL | Canadian National Exhibition

August 19 – September 5, 2016

It’s that time of year again, Toronto: for your fill of rickety rides and deep-fried eats, head to The Ex.

 

FESTIVAL | Christie Pits Film Festival

Sundays June 26th – August 28th, 2016

Your favourite Toronto outdoor cinema is back with the Christie Pits Film Festival. 2016’s theme is ‘Stranded in Christie Pits’, so expect hits like Gravity and Cast Away. It’s under the stars, pay-what-you-can and BYOBlanket: what more could you want?

 


MONDAY AUGUST 22nd – SUNDAY AUGUST 28th


© Anbiist / © Roderick Eime / Courtesy of Open Roof Festival / © Bata Shoe Museum

© Anbiist / © Roderick Eime / Courtesy of Open Roof Festival / © Bata Shoe Museum

 

DRINKS | Toronto Cider Festival

August 27, 2016

Take a break from the plethora of Craft Beer Fests and head to the Toronto Cider Festival for a day of cottage vibes, tasty eats, and 30+ ciders.

 

THEATRE | Matilda the Musical

Now booking for performances through November 27, 2016 

Torontonians can now catch the multi-award winning musical of Roald Dahl’s beloved childhood tale with Matilda the Musical. Experience the magic at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre.

 

MUSIC & FILM | Open Roof Festival

All summer long, starting June 21, 2016 | Tuesday and Wednesday evenings

Every Tuesday and Wednesday evening this summer, Open Roof Festival puts on the best of indie music and film.

 

ART | Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels

Until October, 2017

Who wears heels and why? Challenge pre-conceived notions, and get some serious shoe envy at the Bata Shoe Museum’s exhibition, Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels.

 


MONDAY AUGUST 29th – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31st


Courtesy of Fonda Lola / Courtesy of The ROM / Courtesy of Craft Beer Passport / © Paramount Pictures

Courtesy of Fonda Lola / Courtesy of The ROM / Courtesy of Craft Beer Passport / © Paramount Pictures

 

DRINK | Fonda Lola Tequila Tasting

July 29th – August 1st, 2016

From house-aged blancos to top-shelf añejos, go on a tasting (and learning) tequila adventure at Queen West’s favourite Mexican bistro, Fonda Lola.

 

ART | CHIHULY at the ROM

June 25th, 2016 – January 2, 2017

Check out one of the hottest exhibitions this summer: America’s glass wizard, Dale Chihuly, at the Royal Ontario Museum.

 

DRINK | Craft Beer Passport

June 1st – November 30th, 2016

Become a Toronto beer connoisseur with Craft Beer Passport. Simply choose from a Toronto west or east passport, and explore participating bars and their feature craft brews. What’s more fun than drinking craft beers? Drinking craft beers *and* earning stamps…

 

FILM | Free Flicks At Harbourfront

June 22nd – August 31st, 2016

What’s better than a flick at Harbourfront Centre? A *free* flick at Harbourfront Centre – every Wednesday evening, all summer long.