Toronto is a vibrant city on any given weekend – but this long weekend, there are even more reasons to spend your time here.
With that in mind, here are a few amazing reasons to spend the August long weekend in Toronto:
1. The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival: Well known – not just around Toronto but throughout North America, the Caribbean Carnival culminates in the colourful explosion that is the Grand Parade. Formerly known as ‘Caribana,’ this huge party attracts visitors from around the globe and sees dancers and other participants in huge, feathered, colourful costumes and bejeweled bikinis make their way from Exhibition Place along Lakeshore Boulevard – to the sound of steel drums and Reggae, Soca, or Calypso beats.
When: Saturday August 3, 9am-6pm
Where: Exhibition Place and Lakeshore Boulevard
Admission: FREE if watching around Lakeshore – $20 admission fee to other areas, $80 VIP
More: Official Website of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
2. The Rogers Cup (Women’s Tennis Tournament): Kicks off August 3 and goes until August 11. This weekend happens to be the FREE Family Day Weekend. Qualifying matches will also be going on with the players outside the Top 50 – with the tournament sessions starting on Monday (by the way, the Men’s Tournament is taking place at the same time in Montreal)
When: August 3-11
Where: At the Rexall Centre, 1 Shoreham Drive (York University)
Admission: FREE for Family Day Weekend. Tournament seats start at $25/session.
3. Toronto Summer Arts and Crafts Show: Also known as ‘ArtFest’ and taking place at the historic Distillery District, this event showcases 65 artists and artisans from across the country. Hand-crafted pottery, glass, leather, jewellery, textiles, paintings and live music – all conveniently located around some of the hottest restaurant summer patios.
When: August 3-5, 11am-6pm
Where: The Distillery District
More: Ontario Artfest Official Website
BONUS: There are also a number of MUSIC festivals in town this long weekend:
- TD IRIE Music Festival: Featuring Reggae, Salsa, and African Diaspora dance, as well as tropical foods and drinks! Takes place on August 2-5 at Nathan Phillips Square. FREE!
- The Grove Music Festival: Artists include Phoenix, The Gaslight Anthem, Young Empires, Girl Talk, Icona Pop, and many more. At Fort York. $73.25 – $115
- VELD Music Festival: Electronic artists including Deadmau5, Candyland, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Dada Life. August 3-4 at Downsview Park $180 – $225.
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