Nothing celebrates the end of summer quite like the Canadian National Exhibition (210 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto ON). This popular festival will be in Toronto from Aug. 16 – Sept. 2, and there’s lots to see and do! Hop on the giant Ferris wheel and check out the city lights, munch on red velvet pancakes from the Food Building, or go shopping in the International Pavilion. Whether you are an annual visior or a newbie, there’s something for everyone.
Take the little ones to visit the popular petting zoo or the Farm building. They’ll be able to get up close and personal with goats, ducks, pigs and cows. Kids will have a blast riding the 30 rides at the Kiddie Midway, including the popular T cup ride. Entertain kids with live shows of Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine and My Little Pony. To see all of the activities for kids, click here.
Food, Food & More Food
The Food Building is arguably the best building at the Ex. The building is chock full with cuisines from all around the world, and new modern interpretations of popular dishes. There is always a new crazy dish to try (Deep friend Kool-Aid, anyone?) and this year is no different. Chow down on the The Maple Bacon Jam Cronut Burger from Epic Burgers and Waffles.
Food Trucks will descend onto the Ex from Friday Aug. 23- Sunday. Aug. 25. Featuring 20 food trucks, this will be one of Canada’s largest food truck rallies!
Shows & Exhibits
You will enjoy free live entrainment each day of the Exhibition. Catch the daily Acrobatic Show, Tic Toc, that features cirque performers, trapeze and trampoline artists and more. The The 64th annual Canadian International Air Show is always a popular event, and will be flying during Labour Day weekend.
Bop along to the tunes of a free weekly outdoor concert at the CNE Bandshell. This summer, the concert series features include Dragonette, Theory of a Deadman and Walk Off The Earth.
Giggle at the hilariously awful bridesmaids dresses that people have submitted as part of the Bridesmaids Uncovered: Friends, Fashion & Fantasy exhibit. Get spooky at the SUPERstitions exhibit in the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion.