Toronto Event Guide: August

Gemma Mastroianni
Toronto Event Guide: August


Get ready to blaze through August with the best events happening in the Toronto. Here's our guide to help make sure you have the best end of summer possible:


A Midsummer Night's Dream at High Park Ampitheatre

The High Park Amphitheatre is once again alive with laughter and magic as Canadian Stage proudly presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This delightful Shakespearean love story celebrates its 40th anniversary in High Park, promising an unforgettable theatrical experience under the stars. Transport yourself to the night before Theseus and Hippolyta's royal wedding as four young Athenians embark on a quest for true love, only to find themselves entangled in a web of love triangles and fairy mischief.


Directed by the talented Jamie Robinson, the romantic comedy unfolds with chaotic hilarity, promising a summer highlight for theater enthusiasts and cannabis aficionados alike. Gather your friends, pack a picnic, and immerse yourself in the whimsical world of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" until September 3rd.


For ticketing information and showtimes, click here.


Don Monet Solo Exhibition

Take a creative journey into the mind of Don Monet, the visionary artist, at the Social Art Gallery & Cafe in Toronto. Until August 6th, explore his contemporary art through mesmerizing photo collages and expressive painted works. Don's art is an exploration of his maternal family's roots in the picturesque Killaloe area, just east of Ottawa. Each piece reflects his connection to the water, landscape, and the stories of his settler ancestors.


As the founder and director of the Cube Gallery, Don brings a wealth of experience and passion to his solo exhibition. The captivating display invites you to contemplate the evolution of his artistry, shaped by two decades of yearly sojourns at nearby Round Lake. Admission is free, so make sure to indulge your senses in this artistic journey of self-discovery and heritage.


Grab your tickets here.


TAIWANfest Toronto

Celebrate the vibrant culture of Taiwan at TAIWANfest in the scenic Harbourfront Center from August 25th to August 27th. Embark on a transformative journey exploring migration, decolonization, and identity through a series of enlightening Hope Talks. These thought-provoking discussions delve into topics ranging from the Dutch trade in the 16th century to the feminist connection to female ghosts, revealing the true face of Taiwan.


Indulge your senses in the enchanting sounds of the National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan, as they share the beautiful essence of the island through traditional Chinese instruments. Experience the unity of cultures as Indigenous DJ Dungi Sapor blends the traditional melodies of her tribe with contemporary electronic bass, collaborating with Asian-Canadian artist Aiko Tomi.


Don't miss the Self-Portraits Gallery, showcasing the diverse perspectives and identities of artists from all walks of life. Witness the boundless imagination of youth, the strength of those battling health stigma, and the triumphs of Asian-Canadian immigrant painters.


With its captivating performances and immersive cultural experiences, TAIWANfest promises to be a celebration of art, diversity, and unity. Best of all, entry is free, so gather your friends and family and embrace the spirit of Taiwan.


For more information, visit the TAIWANfest Toronto website.


Wavelength Summer Thing

Check out the Wavelength Summer Thing at Trillium Park from August 18th to August 20th. Curated by the talented Anishinaabe musician Daniel Monkman (Zoon), this event offers a diverse and uplifting lineup of artists. Come together with the community to celebrate global, hip-hop, electronic, and indie music performances that will stir your soul.


Engage with thought-provoking art installations, providing moments of reflection on Toronto's rich history and breathtaking geography. The power of music transcends cultures and unites hearts, and the Wavelength Summer Thing promises to be an unforgettable celebration of art and togetherness.


Dance to the rhythm of Indigenous DJ Dungi Sapor as she weaves her cultural melodies with contemporary electronic bass, accompanied by Taiwanese-Japanese musician Aiko Tomi, spreading the message that "No one is an outsider" through their music.


The event is open to all, free of charge, and welcomes individuals of all ages. Embrace the spirit of unity and connection, and let the music take you on a journey like no other.


 For more information, click here.


CNE - Canada's Largest Fair

Get ready for the most iconic summer tradition in Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), returning from August 18th to September 4th. With all-new features and beloved classics, the CNE attracts over 1.5 million visitors annually.


Experience a diverse range of entertainment and events, from Bandshell concerts and celebrity chef demonstrations to an awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics and ice skating show. Be amazed by the CNE's three-day Air Show and immerse yourself in the excitement of the dog show and a working farm. The best part? All of these offerings are free with admission to the CNE.


The iconic food trucks are obviously back too! Located on Princes' Boulevard in front of the Beanfield Centre and Enercare Centre, the Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beerfest will tantalize your taste buds with a wide variety of delectable treats accompanied by live music.


Savor the flavors of Starving Artist Waffles, indulge in the unique creations of Kono Pizza, and treat yourself to the renowned BeaverTails. These food truck delights are the best complement to the vibrant atmosphere of the CNE.


Gather your crew, and get ready for an unforgettable experience in the heart of Toronto.


To plan your visit and explore ticketing options, click here.


Toronto's event calendar for August is filled to the brim with blazing experiences. From the enchanting world of Shakespearean theater in High Park to the immersive cultural celebration of TAIWANfest, the pulsating beats of the Wavelength Summer Thing, and the iconic Canadian National Exhibition, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


Gather your favorite strains, share the good vibes with friends, and immerse yourself in Toronto's vibrant event scene. Whether you're a theater enthusiast, art lover, music connoisseur, or simply seeking an unforgettable summer adventure, this guide has got you covered.





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