The August long weekend is a fundamental maker in the summer. With it’s passing brings looming thoughts that the end is near. While we recount how many patios we sat on, cottage weekends, the ice cream cones we devoured, uneven tan lines and beach visits, we often start mourning the summer long before it is over.
If you are beginning to feel the pressure of summers end, never fear. I’m here to tell you that there are countless events happening in Toronto this month that will leave you feeling satisfied once September rolls around.
For the foodie
There are several food festivals taking place in the city over the month of August. The taste of the Danforth street festival offers a variety of Greek-style food, live music and has something for all ages. It spans Greektown from August 11-13 and is free!
If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you should check out the food truck festival at Woodbine Park on Aug 4-7. Get your fill of tasty and diverse comfort food served from 30-50 vendors and enjoy live music performances while you feast. Did I mention there are also allyou-can-eat contests?
For the music fanatic
Budweiser stage, formally known as Molson Amphitheatre is a concert venue gem that can only be enjoyed in the warmer months. With lawn and stadium seating, this outdoor venue has great acoustics and is situated just off of lake Ontario. Jimmy Buffet, Kings of Leon, John Mayer and Drake are just a few artists taking the stage in August. And with lawn seats starting as low as $35 a ticket, it’s a steal! (Blanket not included).
Concert venues not your scene? Perhaps Symphony in the Garden is more your pace. Casa Loma hosts an outdoor conducted symphony on Tuesday evenings until Aug 29th. Grab yourself a glass of wine and some al fresco snacks and enjoy the classical music under the city stars. Tickets can be purchased online or at the venue for $27.
For the adventure seeker
The CNE is without a doubt the iconic summer closer. Whether you are a fan of the flea market style shopping, animal shows, casino, the classic carnival food or the rides and games… there truly is something for everyone. So ‘Let’s go to the Ex’! Gates open on August 18th and discounted tickets are on sale until August 17th.
If you are looking to avoid the crowds and get out on the water this summer, paddle boarding is becoming a popular sport now renting a board is easily accessible in the Toronto beaches. Lessons are a great option for beginners and start at $35 an hour. If you are looking for a challenge, SUP Yoga is a full body workout that also promises to bring some Zen into your busy schedule.
For the theatre buff
From August 17th-19th at Sugar beach you can find a two-sided floating movie screen. The free sail-in-cinema experience welcomes those to join whether you are on the water and wish to anchor down, or grab a blanket and join in on sand. Catch classics such as Edward Scissor Hands, Indiana Jones and the new release, Beauty and the Beast.
If a more cultural experience is what you seek, Shakespeare in the Park offers an under the stars experience of Shakespeare’s classics. High Park offers a unique destination for the longest running outdoor theater event in Toronto. Until September 4th you can catch King Lear and Twelfth Night Tuesday thru Sunday at 8pm. With pay-what-you-can seating, this experience is too good to pass up.
Although it is true that the summer nights are already getting shorter, there is in fact still time to check-off some unique activities on your summer to-do list and make the most of this August.