August events will take you outside to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate all Toronto has to offer. Whether you’re into food and music festivals, extreme sports, or theatre and arts in the streets, you’ll certainly find some great events to visit. Check out our list of the most interesting events in August 2013.
1. Boots and Hearts Music Festival (August 2 to 4)
The Boots and Hearts Music Festival showcases the best of country music and lifestyles. The biggest event of its kind in the GTA, it’s a three-day celebration that annually attracts both local and international performers and several local, up-and-coming musicians. Some of the country stars that will perform at the 2013 festival include Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, and The Band Perry. The event takes place at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, and overnight camping at the site is available. Ticket prices range from $199 to $304.99. Check the website for more information.
2. The Grove Music Festival (August 3)
The Grove Music Festival combines the best of the big music festivals and smaller, community-based events. The festival takes place thanks to the cooperation of concert promoter Goldenvoice and independent music label Arts & Crafts, which decided to create a one-day boutique musical experience for all music lovers who know how to appreciate the eclectic line-up mixed from both global talent and rising innovators. Some of the most anticipated performers include Hot Chip, Phoenix, and Girl Talk. General admission tickets are $59.50 and VIP tickets are $99.50. The event takes place in the Fort York Garrison Common.
3. Rogers Cup (August 3 to 11)
If you’re a keen tennis fan, you can’t miss the annual Rogers Cup. For more than thirty years, the tournament has brought some of the biggest names in the world to Toronto. This year, women are playing in Toronto and men will compete in Montreal. The winner of the Toronto event gets a grand prize of $426,000. The tournament will open with a doubles exhibition match featuring Serena and Venus Williams, Monica Seles, and Eugenie Bouchard. The event takes place at the Rexall Centre and ticket prices range from $25 to $415.
4. SummerWorks Performance Festival (August 8 to 18)
Public space in Toronto will once again come alive with theatrical expression as SummerWorks showcases original playwrights and their work. The festival features more than 30 plays and performances by both established writers and new talents from all over Canada. Several plays in development will come forward during creative workshops, and participants can also take part in a mentorship program. Some of the plays in the schedule include Schutzen by Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt and Matthias Meppelink and How Can I Forget by Benjamin Kamino and Sook-Yin Lee. Tickets are $15 per performance at the door, but multi-show passes are available too.
5. Wakestock (August 9 to 11)
Wakestock, a member of the World Series, is a stunning three-day event full of professional wakeboard challenges and competitions. The contest is held in the Millenium Park at Collingwood Harbour and is one of the biggest action sports festivals and wakeboarding gatherings in Canada. If you’re not a big sports fan, there’s an extensive music program prepared for you. The line-up includes Silverspun Pickups, Death From Above 1979, Less Than Jake, and the Sheepdogs. Concerts will be followed by several parties over the duration of the event. Ticket types and prices vary, so check the website for more information.
6. Black Sabbath Concert (August 14)
The heavy-metal icon Black Sabbath announced their reunion and set off for a tour in support of their newest release, 13. The original drummer, Bill Ward, has newly been replaced with Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk. One of the most influential metal bands in rock history, Sabbath will perform a mix of new and old hits, including songs like “Paranoid” and “Never Say Die.” Ticket prices range from $45 to $147. The event takes place at the Air Canada Centre, and doors open at 7:30 P.M. Be careful with the tickets if you’re a young Black Sabbath fan — organizers only allow visitors over 19.
7. Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) (August 16 to September 2)
Toronto hosts one of the biggest annual fairs in North America — up to 18 full days of live entertainment, thrilling amusement park rides, and parades. Just like every year, there will be an abundance of food and drink stalls to choose from. Visitors can also look forward to an amazing show by the Canadian International Air Show team, as the pilots will show off their mastery and perform jaw-dropping loop-de-loops and synchronized manoeuvres. General admission is $16, while seniors and children under 13 pay $12, and kids under 4 can enter for free.
8. Buskerfest (August 22 to 25)
Don’t miss the largest celebration of street performers, musicians, entertainers, artisans, and sketch artists in Ontario. The downtown Yonge neighbourhood will be buzzing with colours and spontaneity brought by over 100 performers from countries around the world, including Argentina, Hungary, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Spectators can also take part in the festival by participating in one of the many open contests or help make each of the performances unique by interacting with the artists. The whole event is held in support of Epilepsy Toronto, and admission is by donation to Epilepsy Toronto.
9. Fan Expo Canada 2013 (August 22 to 25)
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre welcomes the annual Canadian Fan Expo, one of the biggest fan events of its kind in Canada. Tens of thousands of fans of all things comic, anime, sci-fi, horror, and gaming will gather to meet and greet their favourite stars, shop for unique art and gaming equipment, and enjoy the opportunity to dress up as their favourite characters and mingle with other fans. Some of the big names that have confirmed their appearance this year include unforgettable Baywatch star David Hasselhof, Star Trek’s George Takei and Nichelle Nichols, and former Superman Dean Cain. Ticket prices range from $25 to $115.
10. Hot & Spicy Food Festival (August 30 to September 2)
Do you enjoy hot and spicy dishes? Then the Hot & Spicy Food Festival is the right place for you! Come over to discover a fiery palette of food that will make your temperature rise, enjoy the music and dancing (Sauce Rock featuring D.A. Foods & Grey Kingdom), and witness the local and international chefs at their best at the Iron Chef Competition. Visitors are also encouraged to exchange their favourite hot and spicy recipes and try some of the prepared goodies. The event is organized by the Harbourfront Centre and is free.