The promised carnival rides didn't show up, but the vast number of food vendors and a few carnival games still brought the spirit of the CNE. Few would argue that you could've asked for a better send off to summer.
Here are 35 of our favourite mud-splattered moments from Riot Fest 2014.
Doors opened at 1:30pm to what looked like a huge fenced paddock with no trees and barely any shade, but plenty of beer for sale, and a long line for the promised free BBQ. A strict no re-entry policy complemented by a very tight security check at the entrance examining every inch of attendees (who's afraid of Torontonians?) left a rather unpleasant aftertaste, but thankfully new and exciting tracks by the lineup made the sun-burnt sleepy crowd show their best on a giant dance floor.
Check out our memories of burgers, sun, and dancing in this photo gallery.
An enjoyable night on the town can often include some of the great shows the city's live music scene has to offer. For many, a couple of drinks (or more) can elevate the experience - and for some, especially 9-5ers, going from work to sit, relax, and have a meal before or with the show can be a life-saver.