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The top 10 events in Toronto for August 2015

The top events in Toronto for August will bring Drake and company to the 6 for the sixth instalment of the ever-popular OVO Fest. But that's not all, with festival season in full swing, there are plenty of event options this August. Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest, T&T's Night Market, and way more will have your schedule filled from the 1st to the 31st.

Here are my picks for the top events in Toronto this August.

Maker Festival 2015 (August 1)
Maker Festival showcases the best and brightest talent in the world of technology. Head to the Toronto Reference Library to see 3D printer demonstrations, learn what goes into building a robot, or test your own abilities in creative workshops.

VELD (August 1-2)
Toronto's other EDM monolith returns to Downsview for another round, bringing hometown hero Deadmau5, Kaskade, Hardwell, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, A$AP Rocky, DVBBS and more along with it. Hop on the subway to Downsview and dance all day and night.

OVO Fest (August 1-3)
Drake's love for Toronto knows no bounds, proven this year by expanding OVO Fest with a third day, featuring a Kevin Hart comedy set at the ACC. J.Cole ft. Big Sean and YG headline day one of the (somewhat) mystery lineup, while the classic 'Drake + Special Guests' is on tap for day two.The mystery has already sold out day two, so start hitting refresh on Craigslist.

SummerWorks (August 6-16)
This eleven-day Canadian cultural festival focuses on theatre, dance, music, and live art. Tickets are already on sale, and you can view the full list of performances here.

Parapan Am Games & PANAMANIA (August 7-15)
The Parapan Am Games kick off on August 7th and will feature a roster of sporting events ranging from judo to wheelchair tennis. Plus, after a brief hiatus, PANAMANIA is back and better than ever. Expect to see more impressive shows, with headliners like Chromeo, Janelle Monae, and Serena Ryder performing free of charge.

Rogers Cup 2015 (August 8-16)
Toronto's summer streak of high-profile sporting events is continuing with the Rogers Cup. Tennis a-listers like Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard, and Maria Sharapova will battle it out for the Rogers Cup, beginning August 8th.

Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest (August 8-9)
Offering beers from the Ontario Craft Brewers, this festival at Roundhouse Park is still a relatively casual affair. Expect to find over 30 breweries and tons of local gourmet food trucks serving up food and drink. A bonus, any beer tokens you have from the Winter Craft Beer Fest or last year's summer Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest can be used at this event. A ticket will set you back $20 (or $25 at the door).

Waterfront Night Market (August 14-16)
Happening in the parking lot of the T & T Cherry Street supermarket, this night market will feature over 100 food and retail vendors. Expect delicious stinky tofu, steamed buns and grilled seafoods on skewers.

Camp Wavelength (August 28-30)
New kid on the island this year is Camp Wavelength. Dedicated to the ALL CAPS Festival which last took place in 2013, Wavelength is giving you a chance to spend two nights under the stars a short ferry ride from downtown, while taking in some great bands. The Wooden Sky, Do Make Say Think, Absolutely Free are among the first round of bands announced, with more on the way.

CNE (August 21-September 7)
The CNE rolls into town at the end of August and will run until September 7th. Expect the regular roster of midway games, rides, exhibitions, fair foods and about a million ways to spend your hard earned money.

Contributions from Matthew Forsythe, Ben Johnson, and Liora Ipsum.

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