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Weekend events in Toronto August 19-21 2016

Weekend events in Toronto are bonkers. The city has realized summer is nearly done and have kicked its party senses into high gear. This is like the Vin Diesel of summer weekends. From Camp Wavelength on the Island, the Mad Decent Block party, to Chinatown Fest and Toronto Men's Fashion week, you'll need next week to catch up on sleep.

Here are my picks for what to get up to in Toronto this weekend.

BIG EVENTS

The CNE (August 19-September 5)
There's a lot more to The Ex than the insane food creations, even though this year's lineup is particularly nuts. Rides! Games! A technology garage and a Star Trek-themed bar will all give you ways to spend your money.

Toronto Men's Fashion Week (Mattamy Athletic Centre)
Toronto Fashion Week may have been canned, but there are many other cool fashion events in Toronto, and though it's been plagued by rumours about money and staffing, TOM pushes through. This is the big night to catch 18 Toronto menswear designers in action.

Camp Wavelength (August 19-21, Artscape Gibraltar Point)
You can spend the entire weekend on Toronto Island if you want thanks to this music and culture fest. This weird and wonderful festival lets you camp, watch some bands, see some art, and makes friends along the way.

Tragically Hip screenings (August 20, various locations)
The Tragically Hip are playing their final concert in Kingston on Saturday. Because there haven't been tickets available to the show since the minute they went on sale, a bunch of Toronto venues have chosen to help people out. Everywhere from the CBC headquarters to Union Station to your fave local is playing the big show.

Chinatown Festival (August 20-21, Spadina Avenue)
Asian and international street foods, dragon and lion dances, martial arts and entertainment performances all happen during this big street fest with the theme of Legend of the Dragon.

5th Annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest (August 20-21, Albert Campbell Square)
Featuring food, a cultural fashion show, dance competitions, and drum and dance workshops, this festival celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of Toronto's Afro-Caribbean culture from 12-9 p.m. both days

Zine Dream: small press fair (The Great Hall)
Featuring over 90 exhibitors of self published art books, comics, crafts, music, zines and much more, this PWYC zine fair takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the downstairs hall. Find out why print is still relevant and beautiful.

Open Streets (August 21, Yonge Street and Bloor Street)
Ever want to star in an action film about post-apocalyptic Toronto? Empty streets, only lucky survivors? A few rats... etc. Well now you mostly can. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bloor St. (from Dufferin to Parliament) and Yonge St. (from Bloor to Queen) will be closed to cars and opened solely for people. Run free!

FOOD

Hot & Spicy Food Fest (August 19-21, Harbourfront)
Exploring diverse "hot" food experiences from around the globe, this food fest follows the Lower Mississippi River, through the American South into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean for its culinary inspiration. There'll also be bluesy, jazzy, festive and tropical sounds to help move you.

Sweetery Food Festival (August 20, David Pecaut Square)
The dessert-centric event celebrates "the whimsical world of confectionery and culinary arts." You can get so many treats all over the city anytime, but this is a highly concentrated area with sugar if you're into it.

MexFest (August 21, Yonge-Dundas Square)
Mexican art, culture and cuisine are highlighted at this downtown celebration. Admission is free and it runs 11a.m.-11p.m.

MUSIC

Mad Decent Block Party (August 19, Fort York)
There's a lot of good music happening this weekend in the city, but the Mad Decent Block Party is a guaranteed blast. The lineup this year includes giant noisemakers like Bishu,
Diplo, Grandtheft, and Louis The Child among many others. Bring your ear plugs and bouncy dancing shoes.

FILM

The Sail-in Cinema at Sugar Beach started Thursday, but runs Friday and Saturday as well. But that's not the only outdoor movie event this weekend. And if you need to sit on a cozy theatre seat with popcorn, head to the suggested flicks below and let them entertain you.

DANCING

Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit your own listing to the blogTO Toronto events section and have a great weekend!

Photo via the Mad Decent Block Party's Facebook page.


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