august long weekend events toronto

31 things to do in Toronto for the August civic holiday long weekend

August long weekend events in Toronto are ready for the bright and beautiful colours of Caribana. If you're looking for a handy guide, we've got you covered. VELD and the totally-sold out OVO Fest are both on and there's more parties, music, film and festivals than this list can hold.

  • Top Picks
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • August 2-5
      A huge fleet of the city's best food trucks is pulling to Woodbine Park for a huge, four-day festival featuring all kinds of great street food treats.
      Woodbine Park
    • August 3
      The biggest celebration of the year is back to cap off a month of parties and events with a massive parade full of music and dance.
      Exhibition Place
    • August 3-4
      VELD is back with a stacked lineup of performances by hip-hop and electro artists like Cardi B, Tiësto, Skrillex and Kygo.
      Downsview Park
    • August 4-5
      OVO Fest back with a big lineup of old school R&B singers and Drake. It's totally sold out, but if you're willing to fork over the $$, you can still snag a ticket.
      Budweiser Stage
  • Caribana events
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • August 2
      One of the best Caribana parties of the year is back for seconds to feature some of the city's hottest DJs playing sweaty beats late into the night.
      Masonic Temple
    • August 2-5
      A weekend of Caribbean music, food, entertainment, comedy and more is on, featuring local and international emerging artists and musicians.
      Harbourfront Centre
    • August 3
      Reggae, soca, Afrobeats and hip hop are bumping all night long at this huge party from the people behind a new music festival coming this month.
    • August 3
      The one and only reggae star Sean Paul is coming to Toronto for a special Caribana party, alongside Jed Harper and Chris LaRoque.
    • August 4
      New this year is a festival dedicated to the robust taste of rum with a focus on blends from the Caribbean, to coincide with Caribana.
      Ontario Place
    • August 4
      Blockobana is back to close out the weekend with a huge outdoor party featuring local and international DJs, food and drinks all day long.
      Regent Park
    • August 4
      Queen Street West is about to fill up with the sounds of the Islands at this free block party with music by some of the city's best DJs.
      Denison Avenue Stage
  • Events you might want to check out
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • August 3-11
      Some of the top tennis stars in the world are coming to Toronto for this big annual tournament with Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and more playing.
      Aviva Centre
    • August 4
      Music, dance, food, activities and more are all part of this big festival taking over Yonge-Dundas Square for a whole day of festivities.
      Yonge and Dundas Square
    • August 4-25
      It's a day for hanging out under the Gardiner as local musicians Adria Kain and Bonjay drop by to play alongside food, drinks and games.
      The Bentway
  • Food & Drink
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    About the Event
    Location
  • Music
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    About the Event
    Location
    • August 2
      Catch a night of sweet Island vibes with a showcase of artists, including reggae singer Carol Brown with Reggaddiction and more playing for free.
      Yonge-Dundas Square
    • August 2
      Toronto's own bedroom pop duo Teen Ravine have begun carving out a place for slow, melodic synth and instrumental tunes that are delicate and beautiful.
      Arraymusic
    • August 3
      Disco is back, baby, and London's Nilüfer Yanya is fusing dance beats and chill grooves with hints of rock for whatever mood you're in.
    • August 3
      Metalcore syncs up with prog-rock with The Northern's rock/electro mashups played alongside Single Wound, Anneliese and LOST LIGHT.
    • August 4
      Get close with some of the city's brightest entering R&B singers as they serenade the audience with dreamy and intimate tunes.
  • Film
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • August 2-8
      Can a trip change your life? This film explores an experiment in kindness and takes Tarek Mounib on a journey into human connection.
      Imagine Cinemas Carlton
    • August 2-19
      One of the greatest movies ever made is celebrating 40 years since it captured the gritty life of New York street gangs in the rough and tough late 1970s.
      The Royal Cinema
    • August 4
      Jane Austen's classic novel comes to life in Ang Lee’s brilliant take on the classic at this free/PWYC outdoor screening.
      Christie Pits
  • Parties
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • August 2
      This French disco party is kicking off a summer of European-style beats with a tribute to musical genius Philippe Zdar of Cassius.
    • August 2
      Party it up at the Drake as Kuruza returns with a night of Afro-inspired sounds, with a DJ collective that's set to bring on the good vibes.
    • August 3
      Heavy lip-liner, frosted tips and mini-buns are all part of this epic 90s video dance party with all the best tunes from the decade that never left.
    • August 4
      Dance it out beachside on this long weekend edition of Sunnyside, featuring local and international DJs spinning hours of electro under the sun.
      Sunnyside Pavillion
  • Markets and pop-ups
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