The Ex hosts their annual Parking Lot Frenzy all weekend long at the CNE alongside a Craft Beer Fest. There's also huge beer, bourbon and BBQ party at Ontario Place, a cider festival, and two-nights of Bruno Mars to help swoop you back into Monday.Events you might want to check out:
Food Truck Frenzy & Craft Beer Festival (August 25-27 @ The CNE)
Parked just inside the Princes' Gates at the CNE is a whirlwind of food trucks for you to try all weekend. At the same time there's also a three-day craft beer festival with 11 different breweries on Princes' Boulevard.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ (August 25-27 @ Ontario Place)
From that team that brought you Taco Fest and Brunch Fest comes a day of grilling, brews and live country music.
Toronto Cider Festival (August 26 @ Sherbourne Common)
The tart drink festival gets a new home at the Sherbourne Common to celebrate all things cider.
Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour (August 26 @ Air Canada Centre)
Bruno brings his 24K Magic World Tour to Toronto for two nights of huge hits to sing along to.
Halo Halo Filipino Festival (August 27 @ Wychwood Barns)
Admission is free to this Filipino food and culture fest. There will be lots of singing, dancing, games, food and Halo Halo for everyone.
Pedestrian Sunday (August 27 @ Kensington Market)
A full day of car-free fun, music, food vendors, performances, shopping and all kids of street side surprises. Take the afternoon and check out a dance party, a band, a food stand and more.
Taiwan fest 2017 (August 25-27 @ Harbourfront Centre)
Billed as a "Kanpai, Japan!" this fest at the Harbourfront is free to enter and will showcase a mix of Taiwanese and Japanese culture, dance, performance and lots of bubble tea.
Toronto Critical Mass (August 25 @ Intersection Of Spadina And Bloor)
Critical mass is a bike ride that happens in cities all over the world at the same time each month to celebrate cycling.
An Evening with Kevin Smith (August 25 @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Toronto))
Silent Bob, or Kevin Smith is in town for a talk on a stage this weekend. Catch the dry-humoured funny man while you can.
SASS Comedy: Unofficial 1-Year Anniversary (August 25 @ Comedy Bar)
SASS Comedy, one of Toronto's freshest and shadiest stand-up comedy shows, is turning one year old and they've plucked their favourite comics to perform. Look out for Elvira Kurt, Martha Chaves, Sandra Battaglini and Andrew Johnston.
Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Night (August 26 @ Striker)
One of the most expensive fights in history is happening this weekend in sports bars across the city. Catch it at Toronto's only LGBT sports bar to ensure maximum safety and hooting and hollering.
Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair (August 26 @ Bloor Street West)
The Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair is one of largest gatherings of artists, musicians, artisans, and masters of all crafts in the summer.
Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party (August 26 @ The Royal Cinema - Toronto)
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. watch all your fave cartoons from yesteryear with an all-you-can-eat cereal bar.
Main Squared (August 26 - September 3 @ Main Square)
A nine-day art and community festival that takes over the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth with contemporary art and community art projects, installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more.
Japan Festival (August 26 @ Mississauga Celebration Square)
The country's largest Japanese Festival will feature food and art vendors, performances, music, and dance. Expect a huge crowd for this one.
CityStrong (August 26 @ Fort York Garrison Common)
Celebrity trainer Erin Oprea, The Bachelorette's Shawn Booth and Vancouver’s own Kaitlyn Bristowe lead the crowd in a killer workout and interactive party.
Underpass Park House Jam & Battle (August 27 @ Underpass Park)
Parks N' Wreck presents this house music DJ and dancer battle under the bridge.
Korean Harvest Festival (August 25-27 @ Mel Lastman Square)
Take in authentic Korean food, a market, and over 20 live performances including K-Pop, Tae Kwon Do, traditional drumming, and more.
Steam Box Dumpling Pop-Up (August 25 @ Left Field Brewery)
There'll be dumplings aplenty at the pop-up at a West-end brewery from 5-9 p.m.
Woodbine Ribfest (August 25-27 @ Woodbine Racetrack)
The Woodbine Racetrack hosts a massive rib, barbecue and food truck festival complete with live country music and horse racing.
Cask Social (August 26 @ Rainhard Brewing Co.)
This is an afternoon of local, one-off Cask ales from Rainhard brewery, Revel Cider and Junction Craft Brewing. There'll also be a brand new beer and food from Cut the Cheese.
Leslieville Beerfest 2017 (August 26 @ Dundas Street East)
Dundas Street East from Logan Ave to Carlaw Ave is closed down for this good old fashioned neighbourhood street party under the stars. Tickets are $20 and include three beer tokens and a mug.
4th Annual Coconut Festival and Marketplace (August 26 @ David Pecaut Square)
Coconut food, drinks, fashion, health talks, performances, and swag bags are all going down at this coconut-themed marketplace.
Otto's BBQ & 2 Year Anniversary (August 27 @ Cold Tea)
Otto's is celebrating two years of parties, and countless doners with a backyard bbq in Kensington Market.
Bashman Brunch (August 27 @ AF1 Caribbean Canteen)
This is a special weekend Caribbean brunch from chef Adrian Forte and his crew featuring favourites like salt cod fritters, plantain pudding, real pimento wood jerk chicken and otherworldly coconut cheesecake. There'll also be rum cocktails.
Indie Fridays Terra Lightfoot and Klooch (August 25 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
Terra Lightfoot and Klooch bring rock, soul and blues to the square.
Cuban concert of the Summer (August 25 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
Cuba's famous David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera band are touring Canada, and this is their only Toronto stop.
Verite (August 26 @ The Great Hall)
The Brooklyn indie-pop buzz-girl lands in Toronto for a show to serve summer hits that you only knew possible on the internet.
Lil Jon (August 26 @ Cabana Pool Bar)
They might have a bad wrap this summer after some incidents with security and party goers, but don't let that stop you from going to see loud mouth Lil' John.
Jagged Little Pill Live tribute (August 27 @ Rivoli)
Back by popular demand, Michelle Treacy and Good Enough Live Karaoke team up for a tribute to Alanis Morissette's 90's masterpiece Jagged Little Pill, playing the full album from start to finish.
Battle Rock (August 27 @ Lee's Palace)
Live lucha libre Mexican Wrestling and a rock concert, meets burlesque is what is going on here. Featuring headliners, UK Superstar, Grado, as well as Mexico's legendary exotico, Cassandro.
Movie Night (August 25 @ Liberty Village Park)
Hang out under the stars in Liberty Village Park for a free screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.2.
Singin' in the Rain (August 26 @ Aga Khan Park, Toronto)
Bring your blanket and relax on the stunning grounds of the Aga Khan Museum for a free screening of a film that might define this summer: Singin' in the Rain.
Meeting People is Easy (August 26 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of OK Computer with Radiohead as they perform their eternally classic album to stages around the world. This time capsule documentary captures the band at the apex of their career.
Fake Prom 2017 Curse of the Fake Prom (August 25 @ Palais Royale)
One of the city's favourite formal summer dance parties returns with a living dead theme.
Weirdo Mutation (August 25 @ The Black Eagle Toronto)
The monthly weirdo party takes over Toronto's leather bar for a night of costumes, drag performance, tarot readings, dark dance music and a witch contest.
Rock The Steady Boat (August 25 @ The Steady Cafe & Bar)
Sixteen years ago we lost Aaliyah, and this is a dance party on the day to celebrate her life through dancing, music and drag shows.
Kesha Tribute Toronto (August 25 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
Calling all Kesha fans, this dance party is for you. DJ Maggy and guests will spin all the pop star's greatest and latest with a heady mix of pop and R&B. There will be glitter and drag.
Chronologic 10 Year Anniversary (August 26 @ The Garrison)
The famous Goin' Steady DJs return to celebrate 10 years of counting down. This dance party works through the ages with music from 1890 to 2018, played in chronological order.
Sunshine Forever 2 (August 26 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe)
Step inside the Sunnyside Pavilion for a day filled with dreamy music under the sun. DJs include Ali Black & Pooyan, Alister Johnson, Dirty Dale, Andy Capp and Raf Reza.
Club 49 (August 27 @ 390 Dupont Street)
In light of recent events in Charlottesville, this daytime BBQ and dance party is spreading a message of anti-fascism, anti-White Supremacy, anti-Nazisim and anti-xenophobia of any kind.
CNE 2017 (August 18 - September 4 @ Canadian National Exhibition)
A weekend packed with events, concerts, rides, unusual foods, a craft beer fest, a games fest and endless show await you and your wallet.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO