When August rolls around, it’s time to pack in as much fun as possible before summer comes to its all-too- soon end. August in Toronto means Greek food festivals, beer festivals, first class tennis, and of course the CNE! If you’re trying to make the most of the rest of your summer or are visiting Toronto during August 2011 and want to find things to do, check out the following Toronto events.
Beer lovers should enjoy the 17th Annual Toronto’s Festival of Beer, which takes place August 5-7, 2011 at Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. Attendees will be able to sample 120 brands of beer onsite including Rolling Rock, Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Newcastle, Strongbow, McLelland, Innis & Gunn, Moosehead, Great Lakes and Amsterdam. And when you’re ready for some solid nourishment, you can purchase offerings from food exhibitors Ontario Corn Roasters, La Poutine Machine, Shanghai Cowgirl, Caplansky’s, Edo Sushi, Oyster Boy among others. Tickets are $38.50 per day and include five sample tokens, a festival sampling cup, pocket guide and free concert. Concert headliner on Friday, August 5, 2011 is Dragonette; Saturday, August 6, Prince Perry and the Gladstones; and Sunday, August 7, The Trews.
Taste of the Danforth 2011
If souvlaki, spanakopita, keftedes, and dolmades excite your tastebuds, you’re going to want to head down to the Taste of the Danforth, Toronto’s Greek food fair, from August 5 to 7, 2011. Festival patrons can sample the delicacies of the Danforth’s prominent Greek restaurants while enjoying a street festival that includes music, comedy, and dance, and free samples from product vendors. When it’s time for a cold one, you can relax in the festival’s beer, spirit, and wine gardens while children can play at the Kids Zone and “older” kids can play at the Sports Zone. Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Pape Avenues will be closed to pedestrian traffic only during Toronto’s GreekTown food festival, which makes for a great street party.
Toronto Concerts in August 2011
Toronto venues such as the Molson Amphitheatre and Air Canada Centre will host musical artists including the Foo Fighters, Incubus, Train and Maroon Five, Blink 182, Britney Spears, Kenny Chesney, Journey with Foreigner, Selena Gomez, and Def Leppard during August 2011. Check out Toronto Concerts in Summer 2011 for dates and times.
Rogers Cup Toronto 2011
The 2011 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank features the top-seeded women’s tennis players competing in Toronto at York University’s Rexall Centre from August 6-14, 2011. Players expected to attend are the 2010 Rogers Cup champion Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, and Vera Zvonareva. Tickets for 2011 Rogers Cup single games are $20 to $395 while three-day packages start from $395, with mid-week packages available at 30% off.
The iconic end of summer Toronto ritual of going to the Canadian National Exhibition or “The Ex” as its known occurs from August 19 to September 5, 2011. This year, Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette and Yvan Pedeault from the Toronto hit We Will Rock You will perform daily in the Aerial Acrobatics and Ice Skating Show at the Ricoh Coliseum. Concerts at the Bandshell include the Spinners, Glen Campbell, Loverboy, Neil Sedaka, K-OS, Lights, My Darkest Days, and Tommy James & The Shondells. The popular canines, the SuperDogs, are back to showcase their talents, as are the midway, casino, horse show, farm, garden show, shoppers’ marketplace, and FLOW boarders in the FLOWRIDER Splash Zone. Adult admission is $16 ($12 if purchased online before August 19), while seniors and children 13 and under are $12. Entrance price after 5 p.m. on Mondays (not including Labour Day), Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays is $5.