Things To Do Civic Holiday Weekend in Toronto 2019

Serena Williams at 2018 French Open, photo by si.robi - Williams S. RG18 (17), CC BY-SA 2.0,
Serena Williams at 2018 French Open, photo by si.robi - Williams S. RG18 (17), CC BY-SA 2.0,

The Civic holiday weekend is August 2-5, 2019. It’s the unofficial summer halfway point so it’s a good time to check your summer bucket list to see what you want to check off. If you’re not heading to the cottage, there are many things to do on the August long weekend in Toronto. Check out these Civic Holiday Weekend events in Toronto 2019.

Rogers Cup Toronto 2019

One of the most popular Civic Holiday Weekend events in Toronto 2019 is the Rogers Cup. The world’s best women’s tennis players will be playing at the Rogers Cup 2019 at York University’s Aviva Centre in Toronto on the Civic Holiday weekend. The top seeded women’s players are scheduled to play at the Rogers Cup Toronto 2019 including Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Belinda Bencic and more. The Rogers Cup 2019 runs from August 3-11, 2019 with the semifinals taking place Saturday, August 10, 2019 and the finals are Sunday, August 11, 2019. The GTA’s Bianca Andreescu is scheduled to play in the night session of Tues., Aug. 6, 2019. Purchase tickets for the Rogers Cup online.

Puffs at Lower Ossington Theatre

Puffs, the off-Broadway hit show has a new production in Toronto. This plays isn’t about the famous boy wizard *cough* Harry Potter *cough* who attends Wizard School for seven years…it’s about his peers, the Puffs. Performances on the Civic Holiday weekend are Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $44.99 plus $5.30 in fees, and can be purchased online. Suitable for ages 12+. The Lower Ossington Theatre is located at 100 Ossington Avenue.

Scarborough Ribfest 2019

If you are a ribs fan, you’ll want to check out Scarborough Ribfest 2019 at Thomson Memorial Park on the Civic Holiday weekend from August 2-5, 2019. Ribs aren’t the only thing on the menu; you’ll also find hot dogs, corn on the cob and French fries. There will be musical performances each night including:

Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. – Tom Hayes & the Twisters
Saturday, August 3, 2019, 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. – Firesound
Sunday, August 4, 2019, 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. – Rockin Mojos
Monday, August 5, 2019, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Back Track Band

Other attractions at Scarborough Ribfest include Midway rides, skill-testing games, a karaoke competition, a beer garden, as well as crafters and vendors. Scarborough Ribfest hours are Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. No pets allowed. No outside drinks, no smoking, no vaping and no cannabis is permitted in the park. Thomson Memorial Park is located at Lawrence Avenue East and Brimley Road. Free parking.

Taste of India Food Festival 2019

Come on down to Nathan Phillips Square to enjoy the Taste of India Food Festival 2019. You’ll have a chance to try a variety of Indian fare, hear South Asian music, see interactive street performers and activities. The food festival takes place on the Civic Holiday weekend on Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West.

VELD Festival 2015, photo credit Elif Rey of Visualbass Photography
VELD Festival 2015, photo credit Elif Rey of Visualbass Photography

VELD Music Festival 2019

An outdoor music festival represents the epitome of summer for many! The VELD Music Festival 2019 returns on the Civic Holiday Weekend from August 3-4, 2019. Taking place at Downsview Park, the VELD will host Alesso, Lil Baby, Loud Luxury, Zeds Dead, Boogie, Fisher, Kayzo, Murda Beatz, Getter, Rich The Kid, Troyboi, Prok & Fitch, Dzeko, Ekali, Shades, Whipped Cream, Gryffin, Tails, Shiba San, Jaden Smith, Joyryde, 3LAU and more. General Admission 2-Day tickets start at  $189.50 plus admin. fees; VIP 2-day tickets start at $289.50 plus admin. fees; and General Admission Single Day tickets start at $119 plus admin. fees and can be purchased online. Downsview Park is located at 35 Carl Hall Road.

Simcoe Day at Fort York 2019

Visit Fort York on Monday, August 5, 2019 and receive free admission. Fort York honours John Graves Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada and founder of Fort York and the Town of York. Walk the historic grounds and enjoy musketry, artillery and music demonstrations by the Guards of Fort York, Old Fort Erie and Fort George. Visit the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers’ Barracks, take tours of the fort’s period buildings, and participate in historical crafts and displays. This is also Emancipation Day, so there will be a special exhibit by the Ontario Black History Society in the Visitor Centre and an evening performance by Jason Wilson’s Sumach Roots. Fort York is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Fireworks and Fun at Canada’s Wonderland 2019

Canada’s Wonderland is the place to be to catch Civic Holiday Weekend fireworks. Enjoy more than 6,000 fireworks on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 10 p.m. backed by a soundtrack of memorable movie scores. During the weekend, enjoy live entertainment including The Chinese Acrobats, the Flying Frontenacs, the Victoria Falls High Divers, and Tundra: A Cirque Experience and of course all the fun at Splash Works. This weekend will be the last chance to see KidZfest with special guests the MARVEL© Superheroes and characters from TV shows including Alvin and the Chipmunks. Canada’s Wonderland is located at 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan. Purchase tickets online.

Toronto Food Truck Festival 2019

The 5th Annual Toronto Food Truck Festival takes place August 3-6, 2018 at Woodbine Park. Enjoy dishes from more than 50 Food Trucks, while listening to live music. Beer will be for sale. Some of the food trucks at the festival include Beavertails Pastry, The Hogfather, Fidel Gastro’s, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Jerk Brothers, Marble Slab Creamery, Heirloom, Johnny Rocco’s Pizza Wagon, Philthy Philly’s Cheesesteak, T Dot’s Naansense, Johnny Briskets, Annina’s Bake Shop, Crepe Street, Burrito on Wheelz, The Arepa Republic, Gothan Grill, Dang Good BBQ, and Poutinerie, CC Concessions, Eva’s Original, Buster’s Sea Cove, Food Dudes and The Apple Fritter Factory. Contestants will be participating in eating challenges on the main stage such as the Fire Wing Challenge, the hands-free Pasta Challenge and other challenges to win prizes. SickKids Foundation is the charitable partner of Canadian Food Truck Festivals. Free admission. Please make a cash donation to the hospital on the way into the festival. Hours are Friday, August 2, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday, August 5, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Woodbine Park is located at 1695 Queen St. E. (Lake Shore Blvd. E. and Coxwell Avenue).


Shakespeare in High Park 2019

Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park is featuring performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure throughout summer 2019. Staged at the High Park amphitheatre, the performances are pay-what-you-can, although there is also preferred seating, which is $30, and can be reserved online. Performances during the Civic holiday weekend 2019 include Much Ado About Nothing on Fri., Aug. 2, 2019 and Sun., Aug. 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. and Measure for Measure on Sat., Aug. 3, 2019 at 8 p.m. Run time is 1 hour and 40 minutes. Preferred seat reservations will be held until 7:45 p.m. Read Lory Diaz’s review of Shakespeare in High Park from 2017.

These are just some Civic Holiday weekend events in Toronto 2019. Whatever you end up doing, hope you have a great August long weekend!


  1. Shakespeare in the Park sounds fun and as well as the Taste of India Food Festival. I very rarely get to try ethnic foods and this would be a fun chance to do so.

    • I have attended Shakespeare in the Park before and it is a wonderful experience. You can bring your own food for a picnic before the play! Cheers, Lori

  2. These sound like so much fun! I love summer family events. The food truck fest would my my #1 choice!

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