Family Fun Toronto Happenings

Family Fun Toronto Happenings

August 2013

By Mackenzie Belcastro

This August Toronto is in full swing, providing both its locals and tourists with numerous fun-filled events. Look out for Scotia bank’s BuskerFest, Toronto Port Authority’s Sail-In Cinema, the Canadian National Exhibition, and the Taste of the Danforth.


Scotiabank BuskerFest (August 22-25, 2013)

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Located on the downtown portion of Yonge Street this is a festival you do not want to miss. Entertainment includes puppets, clowns, acrobats, and aerialists, dare devils, magicians, comedians and more! For children there is “Busker Play”, an area dedicated to face painting, T-shirt making, balloon twisting, dress up, an inflatable maze, as well as shows and workshops suitable for families. This is an event where you can enjoy yourself and simultaneously help out a good cause: Epilepsy Toronto. One in one hundred Canadians are affected by epilepsy and BuskerFest, being the largest fundraiser for this cause, provides you the opportunity to make a difference!


Sail-In Cinema (August 16-18, 2013)


This is a unique event brought to us by Toronto Port Authority that takes place on Toronto’s Harbour Front after dark. Watch films for free on Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre, either from land, on Sugar Beach, or from the water, on your own boat anchored on Lake Ontario! Sought-after classics will be shown; last year Hook, The Poseidon Adventure and Creature from Black Lagoon played, providing a memorable experience for all those who attended. This is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of our harbour front and spend quality time with your loved ones under the open sky.


Canadian National Exhibition (August 16 – September 2, 2013)


For two weeks Toronto is blessed with exceptional enjoyment, courtesy of CNE. Amusement park rides, talent shows, casinos, and parades are included in this experience. Observe the awe-inspiring air shows that show pilots making dare devil moves, or “loop-dee-loops” in the sky. Further, there are numerous international performers who come to the city from as far as Madagascar, France and the Philippines! For children there is “Kiddie Midway” which includes a vast array of pleasurable rides such as the “Berry Go Round”, the “Lollipop Swing”, and the “Wacky Worm Coaster.”


Taste of the Danforth (August 9-11, 2013)


Taking place in Greek Town, on the Danforth as its name suggests, this is a street festival sure to please your taste buds. With delectable Hellenic food available, such as souvlaki and spanakopita, as well as traditional music, dancing, and culture on display you and your family are in for a special treat!


For more days of family bonding look to Canada’s Wonderland, Centre Island, and the Toronto Zoo, all of which are sure to provide you with a day full of merriment!


Source: CTV News