Featured Events & Exhibitions

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Canadian National Exhibition

August 19 to September 5

The CNE is an annual fair on a grand scale. Thrilling midway rides and games, an International Marketplace with goods spanning the globe and horse and dog shows entertain young and old alike.

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Open Streets T.O.

August 21 & September 18

With no finish lines, parades or sidewalk sales, Open Streets TO encourages participation in physical activity and healthy recreation when two main streets in Toronto are open to people and closed to cars for two Sundays.

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Fan Expo Canada

September 1 to 4

Four days of celebrity guests, gaming, sci-fi, anime and comic book expos await at this interactive fan event.

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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

September 8 to 18

Toronto teems with celebrities as the world’s largest public film festival screens more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city.

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Southside Shuffle

September 9 to 11

Get the blues along with over 50,000 others at Port Credit’s Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle and also enjoy the great pick-me-upper jazz acts throughout the festival. Over 150 Canadian and international acts.

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In/Future

September 15 to 25

Visual artists and world music artists come together for ten days at In/Future at Ontario Place, a 14-acre waterfront urban oasis.

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Toronto Urban Roots Festival

September 16 to 18

The three-day music festival at historic Fort York. Featuring James Bay, Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Barenaked Ladies and many more.

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World Cup of Hockey 2016

September 17 to October 1

See the most exciting players in the NHL all in one tournament in September.

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JFL42

September 22 to October 1

Get ready for some serious comedy as Just for Laughs presents JFL42. It’s a 10-day festival featuring the biggest acts in comedy today. Grab a pass and start the laughs.

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Toronto Zoo

Giant Pandas

For only the second time ever, two giant pandas (named Er Shun and Da Mao) are exhibited in Canada. See the pandas now at the Zoo!

UPDATE: Meet the Panda Cubs!

Er Shun, the Zoo’s female giant panda, gave birth to twins in the fall of 2015. The cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, are now bigger and stronger and on display daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.). Visit TorontoZoo.com for details. #TOPandaCubs.

Art Gallery of Ontario

The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris

July 1 to September 18, 2016.

Curated by Steve Martin, The Idea of North presents Harris’s most significant and rare northern landscapes drawn from major public and private collections across Canada. In addition, the exhibition contains a selection of his early paintings from the 1910s, many of which depict neighbourhoods in Toronto, where the artist spent his formative years.

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Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more

Opens October 22.

Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 36 artists from 15 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.

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Ontario Science Centre

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not

May 20 to September 5, 2016.

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not®. Follow your natural interest and curiosity in the unusual and remarkable as you explore the real science behind the unbelievable.

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Royal Ontario Museum

Chihuly

June 25, 2016 to January 2, 2017.

An exhibition of dozens of works by one of the world’s foremost artists working in glass today. Created by sand, fire and human breath, these fantastic, imaginative works of art provide a uniquely sensory experience and a chance to immerse yourself in a world of colour and light. See Chihuly at the ROM

Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

On now to September 5, 2016.

Explore the 5,000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing at this showcase of the visual history of body art and markings. Ancint tools and specially-commissioned silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world, are all part of the exhibition. Experience Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

The Market Gallery

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto

June 18 to November 12, 2016.

Rare photographs and memorabilia from a time of huge social and cultural transformation marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final concert in Toronto. Themed areas include “When the Beatles Rocked Us” – hundreds of rare images to remember the band and the fans from 1964 to 1966; “Were We Played” – a look at the clubs and coffee houses of the Yonge Street strip and Yorkville Village where Toronto’s music scene developed; “How We Lived” – a fully-furnished ‘rec’ room modelled on a 1960s Don Mills home.

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Hockey Hall of Fame

Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit

July 1, 2016 to March 6, 2017.

A must-see for every hockey fan, the limited-time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of pride and passion. The exhibit is an homage to those who have worn the blue and white and highlights some of the most iconic moments in the Leaf’s history. Artifacts on display include Darryl Sittler’s stick used during his 10-point game, Bill Barilko’s Stanley Cup-winning OT puck, Mats Sundin’s jersey from the final game at Maple Leaf Gardens, and many more unique treasures.

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Aga Khan Museum

Álvario Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra

July 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Spain’s iconic Moorish palace and World Heritage Site comes to life in new exhibition showcasing the designs of one of today’s greatest living architects. Through renderings, models, large-scale photographs and video, the exhibition reveals the artistic challenge behind Siza’s design of the new visitor centre at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain as well as architectural objects from the Alhambra’s own collection.

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Casa Loma: Toronto’s Majestic Castle

Soul in the City and Symphony in the Gardens

Mondays and Tuesdays to August 30*.

Casa Loma hosts live music performances throughout the summer! On Monday evenings see Juno Award-winning artist Sean Jones with a seven–piece band plus special guests and Tuesdays the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, fills the garden with music. Enjoy stunning views of the city, a majestic castle and beautiful estate gardens while listening to music under the stars. (*Tuesday July 12 will be closed for a private performance.)

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Escape Casa Loma!

Three incredible and immersive escape experiences.

The Casa Loma Escape Series blends fact with fiction and theatre with gaming. Experience Casa Loma like never before. Escape From the Tower, King of the Bootleggers, and the new game Station M are on now and booking up fast! Do you have what it takes to Escape Casa Loma?

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