Featured Events & Exhibitions
From fun-fueled festivals to fascinating cultural exhibits, there are tons of exciting events happening in late summer in Toronto.
We’ve selected a handful for this month’s featured events and exhibitions, including everyone’s fave fall fair and the greatest film festival on the planet. For a full range of goings on, check out our calendar of Toronto events.
Canadian National Exhibition
August 21 to September 7.
This annual fair is fun for the entire family. Midway rides bring chills and thrills. The National Trade Centre boasts an International Marketplace with goods spanning the globe along with innovative products. Horse shows and dog shows entertain both young and old.
August 27 to 30.
The Scotiabank BuskerFest is Toronto’s wildly successful international street performer festival – a showcase for hundreds of the most spectacular street performers on earth!
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Fan Expo Canada
September 3 to 6.
Four days of celebrity guests and exciting family-friendly events await at Fan Expo Canada.
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Toronto International Film Festival
September 10 to 20.
The world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city.
Toronto Food & Wine Festival
September 18 to 20.
The ultimate Canadian culinary weekend. Toronto Food & Wine Festival features local and celebrity chefs at this amazing three-day epicurean event.
September 24 to October 3.
42 Things. 10 Days. 1 Pass. Just for Laughs presents a new kind of interactive festival, JFL42. It’s a 10-day festival featuring 42 ‘cool things’ happening in the city.
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Art Gallery of Ontario
Picturing the Americas
Until September 20.
Featuring more than 100 landscapes from across the hemisphere, the connections and continuities of our shared history and land are undeniable: we are connected and yet we are distinct.
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Ontario Science Centre
Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition
Until September 13.
Five years in the making, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition has come to life with myths and experiments that push the boundaries of museum exhibitions farther than they have ever been pushed. It is a true MythBusters creation, where flying airplanes, duct tape canoes and running through phosphorescent rain is par for the course.
Royal Ontario Museum
Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano
Over 200 objects excavated from the ancient site reveal the daily lives – public and private – of the people of Pompeii immediately prior to the great eruption, and the overwhelming toll paid by those who decided to stay.
For only the second time ever, two giant pandas (named Er Shun and Da Mao) are exhibited in Canada. See them now at the Zoo!
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TIFF Bell Lightbox
Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen
October 30, 2015 to January 24, 2016
This major exhibition surveys Warhol’s celebrity obsession and features his personal collection of Hollywood artifacts and memorabilia, as well as early artworks, film and video works, and photographs.
Aga Khan Museum
Home Ground: Contemporary Art From the Barjeel Art Foundation
July 25, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Pushing boundaries, testing limits: this powerful exhibition from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE runs the gamut from photography to installation, sculpture to painting, and more. Experience the work of 12 Arab artists who examine how private life is shaped by current political events.
Casa Loma: Toronto’s Majestic Castle
Into the Night: Symphony in the Gardens
Tuesday Evenings this summer
Tuesday nights, June 9 to August 25, be enchanted by The Toronto Concert Orchestra at Symphony in the Gardens.
Escape From the Tower
The year is 1941. You and your team have been recruited to an undercover Anti-Submarine Detection Research Center in the tower of Casa Loma. You must find the coordinates of the enemy’s U-boats and communicate their location to our allies. You have 60 minutes to complete your missions and escape the tower. Will you Escape From the Tower?