Canadian National Exhibition (The CNE)

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Event date August 16 to September 2, 2019 LocationExhibition Place Official website Official website

This annual end-of-summer tradition takes the fall fair to new heights. Jammed with midway rides, live music, dog and pony shows and over-the-top culinary concoctions, The Ex is fun for everyone.

Swing ride full of people in motion at the Canadian National Exhibition.

Top 5 Things to See, Do and Taste at The Ex in 2018

From thrilling rides to international cuisine and the latest and greatest in Canadian technology, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), otherwise known as “The Ex,” is an end-of-summer ritual. Here to help you navigate through its labyrinths of music, swirling candy-coloured lights and the squeals of satisfied thrill-seekers are our top 5 picks.

Show off your skills at the all new Gaming Garage

Back for a second year in 2018, The Gaming Garage is a special three-day event introducing the latest in the world of gaming and gaming competition. From August 24 to 26, test your skills against hundreds of other gamers in an open eSports and Pinball competition for a cash prize. Or just cruise around and check out some featured exhibitors, meet real video game developers or challenge your friends to a board game at the interactive Tabletop Gaming Library.

This event is free with admission to the CNE. Check for updates using #CNEGamingGarage.

Mustang Roundup

One of the most popular cars of all time, the Ford Mustang first appeared on the scene in April 1964. Now you can revisit the “magic of the Mustang” with 50 vintage cars on view on Princes’ Boulevard mere steps away from the Automotive Building (now the Beanfield Centre). Enjoy a beverage from the bar as you travel back in automotive time from August 20 to 23.

Immerse yourself in the East Coast with some toe-tapping action

This year the Canadian Maritimes take over Opening Weekend on August 18 to 19, with a good old-fashioned East Coast Kitchen Party. This CNE first features ocean-inspired cuisine, delicious craft brews, oyster shucking and of course, fiddling. Feeling adventurous? Try “screeching in” Newfoundland-style.

Take a walk on the spooky side of the CNE

An off-shoot of the CNE Heritage Walking Tour, which guides visitors through The Ex’s rich 139-year history, is the CNE Ghost Walks. Departing from the Princes’ Gates, these 60-minute tours explore some of the darker historical events (with some continuing to occur nightly) in and around Exhibition Place. Culminating at the historic Scadding Cabin, these tours are a fun way to experience something different – and spooky – at the CNE in 2018.

Catch the highest-flying action the CNE has to offer

Celebrate 69 years of gravity-defying aerial stunts on Labour Day weekend, from September 2 to 4 with the Canadian International Air Show. From showcasing the latest in aviation technology to the iconic acrobatics of Canada’s own Snowbirds, this annual centerpiece of the CNE is not to be missed!