Art fests, cultural fests, food fests, and Toronto’s biggest fest of all–the Ex!–all start up this weekend. Find out what’s happening around the city for kids and families this Saturday and Sunday, August 17–18, 2019.
Our full events calendar has even more fun events this weekend and coming up. Browse by dates, category, and free events.
Top Picks This Weekend
Here are our favourite things coming up for kids and families this weekend in Toronto.
Barbados on the Water
HARBOURFRONT • Friday to Sunday
Kids can make kites and masks and get their faces painted, while everyone enjoys music, dance, comedy, and food from Barbados. Event website.
EXHIBITION PLACE • Friday to September 2
Summer’s end approaches with the opening of Canada’s largest community event, with rides, food, entertainment, and exhibits for all ages. Event website.
DUFFERIN GROVE • Saturday
Art and activities in every medium will be a part of this interactive, family-friendly event. Art, performances and workshops will be in abundance. Event website.
Pan American Food & Music Festival
DOWNTOWN • Saturday and Sunday
This festival celebrating food and culture from across the Americas also offers free kids capoeira classes, an origami workshop, drawing and writing challenges, and a chance to showcase their talent in Pan American Star. Event website.
StArt Youth Art Festival
SCARBOROUGH • Saturday
Works from emerging artists, performances, interactive arts activities, free refreshments, a DJ, raffles, and more will take place at this celebration of youth art. Event website.
Taste of Manila
LITTLE MANILA • Saturday and Sunday
The largest Filipino festival outside the Philippines features music, dance, food, and art from the extensive Canadian-Filipino community. Event website.
Taste of the Trail
ROUGE PARK • Saturday
Meet local farmers, taste delicious local treats, and get out and discover the great outdoors of Rouge Park right next to the city. Event website.
Toronto Chinatown Festival
CHINATOWN • Saturday and Sunday
A Chinese Zodiac scavenger hunt, kung fu and opera performances, and a Dragon Dance and Lion Dance are just a few of the fun things happening at the Chinatown Festival. Event website.
Wheels on the Danforth
THE DANFORTH • Saturday
Bands, buskers, bicycles, DJS, a Kid’s Zone and food vendors join hundreds of cars of every type at this free outdoor festival. Event website.
Open Streets TO
YONGE & BLOOR STREETS • Sunday
Large portions of Yonge and Bloor St.s will be closed down to cars for the day, allowing tons of family-friendly activities to take place. Event website.