What to Do on the Civic Holiday Weekend in Toronto 2017

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Grande Parade at Toronto Caribbean Festival
Grande Parade at Toronto Caribbean Festival

By Lori Bosworth

It’s hard to believe that the August long weekend will be soon upon us. Where has the summer gone? Fortunately, there are a lot of Toronto events taking place on the August long weekend. If you’re wondering what to do on the Civic Holiday weekend in Toronto in 2017, read further.

Angelique Kerber, photo by si.robi - Kerber BM16 (37), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49582948
Angelique Kerber, photo by si.robi – Kerber BM16 (37), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49582948

Rogers Cup Toronto 2017

The Rogers Cup Toronto begins on the August long weekend. Many of the top Women’s Tennis Association players will be competing at the Rogers Cup Toronto 2017 at the Aviva Centre in York University from August 5-13, 2017. Players that have been confirmed include Genie Bouchard, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Puskova and Elina Svitolina. The Rogers Cup is always an exciting Toronto August long weekend event to attend. Purchase tickets for the Rogers Cup online before they sell out.

OVO Fest 2017

Toronto homeboy Drake brings his popular OVO Fest 2017 back to the Budweiser Stage at Ontario Place on the Civic Holiday weekend on Mon., Aug. 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. Guests announced so far include Partynextdoor, Majid Jordan, DVSN and Roy Woods, but Drake usually has a few surprises up his sleeve. Purchase tickets for OVO Fest 2017 online.

Grande Parade at Toronto Caribbean Festival
Grande Parade at Toronto Caribbean Festival

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grande Parade

If you’re wondering what to do on the civic holiday weekend in Toronto, the Grande Parade of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival takes place on Sat., Aug. 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Exhibition Place. The star attraction of the carnival, the Grande Parade is a huge August long weekend event for the city, attracting attendees from across Canada and the U.S. Indulge in Caribbean culture while enjoying the Mas bands and the steel pan performances. To enter Exhibition Place, you’ll have to purchase tickets for the Grande Parade, which are Adults $20, Seniors (65+) $10 and 12 and under $10. VIP tickets allow you to view the parade up close from a VIP Cabana and include complimentary Caribbean food and non-alcoholic beverages. VIP tickets are Adults $100, Seniors (65+) $90 and Children $50. If you don’t want to enter Exhibition Place, you can view the Grande Parade from Lake Shore Blvd. W. for free.

Shakespeare in High Park 2017

Canadian Stage presents King Lear and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in High Park 2017. Enjoy these outdoor performances at High Park’s amphitheatre. Pack a picnic dinner (no alcohol permitted) and arrive early to get a good seat. Twelfth Night will be performed during the August long weekend on Fri., Aug. 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 6, 2017 while King Lear will be performed on Sat., Aug. 5, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested donation of $20. Children 14 and under are free. Premium tickets (reserved cushion seating) are $25 and can be purchased online. Shakespeare in High Park 2017 closes on Sept. 3, 2017.

Electric Island

Electric Island takes place on Hanlan’s Point on August 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This Toronto August long weekend event features house and techno artists on two stages. Artists scheduled to perform include Nina Kraviz, Kink, Mano Le Tough, Jackmaster, Deetron, Dam-Funk, Greg Gow, Addy and Jeremy Stott. General Admission to Electric Island is $49.99; VIP tickets are $69.99 and include access at VIP Entrance Gate, side stage washrooms, side stage bar and side stage seating. Tickets to do not include ferry admission. This is a 19+ event. Purchase tickets online.

If you have other ideas about what to do on the August long weekend in Toronto 2017, please let us know in the comments.

 

10 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t live close to Toronto always nice to know there are many great events taking place in August. Good to know if I ever get the chance to visit in August.

  2. My husband and I have been to Toronto a couple of times and are always amazed by how much there is to do. The next time we go, it would be really fun to see Shakespeare in High Park 2017. My husband is a huge fan of his work. x

  3. These are a lot of great options! I wish I lived closer to be able to check some of these out…. or maybe a road trip or weekend should be in the works…

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