Events, Family Events

End of Summer Family-Friendly Events Across the GTA

You and your family may be excited as back to school season ramps up, but summer is not over yet! The city still has a handful of great events to help celebrate the end of summer.

Here are five family-friendly events that you just can’t miss:

  • The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE): Open from August 18th– September 4th, the CNE has been an end-of-summer ritual in the city for over 130 years! Your kids will love its three parades and kids’ world.  The Exhibition has great ticket specials including Kids’ Toonie Mondays and $8 after 5pm on weekdays, so make sure to take advantage of them. If you’re hoping to hit up the the rides at the CNE, keep in mind that they cost extra.

    Image of ferris wheel and starship play area lit up against dusky sky

    “CNE” CC Image Courtesy of: basic_sounds on Flickr

  • Toronto International Busker Fest: Takling place at Woodbine Park, over 100 buskers will be performing from September 1st – 4th including The Circus Academy and Dr. Bubblito. They even have a family fun zone for kid-specific entertainment. You can’t beat the spontaneity of this FREE festival.

Image of busker balancing flaming baton on chin

“World Buskers Fest” CC image courtesy of Charlie Fox on Flickr

  • Toronto Ukrainian FestivalHead to North America’s largest Ukranian Festival in Bloor West Village Friday, September 15th– Sunday, September 17th for a three-day celebration of Ukrainian culture and hospitality! You’ll find an artisan market, a children’s midway, cultural pavilions, and sidewalk sales.

    Image of four female dancers in traditional Ukrainian dance outfits

    “Ukrainian Festival” CC image courtesy of Chris Phutully on Flickr

  • Roncesvalles Polish Festival: You can’t miss North America’s largest Polish Festival! Happening this September 16th and 17th and easily accessible by transit, you and your family will find two midway areas, three stages with continuous entertainment, two giant beverage gardens, and of course the wonderful offerings of Roncesvalles Village’s restaurants and merchants.

Image of two young women in traditional Polish dress

“Days of Poland 2015- 06” CC image courtesy of Garry Knight on Flickr

  • Word on the Street: Word on the Street, a book and magazine festival, is a can’t-miss for bibliophiles of any age. The Harbourfront Centre hosts the festival on Sunday, September 24th. You’ll find incredible vendors, performers, storytellers, and authors. Have some fun at Kidstreet, TVOKids LIVE, the TD Children’s Literature Stage, the CBC Children’s Activity Tent, and two new stages where new languages are the name of the game: TFO Franco Stage and Indigenous Voices.

Image of child standing, looking onto TVO Kids stage where musicians are performing

“IMG_8655.jpg” CC image courtesy of Angus Chan on Flickr