50 Things to do During August in Ontario

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There is always something to do in Ontario and August is no different! If you need ideas, here are 50 things to do:

Celebrate Civic Day Weekend

Enjoy the long weekend of August. From fireworks to grand festival, there is lots of fun stuff to do in Ontario. Details

Enjoy a music festival in Downtown Windsor

Rock The Plaza music festival will feature 11 bands and three days of classic rock at Riverfront Festival Plaza, located in downtown Windsor. Details

Ouellette Car Cruise

Building on the nostalgia of Windsor’s rich automotive history, the Ouellette Car Cruise kicks off its third annual parade of classic and vintage vehicles in the heart of downtown. Details

Head to the Riverfest Elora

Get ready for the Riverfest Elora’s biggest line-up yet, with big-name artists like the Flaming Lips and Carly Rae Jepsen performing at this riverside summer venue.  Details

Enjoy a Classic Rock/Blues Festival

The London Bluesfest Music Festival featuring Classic Rock & Blues Artists from Canada & the USA is from August 23 to 26, 2018. Details

Spend time with the pups at Hugs for Hounds

Fundraise for Greyhounds and other furry friends at the Hugs for Hounds events at the Grand River Raceway. Socialize with other dog owners and stay for the dinner and silent auctions available. Details

Go on a Yoga and Meditation retreat

Spend a day in the heart of nature at Jill Davey’s yoga and meditation retreat – listen to meditation teachings, practice mindful yoga, and enjoy a vegetarian lunch and snacks with an intimately sized group. Details

Head to Cowapolooza in the Dairy Capital of Canada

Listen to some unique bands and performers at Cowapolooza – including a Shania Twain tribute act – and participate in all the fun activities in the park! Details 

Feel peachy keen at the Winona Peach Festival

Support the community Winona Peach Festival and enjoy peach treats, entertainment, the “Peach of a Car Show”, and many other vendors with an array of products for sale. Details

Take in military music and drills of the early 19th century.

Fife and drum corps and infantry units from historic sites across Canada and the United States will converge on Fort George National Historic Site, showcasing the military music and drills of the early 19th century. Details

Enjoy a Party in the Vineyard

Grab some food from the food truck, go for a glass of wine, and hang out with some great company under red umbrellas at Party in the Vineyard as you enjoy tunes from Canadian Country Artist, the Road Hammers. Details

End your summer with the End of Summer Bash

It’s unfortunate that this beautiful hot summer must come to close, but what better way to close out a fantastic summer than with an End of Summer Bash with giant oversized games, popcorn, board games, scavenger hunts, and more.  Details

Enjoy World Class Blues for free

Enjoy World Class Blues performances in a great Urban Setting free of charge! One of Canada’s biggest FREE Blues Festivals – goes on for 4 days on multiple stages in Downtown Kitchener – Best of International, National & Regional Blues.   Details

Enjoy food, music, and drinks at the Paris Drinks Fest

Celebrate all things delicious at the Paris Drinks Fest – with beer, wine, spirits, cider, a whole lot of great music, and small plates of delicious fare under shady trees at Lions Park. Details

Head to the beach for the Splashtastic Tiki Beach Party

Kick back and sip some umbrella drinks at the Splashtastic Tiki Beach Party. Feel the sand between your toes and get competitive at playing some beach games! Details

Take a cooking class in Indian inspired Victorian food

Try your hand at making some uniquely Indian-inspired Victorian food. Well-influenced by the spices from India, these recipes offer an explosion of flavor and are perfect for any dinner party. Details

Take a stab at the Harry Potter Escape Room

It’s another school year at Hogwarts, and that means another attack from the dark lord. Try your hand at this Harry Potter Escape room and save the wizarding world!  Details

Reserve your seats for the Classic Dinner Theatre at Michael’s Table

Experience a classic dinner theatre event with a three-course meal by Michael’s Table, and the comedy classic “Overruled”. Details

Take a cocktail workshop at the White Rabbit

Get hands-on and learn all about and how to make both basic and more advanced cocktails, focused on the five pillars of cocktail creation: whisky, vodka, rum, gin, and tequila. Details

Get a taste of Greek cuisine at Taste of the Danforth

Taste and get a feel of Greek cuisine and tradition. Participate in the age-old tradition of smashing plates, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of delicious eats from local vendors. Details

Hear some of the best electro, house, and techno at Electric Island

Get that summer buzz at Electric Island – your music festival for the best techno, house, and electro artists and DJs like Charlotte de Witte and Jackmaster.  Details

Get your adrenaline rush at the Canadian National Exhibition

The Canadian National Exhibition is back with more thrilling rides, games, and entertainment, along with a vast array of food events from Ribfest to Craft Beer. Details

Taste some explosive Caribbean flavors at the Grace Jerkfest

Get swept off your feet with dynamic entertainment and Carribean eats at the Grace Jerkfest. If you’re feeling brave, compete in the Spicy Jerk Chicken eating competition! Details 

Taste some unbelievable food at the Pickering Food Truck Festival

Enjoy the variety of food and tunes with friends or family as Esplanade Park transforms into a haven for food trucks, with a beer garden and live entertainment stage.  Details

Get jazzy at the Markham Jazz Festival

Headlined this year by three-time Grammy winner and world-renowned headliner Dee Dee Bridgewater, this jazzy event grants free admission to more than 30 concerts in bars and restaurants, on the street, and on main stages. Details

Indulge in the Taste of Italy

Head to the 3rd annual Taste of Italy food festival and get serenaded with your favourite Italian dishes and live music. Details 

Pay Tribute to Ontario Grown Potatoes

Greet Mr.Potato, join for Friday night parade, see Rurban Sights and Sounds on Victoria Street in the Downtown, Street vendors, and more during Alliston Potato Festival. Details

Listen to the best of country at the Boots and Hearts Festival

One of Ontario’s most-loved summer events – the Boots and Hearts Music Festival – is back with an amazing four-day country line-up and a whole lot of festival life.  Details

Celebrate the annual Barrie Fair

The Barrie Fair is classic family entertainment, filled with livestock and homecraft shows, intense truck and tractor pulls, and even a demolition derby. Details

Bobcaygeon Craft Beer & Food Festival

Join for the third annual Bobcaygeon Craft Beer & Food Festival. 10 craft breweries and 2 cideries serving over 20 types of beer/ciders. Details

See a Murder for Two – a musical comedy at the Globus Theatre

Murder for Two presents a crazy blend of “music, murder, and mayhem” that will definitely make for an afternoon/evening of laughs and entertainment. Details

Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival

Head to Own Sound for three days of Music– this year including Bahamas, Sarah Harmer, Susan Aglukark, Stephen Fearing and over 40 more acts– one of a kind Artisans, Food Village, a licensed Wine Bar and Beer Tent, Kid’s area and parade. Details

Celebrate the 126th South Mountain Fair

Make the 126th South Mountain Fair, a fair to remember, as coordinators eagerly display locally produced items and everyone gathers around to check out the demolition derby and truck and tractor pulls. Details

Listen to some live blues at the Limestone City Blues Festival

Watch downtown Kingston come alive with the sounds of blues artists like Victor Wainwright and the train and Soulstack, as their energy permeates the city with musical greatness. Details

Eat your way through the Cornwall Food Fest

Taste a variety of delicious foods from a variety of different gourmet food trucks and local restaurants that are competing for the title of “Best Street Food 2018”, and browse the local artisans and merchants for trinkets and goods. Details

View some stunning classic cars at the Verona Car Show

Don’t miss your chance to view vehicles from 24 different classes, some of which will be selected for prizes – from foreign vehicles, to production cars, snack on some BBQ treats and browse the show. Details 

Enjoy Shakespeare by St Lawerence River

The St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is in its 16th year. Enjoy theatre live in a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre on the banks of the river. This year’s season includes As You Like It and 
The Taming of the Shrew
. Details

Show your support for mental health at Art in Strathcona Park

View some of the best work from talented artists and artisans local to the area at this outdoor event. Whether you’re looking to simply look around or make a purchase, this exhibition includes a silent auction as well.  Details

Enjoy and Old Fashioned Fair

The Capital Fair in Ottawa features Eastern Ontario’s largest midway courtesy of World’s Finest Shows, great Fair foods and fun, a demo derby and more!  Details

Enjoy a Dinner in White

A leading summer event in Paris returns to Ottawa for a second time! Le Dîner en Blanc takes place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at a secret location in Ottawa. Details

Discover some new murals

The House of Paint Festival is an annual FREE Outdoor HipHop Jam that showcases Graffiti, Breakdancing, Dj’s and MC’s from across Canada. This annual Ottawa event, which happens under the Dunbar bridge which hosts one of the cities only legal graffiti art walls. Details

Be part of Canada’s Largest Live Outdoor Country Music & Camping Festival.

Come and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. The Havelock Jamboree is a camping and music festival set up to create a festive, friendly, community atmosphere where music fans can enjoy their favourite performers.  2018 Lineup include: Toby Keith, Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Tanya Tucker and many more! Details

See the Sheep Dog Trials 

Enjoy the dog sport of herding, K-9 demos, dock dogs competition, agility demos, artisans fair and more during Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival . Details

Enjoy a 3 Day cabin camping weekend

Featuring nightly shows from Toronto’s cult favourite party band, performances from friends and affiliate acts, campfire singalongs, and all the classic summer camp activities, Camp Dwayne is happening Labour Day weekend at Camp Timberlane.  Details

Coldwater Steampunk Festival

Let your imagination & creativity collide at the Annual Oceanic Coldwater Steampunk Festival. Enjoy music, dance & circus acts PLUS artisans, farmers & more! Details

Take a guided tour of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest

Nicknamed “The Forest That is Touched By Magic”, join a guided tour of this unique outdoor collection of sculptures by international and Canadian artists and bike or walk through this amazing trail. Details 

Enjoy a music festival on the largest freshwater island in the world 

Camp out at Little Current to enjoy Manitoulin Country Fest, a 3 day outdoor country music festival. Details

Spend a day at the Sunflower Festival

The Sunflower Festival is the largest summer festival in the Almaguin area. Located just downtown, live music, great food, family activities, and over 150 vendors spread out over the street and bring some sunshine into your Saturday. Details

Munch on some plant-based treats at the Muskoka VegFest

Welcome to Muskoka’s very own plant-based festival to celebrate conscious living, sustainability, and wellness! Delicious vegan products paired with engaging speakers will inspire you to lead a plant-based lifestyle.  Details

Enjoy the 10th annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival

This annual event is a series of kayak and canoe challenges, seminars and workshops, arts and culture, an interactive Aboriginal village, and undoubtedly, a firework show.  Details

Discover the cuisine of the region with Feast on the Farm

Celebrate all things delicious in the Northeastern Ontario region at Feast on the Farm and taste locally grown food prepared by local chefs at sampling stations dotted around the farm. Travel by foot or wagon, and experience regional cooking at its finest. Details

Immerse yourself in the arts at the Fringe North International Theatre Festival

The Fringe 2018 is Sault Ste. Marie’s very own arts, culture, and theatre festival. Spanning 10 days, it is an amalgamation of visual and performing arts for all to enjoy. Details

Enjoy blueberry tea and pancakes at the Bonkers for Blueberries event

Join the Ermatiner-Clergue National Historic Site for fresh wild blueberry pancakes, tea, maple syrup, sausages, and other blueberry products and baked goods. Participate in some pioneer games, and immerse yourself in the natural atmosphere of the site. Details

Celebrate a summer evening at the Moonlight Market

For the local goods and hand craft connoisseur, you won’t want to miss the Moonlight Market, with vendors selling crafty goods, live music, refreshments, and even free Yoga classes on the front lawn, there’s no better way to celebrate a refreshing summer evening.  Details

Sample some craft beer at the BrewHa Craft Beer Festival

For just $20, grab your collector’s sample glass and your four sample tokens and taste some delicious craft beers from names such as Goose Island and the Muskoka Brewery, and pair them with bites from the Red Lion Smokehouse and Hot Paddle Pizza Co.  Details

Experience a race like no other with the Annual Paju Mountain Run

Experience beautiful Paju Mountain on the Annual Mountain Run, a great and challenging 715-foot climb after a run through Red Rock and past How Mountain. Details

Take a guided tour of the Lake of the Woods Cemetery

Take a stroll through the peaceful 11.5 hectares of park-like setting that is the Lake of the Woods Cemetery – a historically significant and visually beautiful site. Details

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