Toronto’s iconic summer tradition, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), returns August 16 to September 2, 2019 with all-new features and popular favourites that continue to attract more than 1.5 million visitors annually.
New for 2019, the CNE will host the Canadian premiere of the travelling exhibition “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” comprised of iconic images that defined the 21st century ranging from the striking portrait of Afghan Girl by photographer Steve McCurry, to a haunting photo of The Titanic taken 4000m below sea.
Also new this year is The Ex Race attraction, where competitors will trek through an American Ninja Warrior-inspired obstacle course.
The CNE’s opening weekend kicks off with performances by ILL-ABILITIES, an international breakdance crew with a team of differently-abled dancers; and the ever-popular CNE Gaming Garage moves to Aug. 18-16 to connect with Esports, Pinball and Trading Card enthusiasts. From feature attractions, shopping, food and entertainment, the CNE also celebrates Toronto’s diversity and quirks including the city’s love-hate relationship with raccoons, through a unique art showcase featuring 3D displays of these urban critters.
The massive indoor lantern festival commissioned from China, returns to a new location inside the Coca Cola Coliseum with an enhanced augmented-reality experience.
This year (2019) marks the 70th anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show featuring the return of Britain’s renowned Red Arrows (last appeared at the CNE in 2002). To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, the CNE will showcase all that is groovy at an all-new Hippie Fest in Bandshell Park, Aug. 17 and 18.
Annual favourites such as the SuperDogs Show will return, along with free Bandshell concerts featuring artists such as Jann Arden, Walk Off the Earth, and a K-Pop performance featuring BOYSTORY. Don’t miss special events such as the East Coast Kitchen Party, Food Truck Frenzy & Craft Beer Fest, as well as other delectable delights that can be found throughout the CNE grounds to fuel the FUN!
Who is it for?
Until until Aug 15:
Admission Pass All Ages: $16
Kid’s Pass 5 to 13 years: Free (Distributed through Public and Catholic Schools.)
Ride All Day Pass All ages: $41
During the CNE – Aug 16 to Sept 2
General Admission: $19.99
65 years plus: $16
Child Admission (5 to 13 years): $16
Family Pass (2+2): $60
Under 4: Free
$9 Nights: Includes grounds admission, and access to all shows and exhibits. Available each Mon to Thurs after 5 pm, excluding Labour Day Monday.
Ride All Day Pass (Admission+Midway): $62 to $65.99
How to get tickets?
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time: August 16 to September 2, 2019
Regular Hours /Labour Day Hours
Gates 10 am – 10 pm /10 am – 5 pm
Grounds 10 am – Midnigh/ 10 am – 9 pm
Buildings 10 am – 10 pm /10 am – 7 pm
Casino Noon – 6 am /Noon – 8 pm
Weekdays: 11 am – Midnight
Weekends: 10 am – Midnight
Labour Day: 10 am – 9 pm
Warriors’ Day Parade: August 17 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Food Truck Frenzy: August 22 to 26 | 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Craft Beer Fest: August 22 to 26
Venue: Canadian National Exhibition
Exhibition Place, 210 Princes’ Blvd
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
The CNE has two off-site lots and a number of on-site lots. The parking rate at both onsite & offsite lots is $30-$35, depending on the day.
Public transport accessible
TTC Buses & Streetcars offer direct service to the CNE, stopping at the Dufferin Gate Loop (west end of CNE grounds) and Exhibition Loop (via east end of grounds).
- 511 Bathurst Streetcar: From Bathurst Subway Station: the 511 Bathurst Streetcar south brings you to the Exhibition Loop
- 504B King Streetcar: From Broadview Subway Station: the 504B King Streetcar brings you to the Dufferin Gate Loop
- 29 Dufferin Bus; From Dufferin Subway Station: the 29 Dufferin Bus south brings you to the Dufferin Gate Loop
- 509 Harbourfront Streetcar — From Union Station: the 509 Harbourfront Streetcar brings you to the Exhibition Loop.
Children 12 & under can ride the TTC for FREE!
Also on weekends, park for FREE in the following TTC lots: Don Mills, Ellesmere, Finch, Islington, Keele, Kennedy, Kipling, Lawrence East, Leslie, Sheppard West, Victoria Park, Warden, Wilson & Yorkdale