What a weekend we have coming our way! We are truly at our peak here in Toronto and even though autumn is creeping closer by the day, the season of outdoor fun is far from over in our city. From massive cultural festivals to beachside bubbly, there’s no shortage of things to do in Toronto this weekend.

Without further delay, here are 10 of the best events worth checking out in the city this weekend.

Barrio Latin Music Festival

For the first time ever, Toronto is getting a massive, two-day Latin music festival, bringing some of the best musical acts under one roof. And they’re pretty big names too!

On August 20 and 21, Barrio Latin Music Festival is coming to Toronto’s Downsview Park with a packed lineup all weekend. From the newest DJ acts to your favourite throwback artists, BLMF is sure to keep you singing and dancing all night long.

When: August 20 & 21, 2022
Where: 70 Canuck Ave, Downsview Park

Taste of Manila 2022

A massive celebration of Filipino food and culture is taking over North York this weekend. Taste of Manila is said to be the largest event of its kind in North America and the most attended Filipino festival outside of the Philippines.

This weekend marks the ninth edition of this beloved festival, with all kinds of Filipino cuisine, entertainment, performances, and activities to participate in.

Where: Little Manila, Bathurst St and Wilson Ave
When: August 20 & 21, 2022

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163rd Queen’s Plate

One of Canada’s “most prestigious events” is coming back this weekend and you’re invited. This historic tradition will celebrate its 163rd edition and spectators can enjoy the races, entertainment, and sumptuous dining packages.

This event is also famously fashionable, with big hats and garden party chic attire being the unofficial dress code. Throw on your finest attire and head off to the races!

When: August 21, 2022
Where: Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd

Japan Festival Canada

Japan Festival Canada is said to be the largest Japanese cultural event in North America and it’s taking place in Mississauga this weekend. Visitors can expect to see traditional and modern performances, live pop music performances, and plenty of delicious Japanese food.

Where: Celebration Square, Mississauga
When: August 20-21, 2022

The Lights Festival

Fill up the night sky with stunning floating lanterns at this one-night-only event near Toronto this weekend.

The Lights Festival is kicking off on August 20, about an hour west of Toronto. The event aims to gather people from all backgrounds to share “an uplifting, positive, and unforgettable experience,” according to organizers. Get ready to witness some beautiful sights!

When: August 20, 2022
Where: Johnson Farm – 3721 4th Line, Ohsweken, ON

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Let’s go to The Ex! The long-awaited return of The CNE in Toronto is finally here and this year’s attractions are being unveiled, including the all-new lineup of outrageously delicious eats!

The iconic late-summer carnival will take place from August 19 to September 5, after two long years of hiatus. In addition to midway rides and games, attendees can always look forward to new attractions, wild food, fun rides, performances, and happy summer memories.

Where: Exhibition Place
When: August 19-September 5, 2022

Backyard Festival

The August edition of this summer festival at Stackt Market is basically a giant outdoor party, complete with a local vendor market, music series, food station, a showcase of artists, and all things MadeinTO. What better way to enjoy summer in the city than with good tunes, good bites, and good company in an outdoor oasis?

Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: August 20, 2022

 The Rosé Picnic

The biggest picnic of the summer is returning to Toronto! Get ready to throw on your finest pink and white ensemble for this boozy bash known as Toronto’s Rosé Picnic at a new location.

Get ready to sip some rose in a larger venue, and don’t worry, every guest will receive a break-free wine glass for outdoor enjoyment! You’ll be treated to a full day of sips, bites, dance parties, photo ops, and entertainment of all kinds.

Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
When: August 20, 2022, 12 pm to 11 pm

Toronto Chinatown Festival

After two long years, the Toronto Chinatown Festival is finally coming back. This beloved event transforms the Spadina and Dundas area into a massive celebration of Chinese food, culture, tradition, and art.

You can expect an “enchanted two-day program filled with cultural performances, traditional street eats, family activities on Huron St., a parade from the 8 Immortals, Dragon and Lion Dance performances,” and much more.

When: August 20 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., August 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Spadina Ave West (between St Andrew St and Sullivan St)

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Tickets are on sale now here for the 19+ event, so run, don’t walk, to get yours today!
When: Saturday, August 20th from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Where: Niagara Falls Convention Centre

Aloette Liberty Block Party

Celebrate the joys of summer with mouthwatering eats and boozy cocktails at this dog-friendly block party on Saturday. Toronto’s Liberty Village Aloette location is hosting the party of the summer featuring snack-sized versions of its menu classics and its Espresso Martini Fizz.

On August 20 from 3 pm to 10 pm, Aloette Liberty is welcoming all, including their pups to enjoy a fun-filled Saturday with music, food, and the cutest pics of you and your furry friend.

When: August 20, 2022 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 171 E Liberty St