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What’s on in Toronto for the last weekend in August

SAMANTHA KNIGHT AND PATRICIA D'CUNHA | posted Friday, Aug 25th, 2017

The 130th Canadian National Exhibition in 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Hudson
This is the last weekend of August, so make the most of it. Not sure what to do? Below are some of the events taking place in the city.

There are also two subway closures this weekend – one on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) on Saturday and another on Line 3 (Scarborough RT) on Sunday.


CNE Food Truck Frenzy
The Food Truck Frenzy is taking over the CNE this weekend. The event features a wide variety of tasty treats and two dozen food trucks. Some of the trucks participating include BeaverTails, Eva’s Original Chimneys, Fidel Gastro, the Colossal Onion, and Chimney Stax. Eleven master brewers will sample their locally crafted beers. The Food Truck Frenzy runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Sunday, inside the historic Princes’ Gates in front of Beanfield Centre and Enercare Centre.

The food offerings at the Chimney Stax food truck at the CNE. Photo credit: CNE


2XU Toronto Women’s 10k/5k
Runners will be flocking to Sunnybrook Park this Saturday for the 2XU Toronto Women’s run. The event features a 10-kilometre run, which kicks off at 8 a.m., and a five-kilometre run that gets underway at 8:15 a.m. All registered participants will receive a 2XU technical running hat, a Foxy Originals finisher medal, a personalized race bib and access to the post-run party. All proceeds go toward the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. This year’s goal is to raise over $50,000 for children and their families living with cancer.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ
Fire up the BBQ! Beer, Bourbon and BBQ is a one-of-a-kind social summer experience being held at Ontario Place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event features the best barbecue, ice-cold craft beers and refreshing bourbon cocktails. There will also be live country music, line dancing, mechanical bull riding, axe throwing and a grill-master school. Attendees must be 19 or older.

Tamil and Taiwan festivals
Learn more about the Tamil and Taiwanese cultures at two different festivals taking place this weekend. At Tamil Fest on Saturday and Sunday, more than 20 food vendors will dish out Tamil cuisine and street performances will bring up the energy. Explore the Tamil-Canadian story from the 1960s to the present at the mobile museum exhibit. The festival runs along Markham Road between Passmore and McNicoll avenues.

TaiwanFest is also taking place for three days starting on Friday at Harbourfront Centre. Chefs will show off their fusion cooking skills at the International Pan-Asian Culinary Invitational, while musicians perform a symphony reflecting on the influence of Japanese music in Taiwan, conducted by the award-winning Ken Hsieh. An exhibit will also showcase paper crafts and how the art form made its way from China to Japan, then on to Taiwan and the rest of the world. If you are missing face-to-face conversations, swap stories at the “friendship picnic.”

Films Under the Stars
If you missed the Sail-In Cinema last weekend, you can still catch a movie under the stars in Toronto this weekend, this time on the grounds of the Aga Khan Museum. Tap your feet to the music or dance alongside the penguins in “Happy Feet,” which will be screened at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Mayweather vs. McGregor
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will duke it out in their highly-anticipated boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Floyd Mayweather, left, and Conor McGregor exchange harsh words during a promotional tour stop in Toronto on July 12, 2017, for their upcoming boxing match in Las Vegas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov


The big money for the two fighters will come from pay-per-view sales, and early indications are that it could break all records. Some 50 million people may watch in the United States alone, with millions more tuning in worldwide, including in Toronto. Below are some places in the city showing the fight.

TTC and road closures

Line 2 and 3 closures
A heads up for TTC riders – there are two subway closures this weekend. On Saturday, there will be no service on Line 2 between St. George and Broadview stations. The closure is because of bridge work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Then on Sunday, Line 3 will be closed for track and infrastructure work. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running.

Road closures
Tamil Fest: Markham Road between McNicoll and Passmore avenues will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday to Monday at 5 a.m.

Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Street Fair: Bloor Street West between Dufferin Street and Montrose Avenue will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Leslieville Beer Festival: Dundas Street East from Logan to Carlaw avenue will be closed on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

With files from The Associated Press


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