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Toronto’s Best Outdoor Events: August 14-15

Don Valley Brickworks Trails

Don Valley Brickworks Trails

Here we are in the middle of August! Make a point of getting outdoors and doing something before the leaves start to turn! Here’s a list of ideas:

1.     Evergreen Brick Works Wild Blueberry Festival

Hit the Brick Works trails this Sunday between 11-4 during the Wild Blueberry Festival. Face painting, eco-friendly crafts and cooking workshops are planned for children. Adults can entertain themselves with a blueberry pie bake-off , bluegrass music and fruit wine!

  • Highlight: Beating the blues by eating blueberries and listening to blue grass music!
  • When: August 15, 11-4
  • Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
  • Cost: Free

2.     Hot and Spicy Food Festival

Explore the origins of your favorite hot and spicy foods. How did they even migrate to Canada? Anyone seeking the heat for their food will enjoy the chef demos and everyone will be entertained by the chef competition and live music taking place all weekend. When you can’t stand the heat anymore go for a stroll along the Waterfront trail!

  • Highlight: Hot music and hot flavors!
  • When: August 13-15
  • Where: Harbourfront Centre
  • Cost: Free

3.     Conscious Food Festival

Celebrate sustainable growing practices and the local food movement! Enjoy tastings and watch chef and farmer demos. Take in the live music, debates and seminars. Bring your own grocery bag and do some shopping! When you’re done, walk through Fort York down to the Waterfront trail.

  • Highlight: Sampling delicious local food with a good conscience!
  • When: August 14 and 15, 11-7
  • Where: Fort York Historic Site
  • Cost: At the gate (cash only): $23. In advance: $18. Children under 12: free

4.     Toronto Zoo Biodiversity Day

A zoo-wide scavenger hunt will keep the children entertained for hours and allow for many animal sightings. Conservation games and other activities will help everyone learn more about animals who live at the zoo. When you’re done, go for a stroll through the zoo’s grounds.

  • Highlight: A fun way to teach children about our furry and feathered friends.
  • When: August 14 and 15
  • Where: Toronto Zoo
  • Cost: $13-23/non-members, Free/members and children under 3

5.     Dream in High Park

A unique opportunity to see Romeo and Juliet outside! Only a few more weeks till the end of the season. To top off a romantic experience, stroll through the High Park trails before the play.

  • Highlight: Shakespearean play in an outdoor setting.
  • When: Through September 5, 8pm
  • Where: High Park Amphitheatre
  • Cost: Pay what you can
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