The CNE is back in Toronto for another year of outrageous food and classic rides. Open until September 3rd, take in the sights and sounds of the summer season before it’s over.
Tour the Asian market
New this year is the big Asian market. This bustling beehive of interactive experiences will be filled with vendors, artisans, food, and entertainment. However, the main attraction will be the enormous indoor lantern festival. 17 large, illuminated art installations will be displayed in the Enercare Centre in celebration of the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism.
The installations were created by 90 artists, and made with 4,000 meters of synthetic silk and 55 meters of silk, showcasing legends of the ancient Silk Road. There’s even a simple maze guarded by a lantern version of the legendary Minotuar! Take a tour through this wonderland of different silk shaped animals and figures - the world’s largest indoor silk lantern exhibition.
See a concert
Every year, CNE hosts concerts at the Bandshell Park which are included in your park admission fee. Look forward to Marianas Trench, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Men Without Hats, Birds of Bellwoods, and many more. Ezra Jordan will be opening tomorrow with The Trews closing on September 2nd.
Visit the IKEA Monkey butter sculpture
Remember the IKEA Monkey from 2012 and Justin Trudeau cuddling with two baby pandas in 2016? These sculptures made from butter are not to be missed! This exhibit aims to highlight unity, harmony, and togetherness out of butter. Other exhibits include gnomes, sand sculptures, flowers, and photography.
Watch the Air Show
Each year, the Air Show takes off around the city soaring over Lake Ontario with displays to demonstrate the feats of aeronautical ingenuity. Even if you aren’t at the CNE, you might still catch these planes flying over the city. This year marks the 69th annual show. Jet teams, United States Air Force Thunderbirds will open the show with thrilling panache, and the Canadian Forces Snowboards will bring the performance to its dramatic finale.
Shop, shop, shop
Even if you don’t win anything from the games, you can still leave the CNE with a lot of goodies. With pavilions full of sales that include home and beauty products, arts and crafts, and outdoor markets, you will probably leave the CNE with arms full of knickknacks.
Poke your head into the East Coast Kitchen Party Caesar Competition
The Great Canadian Caesar Competition will be back with some of the city’s best cocktail creators this year. Oggle and drool over the duked out Caesars and take a guess at which one would win the esteemed prize for Best Caesar this year!
Last but not least, indulge in all the food and drinks!
The CNE is known for its out-of-the-box food and drink creations, and this year won't be any different. $100 Gold burgers, rainbow KitKat crepes, Korean fried frog legs, and more - each offering getting more over-the-top and Insta-worthy than the next. Are your stomachs prepared?