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What to do at the CNE in Toronto

Written by on August 14, 2019

The 2019 CNE is finally approaching and you can enjoy everything between August 16 and September 2 (Labour Day). These are the top things to do in the Canadian National Exhibition, the biggest fair in Canada.


The New Stuff

A giant Godzilla, raccoon sculptures, a Woodstock festival, super cheap food, a comedy series, concerts and an American Ninja Warrior-style race.

For all photography fans, this year you can see an exhibition that contains 50 photographies taken from National Geographic’s extensive catalogue, including the famous “Afghan Girl” photo and scenes from the wreck of the Titanic.


A Festival inside a Fair 

While there’s the main CNE activities to take part in, there’s also lots of festivals, including a big Oktoberfest celebration, food truck festival, craft beer festival, and the new Woodstock tribute weekend and Fan Expo cosplay day.


Enjoy The Ride

Whether it’s the old tilt-a-whirl, the ferris wheel or the big, colourful slide, there’s tons of classic rides that are the backbone of the carnival set up side-by-side with kids and adult rides and games spread throughout the grounds.


Exhibitions Galore

There’s plenty of exhibitions happening throughout the CNE’s run, including a new one from National Geographic, butter sculptures, a garden show, Nook of Gnomes and lots more.


Try Your Luck at The Casino

The CNE is home to a casino and the largest Hold’Em poker room and a huge amount of other traditional games. There’s also a licensed outdoor patio, nightly entertainment and the option to order from some of the midway treats.


Take Something Special

The CNE gives you plenty of opportunities to pick up unique wears. Several pavilions are home to arts markets, home and garden stuff and international goods. There’s also warehouse sales and an outdoor market to check out.


The Air Show 

Celebrating 70 years, both exciting and contentious, the Air Show’s takeover of the Toronto skies returns during the Labour Day weekend with high-flying stunts and booming flyovers zipping across the skyline.