What to do in Toronto: BuskerFest 2013

August is here, and if you’re wondering what to do in Toronto this month, we’d like to suggest the Scotiabank BuskerFest. Now in its 14th annual run, this event has showcased hundreds of the best street performers from around the world, playing to millions of spectators. Not only is this event good fun, it’s also the largest street performers’ festival on the continent. Plus, it’s all in support of a good cause. It helps to raise much-needed funds to support Epilepsy Toronto.

What to do in Toronto

BuskerFest will be taking over the Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood from Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, August 25, 2013. It’s in a new location after more than one million people took it in last year. Clearly, an expansion was in order. Admission is by donation to Epilepsy Toronto. Buskers retain proceeds from “the hat” passed after their performances, so make sure you bring lots of cash in small denominations. If you’re planning to bring your children, we have the scoop on what you may want to check out at this kid-friendly Toronto event.

First up, stop by BuskerPlay. It’s an area that’s just for kids, and you’ll find face painting, balloon-twisting, an inflatable maze, free workshops and a dress-up area. Plus, as you’d expect from a street performers’ festival, there are shows geared that are especially created for families. Then stop by the ScotiaBank tent where there’s more face-painting and balloon-twisting, plus crafts and a chance to create your own T-shirt. Plus, bonus points, everything happening inside the tent is free.

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The Flying Dutchmen will be doing their last tour

Kid-Friendly Toronto Fun at BuskerFest

If your little ones have extremely short attention spans, never fear. You can still add BuskerFest to your list of what to do in Toronto. For instance, Charlie Caper, who took top honours in Sweden’s Got Talent and the World Championship of Magic will keep audience members of all ages mesmerized. Or check out the amazingly-talented 14-year-old Gabriel Angelo. He’ll keep you entertained with his trumpet and tap shoes. The Funny Waiter Show features an entertainer who juggles rubber chickens and launches marshmallows. The way he works food into the show will leave your kids in stitches.

For more kid-friendly Toronto fun at BuskerFest, check out Duo Comic Casa. These circus performers will be unforgettable. Or stop by and see super-skilled hula hooper Lisa Lottie. She’s travelled the world performing. Or make a point of seeing Toronto-based Arashido Taiko. This traditional Japanese drumming group’s name means “The Way of the Storm” and it’s billed as the most exciting acoustic band you’ll ever see and hear. There’s also a whole lot more to amaze you, from more than 100 local and international acts.

The event runs from noon-10:00pm on Thursday, noon-11:00pm on Friday, 11:00am-11:00pm on Saturday, and 11:00am-8:00pm on Sunday. To find out more about BuskerFest, or to plan your own visit if you’re adding it to your list of what to do in Toronto this month, check out their website.

Scotiabank BuskerFest

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August 22-25, 2013, Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood

Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at Strocel.com.

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