The August long weekend is a treat for us because not every province gets to partake in this summer long weekend. If you’re still looking for something to do, here’s a list of plenty of festivals to keep you busy, so no excuses.
Single Day Festivals:
The Grove Music Festival – August 3rd, Fort York Garrison Common
The best part about this outdoor music festival is it takes place in downtown Toronto, so no need to make a trek to the countryside. It’s a self-proclaimed “boutique music festival” featuring Phoenix, indie band Hot Chip and mashup guru Girl Talk. The line up also includes Swedish DJs Icona Pop and Toronto’s own Young Empires. Tickets are still available, going for approximately $60.
Electric Island Concert and Picnic Festival – August 5th, Olympic Park Centre Island
For all you electronic music fans out there, this isn’t one to miss. Spending the holiday Monday on Centre Island jamming to a day full of DJs, while having a picnic if you are so inclined. Performers include Green Velvet, Hot Since 82 and Soul Clap, to name a few. Tickets are still available at less than $30. If that still doesn’t tickle your fancy, here’s a sample of what to look forward to: Sound clip
VELD Music Festival – August 3rd-4th, Downsview Park
A treat for house music fans, VELD is known to take things to the next level. This year’s stellar lineup includes Kaskade, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki and Steve Angello. VELD is sure to keep you on your feet for two days. Tickets range from $200 – $400, depending on how fancy you want to get. In case you were wondering, bottle service is also available.
OVO Fest – August 4th-5th, Molson Amphitheatre
Drake is back with a fourth installment of the festival he headlines. The lineup also includes Frank Ocean and electro-pop artist James Blake. Drake is known to bring along some of his friends, including past appearances by Eminem and The Weeknd. If you want to show some love for the hometown prodigy, tickets range from $120-$330 and are still available.
Osheaga Music Festival – August 2nd-4th, Parc Jean-Drapeau Montreal
For those feeling a little more adventurous and want to get out of the city, your best bet is Osheaga. A three-day musical extravaganza featuring the best out there, including headliners The Cure, Beck and Mumford and Sons. Not to mention the rest of the performers: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Alt-J, Tegan and Sara, and New Order. Tickets are sold out unless you’re willing to dish out $800 for a 3-day VIP pass. Otherwise, start asking around.
Lollapalooza Music Festival – Augst 2nd-4th, Grant Park Chicago
Lollapalooza is basically a grown up version of Osheaga: more stages, more bands, more food. Very similar lineup, with a few major additions: The Killers, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. Grant Park is a glorious venue and should be experienced at least once in your lifetime. Unfortunately, tickets are all sold out but you may get lucky if someone’s selling. For both these festivals, there’s the added bonus that Monday’s holiday can be spent recovering before getting back to real life.
If there aren’t enough options, you’re just being difficult. But if you’re looking for something a little more festive, Caribana also takes place this weekend which brings in a whole slew of other performers to the city. Take your pick and enjoy the long weekend.