Five things to do in Toronto on the long weekend August 2-5

Five things to do in Toronto on the long weekend August 2-5

(Image: Erin Simkin)
 

In this edition of The Long Weekender, the Caribbean Carnival (née Caribana) parade, an urban scavenger hunt and three more things to do in Toronto.

PARADE
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade
One of Toronto’s premier festivals holds its biggest party this weekend with a 3.5 km procession down Lake Shore. The culmination of a month of food, music and dancing, the parade is always visually stunning and infectiously fun. Aug. 3. $20. Exhibition Place, 416-391-5608, torontocaribbeancarnival.com

SCAVENGER HUNT
Toronto Urban Goose Chase
New-school technology meets old-school scavenger hunt in this citywide event. Registered teams have three hours to amass as many points as possible by completing missions sent to their smart phones through a special app. The winning team receives a $300 prize. Aug. 3. $99 per team. Various locations, 1-800-929-7163, urbangoosechase.com

FOOD
Scarborough Ribfest
One of Scarborough’s largest community events returns for its 12th consecutive year of midway rides, beer and ribs. A cook-off features 11 top “ribbers,” while the lineup of live music should keep the party going all weekend long. Aug. 2-5. $2. Thomson Memorial Park, Lawrence Ave. E. & Brimley Rd., scarboroughribfest.com

SHOPPING
Artfest Summer Art & Craft Show (FREE!)
More than 65 artists from across the country sell pottery, paintings and many more handmade wares at this Distillery District craft show. A Pinterest user’s dream. Aug. 3-5. Free. Distillery District, 55 Mill St., artfest.squarespace.com

MUSIC
The Grove Music Festival
The increasingly hip Fort York Common hosts another all-day music fest with a little bit of everything. After a series of acts that includes up-and-coming rapper Earl Sweatshirt and dance-heavy Hot Chip, indie headliners Phoenix will close out the night. Aug. 3. $59.50. Fort York Garrison Common, thegrovefest.com