NEW: Indoor Lantern Festival, TELUS Asian Market, Giant Garden Gnomes, Star-Studded Concert Series, and the US Air Force Thunderbirds return to the Canadian International Air Show for their only performance outside of the USA this year

– August 17 to September 3 –

Toronto’s iconic summer celebration, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), kicks off August 17 to
September 3 with all-new and more diverse programming than ever before. In celebration of the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, the CNE is home to one of the world’s largest indoor lantern festivals featuring 17 illuminated large-scale art installations on display daily inside the Enercare Centre, as well as an outdoor TELUS Asian Market transforming Princes’ Blvd. into a bustling and lively marketplace for artisanal crafts and authentic street foods from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3.

Returning to its destination beside the Princess Margaret Fountain is the eight-feet tall CNE sign. A new popular ‘selfie’ photo opportunity at The Ex is the Nook of Gnomes inside Heritage Court, where visitors can find unexpected encounters with six- and 12-feet giant gnome statues decorated in greenery. Innovation is also a strong theme this year with the return of the CNE Innovation Garage and the Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition; a new Genius Lab Playground and Nintendo Kids Tech Zone; more play-to-win tournaments at Gaming Garage; and an exciting new robot competition where high school teams showcase their robotic creations for top honours.

Back by popular demand is the Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show, adrenaline-pumping Parkour Competitive Demonstrations, and the President’s Choice SuperDogs show entitled Happy Barkday, in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The CNE Bandshell rocks with headlining concerts from Blood, Sweat & Tears, Dennis DeYoung and the music of STYX, Nancy Wilson of Heart, as well as new music from The Trews, Bedouin Soundclash, and Marianas Trench to name a few. Take a scream-tastic ride on the newly re-furbished Zipper making its debut at the
CNE; or for those who prefer to take in G-force thrills from the sidelines, the 69th annual Canadian International Air Show promises to be one of the best yet, featuring the iconic Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the US Air Force Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds will be making their highly anticipated return to the CNE for the first time in 15 years, and will be their only scheduled performance outside of the USA this year!

Founded in 1879, the Canadian National Exhibition is Canada’s largest community celebration and among the Top 10 largest fairs in North America. The 2017 CNE attracted 1.56 million people over 18 days, and the fair has an annual economic impact of $128.3 million on the province of Ontario and $93.1 million on the Greater Toronto Area. For more information about the 2018 CNE, tickets, programming, directions and hours, visit www.TheEx.com

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