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Canadian National Exhibition (The CNE)

August 2020 (dates to be announced) | Exhibition Place | Official website

This annual end-of-summer tradition takes the fall fair to new heights. Jammed with midway rides, live music, dog and pony shows and over-the-top culinary concoctions, The Ex is fun for everyone.

Canadian National Exhibition swing ride
Experience the time-honoured thrills of the Canadian National Exhibition

Top things to see, do and taste at The Ex in 2019

From thrilling rides to international cuisine and the latest and greatest in Canadian technology, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), otherwise known as “The Ex,” is an end-of-summer ritual. Here to help you navigate through its labyrinths of music, swirling candy-coloured lights and the squeals of satisfied thrill-seekers are our top 5 picks.

Must-Try Wacky Foods

The CNE is well known for its outrageous foods. Some of the offerings you can expect to see on the menu this year include:

  • Rainbow Grilled Cheese
  • Fried Chicken in a Crepe
  • Pickle Pizza
  • Pickle Lemonade
  • Cotton Candy Taco
  • Red Licorice Timbit Poutine
  • Flaming Cheeto Corn Dog
  • Pho Fries
  • Beyond Guacamole Burger

Under $6.00 in the 6

Eating on a budget can be scrumptious! A new addition to the CNE, this food experience in Bandshell Park will have food items for $6.00 and under. Some of the items include Nachos for $5.00 and different types of tacos such as Baja and Pollo for $5.00.

Go the Distance at The Ex Race

Another new addition to the CNE this year is The Ex Race: Extreme Sports Competition. This Ninja Warrior inspired challenge, features competitors racing against the clock in a series of challenging obstacles. Check out the “CNE” website for daily dates and times.

Game On!

Back for a third year, The Gaming Garage powered by AMD is a special three-day event introducing the latest in the world of gaming and gaming competition. From August 16 to 18, test your skills against hundreds of other gamers in an open eSports and Pinball competition for a cash prize. Or just cruise around and check out the wide selection of PC, Xbox and Play Station 4 games as well as Pinball Alley for classic pinball games to enjoy.

Catch the Highest-Flying Action the CNE Has to Offer

It’s the 70th anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show! To salute its special anniversary, watch the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows and the beloved Canadian Forces Snowbirds perform gravity-defying aerial stunts during Labour Day weekend on August 31 to September 2. Don’t forget to stop by the Flight Festival west of the CNE’s Rose Garden to see the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Glider and historical and new age aviation displays. This annual centrepiece of the CNE is not to be missed!

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