The CNE is back for 2017 running through September 4. Concerts, rides, games and a good dose of nostalgia should all be on the agenda.

Here are some must-see things from this year’s event!

See a Concert

There’s actually a concert happening every single night. Big names like Colin James, Kiefer Sutherland, Sam Roberts Band, Marcia Griffiths, The Sheepdogs and A Tribe Called Red are on the schedule.


Food is always a big draw at the CNE and this year you’ll be able to chow down on things like the Sugar Mountain multi-tiered dessert, deep-fried chicken feet and spaghetti donut balls.


Play and watch eSports and pinball inside this brand new gaming zone. There’ll be video game developers and exhibitors, but more importantly, there will be games in every corner.

Watch chefs cook up a storm

There are over a dozen celebrity chefs in town for the Ex. Food Network celeb Michael Smith is chief among them and will be in the house to share his cooking secrets.


The CNE has its own craft beer festival from August 25 to 27 featuring 11 local breweries.

Food Truck Frenzy

The massive Food Truck Frenzy is from August 25 to 27. It includes 25 food trucks from across the GTA who will be cooking up a storm on four-wheels.

Ride the tilt-a-whirl

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the iconic tilt-a-whirl ride, which made its debut in Minnesota in 1927. You can hop on anytime as the ride will be swirling around for the duration of the Ex.

What are you most excited for at this year’s CNE? Let us know with a comment below!