Going back to work after a long weekend is never easy, but we did the damn thing! Now, we deserve to celebrate with live music, good food, vintage shopping, and stars on the big screen. The next few days are shaping up to be pretty exciting in Toronto and we don’t want you to miss a beat. That’s why we’re coming in hot with a list of the best activities, events, and festivals around the city.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.
The stars are coming to town for the annual Toronto International Film Festival this month! This year’s festival will be a combination of online and in-person screenings at indoor, outdoor, and drive-in theatres around the city, and all of you film buffs will be spoiled for choice. Plus, stay tuned for details about a surprise screening of a secret never-before-seen film directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Where: Various locations
When: Thursday, September 9th to Saturday, September 18th
A VERY COZY DAY PARTY
Cozy outfits, nostalgic tunes, and tasty bites — has there ever been a better trio? This outdoor daytime event is making a comeback this month and the dress code is comfy casual. Dance the day away to your favourite 90s and 00s jams like it’s a boozy slumber party. This event is 19+ and you’ll need to get your ticket in advance, as capacity will be limited.
Where: 220 King St W
When: Sunday, September 12th
Celebrating 15 years of art, music, community, and culture, this festival is returning at the CityView Drive-In grounds this month. Admission is just $17.32 each and the event is 19+. The event will be headlined by Canadian rhythm and blues signer Savanna Ré and rapper Notifi, and opened by Charmaine and Jahkoy.
Where: 20 Polson St
When: Saturday, September 11th
VEG FOOD FEST
This vegan food fest is popping up for one day only at Steam Whistle Brewery’s Locomotive Hall right in the heart of downtown, and admission is completely FREE! This plant-based extravaganza has taken place in the city for 37 years, and it’s always a good time. You’ll get to enjoy live programming and entertainment while you stuff your face with plant-based comfort food.
Where: 255 Bremner Blvd
When: Saturday, September 11th, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
CAT VIDEO FEST
Feline fanatics, this one’s for you. The world’s number one cat video festival is returning this weekend for another 72 glorious minutes of cat videos old and new, viral and classic, and everything in between. Plus, 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to Toronto Cat Rescue, so your evening of cat video viewing fun will go towards a great cause.
Where: 506 Bloor St W
When: Sunday, September 12th at 5 p.m.
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Bring your appetite and get ready to dig into mouthwatering Asian cuisine from over 100 vendors, including popular restaurants, food trucks, bubble tea shops, fast food staples, and more. You can get special deals for $10, $20, and $30, depending on how hungry you are. Plus, there’s a fireworks show scheduled for Saturday night and many multicultural performances throughout the weekend.
Where: 1571 Sandhurst Circle, Scarborough
When: Friday, September 10th to Sunday, September 12th
ALL AXIS FESTIVAL
The Axis Club is officially opening where The Mod Club used to be, and it’s kicking things off with a special night of live performances and pre-recorded streams from a lineup of artists. The newly-transformed venue now has state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, so you’ll be treated to an epic show as you dance the night away at this late-summer event.
Where: 722 College St
When: Friday, September 10th
LESLIEVILLE FLEA MARKET
Feeling like perusing a selection of goodies this weekend? The Leslieville Flea Market is where it’s at. With a zero-dollar admission fee, you can look through tons of handmade goods, artisanal products, and more. Although you will have to pay a small price if you decide to buy anything, most of the stuff up for grabs here is pretty darn cheap.
Where: 1444 Queen St East
When: Sunday, September 12th
With movies every Thursday through Sunday, four giant murals to check out, and a series of food events and concerts, Vaughan’s ArtWalk Drive-In is something you definitely won’t want to miss. Activities and events will be taking place until September 10th, so you’ve got plenty of time to check them out. Plus, there are some great screenings to see this month, including Inception, The Sandlot, Bohemian Rhapsody and so many more.
When: Until September 30th
Where: 101 Edgeley Blvd
LE BURGER WEEK TORONTO
Canada’s biggest burger event of all time, Le Burger Week is back and they’ve released a list of all the restaurants participating in the event so far. From local bars to cafes, Toronto is in for a very special TWO weeks of some wildly tasty creations in celebration of the festival’s 10th anniversary and we are in for a real treat.
Where: Various locations
When: Wednesday, September, 1st to 14th
And there you have it. Now get out there and enjoy every moment!
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