It doesn’t get better than long weekends in the summertime, especially in our city! There are so many exciting things to do in Toronto this Labour Day weekend and we’ve got the very best picks right here.

The weather is looking spectacular and Toronto is ready to party. We’ve only got a few weekends left of summer, so let’s make this time count.

Here are the 11 best things to do in Toronto this Labour Day weekend. See you out there, friends!

Canadian National Exhibition

Toronto’s beloved late-summer carnival is going strong, and as you’d expect, the food and drinks are completely over the top!

The annual fair has new attractions and performances this year, including a Las Vegas-style fountain show and North America’s tallest travelling Ferris wheel.

This long weekend is your last chance to hit up this iconic event before it closes until next summer.

When: Until September 4th, 2023
Where: Exhibition Place

Hot and Spicy Festival

This festival is a celebration of all things India and will bring together the best of Indian arts, food, music, and culture.

Music lovers are in for a treat as various performers take the stage to showcase their contemporary, traditional, and fusion sounds.

The Hot and Spicy Festival will also showcase the diverse culinary culture of India. From aromatic curries to sizzling street food, there’s something to satisfy every craving.

When: September 1st to 4th, 2023
Where: Harbourfront Centre

Sponsored Pick: Little Canada

Celebrate the end of summer with a GIANT adventure! Visit Little Canada and embark on a  journey of discovery through a vast, highly detailed, and animated miniature attraction. From captivating vistas like Peggy’s Cove to iconic Canadian landmarks like the CN Tower and Niagara Falls, come experience the wonder of Canada right at Yonge and Dundas. It’s a magical adventure for all and you don’t want to miss it! 

Where: 10 Dundas St. East 
Cost: Adult tickets starting at $36

Toronto Dragon Festival

It’s time to celebrate 3,000 years of Chinese art and culture right here in the city!

The annual Toronto Dragon Festival will bring all kinds of entertainment to Nathan Phillips Square this week, including a dazzling water show, dragons, Kung-Fu, acrobatics, fashion, and dance.

Plus, delicious food, of course!

When: September 1st to 3rd, 2023
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Anime Toronto

One of the newest and most exciting anime conventions in Toronto is making an epic return this week.

Anime Toronto will bring fans, cosplayers, and enthusiasts together for a weekend of non-stop action!

“From exclusive screenings to special guest appearances and cosplay contests, there’s something for every anime lover,” the description says.

When: September 1st to 3rd, 2023
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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Electric Island

Toronto’s beloved outdoor concert and picnic series is back this Labour Day weekend.

This year’s festival is back for its 11th year and bigger than ever with eight days of music throughout the spring and summer.

Electric Island will hold its final edition this weekend, so if you haven’t checked it out yet this season, now’s your chance.

When: September 2nd & 3rd, 2023
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East

Canadian International Air Show

Eyes to the skies, Toronto! The Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) is returning for another epic display above the city this Labour Day weekend.

Known as Canada’s largest and longest-running air show, the CIAS will be celebrating the 51st season of our beloved Canadian Forces Snow Birds.

The event is described as a “jam-packed air display showcasing modern military jets, vintage warbirds, [and] thrilling aerobatics” featuring a lineup of amazing performers.

When: September 2nd to 4th, 2023
Where: See location map here

Smorgasburg Toronto

Attention, foodies of Toronto! The largest weekly open-air food market in America, Smorgasburg, is gracing our waterfront for the second summer in a row.

The market, which is popular in cities like Brooklyn, LA, and Miami, is back in Toronto every Saturday until next weekend.

Admission to the “food flea market” is free and there are over 50 hand-picked vendors on-site showcasing their delicious cuisine.

When: September 2nd, 2023, 11 AM to 6 PM
Where: Captain John’s Pier, 7 Queens Quay East

T.U. Jazz Fest

Come down to Mel Lastman Square for a weekend full of free live music on two outdoor stages.

The family and pet-friendly event will also have master classes and an international night market!

When: September 1st to 4th, 2023
Where: Mel Lastman Square

Promise Cherry Beach

What better way to spend a summer holiday weekend than a dance party on the beach?

This annual event has a fully licensed beach bar and a stacked lineup of DJs ready to spin incredible tunes all day long.

This popular Toronto event has been bringing good vibes to Cherry Beach for over 20 years now, and this year is no different!

When: September 4th, 2023
Where: Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry Street

Toronto International Busker Fest

One of the biggest street performer festivals in North America is coming back to Toronto!

Watch talented buskers show off their skills at this beloved late-summer event

Adrenaline junkies, music lovers, comedy fans, acrobatic enthusiasts, and foodie fanatics, you don’t want to miss this.

When: September 1st to 4th, 2023
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East