We’re officially halfway through September and instead of fretting about how little summer we have left, let’s focus on all of the exciting things our city is getting up to right about now. As always, there are plenty of things to do in Toronto this weekend, including TIFF, Roncesvalles Polish Festival, RendezBrews, and much more.

Let’s dive right into the 10 best activities and events around the city from Friday to Sunday!

Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival

Said to be the largest Ukrainian festival in North America, this annual event will take place in Bloor West Village starting on Friday.

The neighbourhood-wide event will be a celebration of Ukrainian culture, heritage, and the community’s history in Canada. It will feature a range of traditional performances, youth performers, live music, dance, food, and activities.

When: September 16-18, 2022
Where: Bloor West Village

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Something exciting is making a splash at Toronto’s waterfront. The Redpath Waterfront Festival will take over our shorelines this weekend and will feature a very special honourary guest — Theodore TOO the tugboat!

This year’s “water weekend” will take place at HTO Park and Sugar Beach, with a whole lineup of water-centric entertainment and activities. From food trucks to live music to larger-than-life displays, this year’s festival is bringing the fun back to the waterfront after two long years.

When: September 17 & 18, 2022
WhereSee festival map

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

The annual celebration of culture, art, and music is returning to Roncesvalles this weekend, in tribute to the neighbourhood, its history, and the people who call it home.

This year, visitors can look forward to fan favourites like Polka and pierogi, local artists, musicians and, of course, food. There will be countless vendors, exhibitors, buskers, and live performances at four separate stages. It’s going to be spectacular!

When: September 17 & 18, 2022
Where: Roncesvalles Ave

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Backyard Festival

The final edition of this free summer festival at Stackt Market is coming up this Saturday and it’s basically a giant outdoor party, complete with a local vendor market, music series, food station, a showcase of artists, and family-friendly fun.

What better way to enjoy summer in the city than with good tunes, good bites, and good company in an outdoor oasis?

Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: September 17, 2022

ROM After Dark: K-Culture

You’re invited to a night at the museum! The ROM After Dark returns this Friday with an after-hours celebration of Korean art, culture, and music.

Good news for all you K-pop fans, because the South Korean boy band P1Harmony will be taking the stage at the museum. There will also be K-pop dance lessons, live DJ sets, Korean calligraphy lessons, tasty sips and bites, animated films, photo stations, and more.

When: September 16, 2022 7:30 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2022

The most exciting time of the year in film wraps up this Sunday, and some of the biggest players in Hollywood are in the city for the world premieres of their highly-anticipated movies.

There are so many buzz-worthy films to seeTIFF-themed cocktails to sip on, celebrities to spot this year, and tons of events to immerse yourself in the movie magic this year.

WhereSee the full schedule
When: Until September 18, 2022

Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero

The one and only Lil Nas X is in Toronto for two back-to-back shows. Whether you’re a devoted fan or simply can’t get “Old Town Road” out of your head, you’ll be singing your heart out at this highly-anticipated show.

Where: RBC Echo Beach
When: September 16, 2022

 

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When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto, 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr
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High Tea Cinema: Marie Antoinette

Let them eat scones! If you want to elevate your movie date this weekend, Fox Theatre in Toronto is hosting a “high tea cinema” screening of Marie Antoinette, complete with tea and sweet bites.

“This sensational slice of cinema is sure to keep you intrigued as you enjoy a cup of tea from Pippins and a scone from Gerrard St. Bakery,” the description says. It’s going to be delightful!

Where2236 Queen St East
When: September 18, 1:15 p.m.
Cost: $11.50 per person

TIFF Special Presentation: Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s) 

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is hosting a FREE screening on Sunday, September 18, the final day of the festival.

On Sunday afternoon, TIFF will present a special showing of Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s) at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, Cinema 12. You can get your free tickets on Ticketmaster right now!

Where: Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, Cinema 12
When: September 18, 2022, 12:05 p.m.
Cost: FREE

RBC Race for the Kids

One of Toronto’s biggest mental health fundraisers returns to the city this weekend. The in-person race invites all to participate in support of youth mental health.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Sunnybrook’s Family Navigation Project (FNP), a non-profit, donor-funded program that helps youth and their families find the mental health and addiction services they need. To register for the race, click here!

When: September 17, 2022, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Mel Lastman Square

 

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To commemorate the end of summer, head to RendezBrews this weekend! Toronto Craft Beer Festival and RendezViews have teamed up yet again for the 2nd annual event, offering over 50 different craft beers, ciders, and spirits on Toronto’s largest outdoor patio for a weekend of great food, great drinks, and great company!

When: September 16-18, 2022
Where: RendezViews – 229 Richmond St W
Cost: Starting at $25 (use CURIOCITY10 for $10 off your purchase!)

Illumi: A Dazzling World of Lights

Prepare to be amazed, friends. A new immersive light show has arrived in the GTA. The experience is called illumi — A Dazzling World of Lights and it’s said to be the first of its kind in the world.

Illumi spans 600,000 square feet in Mississauga, taking visitors on a magical journey through 13 different worlds, each with its own theme and spectacular sights.

Where: 7174 Derrycrest Dr (near Hwy 407 and Hurontario St), Mississauga
When: September 14, 2022 — January 8, 2023