Time to celebrate! The long weekend has officially arrived. There are good times to be had all over our city over the next few days. From live music at Ontario Place, a Dragon Festival downtown, or an air show in the sky, it’s safe to say that there are plenty of things to do this weekend in Toronto.
Here are 10 of the very best activities and events to make this Labour Day weekend a memorable one.
The “season finale” of Toronto’s EDM summer music festival and picnic series is happening at Ontario Place this weekend. This weekend’s festivities feature a stacked lineup of performers on three separate stages.
If you haven’t gotten your music festival fix yet this summer, you can’t afford to miss the final Electric Island weekend of the year.
Where: Ontario Place, West Island
When: September 3 & 4, 2022
The 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 50th 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 performers — many of them are from active serving units in the Royal Canadian Air Force and the United States Air Force.
When: September 3-5, 2022
Where: See location map here
Toronto Dragon Festival
Toronto’s annual Dragon Festival will light up Nathan Phillips Square this weekend, featuring dancing dragons, delicious food, colourful costumes, and a dazzling water show on the reflecting pool inside the square.
Prepare to be amazed by Kung Fu, traditional fashion shows, acrobatics, and dance performances, as well as a stunning visual spectacle on the water, all while you chow down on authentic and mouthwatering Chinese cuisine.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: September 2-4, 2022
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Sponsored Pick: TAKE A TRIP TO THE FALLS
If you haven’t been to Niagara Falls yet this summer, what are you waiting for! With back to school & routine right around the corner, what better way to enjoy the last long weekend of summer than going on an action filled getaway to Niagara Falls.
From the world-class attractions, to touring Niagara Wine Country & exploring the unreal culinary scene, your next adventure awaits in Niagara.
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
Let’s go to The Ex! The long-awaited return of The CNE in Toronto is finally here for another year of over-the-top eats, thrilling rides, attractions, and more.
The iconic late-summer carnival will take place until September 5, after two long years on hiatus. And don’t miss The Canadian International Air Show!
Where: Exhibition Place
When: Until September 5, 2022
My Chemical Romance
Calling all scene kids! Get ready for the ultimate throwback show that will definitely be the envy of your teenage emo self. You’ll be singing your heart out at this electrifying show, and don’t forget to wear your heavy eyeliner and colourful Chuck Taylors for the occasion.
Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: September 4 & 5, 2022
Canada’s Largest Ribfest
Hungry? You most certainly won’t be after stuffing your face at Canada’s largest Ribfest this weekend!
Aside from chowing down on all the ribs you can handle, there will also be some exciting acts taking the stage at the event this year, including popular headliners and an emerging artists showcase.
Where: Spencer Smith Park, Burlington
When: September 2-5, 2022
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Labour Day Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s premier amusement park will host a dazzling fireworks show with 6,000 colourful explosions over its iconic Wonder Mountain on the night of Sunday, September 4.
Wonderland is the place to be this long weekend, with thrilling attractions, restaurants, and entertainment for visitors to enjoy. SplashWorks is also open with a brand new cliff-jumping attraction called Mountain Bay Cliffs, along with Canada’s largest outdoor wave pool, 17 water slides, and a Lazy River.
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
When: September 4, 2022, 10 p.m.
Promise Cherry Beach
What better way to spend a holiday weekend than a dance party on the beach? This high-energy 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 22 years now, and this year is no different!
Where: Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry St
When: September 5, 2022
Symphony in the Gardens at Casa Loma
Casa Loma is making your fairytale dreams come true this summer. The iconic castle has transformed its majestic grounds into an outdoor oasis called The Gardens at Casa Loma, with views of the castle, the city skyline, and the colourful garden all at once.
And if you’re looking to make a full evening out of your trip to Casa Loma, you can attend the Symphony in the Gardens, a live symphony orchestra conducted by Maestro Paolo Busato, in the Garden’s spectacular Glass Pavilion.
Where: 1 Austin Terrace
When: September 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
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