It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The long-awaited Labour Day weekend is finally here and we’re ready to kick our feet up and relax. But, that’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of very exciting things to do on Labour Day in Toronto. Dance parties on the beach, electrifying concerts, epic attractions — you name it, our city’s got it!

Let’s dive right into the very best things to do this holiday Monday in Toronto and make the most of these dog days of summer.

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 5, 2022
Where: See location map here

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

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

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Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light

Travel back in time and experience Egypt more than 3,000 years ago at this new immersive exhibit in Toronto. Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light welcomes all to explore the wonders of ancient Egyptian history and to hear the story of King Tut’s passage into the afterlife.

When: Until October 30, 2022
Where: 1 Yonge St – Lighthouse ArtSpace Toronto

Canada’s Wonderland & SplashWorks

Canada’s premier amusement park is open for the 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.

Plus, Wonderland will host a dazzling fireworks show with 6,000 colourful explosions over its iconic Wonder Mountain on the night of Sunday, September 4.

Where: Canada’s Wonderland

Wet n’ Wild

At a whopping 45 acres and featuring dozens of slides and attractions, this is one of the biggest water parks in Canada, not just Ontario. It features wave pools, adventure slides, vertical freefalling chutes, thrilling slopes, and slides with terrifying twists and turns. Beat the heat and cool off in the most exciting way possible, while you still can!

Where: 7855 Finch Ave West, Brampton

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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 Toronto Islands & Centreville Amusement Park

In the summer, one must always visit Toronto’s ever-popular group of islands — Centre Island, Ward’s Island, and Hanlan’s Point. This Labour Day, you can hop on the ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal on Queen’s Quay. You can buy your ferry ticket in advance online and check the holiday schedule before you go.

Spend the day biking, beach-lounging, and picnicking with unbeatable views of the city skyline. You can also head to Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island, which is open on Labour Day.

Where: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queen’s Quay West

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room: Let’s Survive Forever

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is open this Labour Day, and you can reserve a timed visit to Yayoi Kusama’s permanent infinity mirrored room exhibit, called Let’s Survive Forever, which reopened to the public in June.

The AGO’s exhibit features “mirrored spheres suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the floor,” according to the description. The various reflections in the room create a fascinating view, allowing you to see yourself from infinite angles.

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario
When: Reserve your visit

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 5, 2022