It’s already Sunday – so we better start planning your week.
We’ve combed through pages of concert listings, live performances, and dance parties to bring you a curated shortlist of the coolest activities for all price ranges and interests.
There’s something for everyone, so don’t hold back!
Have a case of wanderlust but strapped for cash? Well, we have the next best thing to travelling. The Small World Music Festival brings the rest of the world to you, right here in Toronto. Imagine you’re at a bar in Rio while listening to a concert of Brazilian classics, or fantasize about visiting Trinidad while taking in some Caribbean tunes. With a diverse lineup, this dynamic festival is sure to be a crowd-pleasure.
Where: Ontario Place
When: September 15 to 25
Oktoberfest is coming to Toronto early this year. Stop by Batch Brewery for their special 4-course fixed price dinner, complete with samples of Batch’s own beer. Enjoy such Bavarian delicacies as Bratwurst or schniztel at this Oktoberfest kickoff. Beer author David Ort will be in charge of the beer pairings, so you know this event has pedigree. For only $48, the event is a great way to treat your inner gourmet.
Where: BATCH Brewery at 75 Victoria Street
When: September 19, 6 pm to 9 pm
Do you miss the glow-in-the-dark children’s toys that were so en vogue in the 90s? Well, now is your chance to relive all the fun of playing with your favourite glow stick at the Neon Festival. Featuring ultraviolet dancers and CO2 shows, this is a party like no other. Come for the music, and stay for the psychedelic laser light shows. Tickets are $15 – $30.
Where: Orchid Nightclub at 82 Peter Street
When: September 22 at 10 PM
Having a gruelling week at work? Watched too many tear-jerkers at TIFF? Everyone needs a laugh sometimes, and Just For Laughs 42 wants to give you one. This comedy festival includes The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, as well as other seasoned comedians like Roseanne Barr, and Jim Gaffigan, the current king of clean comedy. Tickets start at $25 each.
Where: Various locations
When: September 22 to October 1
What’s better than clicking your way through countless Etsy shops in bed? Shopping at Etsy stores IRL in real life, obviously! Come see over 130 of Etsy’s favourite Canadian venders flaunt their crafts and vintage wares at this giant pop-up shop. Go find your new favourite necklace or the perfect statement tie. Entry is free.
Where: 101 College Street
When: September 24, 10 am to 6 pm
Calling all book lovers, because this event puts the lit in literary. Word on The Street is Canada’s largest one-day book festival, and it’s coming to Toronto’s Harbourfront. The event affords readers the opportunity to hear talks from – and even meet – such literary luminaries as Lisa Moore, and famed Toronto memoirist Jowita Bydlowska. Emerging authors will also be at the event to promote their work, so you may just find your new favourite author! Word on the Street is free, but you’ll definitely want to bring some cash to pay for all the books you’re sure to buy!
Where: Harbourfront Centre
When: September 25, 11 am to 6 pm