21 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 16 - 18

Sep 15 2016, 4:41 pm

Happy weekend, Toronto!

The weekend starts early with the World Cup of Hockey Fan Village fun taking place this afternoon. Make sure to check it out if you’re in the Distillery District neighbourhood. But if it’s not your cup of tea, there are a ton more events in and around the city this weekend. Check out all these awesome events, and fill that social calendar this weekend!

World Cup of Hockey Fan Village

The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village is a 10-day free fan festival in downtown Toronto at the historic Distillery District from September 16 to 25. It will be the epicenter for fans throughout the tournament with something exciting for everyone. The free festival will celebrate the food, music and culture of all participating hockey nations.

Where: Distillery District
When: September 16 – 25

The Killers

The Killers will be headlining the Pepsi World Cup of Hockey Premiere Party, the official opening of the 10-day fan festival in the historic Distillery District today! You’ll need a ticket for this one, so make sure to grab it in advance.

Where: Scotiabank WCOH Fan Village, 90 Mills Street
When: September 16 at 4:30 pm

Syria Film Festival Cultural Party

Syria Film Festival is hosting a cultural event in Toronto. Bringing together family and friends to experience the lives of Syrian refugee youth in “My Dream, My Right”, a collection of 9 documentary shorts produced by Faisal Attrache. In addition, SYFF’s Little Syria band will have a live musical performance featuring many popular and traditional songs for all to enjoy.

Where: The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr, Etobicoke
When: September 16 at 7 – 9 pm

International Folk Dance Open House

Want to dance and have no partner? Then check out the International Folk Dance Open House tonight. Learn dances from around the world. Pot luck refreshments will be served. Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes such as running shoes.

Where: University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor Street West Room 122
When: September 16 at 8 – 11 pm

BJ The Chicago Kid

It’s Toronto and Chicago at tonight’s Red Bull Sound Select monthly showcase. Curated by Manifesto Festival, the show also features Allie and Adria Kain. It’s only $3 with RSVP, and tonight’s show is on a first come, first serve basis.

Where: Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide Street West
When: September 16 at 8 pm – 1 am

Festival Of International Virtual And Augmented Reality

The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories focuses on curating the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms. FIVARS is the first Canadian festival of its kind featuring many world premieres and in our preview screenings and events, audience responses are consistently full of contemplation, surprise, delight, controversy and wonder.

Where: MSMU Studios, 950 Dupont Street, 2nd floor
When: September 16 – 18, at 11 am – 7 pm daily

Kensington Market Jazz Festival

One of our favourite neighbourhoods is getting its own Jazz festival and it is happening this weekend! That is correct. The Kensington Market Jazz Festival finally lands today and will take place all weekend long.

Where: Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market
When: September 16 – 18

Toronto Craft Beer Week

Who said September is boring? Toronto Beer Week starts on September 16, and will give you a full week of brews and events to fill your fall heart’s desires.

Where: Various locations
When: September 16 to 24

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

A three-day entertainment experience celebrating the Ukrainian Canadian community. From music to food, check out this massive Bloor West festival. Did someone say Perogies?

Where: Bloor West Village
When: September 16 to 18

Toronto Urban Roots Festival

An incredible line up of musical talent at this year’s Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) with Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, James Bay, Barenaked Ladies and so much more. The 3-day festival includes fest passes or individual day tickets.

Where: Fort York Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Road
When: September 16 to 18

The Pink O Course

The 5th annual Pink O Course combines and obstacle course with a fundraising aspect for Rethink Breast Cancer. The funds raised have enabled Rethink to respond to the unique needs of young women going through breast cancer through pioneering education, research and support programs.

Where: Lamport Stadium, 1151 King Street West
When: September 17 at 8 am

Trinity Bellwoods Flea: Back To School

The Trinity Bellwoods is back and has all your fall and back to school goodies. Fashion, vintage, art, food and home decor all local and all under one roof. Fifty of Toronto’s finest vendors and artisans will all be there!

Where: The Trinity Bellwoods Flea, 824 Dundas Street West
When: September 17 at 11 am – 5 pm

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Because summer shouldn’t end. North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture in one of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods, hopefully under warm sunny skies.

Where: Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street W to Dundas Street W
When: September 17 to 18

Bloor Ossington Folk Festival

After six years, this will be the final edition of the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival. This year’s free festival goes out with a band with Bart, Bidiniband, Bry Webb & the Providers, catl, The Cosmic Range, Eamon Mcgrath, Hooded Fang, The Idaho Stop, Julie Doiron and the Wrong Guys, Wax Mannequin, The Wilderness of Manitoba and more.

Where: Christie Pits Park
When: September 17 to 18 at noon

Oktoberfest Party at Steam Whistle Brewing

Enjoy authentic German food, folk music and entertainment while you hoist steins of Steam Whistle Pilsner for revelry and refreshment. Just like the special Munich Oktoberfest ritual, the Brewmaster Marek will be tapping the first keg to signal the beginning of the festivities!

Where: The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd
When: September 20 at 2 – 11 pm

Anderson .Paak

Back in the city after his recent show in July, the extremely talented Anderson .Paak is in Toronto this weekend with Kaytranada for The Manifesto Festival. The California rapper/producer has been on a string of sold-out shows, so definitely do not miss this one!

Where: TD Echo Beach, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: September 17 at 5 pm

Apt200 One-Year Anniversary

Celebrate Apt200’s one year anniversary this weekend with CRSB, Teo Nio, Teddy Fantum, and Christo Anesti. This should be one memorable anniversary party!

Where: 1034 Queen Street West
When: September 17 at 10 pm


South East London’s trap producer TroyBoi is coming back this weekend as part of his MANTRA Tour. The hip hop influenced TroyBoi, who has multi-genre sounds and various textures to his music, simply brands his tracks as “My Style.” Check out his style this Saturday.

Where: The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street
When: September 17 at 10 pm

Toronto Garlic Festival

Because who doesn’t love garlic?! This annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest has delicious garlic-themed dishes prepared by chefs and paired with Ontario wine and craft beer. Programming includes live music, film screenings, talks and demos, free garlic shots and the Garlic Breath Contest.

Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: September 18 at 9 am – 5 pm

Open Streets T.O. Yonge and Bloor

Open Streets TO is focused on promoting physical activity and exploring our city in healthy and fun ways. Streets will be partially closed to vehicle traffic, and pedestrians can enjoy walking through areas and discovering local businesses and restaurants.

Where: Bloor from Dufferin to Yonge, Danforth from Hampton to Yonge, and Yonge from Bloor to Queen.
When: September 18 at 10 am – 2pm

Food Truck Festival Ontario

Toronto’s Food Truck Fest is back! 30 of Ontario’s most mouthgasmic trucks will be offering you special FTFO only creations for $6, and there are other attractions like a drinks garden, artisan market, and more.

Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall
When: September 18 at 1 – 7 pm