15 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, August 31

Aug 30 2019, 4:00 am

It’s the last Saturday of August and the first full day off of this gorgeous Labour Day long weekend.

Don’t waste these last glorious days of summer, get out there and make the most out of today, August 31.

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CNE 2019

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What: No summer is complete without a visit to the EX to take in the sounds, tastes, rides, and animals. Get some food, and win some ridiculously large prizes.

When: On now until September 2
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Canadian National Exhibition, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: All attractions and shows are FREE with admission to the CNE

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

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What: The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers and producers.

When: Every Saturday during summer
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

The Funhouse

What: Queen Street West has a brand new immersive installation and it’s going to be a houseful of fun. Toronto-based art collective Mondo Forma and Universal Music Canada are bringing The Funhouse to downtown. The immersive, experiential art maze, inspired by music and created in collaboration with some of Toronto’s most exciting artists.

When: On now till September 31
Time: Doors open at 10 am
Where: 
101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28 general admission

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on IMAX at Cinesphere

What: This summer, Toronto is bringing some of the most talented and unique film directors to the big screen! Enjoy these cult classics at the iconic Cinesphere. This weekend check out Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

When: Saturday, August 31
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Admission: Available online. Adults, $13.27; children, $9.73

High Tide: Canna-Friendly Yoga Classes on the Island

What: Grab your mat and head to the island for a relaxed yoga session where you can freely incorporate cannabis into your practice. Nestled away in Algonquin Island, the studio space is an open-air platform surrounded by lush gardens and trees, that’s also located minutes away from Ward’s Island Beach. It’s BYOC to this session but they’ll have paraphernalia like papers, vapes, and other essentials.

When: Saturday, August 31
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: 4 Omaha Avenue
Admission: $35 per person

Kensington Market Flea

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What: The weekly Kensington Market Flea returns this Saturday. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: Every Saturday until September 21
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

BuskerFest

What: Clear your calendars Toronto, the 20th annual BuskerFest is here. Get ready for non-stop, action-packed, fun-filled entertainment over the Labour Day weekend. During this year’s festival, guests can enjoy exciting performances from over a hundred comedians, escape-artists, sword-swallowers, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, clowns, and daredevils.

When: Now till September 2
Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
Price: Donations encouraged

Electric Island 2019 Season Finale

What: It’s your last chance to dance at Toronto’s Electric Island summer party (until next year). Make the most of it and send the season off with an epic two-day party. Saturday’s event will feature 12 DJs across two stages, so come ready to dance.

When: Saturday, August 31
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W
Admission: Tickets start at $80.95, available online

MuslimFest

What: An international bazaar, food fest, art exhibits, and festival stages will combine faith traditions and Canadian culture when MuslimFest returns to the GTA over Labour Day weekend. Look forward to a line-up of entertainers, art exhibits, workshops on Arabic calligraphy, and papercrafts. Plus, a vibrant bazaar stocked with everything from fragrant oils and Turkish clothing to Middle Eastern ornaments, and more.

When: Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 1
Where: Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Admission: Free

Artfest Toronto Fall Show

What: Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Fall show takes place on Labour Day weekend for four days. This show focuses on fine art and craft with a splash of gourmet food. A curated selection of 80 artists from across Ontario, Quebec and beyond will be exhibiting their fine art and craft throughout the Historic Distillery District.

When: August 30 to September 2
Where: Distillery District, 55 Mill Street
Admission: Free

OAK + FORT Toronto Warehouse Sale 2019

What: Visit OAK + FORT on Queen Street from August 30 to September 1 at their annual Toronto Warehouse Sale to shop up to 80% off women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, and more. New styles will be added daily.

When: August 30 to September 1
Time: Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 630 Queen Street West

MURAL Toronto

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MURAL Toronto

What: A three-day event celebrating the international urban art movent is popping up in town this summer. Taking place at the stackt market from August 30 to September 1, MURAL Toronto will offer visitors the chance to watch artists create stunning murals, attend music shows, check out art exhibitions, enjoy panels, and more.

Where: 28 Bathurst St
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
When: Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1
Admission: Free

Toronto Society of Architects Tours – Art and Performance 2019

What: From the theatre to the symphony, movies to the fine arts, some of Toronto’s most exciting (and often controversial) buildings are those designed to house the city’s cultural institutions. Take a walking tour and explore the story of Toronto’s vibrant cultural scene through its architecture and landscapes.

When: Saturday, August 31
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: North end of David Pecaut, directly across the Royal Alexandra Theatre, 215 King Street West
Admission: $15, available online

Museum of Broken Relationships

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What: Described as a physical and virtual public space created with the intention of “treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions,” the museum is a massive reminder that you’re not alone. Tour exhibits made up of the letters, objects, and memories from past relationships.

Where: Harbourfront Centre – 235 Queens Quay West
When: Until September 8, 2019
Tickets: Free

Buskers After Dark

What: What’s better than relaxing in a park while watching a great busking show? How about relaxing in a park while watching a great busking show and enjoying a beer. Head to the Great Lakes Brewery Beer garden to watch the Wild Man Jazz Band play traditional jazz in the New Orleans style as they combine raucous stage performance with top-tier musicianship.

When: On now till Sunday, September 1
Time: 9 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1661 Queen St E
Admission: Free