21 things to do in Toronto this Labour Day weekend: September 2 - 5

Aug 31 2016, 6:32 pm

Happy Friday!

It’s Labour Day weekend (already!), which means our summer sixteen is winding down. Luckily the forecast calls for sunny skies with drinks on patios. And what’s a long weekend in Toronto without a list of awesome things to check out?

Enjoy your Labour Day weekend and check out these events and festivals all around Toronto this weekend!


The Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy Awareness is hitting the beach this year. Besides a new location and dates, there will be no advance schedules, and the events will be spontaneous throughout each day.

Where: Woodbine Park, Cowell Ave at Lakeshore Boulevard
When: September 2 to 5

Fan Expo Canada

Fan Expo Canada is in its 22nd year, and is the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Canada. The 4-day event started on September 1 and continues this weekend. Of course, Cosplay is optional.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
When: On now until September 4

The St Royals Live on the Patio

In case you missed them yesterday, you can still enjoy the live sounds of motown and soul tonight for free at Roy Thomson Hall Patio with the sounds of the St Royals.

Where: Roy Thomson Hall Patio, 60 Simcoe Street
When: September 2 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Downsview Park Ribfest

Get ready for some barbecue, more barbecue and lots of events at this year’s Downsview Park Ribfest. The park will be filled with food, live entertainment, and kids activities.

Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road
When: September 2 to 5

Artfest At The Distillery

Check out the work of 75 talented, Canadian artists and artisans at this free outdoor festival that features handmade pottery, glass, leather, jewelry, gourmet food, textiles paintings, live music and more.

Where: Distillery District
When: September 2 to 5 at 11 am to 6 pm

Mabuhay Philippines Festival

Celebrate the Filipino-Canadian community’s contributions to our city at the annual Mabuhay Philippines Festival. This weekend celebrates food, music, and other staples of the Filipino culture.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
When: September 3 & 4 at 12 pm to 6 pm

The Waterfront Artisan Market

If you haven’t checked it out yet, there’s still time to go to the Waterfront Artisan Market. Bringing together a mix of crafters, artisans, chefs, and bakers, this will also take place over thanksgiving weekend.

Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, between Rees Street and Spadina Ave
When: September 3 – 5

Toronto Salsa Practice

The Toronto Salsa Practice is a relaxed, friendly gathering of salsa enthusiasts. Lean new moves, and meet other dancers. No partners required.

Where: 427 Bloor Street West 
When: Two sessions on September 3 at 3:30 and 5:30 pm

Gad Elmaleh

Get your laughs on this weekend with Moroccan stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh and his show “Oh My Gad.”

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: September 3 at 7 pm

The Trews

Canadian rockers The Trews are making it sweeter to check out the CNE this weekend – the last weekend of the CNE! The band are playing in the concert series with the Lazys on Saturday. Free with admission.

Where: Exhibition Place Bandshell Park, 210 Princes’ Blvd
When: September 3 at 7:30 pm

Ashkenaz Festival 

Celebrate the 11th annual Ashkenaz Festival and enjoy a weekend filled with Jewish food, music, theatre, film, entertainment, and literature. The best part? It’s all free.

Where: Harbourfront Centre
When: September 3 to 5

Labour Day Magic

Labour Day Magic returns for the 4th year anniversary weekend featuring Chus+Ceballos, Joee Cons, Brent Hayward and more. Open air event at Sunnyside Pavilion.

Where: 1755 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: September 3 at 4 – 11 pm

Electric Island

Toronto’s concert and picnic series concludes its four month line up of events this weekend. Electric Island ends this year’s series with its Labour Day festival finale.

Where: Toronto Islands, accessibly via the Toronto Island Ferry at 9 Queens Quay West
When: September 4 & 5


Legendary producer and Black Hole Recordings founder, Tiesto makes his way back to Toronto. And what better way to say bye to summer than dancing to Tiesto under the sunshine?

Where:  Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street
When: September 4 at 1 pm

Drum Circle season finale

Celebrate the end of summer with the Toronto Rhythm Tribe. The Trinity Bellwoods Drum Circle comes to a close this weekend, so end it with a bang and some dancing.

Where:  Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen Street West
When: September 4 at 12 – 6 pm


The 2nd annual TDOT Fest returns to celebrate local music in the city. The free event will also host local food trucks and vendors at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: September 4

Labour Day Fireworks at Wonderland

Another reason to get to Wonderland this weekend? Fireworks. That’s right. The annual Labour Day Fireworks display goes off with a bang again this year, taking place over Wonder Mountain. Free with admission.

Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
When: September 4 at 10 pm

Labour Day Parade

Keeping with tradition, the annual Labour Day Parade is set to take place on Monday!  The parade travels along Queen Street from University Avenue, and parade participants enter the CNE at approximately 11 am.

Where: CNE Grounds, 210 Princes’ Blvd
When: September 5

Dan Magnan Presented by Indie 88 and TD Union

Enjoy live music and delicious eats from 18 local food vendors as you say goodbye to summer 2016 with a free outdoor concert at Toronto’s #UnionSummer Festival for a free closing day concert.

Where: Union Station’s TD Summer Stage
When: September 5 at 12 pm

Cruise the Waterfront during the Canadian International Air Show

Boasting the most picturesque patio in the city, Mariposa Cruises’ labour day cruise offers the best views of Toronto’s air show for one last getaway this summer!

Where: Mariposa Cruise, 207 Queen’s Quay West
When: September 5 at 11 am

Canadian International Air Show

If not from the boat, catch it from land. Presented by the CNE, the Canadian International Air Show is the largest and longest running aviation display in North America.

Where: Off the Canadian National Exhibition grounds over Lake Ontario
When: September 3 to 5

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