15 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, September 1

Aug 30 2019, 10:00 am

It’s the long weekend, which means that this Sunday is really just an extra Saturday. Get out into Toronto and party like you don’t have to work tomorrow.

Ring in the new month with one of these great events going down today, September 1.

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CNE 2019

summer events


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

Canadian International Air Show

What: And while you’re at the CNE, check out the 70th annual Canadian International Air Show. The CIAS will wow crowds with a new show that will include the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, as part of their North American Western Hawk 19 tour.

When: August 31 to September 2
Time: 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: Above the CNE grounds

Canada’s Wonderland Labour Day Fireworks

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Canada’s Wonderland

What: This Labour Day Sunday, Canada’s Wonderland will present its spectacular fireworks display when the park closes at 10:00 pm (weather permitting). Spend your day enjoying over 70 awesome rides, including the all-new thrill ride Yukon Striker and then settle in for an explosive fireworks display after the sun sets.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: 10 pm
Where: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Admission: Included with Park Admission


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, Toronto
Price: Donations encouraged

Kaskade at Cabana

What: Legendary House Producer, Kaskade, makes his triumphant return to Toronto this Sunday, at Cabana Pool Bar. Come experience the legendary Kaskade as he plays all your past favourites and future classics.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: Doors open at 1:00 pm
Where: 11 Polson Street
Tickets: Available online for $55.40 – $61.55

The Distillery District Sunday Market

What: If you’re looking to splurge on some tasty treats, hit up this market happening every Sunday until the end of September. Vendors selling cured meats, organic preserves, ready-to-eat treats, and handmade gourmet chocolates are just some of the things you can feast on. And of course, you’ll be able to shop for all sorts of artisan crafts.

When: Every Sunday through September 29
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Distillery District
Price: Free admission

Black Lab Brewing’s ART of BBQ Pop-Up

What: Dogs, brews, and BBQ, what better way to spend the first day of a new month. ART of BBQ will be making their brewery pop-up premiere at Black Lab Brewing this Sunday. Come try some of the best smokehouse BBQ in the GTA and enjoy one of Black Lab’s signature craft beers, all while having your four-legged friend along for the ride. Non-dogged humans can also attend.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: 1 pm to 6 pm
Where: 818 Eastern Ave.

Free Yoga Class in the Park hosted by Scoria

What: This is a special class open to all levels looking to energize and refresh your mindset on a Saturday morning. Connect with movement, breath, other humans, and fun. Hosted by Yoga brand Scoria, it’s an easy way to get started in your practice, or even just an excuse to do yoga outside. All you need is a mat.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: 10 am to 11 am
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St West
Admission: Free, RSVP online

Summer Music in the Garden

What:  The Summer Music in the Garden concert series will kick off in honour of the Toronto Music Garden’s 20th anniversary, and will feature 18 free concerts of classical, traditional and world music, including a concert on August 25 that will feature the Music Garden’s “theme song,” Bach’s Suite no. 1 in G Major for solo cello.

When: Thursdays and Sundays through September 15
Time: 4 pm
Where: 479 Queens Quay West
Price: Free to attend

Drag Brunch with Erin Brockobić and special guest

What: Every Sunday Erin Brockobić serves you more than you can handle! With a different guest each week, delicious all you can eat brunch buffet brunch, and a vibe you won’t get anywhere else, it’s truly a brunch like no other, complete with gluten-free and vegan options.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: First show 11:30 am, second show 12:15 pm
Where: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Admission: $29.90

Labour Day weekend Booze Cruise

What: Want to celebrate the long weekend, but tired of spending all night landlocked? Jump on the Empress of Canada and set sail for a night of wild adventure on Lake Ontario. Enjoy high-energy music, complimentary glow bands and glow sticks, and even a laser light show.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: 9:30 pm to 2 am
Where: The Empress of Canada, 11 Polson Street
Admission: Advance tickets $30, general $40

The Original Haunted Walk of Toronto

Toronto Ghost Walks

The Haunted Walk/Instagram

What: Ghosts, graveyards, hangings and haunts. Hear some of the most spine-tingling ghost stories from the earliest days of the city, including haunted theatres, unsolved mysteries and the terrifying encounters at Mackenzie House. You will never look at the city the same again. This tour departs from the courtyard in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: Tour starts at 8 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: 10 Front Street West
Admission: Adults $23.99, youth (up to 17) $19.99

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, Toronto
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
When: Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1
Admission: Free

Shakespeare in High Park

What: The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare returns this summer and this is its last day of the season. The long-running outdoor theatre event is celebrating its 37th year and takes on two classics this year. This summer’s plays include the comedic tale of love and desire, Much Ado About Nothing, and the timeless story of morality and power, Measure For Measure.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: All performances begin at 8 pm
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Tickets are pay-what-you-can

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 LGBT Bluesman Mike Nagoda as he “queeries the Blues with raw, emotional tunes about same-sex love and heartbreak.”

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

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