21 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 30 - October 2

Sep 30 2016, 12:02 am

Oh hey, it’s the weekend!

September is officially bidding farewell in 2016, and it’s time to welcome October. To celebrate both, this weekend is packed with awesome events and shows in Toronto – so make sure to get out there!

Have a great first weekend of October, Toronto!

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Culture Days 2016

The seventh annual Culture Days takes place this weekend, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities to discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.

Where:  Various venues
When: September 30 – October 2

National Bridal Show

If there are wedding bells ahead, check out this weekend’s National Bridal Show. The best planning resource in the GTA has everything from wedding registries, fashion accessories, food and more.

Where:  International Centre, Hall 1, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga
When:  September 30 – October 2

Yoga & Wellness Show

Hey Yogis! The Yoga & Wellness Show is in town and it’s all about healthy lifestyles. Learn, shop, and discover new products, gyms, nutrition, clothing and more.

Where:  Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place
When:  September 30 – October 2

Gladstone Presents Oktoberfest

Dust off your lederhosen and ring in the fall at the Gladstone’s classic knee-slapping Oktoberfest jamboree. Gladstone is turning the Melody Bar into a good ole fashioned German beer hall, featuring live Polka, pretzels, bratwurst, and of course, steins of beer!

Where:  1214 Queen Street West
When:  September 30 at 6 – 10 pm

Demetri Martin

Get ready to laugh your a*s off this weekend. Funny man Demetri Martin headlines tonight’s JFL42 at Sony Centre. If you haven’t come across Demetri Martin before, you might want to check him out.

Where: Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
When:  September 30 at 7 pm

Craig Robinson

Another funny man in town for you this weekend is actor Craig Robinson. Known as Darryl Philbin on the Office, or perhaps his more recent role on This Is The End, Robinson is also bound to make you crack up on your Friday.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd
When:  September 30 at 9 pm

Toronto Oktoberfest

‘Tis the season! Join 5,000 others dressed in dirndls and lederhosen at Toronto’s largest Oktoberfest, celebrating Bavarian heritage with food, beer, music, and a fun fair modelled after the original Munich event.

Where:  Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
When:  September 30 – October 1

Toronto Independent Music Awards & Gala

Now in its 12th year, the homegrown annual song competition supports the independent Canadian musicians across the province.The TIMAs has been the platform for independent musicians to network, attain tools for success, and be discovered for over a decade.

Where:  Revival, 783 College Street
When:  September 30 at 8 pm

The Temper Trap

Everyone had that one friend who played the Temper Trap’s single “Sweet Disposition” on repeat throughout 2009/10. The Aussie band released their latest album Thick as Thieves earlier this summer, and are in the 6ix this weekend.

Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street
When: September 30 at 8 pm

BEVSTMODE 5 Year Anniversary

The Toronto music collective are celebrating five years of representing the underbelly of Toronto’s party scene. The night will feature sound by CRSB, Teo Nio, Tibe, Freeza Chin, and more. Congrats, Bevstmode!

Where: 12 Ossington Avenue
When: September 30 at 8 pm

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes back to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for its monthly screening. As always, we’ll be presenting the film with Toronto’s own Shadow Cast who will be performing their own satirical, comedic version of the film for audiences during the show. Find your favourite costume and “don’t dream it, be it.

Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
When: September 30 at 11:30 pm

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche Toronto is a free, annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community, and takes place over one sleepless night from sunset to sunrise.

Where: Various venues
When: October 1

7th Annual World Poutine Eating Championship

The world’s largest Poutine eating competition and the 2nd largest professional eating competition in the world returns. Featuring three individual eating competitions; Amateur, Charity Challenge and Professional. This one day events also offers FREE Poutine, Interactive Games & Prizing and Live Entertainment!

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: October 1 at 11:30 am to 6 pm

Queen West Art Crawl

The Queen West Art Crawl features a weekend long festival of creativity and community. It’s designed to celebrate and promote the art, culture and diversity of Queen West in Toronto.

Where: Trinity-Bellwoods Park
When: October 1-2, from 11 am to 6 pm

Locks & Mane Toronto Pop-up Shop with Coco Rocha

Canada’s leading luxury hair extension bar, will kick-off The Trunk Show, a retail pop-up in Hudson’s Bay’s CF Sherway Gardens location, with a meet and greet with Canadian supermodel and fashion designer, Coco Rocha.

Where: Hudson’s Bay, Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall
When: October 1 at 11 am – 1 pm

Mill Street Brewery Oktoberfest party

Get October started off right at Mill Street Brewery’s 4th annual Oktoberfest party. The popular event takes place at the Beer Hall with 14 beers on tap including the Nightmare Pumpkin Ale, and Mill Street’s signature Oktoberfest beer.

Where: Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Lane
When: October 1 at 5 pm – 2 am

Mary Poppins

Everyone’s favourite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure! Relive your childhood at this live version of our favourite Disney movie.

Where: Lower Ossington Theatre, Stage #1 100A Ossington Avenue
When: October 1 to November 20

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

Canada’s largest sale of vintage clothing returns to Exhibition Place! From Streetwear to Chanel, Toronto’s largest sale of vintage fashion is always a hubbub of excitement because it’s where vintage lovers can find a vast inventory of classic styles, designs and fabrics.

Where: Heritage Court (west end of Enercare Centre) at Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd.
When: October 1 and 2


Tim Wheeler and the gang are back, and touring the 20th anniversary of their debut album 1977. Since then, Ash has released five studio albums including 2015’s Kablammo! The Northern Irish lads are on tour with Kestrels, and in town this weekend.

Where: Mod Club Theatre, 722 College Street
When: October 1 at 6 pm

The 7th Annual Salmon Festival
Join experts for a guided hike through the park as we enjoy the fall colours and try catch a glimpse of salmon swimming upstream. The Salmon Festival is a free, family-oriented event that has lots to see and do for all ages with community booths, vendors, children’s activities and food trucks!

Where: Morning Side Park, 390 Morningside Ave
When: October 2 at 1 -4 pm

Glass Animals

Brits Glass Animals are bound to make you dance. The band has a talent for layering instruments and sounds. The result is a distinct sound heard throughout their debut album, Zaba, along with their latest release, How to Be a Human Being.

Where: Sound Academy, 11 Polson Street
When: Sunday, October 2 at 7:30 pm

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