9 fantastic things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 23 to 25

Sep 22 2022, 1:51 pm

Start making plans, Toronto. This week we see the return of, well, The Weeknd but that’s not all there is to look forward to.

Check out the action at the Red Bull Flugtag event with all the homemade flying contraptions, go to the opening of two new theatre productions, and go shopping for unique vintage finds.

As for food, there’s an Indonesian food festival as well as a festival for all the garlic enthusiasts.

See The Weeknd onstage


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What: The Weeknd is back in his hometown with his After Hours Til Dawn tour. The ‚ÄúBlinding Lights‚ÄĚ singer will perform back-to-back shows this Thursday and Friday at the Rogers Centre.

When: September 22 and 23

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Rogers Centre ‚ÄĒ 1 Blue Jays Way

Price: Check here for tickets

Try all things garlic

What: If you love garlic, make sure to bring an appetite and maybe some breath mints to the Toronto Garlic Festival. The event will showcase various vendors and restaurants and the many creative ways to incorporate this potent ingredient.

When: September 25

Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns ‚ÄĒ 601 Christie Street

Price: $5 admission fee

See homemade flying contraptions


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What: Calling all gravity deniers! Red Bull Flugtag ‚Äúchallenges wacky engineers and fearless pilots to fulfill their dream of flying.‚ÄĚ Be part of the nail-biting action as wannabe pilots put their contraptions to the test to see if they‚Äôll end up airborne or sink into the waters below.

When: September 24

Time: Gates open at 10 am

Where: Ontario Place ‚ÄĒ 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Price: Free to enter

Meet your favourite authors

What: The longest-running literary festival in Canada is back with a star-studded lineup. Toronto International Festival of Authors will feature participants and bestselling authors like Margaret Atwood, Marian Keyes, Ben Macintyre, Ali Hassan, and Dionne Brand. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa is also scheduled to make an appearance.

When: September 22 to October 2

Where: Various locations

Price: Single day pass from $45 to $65; weekend pass $125; all-access pass $325

Shop vintage

What: Toronto vintage market is back this month with an exhibition hall full of one-of-a-kind pieces from different eras. Find an amazing array of vintage denim like Levi’s and Wrangler, as well as hoodies, unique T-shirts, and trucker caps.

When: September 24 to 25

Time: Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place ‚ÄĒ 180 Princes‚Äô Boulevard

Price: $15

Watch a musical


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What: You’ll find yourself humming along to popular songs during the critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain. Combined with high-energy choreography and 14,000 litres of water used on the stage every night, the show is sure to make a splash.

When: September 23 to October 23

Where: Princess of Wales Theatre ‚ÄĒ 300 King Street West

Price: Check here for tickets

Meet inspiring female leaders


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What: If you‚Äôre a female entrepreneur and a fan of Destiny’s Child and Love is Blind, make sure to book your spot at the Self Made Summit. The event will feature Michelle Williams and Deepti Vempati, along with other inspiring entrepreneurs.

When: September 24

Time: 9 am to 7 pm

Where: Square One Shopping Centre ‚ÄĒ 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

Price: VIP pass $475, general admission $275

Savour Indonesian cuisine


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What: You won’t be able to resist the scent of BBQ and delicious dishes during the Indonesian Food Festival. Located at Yonge-Dundas Square, the festival will feature a bazaar of spices and food, cooking demos, performances, and a batik fashion show.

When: September 24

Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square ‚ÄĒ 1 Dundas Street East

Go to the theatre


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What: Set in Martha‚Äôs Vineyard in 1974, The Shark is Broken is a comedy about the Jaws lead actors who find themselves stuck on a boat and at ‚Äúthe mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star.‚ÄĚ The play was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2022 Olivier Awards.

When: September 25 to November 6

Where: Royal Alexandra Theatre ‚ÄĒ 260 King Street West

Price: From $49. Check here for tickets

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