19 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, September 15

Sep 15 2018, 12:34 am

The last weekend of summer continues. Head outside and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, Toronto.

We’ve found 19 things fun things to do today, Saturday, September 15. There’s a massive book sale, TIFF and more.

Toronto Public Library Clearance Book Sale

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What: Today is the final day to check out the annual Friends of Toronto Public Library Clearance Book Sale at the Toronto Reference Library. Items for sale include CDs, books, and DVDs, and are priced from just 10 to 50 cents, with the highest pricing listed around $5.

When: Now until September 15
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library
Price: Admission is free

Toronto International Film Festival

What: The 43rd-annual Toronto International Film Festival concludes this weekend. The 10-day festival, which kicked off on Thursday, September 6, features moving, influential and star power-packed films from both home and abroad.

When: Now until September 16
Time: Screenings and event times vary by day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by screening

PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend

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What: For nearly 20 years, PetSmart Charities of Canada has partnered with animal welfare organizations across the country to bring adoptable pets into PetSmart stores to give them a helping hand at finding a forever home. Last National Adoption Weekend over 1,800 pets found forever homes from dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, small pets and more.

When: Now until September 16
Time: Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Select PetSmart locations across Toronto (Check website for full list of participating locations)

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

What: Closeout what will surely be an epic summer with a three-day entertainment experience celebrating the Ukrainian Canadian community. From music to food, this massive Bloor West festival is definitely worth checking out.

When: Now until September 16
Time: Saturday, 9 am to 10:30 pm; Sunday, 10:30 am to 7 pm
Where: Bloor West Village
Price: Free to attend

The Art of Banksy



What: This massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, which displays the largest collection of the artist’s works wraps up this weekend. According to organizers, with over $35 million in art, this is the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled.

When: Now until September 16
Time: Saturday, 9 am to 12 am; Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

Kensington Market Jazz Festival

What: This weekend, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival returns with over 300 musicians performing over three days at 12 venues in the eclectic neighbourhood of Kensington Market.

When: Now until September 16
Time: Varies by the venue
Where: Various venues in Kensington Market
Price: Both ticketed and free events

Toronto Beer Week

Toronto Beer Week

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What: Just because the warm days of summer are behind us doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one last beer festival before fall officially kicks off. Celebrating local craft brew, this week-long festival of beer features dozens of different breweries, bars and restaurants around the city.

When: Now until September 22
Time: Varies by location
Where: Participating breweries, bars, and restaurants in Toronto
Price: Pay for what you order

Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition

What: The Time Capsule Exhibition is a journey that revisits landmark innovations in technology and design through the history of Louis Vuitton. Travelling from 1854 to the present day, the journey is told using rare and celebrated objects selected from the Louis Vuitton archives.

When: On now until September 30
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Union Station, Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza, 65 Front Street West
Free admission

Spiders: Fear & Fascination


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What: This summer, the ROM welcomed a new exhibit, Spiders: Fear & Fascination and trust us, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The exhibit explores the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of these eight-legged creatures and will feature more than 400 live and preserved spiders, cutting-edge interactive experiences, and new scientific discoveries.

When: Now until January 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

Wanderlust 108 Toronto 2018

What: Join fellow outdoor adventurists, yogis, and wellness retreaters for the world’s only mindful triathlon where you’ll get together to do a five-kilometre run (or walk), a DJ-powered yoga session, and guided meditation. You’ll also have the chance to shop local artisanal goods at the Kula Market or stop by the True North Cafe.

When: September 15
Time: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Price: $20 – $150 – Tickets available via Eventbrite

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

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What: The Evergreen Brick Works’ Saturday Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Come and enjoy good food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

When: September 15
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Flower Market

What: There will be 18 incredible vendor stalls on display to visit and admire, each selling an assortment of seasonal showstoppers including tulips, daffodils, gerbera, orchids, hyacinths, muscari, lilacs, and more. Plus there will also be an array of dahlia tubers, seedlings, garden planters, handmade pots and indoor plants also for sale.

When: September 15
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Price: Entry is free

The Famous Canadian Beer Run

Canadian Beer Run

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What: On your marks, get set, beer! Toronto’s 5 km Beer Run is back this afternoon. Once the race is over the party starts. Sample some delicious craft brews and sample delectable offerings from dozens of Toronto’s best food trucks. Cider and vodka cocktails will also be available for your sipping pleasure.

When: September 15
Time: 10:30 am to 7 pm
Where: Ontario Place
Price: $75

Toronto Pignic

What: If you’ve never seen a guinea pig red carpet surrounded by Piggie Paparazzi or a Piggie Pageant (yes a beauty pageant for guinea pigs) then you need to clear your calendar this Saturday for the third annual Toronto Pignic, sponsored by PetSmart. The annual fundraising event welcomes guinea pigs, their pet parents, enthusiasts, and other small pets to celebrate all things guinea pig.

When: September 15
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Greenwood Park, 150 Greenwood Avenue
Price: Donations accepted

Waterfront Artisan Market

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What: Back for its third year, the Waterfront Artisan Market features 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday.

When: September 15 and 16
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

What: Wrap up summer by attending North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto’s best neighbourhood. The festival will feature local and international music, fantastic cuisine from over 40 renowned restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros, along Roncesvalles, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare.

When: September 15 and 16
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West
Price: Admission is free

Toronto HempFest

HempFest Toronto/HempFest Canada

What: There’s a massive cannabis expo coming to Toronto this weekend with exhibitors, engaging demonstrations, and something for every kind of cannabis enthusiast. HempFest is honoured to bring David Bienenstock as its headlining speaker.

When: September 15 and 16
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 6 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, Queen Elizabeth Building -100 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: $15 to $35

The Deadstock Depot Vintage Streetwear Retail Event Flea Market

What: Toronto’s only vintage streetwear flea market is back. Shop from over 30 local and international vendors who have come together to form Canada’s largest selection of handpicked garments catering to the 80s, 90s, and 2000s street and sportswear aesthetic.

When: September 15
Time: Doors open at 1 pm
Where: 1305 Dundas Street West
Price: $5 entry fee

Chef’s Party at Assembly Chef’s Hall

chefs party TIFF


What: Celebrate the glitz and glamour of TIFF at this party promising glam-themed bites, cocktails and entertainment. Ticket prices include all food.

When: September 15
Time: 4 pm to 11 pm
 Assembly Chef’s Hall 111 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Price: Passes are $50

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