24 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, September 22

Sep 19 2018, 4:17 am

Brace yourself, Toronto, fall has officially arrived.

And the start of the new season means some rather chilly temperatures today, but that shouldn’t stop you from heading out and checking out what’s happening in the city.

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

UNIQLO & GO Mobile Pop-Up

What: This month, guests will be able to e-commerce themselves and ‘step into’ UNIQLO’s newly launched app/mobile e-commerce site, preview the F/W18 collection and make on-site purchases via the Mobile Site. Giveaways will also be up for grabs at this pop-up shop.

When: Now until September 22
Time: Hours TBA
Where: 451 King Street West
Price: Entry is free

House of Vans

What: House of Vans is taking over The Bentway this weekend, hosting three action-packed days of events, including a community market, workshops, a cook-off and performances, which are all totally FREE.

When: Now until September 23
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 10:30 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Palestine Film Festival

What: Come and celebrate the 11th annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival this weekend. The TPFF is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Palestinian cinema, music, cuisine and art to GTA audiences.

When: Now until September 23
Time: Varies by day
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Price: Varies by event

Bi Arts Festival


What: This year marks the second annual Bi Arts Festival, the world’s largest celebration of bisexual voices in art and culture with events, a marketplace, and special performances over the weekend.

When: Now until September 23
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Various venues
Price: Entry is free

Biidaaban: First Light

What: There’s an epic virtual reality (VR) experience coming to Nathan Phillips Square this week that will transport users to a radically different version of the Toronto they’re familiar with. Presented by the National Film Board, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic and radically different Toronto.

When: Now until September 24
Time: 8 am to 7 pm (September 21); 9 am to 7 pm (September 22 and 23); 8 am to 5 pm (September 24)
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free to attend, book your spot online here

Elevate TechFest

What: Elevate TechFest is a week-long tech festival that will showcase the best of the Canadian innovation ecosystem and welcome the world to our city. The event features inspiring keynotes, topical content streams, experiential programming, and epic socials. Speakers include Al Gore, Whitney Wolfe Herd (Founder and CEO, Bumble), Sarah Friar (CFO, Square), Julie Rice, (Chief Brand Officer, WeWork), and many more.

When: Now until September 27
Time: 9 am to 11 pm daily
Various venues throughout the city
Price: $550 for full festival pass

JFL42 Toronto

What: Get ready to get your laugh on, JFL42 is coming to Toronto this month. Torontonians can look forward to an impressive lineup that includes late-night funnyman Seth Meyers, alongside hilarious stand-up king Hannibal Buress, and the ever-so-talented Wanda Sykes.

When: Now until September 29
Time: Varies by day
Various locations throughout the city
Price: Individual headliner tickets start at $32.50

San Rafael ’71

San Rafael ’71

What: The San Rafael ’71 Experience features a modern take on a classic era with free live music, local artists, vintage arcade games and custom t-shirt screen printing. 

When: Now until September 30
Time: 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: 9 Ossington Avenue
Price: Entry is free

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: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Union Station, Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza, 65 Front Street West
Free admission

The Disruptors by Samuel Adams

What: This pop-up shop features four innovative Canadian small businesses, each of which were hand-selected by the beer company for breaking the mould and carving new paths, just like Jim Koch did in 1984 when he created Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Retailers include Loch, Xpand Laces, Soft Focus, and 8.1.2.

When: Now until October 14
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 12 pm to 7 pm; Friday, 12 pm to 9 pm
324 Queen Street West
Price: Entry is free

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

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

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

Feed It Forward


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 22
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Apple Harvest Festival

What: Toronto’s first-ever Apple Harvest Festival is on this weekend. The first-time festival presented by the Brickworks Ciderhouse takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works at the Saturday Farmers Market and Sunday Artisan Market on September 22 and 23.

When: September 22 and 23
Time: Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

MOCA Grand Opening Weekend

What: Come and celebrate MOCA’s grand opening and enjoy free admission all weekend. Following the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning, guests can explore all five floors of the museum and meet the artists and learn about their work.

When: September 22 and 23
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: MOCA, 158 Sterling Rd.
Price: Admission is free

Forty Creek Whisky Weekend

What: Whisky Weekend is Forty Creek’s annual celebration of all things Canadian and more importantly all things Forty Creek.  Each September, Forty Creek opens the doors of its distillery to offer our fans unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. With tours, tastings, seminars and more, Whisky Weekend is a fully immersive experience.

When: September 22 and 23
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 297 S Service Rd, Grimsby
Price: Free admission

Queen West Art Crawl


What: The Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is a charitable organization that 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.

When: September 22 and 23
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
Price: Free to attend


What: Celebrating its eighth edition, Inland returns this weekend to showcase a curated line up of fashion, apparel, and accessory collections – many just off the runways of TFW. A responsive new-retail experience, INLAND focuses on elevating Canadian talent through the lens of the consumer

When: September 22
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: QRC West, 134 Peter Street
Price: Admission is free

Waterfront Artisan Market

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 22 and 23
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Beaches Festival

What: Bring your flip flops and your appetite and enjoy beachside eats and drinks, shop from the artisanal market, and dance away to 80s and 90s music all day.

When: September 22 and 23
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 8 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East
Price: Admission is free

Fashion Expert Meredith Shaw Walk Your Walk Event

Walk Your Walk, Le Chateau

What: Fashion expert Meredith is stopping by the Eaton Centre to team up with Le Chateau to style guests and showcase her favourite styles. The first 25 guests will each receive a gift card of up to $250.

When: September 22
Time: 1 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Le Chateau, Toronto Eaton Centre
Price: Admission is free

Beau’s Oktoberfest 10th Edition

What: While this one is a day-trip from Toronto, it’s well worth the drive. East Coast rocker Joel Plaskett and The Emergency headline the main stage on Friday followed by Canadian power-pop legends Sloan headlining Saturday, plus loads of supporting acts, beer (of course), food, and more

When: September 22
Time: 4 pm
Where: 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill
Price: From $32

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

What: Whos’e ready to be drippin’ in finesse? Bruno Mars, who casually brought home seven trophies at the Grammy Awards earlier this year is bringing his sprawling “24K Magic” world tour to Toronto for two nights this weekend.

When: September 22 and 23
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Tickets: From $115

Sorauren Park Free Movies

What: Toronto’s Sorauren Park will be hosting a free movie screening this weekend. This year, attendees can look forward to pizza dinners before each screening from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina. This weekend’s screening is Moana. 

When: September 22
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Ave
Price: Free

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