11 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday September 7

Sep 6 2019, 5:00 am

You’ve waited all week and it’s finally here. Say hello to Saturday, Toronto.

There’s no need to spend it at home either, get out into the city with one of these great events today, September 7.

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MATTYFEST

What: Original Parkdale Boy, former executive chef at Parts and Labour, and tattooed ray of sunshine, Matty Matheson is bringing Toronto the perfect event to end the summer.

MATTYFEST, presented by the Toronto-based chef, will land at RBC Echo Beach and the afternoon-to-evening event will serve up fierce food, refreshing drinks, and all the music you need to fuel a proper September Saturday in the sun. See the Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Danny Brown, and many more, offering melodies to enjoy your BBQ alongside.

Where: RBC Echo Beach
When: Saturday, September 7
Tickets: $93.30, available here

St. James Town Festival 2019

What: The St. James Town Annual Festival is an event held for residents to come together and celebrate the neighbourhood. Head out to see a full day of amazing cultural performances, arts and crafts, delicious and diverse food, games, live music, and more. The event is hosted by The Corner and the St. James Town Service Provider’s Network.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 1 pm to 6 pm
Where: The Corner, 200 Wellesley Street East
Tickets: Free to attend

8th Annual Film Festival Slam!

What: Just in time for TIFF, the 8th Annual Film Festival Slam! is arriving in the city again to have some of the most notable amateur actors in the city compete and network in a fascinating competition of skill and emotion. Support your local stars this festival season while enjoying some of the Toronto’s top talent.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: The Boat in Kensington Market, 158 Augusta Ave
Tickets: $10, available online

Pampered Pooches T.O.

What: It’s a west end market just for your pooch. Talk to everyone from breeders and trainers to vets and groomers. Pampered Pooches T.O. brings together artisans, interesting vendors, and dog people from all over the city to one place this Saturday.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Liberty Village, 80 Lynn Williams
Tickets: Free to attend

Psychedelic Babylon: Summer Never End Beach Rave

What: Join Psychedelic Babylon as they put on the fourth edition of their Psychedelic Beach Parties this Saturday. This edition will include “one of the best Progressive artists in the world,” METRONOME (SWE) and will feature some of the best local artists, amazing psychedelic UV decoration, and bombastic sound in Toronto.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 8 pm to 6 am
Where: Location will be posted 24-hours before the event
Tickets: “Late Owl” tickets still available online, $45

Cabbagetown Festival

What: This family-friendly affair will feature loads of things for the kids to do, live music and entertainment, food, made in Canada merchandise, a Kids Zone, and plenty of fun events and activities.

When: September 7 and 8
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Carlton and Parliament Streets
Price: Entry is free

Kensington Market Flea

What: This Saturday, the Kensington Market Flea returns. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: Every Saturday until September 21
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

TIFF Festival Street

What: For the sixth year in a row, the excitement and fun of the Toronto International Film Festival will pour out from the theatres onto Festival Street. Look forward to free movie screenings, musical performances, food and drinks, photo opportunities, and more.

When: On now till September 8
Time: 12 pm to 12 am
Where: King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Dragon Festival

What: The massive celebration of Chinese culture, food, music, arts, and more returns to the city for another year of exciting performances and displays. Get out there and see incredible acrobatic performances, dazzling traditional displays, and sample incredible bites from across the city. Hosted by the Consulate for the People’s Republic of China in Toronto.

When: On now till September 8
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street W
Admission: Free!

Taste of the Kingsway

What: Toronto’s Taste of the Kingsway street festival returns for three days of outdoor eating and entertainment this September. Ride everything the carnival has to offer, eat all the great food, and enjoy games at the midway as this stretch of Bloor Street shuts down for the weekend.

When: On now till September 8
Time: Friday, 6 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Bloor Street West from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road
Price: Free to attend

Veg Food Fest

What: Local and international chefs will delight your taste buds with all the vegetarian and vegan dishes you didn’t know you were missing in your life. Put on by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, meet over 160 vendors, see more than 40 hours of presentations and workshops with engaging speakers, and listen to music curated by Toronto Downtown Jazz. Organizers say this is North America’s largest vegetarian festival and it is completely free.

When: On now till September 8
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Free admission