18 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, September 8

Sep 8 2018, 1:45 am

Happy Saturday, Toronto!

The mild weather continues and the sun will shine, so take advantage of the end of summer with these events in the city today.

TIFF Festival Street

streetcar diversions


What: For the fifth 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: Now until September 9
Time: 12 pm to 12 am
Where: King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Veg Food Fest

What: Taking place at the Harbourfront Centre, this festival promises more than 150 vendors dealing in all sorts of meatless eats and ethical goods, plus 40+ hours of presentations, workshops, speakers, and music curated by Toronto Downtown Jazz.

When: Now until September 9
Time: Hours vary by day
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Taste of the Kingsway

taste of the kingsway

The Kingsway BIA/Facebook

What: Toronto’s Taste of the Kingsway street festival returns for three days of outdoor eating and entertainment this September.

When: Now until September 9
Time: Hours vary by day
Where: Bloor Street West from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road
Price: Free to attend

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & BBQ Festival

What: Now in its 20th year, this three-day outdoor music festival will be celebrating incredible Blues performers. There will be free admission to the vendor village, food court, and south stages 1 and 2.

When: Now until September 9
Time: Varies by day
Where: Port Credit Memorial Park, 20 Lakeshore Road East
Price: Admission is free

Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Eating Animals

What: This documentary based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by Natalie Portman traces the history of food production and the steep costs of factory farming.

When: Now until September 13
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Price: Tickets are $11.50

Toronto International Film Festival

What: The 43rd-annual Toronto International Film Festival descends on Toronto 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

The Art of Banksy



What: A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, is open in Toronto displaying the largest collection of the artist’s works. 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

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

Share Her Journey Rally

What: The public is invited to stand up for change with TIFF at the Share Her Journey Rally. All who want to see and be part of real change in the film industry are invited to join the action down on John Street at the Slaight Music Stage. With the support of partners ReFrame, TIME’S UP, and #AfterMeToo, a number of thought leaders and inspirational guests including Dr. Stacy L Smith, Amanda Brugel, Mia Kirshner, and Kery Putnam to name a few will be in attendance.

When: September 8
Time: 10 am
Where: Festival Street (King Street)
Price: Free to attend

Waterfront Artisan Market

toronto Waterfront Artisan Market

Marc Bruxelle/Shutterstock

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 8 and 9
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

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 8 and 9
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Carlton and Parliament Streets
Price: Entry is free

Magical Wizards Festival

Hogwarts Express Train at Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios (dmitro2009/ Shutterstock)

dmitro2009/ Shutterstock

What: The Waterloo Central Railway in St. Jacobs is hosting the Magical Wizards Festival this month with a Harry Potter inspired train ride, and it’s only a quick 1.5-hour drive from Toronto. Harry Potter fans will get the chance to ride on a 94-year-old steam engine for a 2-hour interactive experience where you will become a part of the story.

When: September 8 and 9
Time: Various times throughout the day
St. Jacobs Museum Station, 50 Isabella St. St. Jacobs Ont.
Tickets: Available online starting at $14.99

SourPalooza 2018

What: You can celebrate the best of funky, tart beers from Ontario and beyond this weekend. Sourpolooza is taking place just a short drive from Toronto in Niagara-on-the-Lake this Saturday.

When: September 8
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: Shaw Festival-Court House Theatre, 26 Queen Street, Niagara-On-The-Lake
Price: Sessions cost $25

In Time

Hyghly Alleyne the weeknd photo exhibit

Photo courtesy of Hyghly Alleyne

What: Toronto filmmaker and photographer Hyghly Alleyne is hosting a photo exhibit on Ossington this weekend. Up to 70 photos, multi-media, and video content will be on display, capturing the onstage and offstage antics, friends, and family of the XO Crew, the creative team behind The Weeknd brand.

When: September 8 and 9
Time: 3 pm to 7 pm

Where: 146 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Price: No cover

Aqua The Rewind Tour

What:¬†The music news you‚Äôve been waiting to hear since your childhood has¬†finally¬†been announced¬†‚ÄĒ Danish group¬†Aqua¬†is coming to Toronto this week. On their first-ever Canadian tour,¬†The Rewind Tour, the¬†90s pop group will be performing a concert at Echo Beach this Saturday.

When: September 8
Time: Doors open 6:30 pm
Where: Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd W
Price: $45 early bird or $60 regular price

Bike Rave


What: Toronto’s Bentway is going to be lit this Saturday as a public bike rave will be taking place. The ride will begin once it gets dark out.
When: September 8
Time: Roughly 8:30 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Free to attend

Luminus presents: The Mystic Forest

What: This Saturday, the Opera House will transform into The Mystic Forest an immersive, multi-performer event, complete with colourful costumes and exceptional set design and props.

When: September 8
Time: 10 pm to 3 am
Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen Street West
Price: From $35

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