25 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 14 to 16

Sep 14 2018, 1:17 am

Well, Toronto, we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is the final full weekend of summer, meaning you have no excuses to stay at home over the next few days.

Rally up your friends and make the most of the remaining few days of summer by checking out one or even five of the awesome events happening throughout the city this weekend.

Friday, September 14

Toronto Public Library Clearance Book Sale

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What: The annual Friends of Toronto Public Library Clearance Book Sale is taking place at the Toronto Reference Library kicks off today and it’s bound to be the best bang for your buck when it comes to books. 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: Friday, 9 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 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

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: Friday, 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 12 am; Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

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

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

Kensington Market Jazz Festival

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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: September 14 to 16
Time: Varies by the venue
Where: Various venues in Kensington Market
Price: Both ticketed and free events

PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend

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: September 14 to 16
Time: Friday and 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: September 14 to 16
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 10:30 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 10:30 pm; Sunday, 10:30 am to 7 pm
Where: Bloor West Village
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Beer Week

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: Sept 14 to 22
Time: Varies by location
Where: Participating breweries, bars, and restaurants in Toronto
Price: Pay for what you order

Saturday, September 15

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

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

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

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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

Chef’s Party at Assembly Chef’s Hall

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

Sunday, September 16

Terry Fox Run

What: All across the country, the Terry Fox run takes place this Sunday. Register to run, find a run, or sponsor a runner and show your support.

When: September 16
Time: Run times vary by location
Where: Various locations throughout the GTA
Price: Free to participate

Toronto Garlic Festival

What: Popping up for one day only at Artscape Wychwood Barns, the annual event brings together 20+ Ontario farmers and local chefs for a full day of garlic-themed dishes paired with Ontario wine and craft beer.

When: September 16
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
 Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
Price: Admission is $5

Open Streets TO

What: Open Streets programs, also known as Ciclovias, open streets to people and close them to cars encouraging participation in physical activity and healthy recreation. They are free, regularly occurring programs, and offer communities the opportunity to experience their city streets in a whole new way.

When: September 16
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Bloor and Yonge Streets
Price: Admission is free

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Back to School Market

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What: Bye bye summer and hello autumn. Come and enjoy a day of local goods, sweet treats, delicious local eats and plenty of good vibes. Bring the kids and the four-legged friends, everyone is welcome. And, of course, admission is FREE.

When: September 16
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

The Leslieville Flea at Ashbridge Estate

What: The Leslieville Flea returns to Ashbridge Estate this Sunday. Spend the afternoon shopping from a curated selection of vintage and handcrafted goods from a number of local vendors.

When: September 16
10 am to 5 pm
Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East
Price: Free

Toronto Artisan Market

What: If you’re looking to stock up on some one-of-a-kind items, the Toronto Artisan Market returns to Christie Pits Park this Sunday. Come celebrate local art, artists, and artisans and this curated market.

When: September 16
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor Street West
Price: Admission is free

City Cider

What: City Cider returns to the heritage orchard on the grounds of the Spadina Museum this September for a day full of picnicking on the lawns surrounded by live local music, games and kid activities, delectable eats, freshly pressed cider, and a hard craft cider bar.

When: September 16
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road, Toronto
Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate

TIFF People’s Choice Award Screening

What: Movie enthusiasts will have the chance to see a free screening of the film that wins the 2018 Grolsch People’s Choice Award this Sunday. Tickets for the free screening will be issued at the venue two hours prior to the screening.

When: September 16
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Price: Free to attend, tickets are available online after 10 am on Sunday

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