36 Toronto events worth checking out in September

Aug 20 2017, 5:03 am

Summer seems to be wrapping up, which means there are only a few more weeks to enjoy the warm weather in the city.

To help you make the most of these last few days of summer, we’ve rounded up the hottest events, festivals, and concerts taking place in Toronto during the month of September.

From Toronto Beer Week and Oktoberfest to a festival solely dedicated to garlic, here are the top 36 events happening in Toronto this month.

Shakespeare in High Park

What: Toronto’s annual Shakespeare in High Park is back for another exciting summer and will be taking on two classics this year. This season’s performances will include Twelfth Night and King Lear, with all screenings starting at 8 pm.

Where: High Park Amphitheatre
When: Now until Sept 3

Shakespeare in the Ruff

What: Enjoy the magic of a midsummer night as you watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream between the trees in Withrow Park. While tickets are Pay-What-You-Can, the suggested amount is $15. All are welcome, even your four-legged friends!

Where: Withrow Park, between Chester and Pape Street
When: Now until September 3

Fan Expo Canada

What: Fandom at its best! From comics to sci-fi, horror and gaming, all under one massive roof. Guests this year include Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Paul Wesley (Vampire Diaries) and much more.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd
When: Now until September 3


What: No summer in Toronto is complete without a visit to the EX! Come and check out the incredible food, catch a show, and try your hand at winning some ridiculously large prizes.

Where: Canadian National Exhibition, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
When: Now until September 4

Downsview Park Ribfest

What: Downsview Park Ribfest is back and better than ever! The popular Ribfest event returns for its 2nd edition and will feature rides, attractions, music and live entertainment and of course, great food. Admission is $5 for everyone 13 and over and free for little ones.

Where: Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue
When: September 1 to 4

Le Burger Week Toronto

What: Kick off the month by enjoying a week totally dedicated to burgers! At least 10 Toronto restaurants will be participating in Le Burger Week – each of which will be “called upon to create a unique burger; reflective of their overall concept and cuisine.” These participating restaurants then offer a special ‘burger price’, where burger aficionados are encouraged to come eat and vote on the website.

Where: Restaurants across Toronto
When: September 1 to 7

Canadian International Air Show

What: Presented by the CNE, the Canadian International Air Show is the largest and longest running aviation display in North America.

Where: Off the Canadian National Exhibition grounds over Lake Ontario
When: September 2 to 4

Electric Island

What: Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to get down to the sounds of Toronto’s biggest electronic DJs. This Labour Day weekend wraps up this summer’s run of Electric Island and there will be two back-to-back parties.

Where: Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island
When: September 3 to 4

Breaking Barriers: How To Defy Expectations and Develop The Career of Your Dreams

What: Hosted by Ginella Massa, the first news reporter to wear a hijab on television and anchor a major newscast in Canada, this Evening Series will highlight key insights Massa has picked up along her nascent yet massively impactful career.

Where: Grand Banking Hall, 1 King Street West
When: September 6, 7 pm to 9 pm

Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour

What: The one and only Lady Gaga will be making a stop in Toronto this month as part of her massive world tour, Joanne.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: September 7, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Dita Von Teese’s The Art of the Teese

What: International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese brings her “The Art of the Teese” variety show to Toronto for two evenings this month. The Art of the Teese brings exhilarating, never before seen shows on this tour. She will be joined by a wonderful supporting cast of today’s brightest stars of Burlesque.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Blvd
When: September 7 to 8

What: James Corden, late-night TV’s king of celebrity sing-alongs and the host of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, is bringing his unique charisma and laugh-out-loud comedic antics to Toronto, to launch the United Jewish Appeal 2017 Campaign.

Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
When: September 10, 7 pm to 10 pm

Elevate Toronto Festival

What: Elevate Toronto is a three-day tech festival that will showcase the best of the Canadian innovation ecosystem and welcome the world to our city.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: September 12 to 14, 9 am to 11 pm

Bryson Tiller

What: Bryson Tiller will be stopping in Toronto as part of his 27-date tour in support of his new album, ‘True to Self,’ with openers Metro Boomin and H.E.R.

Where: RBC Echo Beach, 909 Laskshore Blvd.
When: September 13, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Small World Music Festival

What: Capturing the world in a four-day festival, Small World’s signature annual program brings the sounds of Mali, Korea, Cuba, Ethiopia, Palestine, Spain, Estonia and more to Toronto stages.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: September 14 to 17

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

What: Now in its fourth season, The Symphony of the Goddesses will feature a two-hour concert complete with a 57-piece orchestra, 20-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between WorldsTwilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
When: September 15, 8 pm to 10 pm

Kensington Market Jazz Fest

What: Calling all jazz lovers: Toronto’s Kensington Market will be hosting a series of concerts in various locations, giving you a taste of some of the best jazz the city has to offer. Molly Johnson, Ori Dagan, Genevieve Marentette are among some of the performers.

Where: Various locations in Kensington Market
When: September 15 to 17

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.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: September 15 to 23

Food Truck Festival Ontario

What:  FTFO brings the most mouthgasmic food trucks to one place so you can eat like a true Foodstar. This year’s lineup includes Tiny Tom Donuts, Food Dudes, Fully Loaded T.O, Bake Three Fifty, and much more.

Where: Sherborne Common, 61 Dockside Drive
When: September 16 and 17

Pumpkinland and Harvest Fest

What: Get into the fall spirit at Whittamore Farm’s family-friendly Harvest Fest. Choose from 1000’s of pumpkins and become a kid again as you get lost in the corn maze. Enjoy the best of fall time entertainment, including wagon rides, spooky games, nature trails, and farm animals.

Where: Whittamore’s Farm, 8100 Steeles Avenue East
When: September 16 to October 31

The Famous Canadian Beer Run

What: On your marks,  get set, beer! Toronto will be hosting a 5 km Beer Run, and once the race is over the party truly 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.

Where: Ontario Place
When: September 17

Toronto Garlic Festival

What: Taste delicious garlic-themed dishes paired with Ontario craft beer and wine at this amazing Garlic themed festival. Attendees can enjoy sweet and savoury garlic inspired dishes from 20 chefs this year include, meet farmers, chefs, artists and garlic historians. Admission is $5.

Where: Artscpape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: September 17, 9 am to 5 pm

Father John Misty & Weyes Blood

What: Father John Misty will be headlining Toronto’s Massey Hall in support of latest album Pure Comedy. If you’re a fan of his idiosyncratic voice, this is a performance you won’t want to miss.

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: September 18, 8 pm

Art Battle Toronto

What: Art Battle is back in Toronto to host an amazing night of live competitive painting, connecting Toronto to towns and cities around the world through the arts. Painters have 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, the audience votes to pick the winner.

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: September 19, 7:30 pm

Toronto Palestine Film Festival

What: Come and celebrate the 10th The Toronto Palestine Film Festival this month. The TPFF is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Palestinian cinema, music, cuisine and art to GTA audiences

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
When: September 20 to 24, 5 pm to 10 pm


What: JFL42 features 10 days of shows from some of the world’s greatest, cutting-edge comedians. Choose your headliner(s) and then spend the rest of the festival checking out the 42 other hilarious acts.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: September 21 to 30

Dwayne 2000: Dwayne Gretzky Does The 00s

What: Toronto’s favourite super-band (loosely named after a hockey legend), will be performing all of the biggest 2000 hits at the Opera House for two nights this month.

Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East
When: September 23 to 24

Toronto Taco Takeover

What: Things are about to get spicy! From tacos to tequila, party with food and drink at the hottest fiesta of the year. Pair refreshing cocktails and beer with original Mexican recipes from the best local chefs.

Where: Venue to be announced soon
When: September 23, 4 pm

Invictus Games

What: Taking place from September 23 to 30, in venues across Toronto, the 2017 Invictus Games will feature adaptive sports such as wheelchair basketball, archery, swimming, athletics and, new to these Games, golf.

Where: Venues throughout the city
When: September 23 to 30

Paradise in the Park Toronto

What: Following the successful LA Paradise in the Park event, Jamie Jones proudly presents the second installment of this series; Paradise in the Park Toronto. Come and enjoy a vibrant open air venue and incredible music. What more could you need for a perfect day party?

Where: Woodbine Park
When: September 24, 2 pm


What: Canadian indie songstress Fiest will be performing at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall this month to promote her latest album Pleasure. 

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: September 24, 8 pm

The Toronto Drone Film Festival

What: This month, The Sky Guys Ltd., Canada’s leader in drone technology and Cambridge House International, will be hosting  The Toronto Drone Film Festival at the Second Annual Big Drone Show. The two-day conference and trade show will be taking flight in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
When: September 27 and 28

Buffer Festival

What: Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festival includes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, showcasing an array of YouTube’s highest quality content.

Where: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street #620
When: September 28 to October 1

Toronto Oktoberfest

What: Get the Dirndl dresses and Lederhosens ready, Toronto. Experience food, drink, and lots of merriment at the two-day festival and outdoor Bavarian Village. Toronto Oktoberfest will include free authentic German beer glass steins, real Bavarian-style communal tables, and benches from Germany. Use promo code DAILYHIVE and get $5 off your ticket!

Where: Ontario Place
When: September 29 to 30

The Lights Fest

What: Enjoy a magical night under the stars at The Light Fest. The Lights Fest is an experience where thousands of friends and families gather to listen to live music, fill up on food trucks and light up life. At the perfect moment, everyone ignites their personalized sky lanterns with Tiki torches and lets them take flight.

Where: Osweken Speedway, 1987 Chiefswood Road
When: September 30, 4 pm to 10 pm

Venus Fest

Where: Artscape Daniels, 585 Dundas Street East
When: September 30
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