24 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 28 to 30

Sep 27 2018, 5:24 pm
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The final weekend of September is here.

This means there’s no better time to get outdoors and enjoy the last few warm days and some of the awesome events happening throughout the city.

From autumn fairs and festivals to spooky Halloween-themed attractions, here are the hottest Toronto weekend events.

Friday, September 28

JFL42 Toronto

J4L42

Late Night With Seth Meyers/Facebook

What: Get ready to get your laugh on, JFL42 is taking over Toronto this weekend. 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
Where: 
Various locations throughout the city
Price: Individual headliner tickets start at $32.50

Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition

What: There are only a few more days to check out the Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition, a journey that revisits landmark innovations in technology and design through the history of the iconic fashion house. 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: Friday, 9 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm11 am to 9 pm
Where: Union Station, Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza, 65 Front Street West
Price: 
Free admission

Buffer Festival

What: Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. Held from Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30, the festival includes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, showcasing an array of YouTube’s highest quality content.

When: Now until September 30
Time: 9 am to 9 pm
Where: St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St E, Toronto,
Price: Available online; individual screening tickets: $25

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

Toronto Oktoberfest 2018

What: Don your finest lederhosen and dirndls under a massive Bavarian-style Festhalle tent in the Ontario Place parking lot. Modelled after the original Munich event, this volks fest, presented by ERDINGER, promises food, beer, a 20-piece brass band, and a fun fair.

When: Now until September 30
Time: Friday, 6 pm to 11:30 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 4:30 pm; Sunday, 6 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Ontario Place East Parking Lot
Price: Online from $20.

Shades

Shades

What: Award-winning dancer and choreographer Esie Mensah presents the world premiere of Shades at the Factory Theatre this week. Shades is a dance/theatre piece exploring issues between light and dark skin people within communities of colour, depicted through the lens of the black community.

When: Now until September 30
Time: 8 pm
Where:
 Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
Price: From $35

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
Where: 
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

ROM Friday Night Live

What: Start your Friday night on the dance floor with top DJs and live artists, or explore our stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks.

When: September 28
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $19.21

Dwayne 2000

What: Toronto’s favourite cover band is taking over the Danforth Music Hall for two nights this weekend. A party louder than your HTML-infused MySpace page, Dwayne 2000 is back to celebrate the best of the 00s this Friday and Saturday.

When: September 28 and 29
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
Price: From $48

Saturday, September 29

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

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 29
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Antique and Vintage Market/Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show/Facebook

What: Calling all vintage enthusiasts, Canada’s largest vintage event is happening in Toronto this weekend. This weekend, the Toronto Antique and Vintage Market and the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show are taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Building in Exhibition Place, where you can shop from over 125 vendors selling everything from pristine swinging sixties clothing to vintage bridal wear. You’ll also find accessories, handbags, jewelry and designer vintage items.

When: September 29 and 30
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Exhibition Place – Queen Elizabeth Building, 180 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: $12 (entrance to both events)

Etsy: Made in Canada

What: The fifth annual flagship Etsy: Made in Canada show returns to Toronto this month, featuring a variety of handmade and vintage Canadian Etsy sellers.

When: September 29
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street
Price: Entrance is free

North York Block Party

What: This Saturday, North York’s Newtonbrook Plaza is going to be transformed into a lush, green park and community playground for the entire Yonge and Finch community. The event will have great photo ops, as the sprawling ageing strip mall gets a complete makeover for one day only. Picture over 9,000 sq-ft of real grass and trees, back-to-back fitness classes, a community bbq and a DJ.

When: September 29
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Newtonbrook Plaza, 5799 Yonge Street
Price: Free to attend

Relish

What: A two-day food festival aims to “put all foodies into a legit food coma,” when it pops up in Toronto’s west end this month. RELISH The Foodie Event is FREE to attend and will see a dozen food vendors congregate in the parking lot at Cloverdale Mall.

When: September 29 and 30
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall, Etobicoke
Price: Admission is free

Taste of Jane and Finch

Jane Finch Mall Taste of Jane and Finch

Jane Finch Mall/Facebook

What: Toronto’s first-ever Taste of Jane and Finch festival debuts this Saturday. Presented by Greenwin Inc. and community partners, the new neighbourhood block party promises a showcase of foods from around the world including food trucks dishing out menu items inspired from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and beyond.

When: September 29
Time: 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: 10 San Romanoway, Toronto
Price: $3 per food sample

Wanderlust

What: Wanderlust is the Leslieville BIA’s signature event of the year. It’s a customer appreciation event that highlights the people, places and things unique only to Leslieville. Come and enjoy delicious food, live music, and art.

When: September 29
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Queen Street East between Vancouver and Booth Avenues
Price: Free to attend

Nuit Blanche Toronto

What: From sunset to sunrise on September 29, Nuit Blanche will be taking over the city. Every year, Nuit Blanche transforms the city into an elaborate pageantry of thought-provoking pieces, light installations, and wild colours. The event features hundreds of local, national and international artists presenting contemporary pieces.

When: September 29
Time: 7 pm to 7 am
Where: Locations throughout the city
Price: All events are free to check out

Halloween Haunt

What: Canada’s Wonderland is transforming from theme park to scream park during its annual Halloween Haunt, which kicks off for its 14th season this Saturday. Experience the thrilling park rides, and then the chills of 20 terrifying haunted attractions and shows.

When: Select nights from September 29 to October 31
Time: From 7 pm to midnight on select nights
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
Price: Tickets start at $32.99

JP Wiser’s Toast Recording Studio and Whisky Bar

What: JP Wiser’s is activating its first-ever portable Toast Recording Studio and Whisky Bar as part of the national ‘Hold It High’ campaign. Guests are invited to record their own custom toasts, sample the new Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail, and enjoy live music. Recorded toasts will be available immediately for guests to share with their friends on social media using the hashtag #HoldItHigh.

When: September 29
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Where: 369 Queen Street West
Price: Free to attend

Sunday, September 30

Pedestrian Sundays September

pedestrian sundays

@johannas_lens_perspectives/Instagram

What: Come and enjoy a full day of car-free fun, music, food vendors, performances, shopping and all kinds of street side surprises. Take the afternoon and check out a dance party, a band, a food stand and more.

When: September 30
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market, Augusta south of College
Price: Free to attend

Kensington Market Art Fair

What: As part of Pedestrian Sunday, Kensington Market will also play host to an incredible, curated outdoor art fair focusing on original two and three-dimensional art.

When: September 30
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market, Augusta south of College
Price: Free to attend

Nitro Circus: You Got This Tour

What: Nitro Circus: You Got This Tour will feature the best athletes in FMX, BMX, scooter and inline, including multiple X Games medalists and several Nitro World Games champions.

When: September 30
Time: Show begins at 6 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Price: From $67

FREE Wu-Tang Clan Concert

What: Hip-hop enthusiasts can take a walk down memory lane because the legendary Wu-Tang Clan will be performing a free show in Toronto this Sunday as part of the Never Jaded entertainment and cultural programming.

When: September 30
Time: Doors open at 9 pm
Where: Rebel Nightclub, 11 Polson Street
Price: 
Free of charge, register online

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