22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 8 to 10

Aug 22 2017, 5:04 am

Well Toronto, September is officially in full swing, which means there’s no better time to put stop binging on Netflix and get outside so you can enjoy the warm weather while it’s still here.

This weekend, make the most of the city and enjoy one (or 10) of the many events on the agenda. From celebrity spotting at TIFF to a Blues and BBQ festival, we’ve rounded up the hottest events happening in the city this weekend.

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La Société & Guerlain Toronto Fashion Week/ TIFF Touch-Ups

What: With Toronto Fashion Week and TIFF in full swing, La Société and Guerlain are teaming up to host a street side activation and perfect mid-day pick-me-up, offering complimentary Parisian treats and makeup touch-ups to anyone passing by.

Where: 131 Bloor Street West
When: Now until September 9, 11 pm to 2 am

The Bill Murray Day Fan Art Show

What: Back in 2014, to promote the world premiere of his film St. Vincent, TIFF declared September 5th Bill Murray Day here in Toronto. Little did they know that this event would inspire a Fan Art Show several years later. Come and honour how awesome this comic legend is by checking out the Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show dedicated to Bill Murray.

Where: #Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas Street West
When: Now until September 10

TIFF Festival Street

What: This popular four-day festival will literally be shutting down King Street with fun and family-friendly activities, food trucks, free concerts and screenings, exciting VR experiences, and much more.

Where: Peter Street to University Avenue on King Street West
When: Now until September 10

RBC Red Carpet Gallery

What: Fans are invited to reserve a spot along the red carpet for the big gala premieres at Roy Thompson Hall by registering in advance online here. Celebrities scheduled to make an appearance include Shia LaBeouf, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart, Elle Fanning, Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney, Andrew Garfield and many more.

Where: David Peacaut Square, 215 King Street West
When: Now until September 16

Toronto International Film Festival

What: There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than with the city’s biggest film festival! Whether you go celeb-spotting or check out the free exhibits on King Street, there’s something for everyone at TIFF.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: Now until September 17

Montecito TIFF 2017

What: Famed Hollywood director Ivan Reitman’s Californian-inspired restaurant is steps away from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, making it easy for stars to head over after a premiere or press conference. Montecito is the official Hospitality partner of the festival and is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and do some celebrity spotting during TIFF.

Where: 299 Adelaide Street West
When: Now until September 17

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 8

Vegetarian Food Festival

What: Calling all vegan foodies: For one weekend only, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre will transform into a vegetarian paradise. Local and international chefs will delight your taste buds with a lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: September 8 to 10

Taste of the Kingsway

What: Taste of the Kingsway delivers fun for the whole family with three action-packed stages featuring tribute bands: Wham, Rat Pack, Eagles, Journey, AC/DC and U2.  Come and check out the classic car show, Footloose Dancewear’s community dance stage, as well as the ice cream and pizza eating contests, and the ever-popular Scotiabank Dog Show.

Where: Kingsway, 3029 Bloor Street West
 September 8, 6 pm to 10 pm; September 9, 11 am to 10 pm; September 10, 11 am to 6 pm

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts

What: This arts and crafts show features works from 180 Ontario and Quebec artists and happens at the same time as Cabbagetown Festival and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival.

Where: Riverdale Park, 550 Broadview Avenue
When: September 8 to 10

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & BBQ Festival

What: Now in its 19th year, this three-day outdoor music festival will be celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th anniversaries with 100% Canadian acts featuring the best of Canadian Blues. There will be free admission to the vendor village, food court, and south stages 1 and 2.

Where: Port Credit Memorial Park, 20 Lakeshore Road East
When: September 8, 5 pm to 11:30 pm; September 9, 11:30 am to 11:30 pm; September 10, 11 am to 8:30 pm

Junction Farmers’ Market

What: Come and enjoy artisanal goods from a variety of local farmers, wineries, and food vendors. If you’re passionate about local, sustainably produced fresh foods, this is a market you won’t want to miss.

Where: Junction Train Platform,  2960 Dundas Street West
When: September 9, 9 am to 1 pm

The Weeknd and French Montana

What: If you saw The Weeknd concert back in the spring, you’ll know that the homegrown hip-hop artist’s shows are definitely something to text home about.

Where: Air Canada Centre
When: September 9, 7:30 pm

Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood

What: Fresh off the recent release of their latest album, “Villains,” The Queens of the Stone Age will hit Toronto to liven up your Saturday night.

Where: Budweiser Stage
When: September 9, 8 pm

Global Food Festival

What: Food trucks, musicians, and five outdoor stages are on the bill at this full day, family-friendly event happening in North York this September.

Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
When: September 9, 11 am to 10 pm

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.

Where: Carlton and Parliament Streets
When: September 9, 11 am to 10 pm; September 10, 11 am to 7 pm

Canadian Pet Expo

What: Animal lovers are invited to check out the Canadian Pet Expo this weekend, where they can enjoy Canada’s largest cat show, celebrity pet meet and greets, learn about different animal charities and of course, the pet fashion show. The best part is, guests are allowed to bring their own pets!

Where: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road
When: September 9 to 10

Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

What: This yearly, free outdoor pedal-powered concert will be taking place in and between Trinity Bellwoods and Humber Bay Park West this summer. This year’s lineup includes Ansley Simpson, Blokoloco and HoodedFang.

Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
When: September 10, 12 pm to 5 pm

Dunkirk Free Screening at Ontario Place’s Cinesphere

What: The Toronto Film Festival will be presenting an exclusive free screening of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk at the Ontario Place’s Cinesphere.

Where: Ontario Place Cinesphere
When: September 10

Ms. Lauryn Hill

What: Lauryn Hill will show the crowd that she still has “that thing” when she offers a dose of old school nostalgia and new material, with special guest Nas.

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: September 10, 6:30 pm

El Bogo Frings IOU Warehouse

What: The pop-up hosted by Instagram personality @chefgrantsoto takes inspiration from recent events. On the menu, food from Smoke Signals Barbecue including Bogo Pogos, pineapple rib fried rice, and a rip on Susur Lee’s signature menu item, a “Soto Slaw.”

Where: 17 Noble Street
When: September 10, noon to 6 pm

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

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