19 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, September 16

Sep 15 2018, 1:54 am

The weekend might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop.

The warm weather continues as the last weekend of summer comes to a bittersweet end.

From food and cultural festivals to a free TIFF screening and the Terry Fox Run, there are plenty of events happening in the city this September 16, so be sure to go outside and enjoy the day.

Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF 2018


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: Today is your final chance to check out this massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, which displays 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: 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend

puppy adoption party

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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: Now until September 16
Time: 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: Now until September 16
Time: 10:30 am to 7 pm
Where: Bloor West Village
Price: Free to attend

Kensington Market Jazz Festival

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

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: Now until September 22
Time: Varies by location
Where: Participating breweries, bars, and restaurants in Toronto
Price: Pay for what you order

Louis Vuitton Time Capsule Exhibition

Louis Vuitton Time Capsule

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: 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

Terry Fox Run


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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

Open Streets

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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 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

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Back to School Market

May 27


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

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 16
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Artisan Market

free 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

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 16
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West
Price: Admission is free

Toronto HempFest

HempFest Toronto/HempFest Canada

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 16
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, Queen Elizabeth Building -100 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: $15 to $35

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

free movie screening

Roy Thompson Hall TIFF/Shutterstock

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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