17 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, September 2

Aug 31 2018, 7:34 pm

Your long weekend continues, Toronto.

Be sure to take advantage of the warm weather today and check out some of the awesome events happening throughout the city.

Fan Expo Canada

fan expo


What: Fandom at its best. From comics to sci-fi, horror and gaming, all under one massive roof. Guests this year include Jason Momoa (DC Justice League), Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Joe Keery (Stranger Things), Rob Schneider (Saturday Night Live), and more.

When: Now until September 2
Time: Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd.
Price: From $25


What: You can enjoy painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artist set up throughout the cobblestone lanes of the historic Distillery District this long weekend.

When: Now until September 3
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: The Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street
Price: Admission is free

BuskerFest + Mac & Cheese Fest

Mac & Cheese Fest

Mac & Cheese Festival

What: Taking place at Woodbine Park over the Labour Day weekend, BuskerFest is teaming up with Mac & Cheese Fest to serve up “top dishes from renowned chefs alongside non-stop, action-packed, entertainment.”

When: Now until September 3
Time: Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm; Monday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: Suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family

Toronto Rib, Bacon and BBQ Fest

What: Hogtown is going hog wild. The Toronto Rib, Bacon and BBQ Festival is taking over Downsview Park over Labour Day weekend and is promising a massive Ribfest bolstered by the addition of vendors specializing in bacon and barbecue as well.

When: Now until September 3
Time: Sunday, 11 am to 11 pm; Monday, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, North York
Price: General admission is $5. Kids under 12 are Free

Canadian International Air Show



What: Whether you’re watching from your condo, the CNE or along the Harbour Front, there’s no better way to end summer than by watching the Canadian International Air Show. It’s not only Canada’s largest and longest-running aviation display but its easily the most popular way to enjoy the Labour Day weekend in the city. The CIAS is best viewed at the southwest waterfront grounds of the CNE, south of the bandshell.

When: Now until September 3
Tim: 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: Over Lake Ontario
Price: Free with CNE admission

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

What: No summer is complete without a visit to the EX. Get some food, and win some ridiculously large prizes.

When: Now until September 3
Time: The grounds are open daily from 10 am to midnight, but attractions and rides all close at different times
Where: Canadian National Exhibition, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: General admission is $19.99

Asian Market at the CNE

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What: New to the CNE this year is the Telus Asian Market, which is billed as a “bustling beehive of interactive experiences in a colourful and aromatic marketplace that will feature distinctive artisan creations, fabulous food, and engaging entertainment offerings.”

When: Now until September 3
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, Princes’ Boulevard
Price: Free with CNE admission

Rogers Ignite TV Command House

What: This weekend, entertainment enthusiasts are invited to attend the city’s largest ‘house party’ where fan-favourite content will come to life. This five-day entertainment extravaganza will feature non-stop free activities including movie screenings, celebrity meet-and-greets, opportunities to rub elbows with current and former Blue Jays and Maple Leaf players and plenty of family-friendly activities.

When: Now until September 5
Time: Friday, 9 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm; Sunday and Monday, 10 am to 11 pm
Where: Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd.
Price: Admission is free

Le Burger Week

Le Burger Week 2018

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What: This year, Le Burger Week has gone national will be taking place across six provinces. In Toronto, there will be nine participating restaurants competing for the title of their city’s best burger, including Holy Chuck, Zeal Burgers, The Broadview Hotel, Allstar W&R Restaurants to name a few.

When: Now until September 7
Time: Hours vary by location
Where: Restaurants throughout the city
Price: Varies by location

The Art of Banksy

What: A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, is now open in Toronto displaying 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: Monday and Tuesday, 11 am to 7 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Thursday and 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

Spiders: Fear & Fascination


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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
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

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 2
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Electric Island 2018

Electric Island

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What: Get your sunglasses and dancing shoes ready, Toronto’s favourite summer concert and picnic series is wrapping up its season with an epic two-day bash at Hanlan’s Point.

When: September 2 and 3
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island
Price: Tickets start at $50.84

Promise Cherry Beach 2018

What: Come and enjoy an unmissable chance to take in the best of Toronto’s underground music scene surrounded by sun and fun at the beach.

When: September 2
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cherry Beach, Cherry Street just south of Unwin Avenue
Price: $20

Shakespeare in High Park


Shakespeare in High Park (lukesedgwick/Instagram)

What: Toronto’s annual Shakespeare in High Park concludes this evening with a performance of its frolicking comedy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The longest-running outdoor theatre event is celebrated its 36th year this summer.

When: September 2
Time: 8 pm
 High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Pay what you can

Labour Day Weekend Fireworks

What: Say goodbye to summer break by catching Labour Day fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland. The theme park is hosting a huge fireworks display taking place on Sunday, featuring over 6,000 fireworks will light up the sky to choreographed music.

When: September 2
Time: 10 pm
Where: Canada’s Wonderland — 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan
Price: Free with admission to the park

Labour of Love

Photo Credit: Carlos Delgado; CC-BY-SA

What: Toronto’s popular Labour Day weekend music festival returns! Ontario’s own Deadmau5 is spinning alongside Monstergetdown and Mazone & Strong.

When: September 2
Time: 10 pm to 3 am
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
Price: $88.93 (includes taxes)

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