19 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, September 23

Sep 19 2018, 8:13 am

Just because the weekend has come to an end it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.

In case you’re looking for something to do, we’ve rounded up 19 awesome events happening in and around the city this fine Sunday.

Bi Arts Festival


What: This year marks the second annual Bi Arts Festival, the world’s largest celebration of bisexual voices in art and culture with events, a marketplace, and special performances over the weekend.

When: Now until September 23
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Various venues
Price: Entry is free

House of Vans

What: House of Vans is taking over The Bentway this weekend, hosting three action-packed days of events, including a community market, workshops, a cook-off and performances, which are all totally FREE.

When: Now until September 23
Time: 1 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Palestine Film Festival

What: Come and celebrate the 11th annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival this weekend. The TPFF is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Palestinian cinema, music, cuisine and art to GTA audiences.

When: Now until September 23
Time: Varies by day
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Price: Varies by event

Biidaaban: First Light

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National Film Board

What: There’s an epic virtual reality (VR) experience coming to Nathan Phillips Square this week that will transport users to a radically different version of the Toronto they’re familiar with. Presented by the National Film Board, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic and radically different Toronto.

When: Now until September 24
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free to attend, book your spot online here

Elevate TechFest

What: Elevate TechFest is a week-long tech festival that will showcase the best of the Canadian innovation ecosystem and welcome the world to our city. The event features inspiring keynotes, topical content streams, experiential programming, and epic socials. Speakers include Al Gore, Whitney Wolfe Herd (Founder and CEO, Bumble), Sarah Friar (CFO, Square), Julie Rice, (Chief Brand Officer, WeWork), and many more.

When: Now until September 27
Time: 9 am to 11 pm daily
Various venues throughout the city
Price: $550 for full festival pass

JFL42 Toronto

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

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: Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Union Station, Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza, 65 Front Street West
Free admission

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

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
324 Queen Street West
Price: Entry is free

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 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

2018 Butter Tart Taste-Off

What: There’s no need to travel across Ontario to find the best butter tart this fall. All the best bakers specializing in the iconic Canadian treat are getting together under one roof. Kawarthas Butter Tart Taste-Off takes place in downtown Port Hope this year on September 23, alongside Cultivate: A Festival Of Food And Drink.

When: September 23
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: 44 Queen St, Port Hope, Ontario
Price: Admission is free

Apple Harvest Festival

What: Toronto’s first-ever Apple Harvest Festival is on this weekend. The first-time festival presented by the Brickworks Ciderhouse takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works at the Saturday Farmers Market and Sunday Artisan Market on September 22 and 23.

When: September 23
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Word on the Street

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The Word On The Street Toronto Festival/Facebook

What: Participate in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival.

When: September 23
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Free entry

MOCA Grand Opening Weekend

What: Come and celebrate MOCA’s grand opening and enjoy free admission all weekend. Following the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning, guests can explore all five floors of the museum and meet the artists and learn about their work.

When: September 23
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: MOCA, 158 Sterling Rd.
Price: Admission is free

Forty Creek Whisky Weekend

What: Whisky Weekend is Forty Creek’s annual celebration of all things Canadian and more importantly all things Forty Creek.  Each September, Forty Creek opens the doors of its distillery to offer our fans unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. With tours, tastings, seminars and more, Whisky Weekend is a fully immersive experience.

When: September 23
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 297 S Service Rd, Grimsby
Price: Free admission

Waterfront Artisan Market

Feed It Forward


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 23
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Queen West Art Crawl

What: The Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is a charitable organization that features a weekend-long festival of creativity and community. It’s designed to celebrate and promote the art, culture, and diversity of Queen West in Toronto.

When: September 23
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Beaches Festival

What: Bring your flip flops and your appetite and enjoy beachside eats and drinks, shop from the artisanal market, and dance away to 80s and 90s music all day.

When: September 23
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East
Price: Admission is free

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

Bruno Mars

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What: Whos’e ready to be drippin’ in finesse? Bruno Mars, who casually brought home seven trophies at the Grammy Awards earlier this year is bringing his sprawling “24K Magic” world tour to Toronto for two nights this weekend.

When: September 23
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Tickets: From $115

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