14 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, September 28

Sep 27 2019, 10:49 am

We don’t want to disagree with Sir Elton John, Saturday night is definitely alright, but let’s not forget that in Toronto, both are day and night are filled with great events. Make the most out of this September 28 around the city.

The Band’s Visit

What: Mirvish brings the Canadian premier of The Band’s Visit, described as a beautiful and poignant story that explores the unspoken longing and connection we strive to share with each other, even as we reach across the cultural and national divides that may separates us.

When: Now until October 20
Time: Varies per performance
Where: Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street
Admission: Starts at $49 and available online

Cirque du Soleil’s ALEGRIA

What: Iconic Alegría is reinterpreted in a renewed version to share its timeless story once more. The classic power struggle of old meets new is reinterpreted for today’s cultural pulse. Led by an intangible wind of change, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light to a world in perfect harmony. Alegría energizes the audience with a joyful spirit for a brighter and more inspiring tomorrow.

When: Now until November 24
Time: Varies per performance
Where: Under theBig Top, Ontario Place
Admission: Starts at $70 and available online




What: The highly Instagrammable and groundbreaking 29Rooms is making its way to Toronto this fall. Brought to you by the makers behind Refinery29, 29Rooms is an immersive collaboration between visionaries and brands in the fields of art, activism, style, and technology to bring you 29 experiences under one roof.

When: Now until October 6
Exhibition Place (Queen Elizabeth Building), 100 Princes’ Blvd.
Price: Tickets are available online for $34 to $49

The Rocky Horror Show

What: Continuing to mark its 100th Anniversary Season, the Hart House Theatre will see this titillating romp through the return of Director Jennifer Walls, featuring showcase performances by trained, emergent talent, supported by a professional production team. The performance is sure to tempt you to dance the “Time Warp” and leave you howling, “Damn it, Janet! I love you!”

When: Now until October 12
Where: Hart House Theatre – 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
Tickets: Available online

Legends of Horror

What: Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror is back, and is about to haunt your dreams… and days. The immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures will take you through a spooky, one-hour, two-kilometre self-guided walking tour that starts from the lower gardens of Casa Loma, through its terrifying tunnels and dark places never before open to the public.

When: Now until October 31
Time: Evenings from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
Price: Tickets start at $40 online and $45 at the door

Halloween Haunt

What: Face your fears when darkness falls as Canada’s Wonderland is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during Halloween Haunt. Experience the thrills of your favourite rides at night and the frights awaiting you in our terrifying haunted attractions and shows.

When: Now until October 27
Time: 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Admission: Tickets start at $31.99, available online

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What: Summer is definitely over, so beat the school year blues with the single greatest school skipping movie ever at the Cinesphere. Follow Ferris Bueller as he embarks on an adventure of making the most out of your day, regardless of what it does to your best friend’s father’s Ferrari.

When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Admission: $15, available online

Lady Beer Fest

What: Sip on craft beer, cider, mead, and spirits from over a dozen different craft vendors. Eat amazing food from four women-owned food businesses. Shop an artisan maker’s market, dance to the music of DJ Jane Blaze, see some amazing performances curated by Girl Gang Cabarets and Firecracker Comedy Project and more.

When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St
Admission: $20 to $85, available online

Culture Days Weekend

What: Enjoy a weekend of free admission as part of Culture Days, Canada’s national celebration of community arts. Explore the Gardiner’s world-renowned collection of ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Europe, China, Japan, and contemporary pottery. This event will also include demonstrations and family activities.

When: September 28 to 29
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park
Admission: Free

Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto 2019

What: It’s Etsy’s sixth annual celebration of quality craftsmanship. This event is filled with dedicated makers from Toronto’s own backyard. This one-day, cross-country marketplace is the largest pop-up to simultaneously take place in cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Calgary.

When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 10 am to  6 pm
Where: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street
Admission: Free

Ontario Science Centre 50th Birthday

What: The Ontario Science Centre is turning 50, and to celebrate it’s giving us a gift. You can attend the iconic OSC for 100% freebies this Saturday and Sunday. Check out MindWorks, an innovative Science Centre original exhibition that explores memory, creativity, emotions, and the mind’s inner workings.

When: September 28 and 29
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road
Admission: Free

Reflections Vintage, Antiques & Theatrical Costumes Mega Sale

What: Are you ready to Halloween harder than everyone else? Reflections costume shop has to liquidate 80% of their inventory and this is the best time to get your hands on some seriously discounted theatrical costumes.

When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 11 am
Where: Reflections Vintage, Antiques & Theatrical Costumes, 839 Gerrard Street East

Murder at the ROM

What: A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind, all connected to secrets in the collections. Work in teams of two to six people and follow the clues through the museum, collecting pieces of information while piecing together a tale of greed, lust, pride and revenge. There are multiple suspects, one victim and you must crack a cryptic code left in the curator’s appointment book to solve the mystery. After solving the crime, you’re free to explore the museum!

When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 1 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
Admission: $44.99, available online

Fried Chicken Fest

What: The Fried Chicken Fest brings together twenty fried chicken creatives under one roof, to take you on a culinary adventure in a world of sizzling, spicy, and hot indulgence. Savour twice buttermilk soaked hot sauce Cajun strips, Taiwanese fried chicken stuffed into a bubble waffle, authentic Nashville hot chicken, Louisiana fried chicken smothered in cheese sauce served in a fresh waffle cone, and so. Much. More.

Where: Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East
When: September 28 and 29
Time: Saturday, 12 to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Admission: General admission $10, available online

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