20 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 13 to 15

Sep 13 2019, 5:00 am

Welcome to your weekend, Toronto.

Here are some events to enjoy yourself this Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 14.

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Friday, September 13

Toronto International Film Festival

What: There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than with the city’s biggest film festival – and one of the most influential in the world. Whether you catch a flick, party hard, or go celeb-spotting, there’s something for everyone at TIFF.

When: Until September 15
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Some events are free, while many are ticketed

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

2019 Kensington Market Jazz Festival

What: Now in its third year, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival is returning this weekend to bring hours of exciting performances and artists to one of the city’s most vibrant and iconic neighbourhoods. The colossal line up brings local names and touring groups together for three days of back to back shows.

When: September 13 to 15
Time: Shows begin at 7 pm on Friday
Where: Various venues throughout the neighbourhood, details online
Admission: Varies per show, cash only, payable at the door

2019 BWV Toronto Ukrainian Festival

What: Discover Ukrainian culture in Canada and share the nation’s spirit at North America’s largest Ukrainian Street Festival. This is your opportunity to experience Ukrainian culture and hospitality at its best. Enjoy non-stop entertainment with performers from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, USA and Ukraine, including dancers, vocalists, musicians and a special youth segment.

When: September 13 to 15
Time: Starts Friday, 5 pm; ends Sunday, 7 pm
Where: Bloor West Village, Bloor Street West and Jane Street
Admission: Free to attend

Toronto Zoo- Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

What: Join Toronto Zoo staff and fellow Torontonians in taking action to clean-up communities in our own backyard and help wildlife. This event is located at the Rouge Park Beaches and Twyn Rivers Park. Parking is free and pizza and drinks will be provided. Feel free to drop in.

When: Friday, September 13
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 55 Twyn Rivers Drive, Rouge Park

Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th

What: How else would you celebrate the unluckiest day on the calendar?

Entrepreneur Steve Christie (Peter Brouwer) re-opens Camp Crystal Lake after many years during which it has been cursed by murders and bad luck. The young counsellors all begin to die extremely bloody deaths at the hands of an unseen killer during a rainstorm which isolates the camp.

When: Friday, September 13
Time: 9:15 pm to 11 pm
Where: Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. East
Admission: $12 for non-members, available online

The B-52s with OMD and Berlin

What: Spend a night outside of your Love Shack with 70s and 80s new-wave icons The B-52s. The Athens, Georgia group is appearing at the Sony Centre on Friday, playing the classic tunes that everyone secretly knows all the words to. They’ll be joined by OMD and Berlin.

When: Friday, September 13
Time: 7 pm
Where: Sony Centre, 1 Front St E
Admission: Tickets start at $98, available online

Saturday, September 14

Forever Young at Assembly Chef’s Hall

What: Forever Young is a one-of-a-kind opportunity geared towards young professionals to enjoy an evening of Toronto’s best culinary delights, all under one roof at the chic Assembly Chef’s Hall. Anticipate eats from Cherry Street BBQ, Love Chix, Mira Mira, The Good Son, Colibri, Resto Boemi, and more.

When: September 14
Time: 8 pm to 1 am
 Assembly Chef’s Hall, 111 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Price: $65, available online

Relish Food Truck Festival

What: A two-day food truck festival aims to “put all foodies into a legit food coma,” when it pops up in Toronto’s west end this weekend. Among the participating food purveyors, look forward to eats from Meltdown CheeseryHarry’s CharbroiledArepa RepublicThe Kathi Roll Express, Holy Cannoli, Espeto Brazil, Los Vietnamita, Dogg Shoppe T.O. and Delight Bite.

When: September 14 to 15
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall, Etobicoke
Price: Admission is free

Danforth East Arts Fair

What: The popular Danforth East Arts Fair is back for its 11th year, once again bringing together an eclectic mix of local Toronto artisans to showcase their work to the community. The family-friendly and free event will be held at East Lynn Park, rain or shine, and feature over a dozen new artist exhibitors.

When: September 14 to 15
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: East Lynn Park, 1949 Danforth Ave

Planet Gazing Party

What: Come see the planets as you’ve never seen them before. Attend the second annual Planet Gazing Party with telescopes, prizes, stars and planets. Take in views of Jupiter, Saturn, and their moons. Come see mountains and craters on our own Moon in spectacular detail. There will also be astronomers and telescope enthusiasts to answer any space-related questions that may come up.

When: Saturday, September 14
Time: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Back Campus Fields, University of Toronto
Admission: Free

Canzine Toronto 2019

What: It’s a festival of zine culture and independent arts. With over 500 zines, comics, small press books and works of indie print culture on display and for sale. Join fellow zinesters, artists, and supporters at the first stop of Canada’s biggest zine festival. There are tons of cool events planned, announcing the BP Zine Awards winners, and overall fun.

When: Saturday, September 14
Time: 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
Admission: Free

Oktoberfest at Canada’s Wonderland

What: Oktoberfest at the park will include authentic German-themed food and beverage specials, traditional festival bands, and daily activities. Dust off your stein and join the party for two fun-filled weekends of German tradition.

When: September 14 to 15 and 21 to 22
Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan
Price: Included with admission to park

Famous Canadian Beer Run 2019 – Toronto Edition

What: Let’s face it, medals are for chumps, what you really want is beer. Toronto’s beer-iest 5K fun run is back. Lace up for an easy (or hard) 5 km run through Ontario Place, then cross the finish line into the heart of the Craft Beer & Food Festival where you’ll be bestowed with your own custom beer stein.

When: Saturday, September 14
Time: 10:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Admission: $80 for runners, available online

Sunday, September 15

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators

What: Your boys in blue are returning to the ice this month and facing off against their Canadian rivals the Ottawa Senators.

When: September 15
Time: 7 pm
Where: 40 Bay Street, Scotiabank Arena
Price: From $181.75

Open Street TO

What: The Open Streets program was created to help encourage participation in physical activity. Some of this weekend’s activities include a yoga class, an escape-room based puzzle, as well as several skills courses and workshops. This is the second iteration of this festival this year — and the last.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Yonge St will close from Bloor to Queen, Bloor St will close from Ossington to Church
Admission: Free

Toronto Artisan Market

What: The Toronto Artisan Market puts on a specialized, curated group of local makers selling unique works that you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Shop original art, handmade jewelry, fashion and accessories, organic skincare, home decor, ceramics, wellness products, baked goods, and more.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Christie Pits, Bloor and Christie Street
Admission: Free to attend

Our Lady Peace’s Summersault 2019

What: Summersault Festival was first launched in 1998 and included performances from Our Lady Peace, Moist, I Mother Earth, Sloan, and other Canadian rock staples. Now the epic event is back with Our Lady Peace and their special guests Bush, Dear Rouge, and Human Kebab.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 5 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Admission: Tickets start at $59, available online

9th Annual Toronto Garlic Festival

What: This annual event has Ontario farmers and local chefs getting together to cook with garlic, and visitors can taste delicious garlic-themed dishes prepared by chefs and paired with Ontario wine and craft beer. The festival includes live music, film screenings, talks and demos, free garlic shots, and the Garlic Breath Contest.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Admission: $5, kids under 12 get in free

Mean Girls

What: Every month join drag superstar Allysin Chaynes, the self-appointed queen of camp classics, B-movies, trash, pulp, and all films fabulous, as she guides you through a new mind-altering, gut splitting, thigh-slapping, spit-take inducing, and even occasionally thoughtful cinematic experience. Every film includes a game and the rules are always brand new. This month’s feature is Mean Girls.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Royal, 608 College St
Admission: $15 at the door

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