22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 15 to 17

Aug 22 2017, 5:07 am

It’s the last weekend of summer.

Check out our guide to all the fun and exciting Toronto weekend events, from TIFF events to free exhibits, street festivals, live music and so much more.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Toronto International Film Festival

What: There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than with the city’s biggest film festival! Whether you go celeb-spotting or check out the free exhibits on King Street, there’s something for everyone at TIFF.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: Now until September 17

Small World Music Festival

What: Capturing the world in a four-day festival, Small World’s signature annual program brings the sounds of Mali, Korea, Cuba, Ethiopia, Palestine, Spain, Estonia and more to Toronto stages.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: Now until September 17

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

What: Now in its fourth season, The Symphony of the Goddesses will feature a two-hour concert complete with a 57-piece orchestra, 20-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between WorldsTwilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.

Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
When: September 15, 8 pm to 10 pm

Fall Home Show 2017

What: Say hello to the new season by learning about the latest restructuring, restyling or reorganizing trends at the Toronto Fall Home Show. It’s your number one source for everything you need to shape up your space!

Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd.
When: September 15 to 17

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

What: A three-day entertainment experience celebrating the Ukrainian Canadian community. From music to food, check out this massive Bloor West festival.

Where: Bloor West Village
When: September 15 to 17

Kensington Market Jazz Fest

What: Calling all jazz lovers: Toronto’s Kensington Market will be hosting a series of concerts in various locations, giving you a taste of some of the best jazz the city has to offer. Molly Johnson, Ori Dagan, Genevieve Marentette are among some of the performers.

Where: Various locations in Kensington Market
When: September 15 to 17

On Common Ground Festival

What: The On Common Ground festival features an engaging mix of culturally-diverse music, dance, storytelling, theatre, visual arts, local food, and family-friendly activities in celebration of Canada 150.

Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Road
When: September 15 to 17, 10 am to 5 pm

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.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: September 15 to 23

CityPlace Fort York BIA Movie Night Series

What:  Gather up your friends, bring your blankets/chairs and come catch the closing film at this summer’s CityPlace Fort York BIA Movie Night. Make sure to arrive a little early to enjoy snacks and refreshments. The final night will feature a CityPlace pick flick, so stay tuned on what will be playing on the big screen.

Where: Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd
When: September 16

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

What: The Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market has grown to become the city’s largest farmer’s market. Come and the wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
When: September 16, 8 am to 1 pm

Park & Bark Dog Show

What: This special event will welcome thousands of dog lovers, families, their dogs, experts, and exhibitors together to exchange information, shop, hear and see great new products and learn about new services for them and their pets in Toronto.

Where: Yonge and Davisville
When: September 16, 9 am to 1:30 pm

Toronto Eats Book Signing Event

What: Meet-greet-and-eat with Toronto author Amy Rosen as she signs her latest book, chats about the Toronto food scene, and dishes out her signature cinnamon buns.

Where: Labour of Love, 223 Carlton Street
When: September 16, 11 am to 1 pm

Simple Plan

What: Canada’s own Simple Plan will make a Toronto stop at the Danforth Music Hall as part of their North American tour. Tickets start at $78.

Where: Danforth Music Hall
When: September 16, 6 pm

RBC Race for the Kids

What: Come and run for a great cause this weekend. RBC Race for the Kids Toronto is a family friendly fundraising event that supports youth mental health. This year’s event offers a 5K walk/run/stroll, a 7K walk/run, and a 15K run, so there’s something for everyone!

Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
When:  September 16, starting at 7:30 am

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.

Where: Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West
When: September 16 to 17

Food Truck Festival Ontario

What:  FTFO brings the most mouthgasmic food trucks to one place so you can eat like a true Foodstar. This year’s lineup includes Tiny Tom Donuts, Food Dudes, Fully Loaded T.O, Bake Three Fifty, and much more.

Where: Sherborne Common, 61 Dockside Drive
When: September 16 and 17

Pumpkinland and Harvest Fest

What: Get into the fall spirit at Whittamore Farm’s family-friendly Harvest Fest. Choose from 1000’s of pumpkins and become a kid again as you get lost in the corn maze. Enjoy the best of fall time entertainment, including wagon rides, spooky games, nature trails, and farm animals.

Where: Whittamore’s Farm, 8100 Steeles Avenue East
When: September 16 to October 31

Terry Fox Run

What: All across the country, the Terry Fox run takes place in September. Register to run, find a run, or sponsor a runner and show your support.

Where: Various locations
When: September 17

The Famous Canadian Beer Run 

What: On your marks,  get set, beer! Toronto will be hosting a 5 km Beer Run, and once the race is over the party truly starts. Sample some delicious craft brews and sample delectable offerings from dozens of Toronto’s best food trucks. Cider and vodka cocktails will also be available for your sipping pleasure.

Where: Ontario Place
When: September 17

City Cider

What: Celebrate apple season in Toronto and spend a day surrounded by live music, delectable eats, freshly pressed cider, and a hard craft cider bar in a heritage orchard at this event hosted by Not Far From The Tree. Admission $10 in advance, $15 at the gate

Where: Spadina Museum
When: September 17, noon to 5 pm

Toronto Garlic Festival

What: Taste delicious garlic-themed dishes paired with Ontario craft beer and wine at this amazing Garlic themed festival. Attendees can enjoy sweet and savoury garlic inspired dishes from 20 chefs this year include, meet farmers, chefs, artists and garlic historians. Admission is $5.

Where: Artscpape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: September 17, 9 am to 5 pm

TIFF People’s Choice Award Screening

What: With TIFF 2017 coming to a close, it’s time for movie-goers to cast their votes for their favourite movie of the festival. The winning film will then be chosen and screened for free on the final day of the festival. Tickets will be issued at the venue, two hours prior to the screening.

Where: Roy Thomson Hall
When: September 17, 6 pm to 9 pm

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