22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 22 to 24

Sep 21 2017, 8:54 am

Fall officially kicks off this weekend, but the summer weather continues in Toronto.

From some delicious foodie events and festivals to the incredible Invictus Games, there are plenty of exciting things to check out in the city over the weekend!

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Toronto’s Michael Caldwell reveals ‘Factory’

What: Toronto’s own Michael Caldwell, a two-time Dora Award-winner, will unveil his first full-length work. Factory will transport audiences to a post-traumatic world in which we have lost all known ability to communicate. Factory will construct a dizzying sonic universe exposing society’s compulsion for power and corruption.

Where: The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, 304 Parliament Street
When: Now until September 23

Toronto Beer Week

What: 30+ events are planned in part of this collective series of events showcasing local beers, brewers, and bars.

Where: Bars and breweries across Toronto
When: Now until September 23

Toronto Palestine Film Festival

What: Come and celebrate the 10th The Toronto Palestine Film Festival this month. The TPFF is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Palestinian cinema, music, cuisine and art to GTA audiences

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
When: Now until September 24, 5 pm to 10 pm


What: JFL42 features 10 days of shows from some of the world’s greatest, cutting-edge comedians. Choose your headliner(s) and then spend the rest of the festival checking out the 42 other hilarious acts.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: Now until September 30

MEC’s Think Outside Summit and Outdoorpreneur Awards

What: This weekend, come and check out some incredibly talented millennials as they turn their outdoor business ideas into action plans. Over 50 participants will do learning sessions, pitch to a panel to win funding for their idea and participate in outdoor activities like SUP paddle boarding and acrobatic yoga.

Where: Ontario Place
When: September 22 to 24

Eating Italy: A Delicious Journey Through Italian Cuisine

What: In this six-week course, Dr. Franco Gallippi explores the history and cultural significance of some of Italy’s most famous dishes as examined through Italian cinema and literature.

Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
When: September 22 to November 3

Chef’s Harvest Garden Party

What: Top chefs from across Toronto are getting together for an epic tapas party this weekend. Taking place in the lush, 14,000 square foot gardens at Thistletown Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, The Chef’s Harvest Garden Party aims to raise funds towards a food-focused student trip to Spain.

Where: Thistletown Collegiate Institute, 20 Fordwich Crescent
When: September 23, 12 pm to 4 pm

Movies in the Square

What: The Friends of Sorauren Park have planned another season of outdoor movies and special events this summer. The family event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month and will be wrapping up on the 23rd. The closing weekend will feature an end-of-summer celebration of community, culture, and Canada in your favourite park.

Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Ave
When:  September 23

People’s Pint Small Batch Beer Festival

What: 20+ small batch beers get together for this festival featuring unique brews like Roasted Sweet Potato Belgian Blonde, Salted Caramel Stout, and Lavender and Apricot Saison. Also look forward to beer-friendly foods from the kitchen at 3030.

Where: 3030 Dundas Street West
When: September 23, 3 pm to 8 pm

Etsy Made in Canada

What: The fourth annual flagship Etsy: Made in Canada show, co-hosted by the Toronto Etsy Street Team and 416Hustler, this event will feature a variety of handmade and vintage Canadian Etsy sellers.

Where: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street
When: September 23, 10 am to 6 pm

Toronto Taco Takeover

What: Things are about to get spicy! From tacos to tequila, party with food and drink at the hottest fiesta of the year. Pair refreshing cocktails and beer with original Mexican recipes from the best local chefs.

Where: Venue to be announced soon
When: September 23, 4 pm

Butter Tart Taste-Off

What: Road trip alert! The Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Taste-Off will see an entire warehouse-sized building filled with butter tarts this September as competitors vie for the honour of best butter tart flavours in various categories.

Where: Peterborough Farmers’ Market, 136 Lansdowne Street
When: September 23, 9 am to 1 pm

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.

Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
When: September 23 to 24, 11 am to 6 pm

Dwayne 2000: Dwayne Gretzky Does The 00s

What: Toronto’s favourite super-band (loosely named after a hockey legend), will be performing all of the biggest 2000 hits at the Opera House for two nights this month.

Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East
When: September 23 to 24

Invictus Games

What: The 2017 Invictus Games will be taking over Toronto this month and while most major sporting events are ticketed, there are plenty of free events as well. Free sports include archery, wheelchair tennis, cycling, golf, and the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.

Where: Venues throughout the city
When: September 23 to 30

Paradise in the Park Toronto

What: Following the successful LA Paradise in the Park event, Jamie Jones proudly presents the second installment of this series; Paradise in the Park Toronto. Come and enjoy a vibrant open-air venue and incredible music. What more could you need for a perfect day party?

Where: Woodbine Park
When: September 24, 2 pm


What: Canadian indie songstress Fiest will be performing at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall this month to promote her latest album Pleasure. 

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: September 24, 8 pm

Word on the Street

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.

Where: 235 Queens Quay West
When: September 24

Pedestrian Sunday September

What:  Come and enjoy a full day of car-free fun, music, food vendors, performances, shopping and all kinds of street-side surprises. Take the afternoon and check out a dance party, a band, a food stand and more.

Where: Kensington Market, Augusta south of College
When: September 24, 1 pm to 11 pm

Kensington Market Art Fair

What: As part of Pedestrian Sunday, Kensington Market will also play host to an incredible, curated outdoor art fair focusing on original two and three-dimensional art.

Where: Kensington Market, Augusta south of College,
When: September 24, 12 pm to 7 pm

Soupalicious Toronto

What: Sip, slurp and savour at this annual soup-tasting and harvest celebration. Local gardeners, farmers, restaurants, and chefs will create signature soups for this AYCE event ushering in fall.

Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: September 24, 12 pm to 3 pm

Jollof Wars

What: Black Foodie and Supafrik bring together West African caterers, restaurants, bloggers, and home cooks for a culinary showdown featuring secret recipes and spices. Attendees get to sample and vote on the best jollof rice dishes, plus access to a bumpin’ day party.

Where: Ristorante Buonanotte, 19 Mercer Street
When: September 24, 4 pm to 8 pm

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