20 things to do in Toronto this weekend: September 6 to 8

Sep 6 2019, 12:00 pm

The best part about a short week is that the weekend (and weekend events) gets here just a little bit faster.

You won’t have three days to enjoy it like the one just passed, so be sure to get out there and make the most of Friday, September 6, to Sunday, September 8, at one of these great Toronto events.

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Friday, September 6

TIFF Festival Street

Image courtesy of TIFF

What: For the sixth year in a row, the excitement and fun of the Toronto International Film Festival will pour out from the theatres onto Festival Street. Look forward to free movie screenings, musical performances, food and drinks, photo opportunities, and more.

When: On now till September 8
Time: 12 pm to 12 am
Where: King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience

What:¬†Enjoy some of the greatest musical scores from the incredible eight-season run of the Game of Thrones series outdoors in the Budweiser Stage amphitheatre. According to Live Nation, the tour will include new musical arrangements from the series‚Äô final season such as the ‚ÄúThe Night King‚ÄĚ theme, a song that went immediately viral after the composer posted a nine-minute version online.

When: Friday, September 6
Time: 8 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Range from $29.50 to $145, available online

Toronto Dragon Festival

What:¬†The massive celebration of Chinese culture, food, music, arts, and more returns to the city for another year of exciting performances and displays. Get out there and see incredible acrobatic performances, dazzling traditional displays, and sample incredible bites from across the city. Hosted by the Consulate for the People’s Republic of China in Toronto.

When: September 6 to 8
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street W
Admission: Free!

Shawn Mendes concert

What:¬†In case you’ve been living under a rock — or don’t work in the Daily Hive offices — then you might not know that Canada’s own Shawn Mendes is kind of a big deal right now. And while it might seem like¬†Mendes is everywhere lately, what with him appearing on SNL, constantly being on tour, or even jamming out on the side of your Tim Hortons coffee mug, he¬†is actually in Toronto today¬†performing live at the¬†Rogers Centre.

When: Friday, September 6
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
Tickets: Start at $50, available online

Toronto Beaches Film Festival 2019

What: The Toronto Beaches Film Festival is a festival like no other, and it finishes this Friday. Now in its eighth year, the festival returns to offer a wide selection of movies that follow a beach theme. From short films to documentaries, they offer interesting films about issues that matter to the Beaches community. This year’s themes include Surf’s Up Around The World and Our Actions Have Consequences.

When: Friday, September 6
Time: 7 pm
Where: 140 Wineva Avenue
Admission: $9 for single ticket, $15 for two, available online

Taste of the Kingsway

What: Toronto’s Taste of the Kingsway street festival returns for three days of outdoor eating and entertainment this September. Ride everything the carnival has to offer, eat all the great food, and enjoy games at the midway as this stretch of Bloor Street shuts down for the weekend.

When: September 6 to 8
Time: Friday, 6 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Bloor Street West from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road
Price: Free to attend

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & BBQ Festival

What:¬†Now¬†in its 21st year, this three-day outdoor music festival will be celebrating incredible Blues performers and it’s just east of the city! There will be free admission to the vendor village, food court, and two live stages. For a complete list of all the performers click¬†here.

When: September 6 to 8
Time: Varies by day
Where: Port Credit Memorial Park, 20 Lakeshore Road East
Price: Free

Veg Food Fest

What:¬†Local and international chefs will delight your taste buds with all the vegetarian and vegan dishes you didn‚Äôt know you were missing in your life. Put on by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, meet over 160 vendors, see more than 40 hours of presentations and workshops with engaging speakers, and listen to music curated by Toronto Downtown Jazz. Organizers say this is North America’s largest vegetarian festival and it is completely free.

When: September 6 to 8
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Free admission

Saturday, September 7


What: Original Parkdale Boy, former executive chef at Parts and Labour, and tattooed ray of sunshine Matty Matheson is bringing Toronto the perfect event to end the summer.

MATTYFEST, presented by the Toronto-based chef, will land at RBC Echo Beach and the afternoon-to-evening event will serve up fierce food, refreshing drinks, and all the music you need to fuel a proper September Saturday in the sun. See the Wu-Tang Clan, Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Danny Brown, and many more, offering melodies to enjoy your BBQ alongside.

Where: RBC Echo Beach
When: September 7, 2019
Tickets: $93.30, available here

St. James Town Festival 2019

What:¬†The St. James Town Annual Festival is an event held for residents to come together and celebrate the neighbourhood. Head out to see a full day of amazing cultural performances, arts and crafts, delicious and diverse food, games, live music, and more. The event is hosted by The Corner and the St. James Town Service Provider’s Network.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 1 pm to 6 pm
Where: The Corner, 200 Wellesley Street East
Tickets: Free to attend

8th Annual Film Festival Slam!

What:¬†Just in time for TIFF, the 8th Annual Film Festival Slam! is arriving in the city again to have some of the most notable amateur actors in the city compete and network in a fascinating competition of skill and emotion. Support your local stars this festival season while enjoying some of the Toronto’s top talent.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: The Boat in Kensington Market, 158 Augusta Ave
Tickets: $10, available online

Pampered Pooches T.O.

What: It’s a west end market just for your pooch. Talk to everyone from breeders and trainers to vets and groomers. Pampered Pooches T.O. brings together artisans, interesting vendors, and dog people from all over the city to one place this Saturday.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Liberty Village,  80 Lynn Williams
Tickets: Free to attend

Psychedelic Babylon: Summer Never End Beach Rave

What:¬†Join Psychedelic Babylon as they put on the fourth edition of their Psychedelic Beach Parties this Saturday. This edition will include “one of the best Progressive artists in the world,” METRONOME (SWE) and will feature some of the best local artists, amazing psychedelic UV decoration, and bombastic sound in Toronto.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 8 pm to 6 am
Tickets:¬†“Late Owl” tickets still available¬†online, $45

Cabbagetown Festival

What: This family-friendly affair will feature loads of things for the kids to do, live music and entertainment, food, made in Canada merchandise, a Kids Zone, and plenty of fun events and activities.

When: September 7 and 8
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Carlton and Parliament Streets
Price: Entry is free

Kensington Market Flea

What: This Saturday, the Kensington Market Flea returns. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: Every Saturday until September 21
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

Sunday, September 8

Toronto East Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show

What: The Record Vault and G&G Electronics presents the Toronto East (Scarborough) Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show. Browse through countless stacks of new and used vinyl. While also stocking up on the essentials when it comes to audio equipment, books, all music-related art, and collectibles as well.

When: Sunday, September 8
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Heron Park Community Centre, 292 Manse Road
Tickets: $5

Walking On Bombshells

What: Spend a night laughing at a Toronto institution, as Second City closes out their act Walking On Bombshells. Don’t miss this revue from the social soothsayers of The Second City that will leave you questioning everything, especially where you sit on public transportation. Talking about everything from toxic masculinity to turtle murder, this rated R event is for adults only.

When: On now till September 11
Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Second City, 51 Mercer St
Tickets: $25 for general admission, $45 for front row, available online

OBLIVION II – 80s & 90s Car & Culture Show

What: Come peep at some of the greatest generation of classic and collector cars at a retro event that celebrates autos made from 1980-1999. Organizers ask you to dig up your best 80s and 90s clothing, and check out some of the coolest rides from the era. Food trucks will be on site, plus enjoy the candy, the clothing, the collectibles, and play the video games you loved on big screens.

When: Sunday, September 8
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Tickets: Spectator tickets are $5

The Distillery District Sunday Market

What: If you’re looking to splurge on some tasty treats, hit up this market happening every Sunday until the end of September. Vendors selling cured meats, organic preserves, ready-to-eat treats, and handmade gourmet chocolates are just some of the things you can feast on. And of course, you’ll be able to shop for all sorts of artisan crafts.

When: Every Sunday through September 29
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Distillery District
Price: Free admission

Summer Music in the Garden

What:¬†The¬†Summer Music in the Garden¬†concert series will kick off in honour of the Toronto Music Garden‚Äôs 20th anniversary, and will feature 18 free concerts of classical, traditional and world music that will feature the Music Garden‚Äôs ‚Äútheme song,‚Ä̬†Bach‚Äôs Suite no. 1 in G Major for solo cello.

When: Thursdays and Sundays through September 15
Time: Thursdays, 7 pm; Sundays, 4 pm
Where: 479 Queens Quay West
Price: Free to attend

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