this weekend with The Culture Trip Toronto’s selection of unmissable events. Try the culinary delights at the Toronto Food & Wine Festival; embrace your inner wizard and check out the Lockhart, Toronto’s Harry Potter-inspired bar; or hear a live band at the Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF). As ever, there are opportunities aplenty to entertain ourselves this weekend — and it’s going to be a good one.
TURF | Toronto Urban Roots Festival
Toronto Urban Roots Festival is back at Fort York with a lineup that will surely please all of you indie-music lovers: Neko Case, Of Monsters and Men, Pixies, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Avett Brothers… the list goes on. TURF Day passes are available for purchase in addition to the full weekend festival pass.
TURF, Fort York, Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON, Canada
TIFF | Toronto International Film Festival
It’s the final weekend of TIFF before the Toronto International Film Festival officially closes on Sunday, September 20. By all accounts, TIFF’s 40th anniversary has been a huge success. Missed out on tickets and hoping to catch a screening? Tickets are still being made available online at 7am each morning, and you can always get in line for rush tickets prior to showtime.
Various Locations in Downtown Toronto, +1 416 599 TIFF
Toronto Food & Wine Festival
For the first time, the critically-acclaimed FOOD & WINE Festival comes to Toronto, taking place all weekend at Evergreen Brick Works. Check out our 5 Reasons Toronto Food & Wine Festival is not to be missed. With epicurean delights from beginning to end, samples, workshops, and celebrity chef talks, this new annual festival promises the ultimate culinary weekend.
TO Food & Wine Festival, Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 596 7670
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, a must-stop for any art enthusiast, foregoes the traditional art gallery with the great (urban) outdoors. As Toronto’s first, largest, and longest running outdoor art fair, the Exhibition has been on the scene since 1961. Held at Nathan Phillips Square, the Exhibition showcases the work of over 350 artists. This is your chance to interact directly with the artists in a sunny, outdoor setting, and to walk away with some original artwork to spruce up your place (and impress friends).
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 408 2754
Bar, British, Canadian, $$$
Open Tues-Fri 5pm-Late, Sat-Sun 10:30am-Late
Since this Harry Potter-inspired bar opened last weekend, muggles across Toronto have been lining up and down Dundas Street to pay a visit to The Lockhart. The Lockhart’s drinks menu includes a quality list of creative cocktail infusions. Close out summer with the Beach House — Four Roses bourbon, lemon juice, egg white, agave, lemon bitter, and cherry garnish. If you’re hungry, Chef Bart Bowler serves up tapas-style dishes, including baked brie, deep-fried jalapeño mac ‘n cheese sliders, and gourmet popcorn. Need we say more? Trust us, The Lockhart is well worth the queue.
The Lockhart, 1479 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 748 4434
Stella Artois Sensorium
Until September 27
Stella Artois’ Sensorium, a highly unique immersive dining experience, has been the talk of Toronto. Stella Artois has paired a world-renowned chef with a team of sensory experts. Diners enter the ‘sensorial dome’ — a 360 degree experience with video and interactive elements designed to amplify all of your senses throughout the night. Unsurprisingly, dining tickets are sold out, but you still have a chance to win tickets by visiting one of their participating bars or restaurants.
Stella Artois Sensorium, 525 King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada
The Leslieville Flea
Thrifty bargain hunters and antique lovers regularly flock to the Leslieville Flea. A ‘curated market,’ you’ll find vintage, salvaged, upcycled goods, furniture, antiques and collectibles available from over 50 vendors. This is the second last Flea of 2015, so don’t miss out. Embrace the cooler weather, grab some sort of pumpkin-spiced caffeinated beverage, and get your flea on.
Leslieville Flea, Ashbridge Estate,1444 Queen Street East, Leslieville, Toronto, ON, Canada
By Alix Hall