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What's On In Toronto In September
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What's On In Toronto In September

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Updated: 22 December 2016
Summer may be coming to an end, but that’s all the more reason to make the most of your September in Toronto prior to the hibernation that will inevitably follow. The month is packed with art shows, music events, food festivals and more. So, embrace the final days of summer and the early days of fall with all that Toronto has going on.


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FESTIVAL | Hit The Beach For BuskerFest

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Monday, September 5th, 2016

The Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy is back this Labour Day weekend, and this year the festivities are hitting the beach for the first time at their new location in Woodbine Park. Catch some wild performers and support Epilepsy research in the process. There’s something for everyone; whether you fancy silent comedy, daredevil acts, or circus performers, spectators are sure to be wowed.

Festival admission is by donation.

📍 Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, Canada

ART | Celebrate The Arts In Ontario At Artfest

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Monday, September 5th, 2016 | 11Am – 6PM

Artfest Toronto is back for their Fall Fine Art & Craft Show. Held in the historic Distillery District, stroll through the cobblestone lanes and celebrate painting, photography, fine craft, sculpture, and live music from Toronto’s top artists. To prep for your visit, check out the participating exhibitors in advance. Expect an impressive selection of handmade goods and artworks by Canada’s finest makers: paintings, etchings and prints; one-of-a-kind accessories; organic, all-natural soaps and lotions; and more.

Admission is free of charge.

📍 Distillery District, Toronto, ON, Canada

FESTIVAL | Get Your Flamenco On At Hispanic Fiesta

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Monday, September 5th, 2016 | 11Am – 6PM

Celebrate Spanish and Latin-American culture – from art and music, to food and entertainment, Hispanic Fiesta has it all. Founded in 1982, 2016 marks the 35th anniversary. Held in Mel Lastman Square over Labour Day weekend, the four days of festivities are filled with sweet sounds, tasty eats, and the vibrant, colourful culture that Hispanic heritage is famous for. With over 300 local, national, and international Hispanic performers from more than 20 different Spanish speaking countries, it will be a fiesta to remember.

Admission is free of charge.

📍 Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada

FOOD | Embrace Burger-Indulgence At Le Burger Week

📅 Thursday, September 1st – Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

What better way to kick off September than a delicious week of burgers? Le Burger Week is back in cities across Canada, including Montreal, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Burger lovers have the chance to chow down on – and vote on – their favourite burgers. The categories are as unique as the burgers concocted by your favourite local burger hotspots: ‘The Imposter,’ which is the best fake burger, the ‘Best Veggie,’ ‘Judge’s Choice,’ and more. This weeklong fest began in 2012, and has been rapidly expanding to include more cities, restaurants, and participants, ever since.

Download the ‘Le Burger Week’ app on the iOS and Play Store for all the participating burger restaurants and a chance to win $100 in burgers and other prizes.

Free to participate and vote (burgers, however, are not free)

📍 Locations across participating cities. See full details here.


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FILM | Celebrate The World Of Film At TIFF

📅 September 8th – 18th, 2016

Filmmakers, film lovers, and celebrity spotters, rejoice: the Toronto International Film Festival is back this September for its 41st year. Globally renowned as the perfect platform for emerging filmmakers to premiere their works and launch their careers, TIFF has been described by the Globe & Mail as ‘the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive.’ 2016’s lineup features a strong slate of Canadian films, Virtual Reality, and more. Not ones to shy away from social, political and economic issues, TIFF’s Industry Conference will explore the potential impact of Brexit on Europe’s film industry, women in film, and more.

Tickets and Festival Packages available here.

📍 TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada

FOOD | Veg Out At The Vegetarian Food Festival

📅 Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, you’ll want to mark the Vegetarian Food Festival on your calendar. Local and international chefs will serve up delicious dishes, desserts, drinks, and more. Attendees can also check out the marketplace full of vendors who will wow you with what is possible with vegan food. Expect cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, cookbook launches, and – most importantly – free samples. There are worse ways to spend a September weekend than at the Harbourfront, indulging in tasty eats. The schedule of vendors and events is consistently being updated, so check back to plan your eating itinerary.

Free admission; just bring an appetite.

📍 Harbourfront Centre, 255 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada

MUSIC | Belt Out The Hits At Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple Tour

📅 Friday, September 9th, 2016

Attention all Dolly fans: Dolly Parton hits Toronto’s stage as part of her Pure & Simple tour and in support of her new double-disc album. Bringing her endless energy to each show, Toronto is one of 60 cities Parton will perform for on her first major North American tour in over 25 years. Expect new songs off ‘Pure & Simple’ along with Dolly’s biggest hits. Parton, also known for her acting, writing, and humanitarian work, is the most celebrated female country performer of all time. A late summer evening at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre with Dolly Parton sounds like the trifecta for a perfect Friday night.

Tickets range in price; starting at $29.25

📍 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd W, Toronto, ON, Canada

FOOD | Treat Yourself At Junk Food Festival

📅 Friday, September 9th – Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The same wild foodies that brought you Mac & Cheese Festival are back at it again. This time they’re creating a food and drink adventure full of unique mashups inspired by North America’s favourite food-vice: junk food. The Junk Food Festival will feature chefs competing to create one-of-a-kind junk food mashups. The winner from each participating city will go on to compete for a grand prize of $25,000 (junk food, evidently, is a lucrative career). Junk food lovers, you’ll want to get in on this event – just make sure to put those stretchy pants on first.

Free admission.

📍 Toronto Star Building, 1 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada


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DRINKS | Booze & Boogie With Music Bingo

📅 Wednesdays | 7PM – 10PM

The Gladstone Hotel, the go-to spot on Queen West for adult fun and games, hosts Music Bingo every Wednesday night in the Melody Bar. Hosted by the hilarious Kaleb Roberston, Music Bingo combines a shared love for music with the old-school game of Bingo. Grab a friend, a beer, or three ($6 Goose Island pints are on special), and get ready for a night of singing, drinking, and hopefully, winning.

Free to play.

📍Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada

MUSIC | TURF: Toronto Urban Roots Fes

📅 Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 18th

Music festival season isn’t over just yet – this weekend, TURF (Toronto Urban Roots Fest) hits Toronto’s Fort York, Garrison Common. TURF has unveiled their lineup of 44 artists, including James Bay, Death Cab For Cutie, Matthew Good, Jake Bugg, Whitehorse, Julien Baker, Dropkick Murphy, and many more. Festival goers can bounce between the four stages – East, West, Battle Of York (partially tented) and Rebellion (inside the fort).

Tickets: Day passes begin at $85; 3-day pass is $185; TURF Master Pass is $415 | Tickets available here

📍 Fort York, Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada

FESTIVAL | Roncesvalles Polish Festival

📅 Saturday, September 17th – Sunday, September 18th, 2016

North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture, the 2016 Roncesvalles Polish Festival, is taking place in one of Toronto’s hottest neighbourhoods. Now in its 12th year, the festival brings an ‘old world charm’ known for its vibrancy, diversity, and Polish population. Attendees will enjoy great Polish, local, and international music; folklore and entertainment on multiple stages; tasty eats from Roncesvalles’ best restaurants; and more. Be sure to get your fill of pierogis, kielbasa and cabbage rolls before dancing off all that food at the popular ‘Dance Under The Stars’ polka party on Saturday evening.

Festival admission is free.

📍 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada

FOOD | Eat Like A Foodstar At Food Truck Festival Ontario

📅 Sunday, September 18th, 2016 | 1PM – 7PM

Food Truck Festival Ontario (FTFO) promises to gather the most ‘mouthgasmic’ food trucks in one place this September. Hungry residents of the Greater Toronto Area can head to Downsview Park for a day of eating, drinking (a drinks garden is on site), and more eating. All food trucks will have sample size dishes available for $6 or less. Vegans need not fret – eight of the trucks will have vegan options, including the ‘The Vegan Extremist.’

Tickets: $12 + service fee | Door price will be more (if tickets are available).

📍 Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd, North York, ON, Canada


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MUSIC | Celebrate The Best Of Canadian Music At Polaris Music Prize Gala

📅 Monday, September 19th, 2016 | Doors 6PM, Show 8PM

The 2016 Polaris Music Prize – the award that honours the best Canadian music album of the year based solely on artistic merit, irrespective of genre and record sales – is holding their annual Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on September 19th. In addition to announcing the winner, this year’s Polaris Gala will feature performances from several of the acts nominated for the Short List; take a listen to those albums in advance. General admission tickets are for seating in The Carlu, and are guaranteed to sell out, so act swiftly!

Tickets: $65 + HST and will include admission to the official Polaris after-party being held at The Carlu

This event is 19+

📍 The Carlu, 444 Yonge St, 7th Floor, Toronto, ON, Canada

FILM | Toronto Palestine Film Festival

📅 September 22nd – 25th, 2016

Got the post-TIFF blues? Luckily, Toronto has no shortage of film festivals. Since 2008, the Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) has been bringing Palestinian cinema, music, cuisine, and art to audiences in the Greater Toronto Area, and it’s back again this year. Check the website for the full festival program to experience the powerful stories about, and by, Palestinians.

Individual Tickets: $12 (adults), $8 (seniors and students); Festival Packages are available

📍 Locations across the Greater Toronto Area. Check TPFF website for full details.

MARKET | Stroll Car-Free At Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sundays

📅 Sunday, September 25th, 2016 | 12PM – 7PM

Head to Toronto’s bustling, eclectic neighbourhood for the 13th season of Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sundays. Changing the way you perceive the streets, market-goers can stroll Kensington’s roads free of vehicles; check out artists, musicians, performers; and – of course – eat and shop. We’ll see you in the streets, Toronto.

Free of charge.

📍 Kensington Market, Toronto, ON, Canada

MARKET | Snatch Up Vintage Goods At Leslieville Flea

📅 Sunday, September 25th, 2016 | 10AM – 5PM

Thrifty bargain hunters and antique lovers regularly flock to the Leslieville Flea, a ‘curated market,’ filled with vintage, salvaged, upcycled goods, furniture, antiques and collectibles available from over 50 vendors. Embrace the (slightly) cooler weather, grab some sort of pumpkin-spiced caffeinated beverage, and get your flea on.

Free admission.

📍 Leslieville Flea, Ashbridge Estate,1444 Queen Street East, Leslieville, Toronto, ON, Canada


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© World Economic Forum/WikiCommons | Courtesy of JFL42 |© The Aga Khan Museum/Photo: Janet Kimber | Courtesy of Toronto Oktoberfest

ART | Re-image The Museum At Theaster Gates: How To Build A Museum

📅 July 21st – October 30th, 2016

This summer and fall, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has taken over the fifth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, encouraging visitors to re-imagine the museum – specifically the house museum – with Theaster Gates: How to Build a Museum. This immersive exhibition explores the potential of the house museum. Imagine: historically significant landmarks transformed into legacy sites. Gates explores the potential of the places to honour and remember Black experience, using a range of mediums – music, dance, video, sculpture, and painting. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to tour the house museum in its various forms: an architectural monument, historical representation, or site of freedom.

📍 The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada

COMEDY | Have A Laugh At JFL42

📅 September 22nd – October 1st, 2016

On September 22nd, JFL42, Toronto‘s comedy festival, brings together 42 of the world’s funniest acts for ten days of humour, laughs, and general mayhem across the city. From talk show hosts to movie stars to internet celebrities, chances are there’s a performer who can tickle your funny bone. From Jim Gaffigan, to Roseanne Bar, to Trevor Noah, JFL42 puts on dozens of shows packed into just ten days; take a look at the line-up to plan your laughs accordingly.

Tickets: start at $25

📍 The Royal Theatre, 608 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4, Canada

ART & HISTORY | Get Cultured: Free Wednesday Evenings At The Aga Khan Museum

📅 Wednesdays

Exhibiting a huge range of art forms across Islamic civilizations – from folios and manuscripts, to mosaics and miniature paintings – The Aga Khan Museum connects cultures through the arts. Wednesdays showcase even more with extended hours and free admission. Each Wednesday, all galleries and exhibitions are free to the public from 4pm to 8pm. Their exhibitions are consistently rotating, and their roster of public programming includes live performances in music, dance, theatre, lecture, workshops, and films. Collaborating with museums worldwide as well as locals, their mission is to create and maintain relationships within communities.

Admission is free each Wednesday between 4PM and 8PM.

📍 Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., Toronto, ON, Canada

FOOD & DRINK | Toronto Oktoberfest

📅 Friday, September 30th – Saturday, October 1st, 2016

A little piece of Munich is coming to Toronto this month, and you do not want to miss it. Embrace your inner Bavarian because it’s that time of year again: Toronto Oktoberfest. For the first time, the 2016 Fest will feature a few new perks: the first 500 people per session receive their own authentic glass beer stein; chill out on Bavarian-style long tables and benches directly from Germany; enjoy expanded all ages programming during the Saturday daytime session; and channel your inner child on the amusement park rides in the Bavarian Village. Head to Ontario Place to partake in all of the important activities such as indulging in pretzels, beer and schnitzel, and then get your chicken dance on.

Tickets: $25 +

📍 Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Toronto, ON, Canada,