Things to do in Toronto this Long Weekend

17th Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy on September 2 - 5, 2016

17th Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy on September 2 – 5, 2016

 Labour Day Weekend Activities & Events in Toronto

Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5, 2016

A weekly digest of What’s on in Toronto this long weekend: Activities, Exhibitions, Live Music, Live Theatre & Performances, Sports  and Festivals in Toronto. Few GTA events and festivals near GTA are also listed.

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Road Closures due to events (if any – as per media release) are mentioned under respective events.

I. Live Music & Concerts

1. Music Festivals this Week

Music Festivals

Electric Island – Details


September 04 & 05, 2016 | 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM @ Hanlan’s Point – Toronto


Music Line Up @ CNE: Bandshell Concerts. Details


The Legendary Downchild Blues Band on August 29

Scott Helman & Tyler Shaw on August 30

A Great Big World on August 31

Ria Mae & Coleman Hell on September 1

54•40 on September 2

The Trews on September 3

Walk Off The Earth on September 4
Week Day Concerts

Symphony in the Gardens: 
Casa Loma will play host to the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion. Tuesday evenings, May 31st – August 30th | 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM @ Casa Loma | $25
Soul in the City: Casa Loma will play host to Juno Award-winning artist Sean Jones accompanied by a seven–piece band and special guests, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion. Magnetic, Captivating and Genuinely Soulful are just a few of the accolades describing Sean Jones; a performer whose international stock is on the rise. Mondays– June 20th – August 29th | 07:30 PM @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace , Toronto |  $25

For night life events & concerts this weekend, see Section V : Food Festivals, Dinner theatre, and Nightlife

2. Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s distinct brand of Eastern European-influenced folk music has earned them a reputation as one of Toronto’s liveliest and favourite party bands. The 16-piece Juno-nominated ensemble finishes off a packed summer festival tour with a free homecoming performance at the 2016 Ashkenaz Festival.  Details


Saturday September 3, 2016 | 11 PM-12:30 AM


Brigatine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto




August 29: Black Sabbath: The EndMolson Canadian Amphitheatre

August 30:Meghan Trainor: The Untouchable TourMolson Canadian Amphitheatre

August 30: Kanye West: The Saint Pablo Tour @ Air Canada Centre

August 31: Kanye West: The Saint Pablo Tour @ Air Canada Centre

September 1: Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots Tour Presented by Nitto @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

September 6: Bad Boy Family Reunion @ Air Canada Centre

Free Music & Movies

For free movies and concerts across GTA, every day during summer, see Free Music & Movies in GTA 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Chris Robinson Trio | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM @ Village of Yorkville Park – Bellair St. and Cumberland St. – Summer Music in the Bloor-Yorkville Park

The St. Royal | 6:30 PM & 8:00 PM @ Roy Thomson Hall Patio, Toronto – Live on the Patio Series

special guests in association with Ryerson University Orientation Week for a Caribbean celebration at Soca Fête! | 8:00 PM @ Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto – Part of Indie Fridays

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Liane Fainsinger Trio | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM @ Village of Yorkville Park – Bellair St. and Cumberland St. – Summer Music in the Bloor-Yorkville Park

5PM The Amazing Spiderman 2 | 8PM Batman vs. Superman @ Garden Square, Brampton – Part of Family Favourites

Monday, September 5, 2016

Farrucas Duo | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM @ Village of Yorkville Park – Bellair St. and Cumberland St. – Summer Music in the Bloor-Yorkville Park

II. Live Theatre & Related Events

1. Performing Arts Events

Performing Arts & Theatre in  September

Events this week include

West Side Story @ Lower Ossington Theatre

Shakespeare in High Park @ High Park Amphitheatre

Matilda the Musical @ Ed Mirvish Theatre

The 39 Steps @ Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Death of a Salesman @ Toronto Centre for the Arts

The Glass Menagerie @ The Theatre Centre

2. Oddball Comedy Fest

Funny Or Die Presents Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival Tour 2016 featuring Sebastian Maniscalco, Brian Regan, John Mulaney, Jeff Ross, Tom Segura, Iliza Shlesinger, Alice Wetterlund & Tony Hinchcliffe! Details


Sunday, September 5, 2016 | 05:15 PM


Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto


$29.95 7 up


3. Ice Age on Ice

Ice Age On Ice , based on the blockbuster multi-billion dollar animated movie franchise; features Scrat, Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the prehistoric pack as they bring an avalanche of adventure to the ice for the first time ever in North America. Join the entire herd as they bring laughter, adventure and the thrill of spectacular skating to fans across the country in Ice Age On Ice! Details


September 2- 4, 2016


Air Canada Centre – 50 Bay Street, Suite 500, Toronto


$25 – $229 + charges


4. LUZIA – Cirque du Soleil

Discover LUZIA, where a waking dream transports you to an imaginary Mexico. Experience a wondrous world that inspires you to explore your senses, enveloped in light and nurtured by rain. Inspired by the cultural richness of Mexico, Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming Big Top production LUZIA features original music written by Canadian composer Simon Carpentier. The LUZIA album takes Carpentier’s original music written for a live acoustic setting and passes it through the filter of the electro-pop of Nortec Collective’s Bostich + Fussible, infused with brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Details


July 28 2016 – October 16 2016


The Port Lands, 51 Commissioners Street, Toronto


$49 & up

III. Sports

1. Toronto Blue Jays


vs. New York Yankees – September 5 – 7, 2016


Rogers Centre



2. Chevrolet Silverado 250

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series make its only Canadian appearance for the Chevrolet Silverado 250. Joining the trucks will be the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, Canadian Touring Car Championship and Nissan Micra Cup. Details

September 2-4, 2016


Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Concession Road 10, Bowmanville


55.00 & up.
free Admission For Children 16 Years Of Age and Younger


IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

You may like – FREE Family Activities for Every Day This Summer in Toronto.

1. CNE

The Ex (Canadian National Exhibition) is Canada’s largest annual fair and the seventh largest in North America.  Details


August 19 – September 5, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM (early closing on Labour day)
Mardi Gras Parade – Daily @ 06:00 PM


 Exhibition Place, Toronto


Admission Pass (includes admission only; all ages): $15 – $18
Ride All Day Pass (includes both admission and unlimited rides; all ages): $57 – $60.


2. Ashkenaz Festival

The Ashkenaz Festival is North America’s premier celebration of global Jewish music and culture. The 11th biennial Festival will feature 80+ acts and 250+ artists from over a dozen countries. The Festival’s adventurous multidisciplinary programming celebrates Jewish creativity in all its forms, while highlighting the intersection of Jewish art and artists with multicultural artists and traditions.  Details


August 30 -September 5, 2016


Harbourfront Centre – 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto


Free and ticketed events.


3. Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy

Comedy, spontaneity and a dash of the unbelievable – welcome to the Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy. Comedians, contortionists, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils and more all come together for North America’s largest street performer festival and the largest epilepsy awareness event in the world. Head to the world’s longest, most vibrant street, for 4 days and 4 nights of non-stop, action-packed, fun-filled entertainment.  Details


Friday September 2-Monday, September 5, 2016
BuskerFest Car Show on Saturday, September 3 (rain-date: Sunday, Sept. 4) | noon to 7:00 PM


Woodbine Park, in The Beach (Coxwell Ave. at Lakeshore Blvd. E.)
1590 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto



4. Fan Expo Canada

FAN EXPO CANADA™ boasts the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada, the third largest in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests including the legendary comic creator Stan Lee who is making his last Canadian convention appearance, the iconic Mark Hamill (Star Warsfranchise), William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek 50th anniversary), Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and more!   Details


September 1 – 4, 2016


Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto


$25.00 – $60.00


5. Artfest Toronto

Artfest Toronto, in its 10th year, has become one of Toronto’s favorite summer art shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.   Details


 September 2-5 2016


Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.




6. Waterfront Artisan Market

A new destination for visitors and a premium weekend outing for people across the city, the Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) presented by The Waterfront BIA in partnership with Toronto Market Company, brings together a carefully curated mix of 50 top local artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers!   Details


September 3-5, 2016


HTO Park – 375 Queen’s Quay W, Toronto




7. SoundBites

Join us for the 3rd annual SoundBites festival and AwesTRUCK Food Truck Awards, celebrating the very best in music and food, with a massive food truck rally and an unforgettable concert featuring hip hop legend DJ Jazzy Jeff. Details


Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4 | 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Mississauga Celebration Square – 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga




8. Hispanic Fiesta

A celebration of Spanish and Latin-American: Arts, Food, Music and Entertainment for all. Hispanic Fiesta a four day celebration filled with the splendid sounds, tempting treats and colorful culture that Hispanic heritage is famous for. Featuring 300 local, national and International Hispanic performers from over 20 different Spanish speaking countries.  Details


September  2 –  5


Mel Lastman Square, Toronto




9. Mabuhay Philippines Festival

The Mabuhay Philippines Festival is the largest celebration of Philippine heritage and culture in Canada. This year’s theme is “Sining” or Art. The event will celebrate all forms of artistic expressions such as song, dance, theatre, fashion, art and more.  Details


Saturday, September 03, 2016 | 12:00 PM -06:00 PM
Sunday, September 04, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 06:00 PM


Nathan Phillips Square – 100 Queen Street West, Toronto




10. Canadian International Airshow

Canadian International Airshow.  Details


September  3 –  5 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Best viewed at the southwest waterfront grounds of the CNE, south of the bandshell. Best viewing locations include the CNE grounds and VIP Guest Enclosure.


CNE Admission
VIP Tickets: Regular Price:  $127.00 & up

Grounds for Thought – Rediscovering Ivan Illich – Philosopher. Priest. Archaeologist of Ideas. @ Green Beanery, 565 Bloor St West, Toronto @ Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 08:00 PM – 09:00 PM

11. Labour Day Parade

Annual Labour Day Parade. Toronto’s labour movement takes to the streets to celebrate the contribution of union members to our city and our society   Details.  


Labour Day Monday, September 5, 2016 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM


Queen + University, proceeds to CNE gates, Toronto




12. Festivals for a Day Trip

(Festivals near GTA) 

Annual Paris Fall Fair.  Details


September 1 – 5, 2016 @ Paris Agricultural Society, 139 Silver St, Paris


Memories of Summer Music Stage & Fireworks:  Join the Town of Wasaga Beach in celebrating a wonderful 2016 summer season. Our annual Memories of Summer festival will feature a music stage on the beach beginning at 12:00pm with DJ Arkanyne till 3:00pm, Wasaga Beach Rotary Corvette Draw Presentation at 3:30pm, The Coyote Kids from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, The Elwins from 7:45pm till 9:00pm followed by a fireworks display.   Details


Sunday, September 04, 2016 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Beach Area 1 – Bottom of 3rd Street, Wasaga Beach


Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular:Ten Day Family Fishing Festival. Live entertainment every night. Two Giant Fish Frys. Ten days of fishing on Georgian Bay and the Sydenham River in Owen Sound.  Details


August 26 – September 4, 2016 @ Kelso Beach

V. Food Festivals /Night Life / Dinner Theatre

1. Rib Fests this Weekend

Rib Fests in GTA

Downsview Park Ribfest

September 2 – 5, 2016 @ Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd, North York – Details

 Canada’s Largest Rib Fest

September 2 – 5, 2016 @ Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd Burlington


2. Food Truck Festival

The Park’s 2nd Food Truck Festival will feature over 15 food trucks from the Greater Toronto Area, offering Park guests a unique culinary experience at great prices.  Details

Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4 | 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM


 Canada’s Wonderland, 9580 Jane St., Vaughan


Admission: Park Admission


3. Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival

Come Join Us at Richmond Greens For Great Food! Cold Beer! Eating Challenges! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Details

Saturday, September 03, 2016 | 12:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Sunday, September 04, 2016 | 12:00 PM to 09:00 PM


Richmond Green – 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill




4. Club Events / Nightlife

Date Night @ Ripley’s Aquarium

Friday, September 2, 2016

Celtic Thunder @ Casino Rama Resort

AGO Friday Nights: Join us weekly for a social and sophisticated night out.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Kickstand Sound Showcase @ The Opera House

Gad Elmaleh – Oh My Gad @ The Danforth Music Hall

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tiësto @ Cabana Pool Bar

An Evening with David Crosby @ The Danforth Music Hall

Labour of Love @ Sound Academy


5. Dinner Theatre & Other Events

Killer Tunes!

Killer Tunes!Come and join the Fun! Enjoy a fabulous three course meal followed by a hilarious interactive whodunit? Details

July 8 – September 17, [email protected] Yours Dinner Theatre

 Yuk Yuk’s Toronto

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    1. Pirate Captain

      Avast Mateys’ what about the pirate crew?
      The Island Rogue of Centre Island has it’s maiden voyage this weekend as we search for sunken treasure!
      A family adventure theatre and cruise!
      Join us www,

      May 17, 2015 at 6:47 AM
    2. Milli

      Where is the list of fireworks around the GTA or better across a Golden horseshoe?

      August 31, 2015 at 9:21 PM
      1. todocanada (Listing owner)
        December 20, 2015 at 9:28 PM
    3. Steve

      You can also try Archery Dodgeball – where you can use Bows and foam arrows to shoot at your friends and throw battle axes at them. It is a mixture of Paintball, Dodgeball and Archery all-in-on without the paint and pain.

      September 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM
    4. Adrian

      The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is pleased to announce that its annual celebration of Music Technology event, IMSTA FESTA, will be returning to Toronto. Hosted by RYERSON UNIVERSITY, the event is set to take place on October the 17th!
      Attendance is FREE at

      October 16, 2015 at 8:27 AM
    5. Jim

      Anyone can come over to my place, for some netflix and chill. Saturday nights. I’ll make bruschetta.

      January 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM
    6. Lesley

      Dear Jim- is there a seniors discount and can I bring 3 cats?

      February 20, 2016 at 2:37 PM
    7. Rowen

      Leslie, for the last time, please return my cats.

      February 28, 2016 at 9:46 AM
    8. canadanac

      Jim, Lesley, and Rowen…I definitely want to hang out with you guys.

      March 2, 2016 at 7:36 PM
    9. SPiN Toronto

      Looking to get serious about ping pong or just want to play some casual matches? Every Sunday SPiN Toronto holds The League where players of all skill levels battle it out on the courts.

      April 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM
    10. Bob

      Hi in town for the weekend and looking for some great things to do on saturdaynignt. Got any suggestions? Bob

      May 14, 2016 at 4:53 PM
    11. Laura

      There are fire works Saturday night in Unionville at dusk. It part of the festival. At Too good pond. Also. Jim where do I come for brusketta? Count me in!!!!

      June 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM
    12. Kimberly

      Looking for fire works tonight, Monday August 1st?

      August 1, 2016 at 10:42 AM

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