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Weekend events in Toronto September 8-10 2017

TIFF will dominate weekend events in Toronto, but it isn't the only thing happening in the city. There are also a couple of street festivals, a concert by a good friend of Drake's, and a long list of parties to keep you dancing until Monday.

  • Top Picks
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • September 7-10
      Festival Street is a weekend of free concerts, an epic rap battle, film screenings, food trucks, virtual reality and giveaways, all along the main drag surrounded by red carpets and theatres. It takes place during the first four days of TIFF.
      King Street from Peter Street to University Avenue
    • September 8-10
      Admission is free to this vegetarian food fest down by the water with loads of food vendors and entertainment planned.
      Harbourfront Centre
    • September 9
      The unstoppable pop star returns for the second round of the Starboy tour. Expect an updated stage show, even more hits, and probably a guest or two.
      Air Canada Centre
    • September 10
      Comedian Hannibal Buress and reggae fixture Chronixx open for Miss Lauryn Hill and Nas on their joint North American tour.
      Budweiser Stage
  • Events you might want to check out
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • September 8
      This is a free, all ages, family friendly block party in Regent Park with outdoor games, local food trucks and DJs blasting tunes all day.
      Daniels Spectrum
    • September 8-10
      The Kingsway comes alive with midway rides, beer and wine gardens, live music and samples upon samples of local food. This fest also features the largest dog show in Etobicoke.
      Bloor Street West
    • September 10
      This is Susur Lee-inspired outdoor food and fashion event thrown by Chef Grant Soto where terrible designer clothing is encouraged. There'll be a $4.99 barbecue menu, cocktails, games, and face painting for adults.
      17 Noble Street
    • September 9
      This is an open-air market with works and products from artists, designers, artisans and a handful of local businesses. You'll find 50 vendors selling fashion, pet-related products and services, art, home decor, vintage, body care and food items.
      Liberty VIllage
    • September 9-10
      Over 100 dragon boat crews from across North America race head-to-head, unofficially marking the culmination of Canada’s dragon boat racing season. Admission is free, there will also be art vendors and a Duggan's beer garden.
      Marilyn Bell Park
    • September 9-10
      One of the final outdoor street fests of the season takes over the entire neighbourhood with vendors, entertainment, art and way more.
      Carlton and Parliament Streets
    • September 10
      James Corden, late-night TV's king of celebrity sing-alongs takes the stage for a night of comedy and help launch Toronto's United Jewish Appeal Campaign.
      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Food & Drink
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • September 8-9
      Gourmet Gringos, Sushi Burri Toronto, Filipino BBQ, Korean BBQ, Los Vietnamita, Tex-Mex, Cultural Ice-cream truck, and more come together for a food and jazz fest with flavours from around the world.
      Mel Lastman Square
    • September 9
      Four types of fully loaded veggie dogs at the award winning Junction Craft Brewing midday until 6 p.m. It's an afternoon of outdoor grilling, brews, and pals.
    • September 9
      A serene outdoor world dance party for your souls... because did we truly have a summer? No we did not. There'll be Canadiana barbecue tapas, uplifting summer vibe music by Internet Daughter, Young Teesh and Vaughan b2b Ace Dillinger.
  • Music
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    About the Event
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  • Parties
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • September 8
      The city's finest disco party turns five this weekend! Thomas Del Pozo will open, then it's Cyclist and the Patchouli Brothers who will take you on your disco journey for the rest of the night. Get there early to make sure you get in!
    • September 8
      Akon is making an appearance? Performing? DJing? Not exactly sure what he's doing at this TIFF party, but he'll be there and there will be DJs and dancing and no cover before 11 p.m.
      Everleigh Toronto
    • September 8
      This is a brand new party geared towards queer women and their friends inside the ballroom at the slick Broadview Hotel. There's a huge patio attached to the room to cool off, and DJ Recklezz will be playing top 40 fire.
      The Broadview Hotel
    • September 8
      HER was a party on West Queen West that happened in a Mexican restaurant for four years. They're back for one night only with all past Her DJs, posters on display, and performances.
    • September 8
      After six years of throwing parties, LayTheseKnight are throwing in the towel and giving it one last blow-out. DJs Famous Players and Patrick McGuire (plus special guests) play all the best R&B, Rap & Dancehall until 4 a.m.
    • September 8
      This is a swamp themed dance party inside Toronto's leather bar. Father Figure from Provincetown hosts, Joshua Reid plays the deep, dark house and camo is encouraged.
      The Black Eagle Toronto
    • September 8-9
      DJs Cjris Pyss Distraksjon and James Meier raise hell on the dancefloor - playing all the goth dance hits you need. There's no cover and there will be drink specials.
      The Steady Cafe & Bar
    • September 9
      Host and DJ Bruce LaBruce presents his annual TIFF party with a special performance from Dana Dentata. There will be gogo dancers, DJ Kevin H and lots of dark, disgusting happenings.
    • September 9
      Kathryn Firanski, Alister Johnson and Pooyan finally get to play boogie until 4 a.m. during this special TIFF edition of their Luv Dancin' party.
    • September 9
      Jojo Flores, Manolo and Yo open for soul house legend Kenny Dope at this great big TIFF weekend dance party.
    • September 9
      Greasy Fruit is a sweaty, queer, monthly west end dance party. DJs Andrew Awesome, Wei Back and Ace Dillinger spin all the throwback one hit wonders and hip hop you need for this Back 2 School edition of the party.
    • September 9
      Drag thing Fisher Price presents a night dedicated to Bond movies with performances from Jacklynne Hyde, Erin Brockobic, and Fisher Price herself. DJ Johnny B Good spins.
      The Beaver
    • September 10
      The 13th Annual Pink List Party is Remington's gift to the film festival. All genders are welcome, doors are open late, strippers are everywhere and film industry folks often pop in for fun.
      Remington's Men of Steel
  • Ongoing events
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • September 7-17
      World premieres, celebrities, and parties take over the city from September 7-17.
      TIFF Bell Lightbox
    • September 7-9
      This is a film festival that showcases movies about subjects this neighbourhood cares about such as issues in the developing world, activism against big companies, adventure, beach culture and surfing to name a few.
      Beach United Church - Community Complex
    • September 7 - November 12
      Volta is the brand new Cirque Du Soleil show that features a lot of bikes, acrobatics, amazing outfits, stunts and an original score from M83.
      Under the Big Top, Toronto Port Lands
    • September 7-10
      Shop up to 80 percent off Frank and Oak Men’s and Women’s apparel, outerwear, footwear (no ladies footwear) and accessories for four days. The stock is constantly replenished with sizes and styles. 
      950 Dupont Street
Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at TIF


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