Manifesto Festival

Weekend Events in Toronto: September 20-22, 2013

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this September 20-22, 2013. For more event ideas, check out our post on 50 things to do this fall in Toronto.

Manifesto 2013
The 7th Annual Manifesto Festival returns to Toronto from September 19 to 22 at venues across the city. This non-for-profit grassroots organization with a focus on youth and hip hop culture aims to educate, unify, and entertain the masses. From live events featuring musicians, producers, visual artists, and dancers, to panels with industry experts and even mentor sessions, this year's festival has even more in store than previous iterations.
Various venues and prices. More information available here.


Junction Music Festival
Independent music invades the Junction neighbourhood, setting up shop on stages around the community with performances by locals like Zeus, Cuff The Duke and Dinosaur Bones. Music will appear on every corner with food and drink stalls set up in the Keele/Dundas neighbourhood to solve whatever problem your body presents throughout the festival. This one-day only event is completely free to the public and worth the trip out west.
The Junction(2960 Dundas Street West), September 21, 2013, 1PM Free

Canada's Walk of Fame
While there is seemingly something inherently awkward about Canadian awards ceremonies (perhaps we're just too modest?), the lineup at this quickly upcoming festival should temper that. As part of Canada's Walk of Fame Festival slated between September 19 - 21, you'll have a chance to see Burton Cummings, Serena Ryder, Maestro Fresh Wes and other great Canadian artists.
Massey Hall, various set times. Ticket info available here.

For more music listings, check out our This Week in Music and Fall Concerts posts.


Just For Laughs 42
Just For Laughs 42 is one of North America's great comedy festivals and you are seriously missing out if you skip it plus you probably hate the sound of laughter. Headliners this year include Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman and the cast of "Family Guy" with alternative shows including names like John Mulaney (creator of SNL's "Stefon" character) and Janeane Garofalo. Passes guarantee you one headliner and four other shows of your choosing and so far, the festival is off to a hilarious start. Purchase passes at and try to maximize your comedy intake over the next 8 days.
Various venues across the city, September 19-28, 2013


On Common Ground Festival
A festival of culture and community, On Common Ground is a unifying event where locals are invited out to Fort York to enjoy urban green space and meet their neighbours. The family-friendly festival celebrates the fall harvest with music, dancing, a puppet theatre, multi-media installations, storytelling, crafts, a kidzone, a farmers' market and local food. Everyone is welcomed to Fort York on Saturday and Sunday for the low-key festival that serves the purpose of feeding and entertaining you. Don't make it difficult; enjoy your weekend.
Fort York (250 Fort York Boulevard), September 21-22, 2013, 11AM


Awestruck, Canada's largest food truck rally and awards show, is back for a second year and will bring together 50+ trucks and vendors this Saturday, September 21st from 2pm to 8pm at Fort York Garrison Common (250 Fort York Boulevard). Tickets are $10 and are still available.

Pan American Food Festival
The 41 countries of North, South and Central America have a lot to offer the world and the Pan American Food Festival intends to offer these things in one weekend. With national cuisines being sampled by world class chefs and the art and music of the western hemisphere being demonstrated, the Pan American Food Festival brings together the best of our side of the world. Catch musical performances and drop in on demos--food will be cooking all weekend long.
Harbourfromt Centre (235 Queen's Quay West), September 20-22, 2013, 6PM Free

Bedouin Flash Bar
After launching at TIFF, Bedouin, a pop-up bar concept is back this weekend in the alleyway across from the Thompson Diner (just south of Bathurst and King). Look for gin, Pimms & Rum Two Punch and DJ SawTay on the ones and twos on Friday night. Starts at 9pm. Follow the link above for more information.

The Grapevine Festival
Wine and music go better together and The Grapevine Festival is in recognition of this fact. A melding of music with booze, this one-day festival refrains from making guests stomp grapes and instead focuses on highlighting wine flavours through mealtimes, wine and cheese and tastings. Invade St. Clair West and walk the streets drinking wine like a true European. The Grapevine Festival takes place on Saturday morning from 11AM onward.
St. Clair Avenue (between Dufferin and Lansdowne), September 21, 2013, 11AM Free

Sweets and Treats Festival
Ice cream and desserts will always be your friend so rain or shine, this festival is happening. The Sweets and Treats Festival finds a home at--where else?--Sugar Beach, offering attendees the chance to explore local candy and chocolate makers, bakers and ice creams. Benefits of sales go toward Sick Kids Foundation and there will be a midway and other food available for entertainment. Get your sweet tooth ready--making a pit stop here is the sweetest beginning to any weekend.
Sugar Beach (11 Dockside Drive), September 21-22, 2013, 12PM Free

For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events post.


Queen West Art Crawl
The Queen West Art Crawl is back for another year of neighbourhood exploration and art buying. With homebase in Trinity Bellwoods Park, the QWAC highlights 250 jury-selected artists who display their work in the park, selling everything from painting to pottery to jewelry. After the day winds down, the Parkdale Nightcrawl takes over, with venue hoppers encouraged to take a look inside local institutions of art, music, film, and fashion. Stop by the art crawl between 11AM and 6PM on Saturday and Sunday to see what Queen West artists are working on.
Trinity Bellwoods Park (155 Crawford Street), September 21-22, 2013, 11AM Free


Autumn Clothing Swap Party
All it takes for a new wardrobe is $5, a few unwanted clothes and an eye for hidden gems. The Autumn Clothing Swap Party at Arts Market offers just that with one of the city's largest swap shops taking place this Saturday. Bring $5 and your unwanted clothes to make a trade for more fabulous clothing and accessories. Anything not swapped will be donated at the end of the day. Drop in for a meal or some shopping at Arts Market.
Arts Market (846 College Street), September 21, 2013, 11:30AM $5


Soulpepper's The Norman Conquests
On a weekend away with his dirty little secrets, librarian Norman has to figure out his next maneuver when his wife shows up, asking questions. This Ted Dykstra-directed comedy opens at Soulpepper this weekend with Albert Schultz portraying the role of Norman. A funny story full of trysts and misunderstandings, the play runs until November 16th on Soulpepper's stages.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), September 22-November 16, 2013, 7PM

For more theatre listings, check out our This Week in Theatre post.

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