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The top weekend events in Toronto: September 18-20 2015

Weekend events in Toronto offer you the chance to close out summer music festival season. Riotfest, TURF, Francophonie en FĂŞte, and Manifesto will bring a wide array of music to venues across the city. Alternatively, if you want to celebrate Oktoberfest early, Steam Whistle Brewing and Ontario Place will host German-themed festivities, attracting beer and lederhosen enthusiasts from near and far.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section.


TIFF (September 10-20)
It's the final weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival, so if you want to catch a screening now's the time. If you can't get your hands on tickets, you can always hang out around one of the popular party venues in the hopes of spotting a celeb. Check out our picks for what to see each day of the festival.

Toronto Ukranian Fest (September 19-20)
This is North America's largest Ukranian street festival. It started as a small gathering in 1995, offering the chance to sample the best in Ukranian food, music and dance, and now, it draws in about 500,000 visitors. This year's festival runs from September 18th to 20th on Bloor St. W.

Polish Festival (September 19-20)
This is your chance to enjoy all of the pierogies and vodka you please without an ounce of guilt. Roncesvalles is still a Polish enclave, and they know what's up when it comes to food and celebration. Enjoy Polish folklore, polka bands, and other live performances and vendors on September 19th and 20th.


Manifesto Festival (September 16-20)
The arts and music fest showcases a lot of Toronto-based talent with a focus on hip hop and youth culture. This weekend you'll be able to catch some of the top homegrown musicians, dancers, and artists showing off their skills. Check here for the list of events.

Francophonie en FĂŞte (September 17-20)
Head to the Randolph Theatre for a celebration of Francophone music. 20 Musicians will be performing everything from country to African soul. Headliners include Claude Dubois, Les Trois Accords and Les Chiclettes.

Bloor Ossington Folk Festival (September 18-20)
If you don't have the funds to acquire TURF or Riotfest tickets, you can still catch one of the final music fests of summer. The Bloor Ossington Folk Festival will bring three days of free live music to Christie Pits. Check out the full lineup here.

TURF (September 18-20)
Making a jump from June to September, this year TURF is going head-to-head with Riotfest, focusing on a slightly tamer indie rock lineup. Of Monsters and Men, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, one as-yet-unnamed headliner, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Neko Case, Cake, UB40, and more are their weapons of choice.

Riot Fest (September 19-20)
Riot Fest's move to Downsview last year came with a big upgrade in their lineup, four times the stages and a second day, slowly edging closer to the monster size of their US counterparts. Thanks to this year's apparent "heavier + hip-hop" mandate, they've convinced Alexisonfire to reunite, and will be bringing along however many of the Wu-Tang Clan can get across the border, Rancid, and more.


Toronto Food & Wine Festival (September 18-20)
Head to the Evergreen Brick Works for a weekend of top notch food and drink. Expect to find a tasting pavilion, cooking classes, tutored tastings, celebrity chefs, special events, and much more. Among the vendors are local favourites Pizzeria Libretto, El Catrin, and Kinton Ramen.

Toronto Oktoberfest (September 18-19)
Toronto's biggest Oktoberfest party will take over Ontario Place for two days of German-inspired fun. The aim is to be as authentic as possible, so you'll find plenty of Bavarian fare, German and European beers, lederhosen-clad guests and entertainment. Over three thousand people have RSVP'd to the Facebook event, so you'll be in good company. Joining the party will cost you $25.

Steam Whistle Oktoberfest Party (September 19)
Get ready for a day of stein hoisting, keg tapping and German dancing celebrations when the event hits Steam Whistle Brewery. Complete with all the Oktoberfest fixings, you'll find authentic German eats, traditional German dancers, and entertainment by Oktoberfest King George Kash. If you buy your ticket in advance, you'll get $5 off the $30 admission price.

Toronto Beer Week (September 18-26)
Toronto Beer Week isn't just one event. Obviously, it's an entire week of events that features beer dinners, tap takeovers and more happening across the entire city. Check the above link for a day-by-day rundown of the top events.


Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (September 18-20)
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE) at Nathan Phillips square hosts a huge gathering of artists offering handmade originals to an expected 100,000 visitors attending the exhibition every year. The art isn't free (of course) but it's free to browse and admire the works of local talent.

Danforth East Arts Fair (September 19-20)
The Danforth East Arts Fair at East Lynn Park offers tons of great food and other pop-up entertainers that help to set the mood for a craft-heavy and casual art fair suitable for all ages.

Surface (September 19-20)
If this doesn't you geared up for Nuit Blanche, nothing will. Surface is bringing 5 Toronto galleries together for an art show showcasing some of Toronto's brightest emerging artists. The Black Cat, Project Gallery, Graven Feather, Hashtag Gallery and Creative Blueprint will all take part in the 2-day exhibition.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section. Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit it for free using this form.

Contributions from Matthew Forsythe and Ben Johnson.

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