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The top weekend events in Toronto: September 25-27 2015

Weekend events in Toronto will help you kick off fall with parties and pints. If you've got lederhosen or a dirndl packed away, now's the time to dust them off. Oktoberfest events are happening at both Mill St. Beer Hall and The Gladstone. Not your thing? Woofstock will keep all the animal lovers busy with pet-themed activities in Woodbine Park.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Just For Laughs (September 24-October 3)
Just For Laughs is kicking off its 10-day run today, and there's plenty of funny men and women to see this weekend. Miranda Sings, Grace Helbig, Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah and more will be performing at venues across the city.

The Power Plant Fall 2015 Opening Party (September 25)
The Power Plant is hosting an opening party this Friday and waving the cover charge. You'll be granted early access to the featured solo exhibits by Dora GarcĂ­a, Carlos Amorales and Mark Lewis. There will also be a cash bar, if you feel like shelling out a few bucks for a drink.

Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair (September 26)
If Starbucks releasing their menu of fall-themed beverages wasn't enough to get you in the mood for fall, this will surely do it. Head to Mount Pleasant Road this Saturday for a street fest with all the bells and whistles. Expect to find a petting zoo, pumpkin pie eating contest, and a pumpkin carving contest, among other autumnal activities.

Woofstock (September 27)
Bring your four-legged friend to Woodbine part for a ton of dog-related festivities. Even though Poochella didn't work out this summer, Woodstock is making up for it this fall. What's on tap for the event? Obstacle courses, trick competitions, costume contests, and more.

The David Suzuki Foundation's third annual Homegrown Park Crawl (September 27)
Though not actually a festival, this "crawl" has all the makings of a good one. Trinity Bellwoods (noon-2pm) and Christie Pits (3-6pm) will be filled with live music, activities, and more - all for free. If you have a couple bucks to spare, local restaurants will be serving cheap eats in the parks. A bonus, Christie Pits is hosting their Christie Pits Arts Crawlart crawl the same day.

FOOD & DRINK

Toronto Cider Festival (September 26)
If you enjoy craft ciders, festivals and food trucks, this event will be right up your alley. New this year, the Toronto Cider Festival is bringing 14 cider breweries, local gourmet food trucks, live music, and more to Dundas Square on September 26th. Plenty of familiar vendors will be on the scene, from Brickworks Ciderhouse to The Salted Pig.

Mill St. Beer Hall Oktoberfest Party (September 26)
The ideal place to celebrate Oktoberfest - if you can't get yourself to Munich - is a Beer Hall, and Mill St. has just that. On September 26th you'll find the brewery filled with guests sipping Mill St. brews from steins and getting their fill of Bavarian fare. In true Oktoberfest fashion there will also be live music and German-themed entertainment on tap for the evening. A ticket will put you back $30.

Oktoberfest at The Gladstone (September 26)
Head to The Gladstone this Saturday for some seriously German celebrations. On the menu is traditional eats like pretzels and bratwurst, plus plenty of Mill St. beer. Grab a stein from a lederhosen-clad bartender and get to celebrating.

Food Truck Festival Ontario (September 27)
If you didn't manage to make it to a food truck this past summer, here's your chance to sample some top notch street fare. Downsview part will be taken over by 30 food trucks serving up everything from fries to funnel cakes.

MUSIC

The Constantines (September 25)
Lee's Palace is celebrating their 30th birthday by bringing in the best Toronto-by-way-of-Guelph rock band for a good ol' fashioned rock show. The two-night stand doesn't note any other supporting acts yet, but considering the occasion, you can probably expect some other local indie faves in the fold.

A$AP Rocky (September 25)
Like Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky just can't quit The 6 - even though he headlined the non-cancelled night of VELD a mere month ago, he'll be back for more at Echo Beach, joined by the incredibly charismatic Danny Brown and Vince Staples.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (September 25-26)
Just days after their Polaris Prize foes host another indulgent, ice cap-melting gala, GY!BE comes to the Danforth Music Hall in honour of this year's well-received Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. The full tour hits many places throughout the fall, but this two-night TO stay will be the only time they're in the Troubled Motherland until next year.

MOVIES

TIFF in Your Park: The Sapphires (September 25)
The good people behind TIFF have spent the summer putting on free movie screenings in parks across the GTA, and (sadly) Friday is the final event of the season. So bring some snacks and a blanket and enjoy one more outdoor film before the weather takes a turn.

Zoolander Quote-Along (September 26)
Head to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Saturday to catch a screening of Zoonlander. Subtitles will be running across the screen, so you can brush up on your Zooolander and Hansel imitations.

ART

Canadian Art Foundation's Gallery Hop (September 26-27)
If Nuit Blanche isn't coming quick enough, explore Toronto's art scene at the
Canadian Art Foundation's annual Gallery Hop. Travel to The Black Cat Gallery, Mayberry Fine Art, Angell Gallery and more, to see all that the city has to offer outside the AGO.

SHOPPING

Etsy: Made in Canada (September 26)
Start your Christmas shopping early at the Etsy marketplace coming to MaRS Discovery District this Saturday. 170 local vendors will be selling there wares, so you'll be sure to find a couple on-of-a-kind trinkets.

INLAND (September 26)
Shop the latest and greatest Canadian fashions at INLAND. Back for its second year, the curated a marketplace brings a ton of well-loved local brands like Peace Collective and Rachel Sin to 99 Sudbury to show off (and sell) their fall lines.

STREET FAIR

PS Kensington (September 27)
Head to Kensington Market for this month's installment of Pedestrian Sundays. After this there's only one left before they pack up until next year. You'll find a host of street performers, food on sticks, and the Kensington Art Fair.

SPACE

Lunar Eclipse (September 27)
If you're a fan of all things astronomical, it's a great weekend to be in the city. A supermoon full lunar eclipse will be visible above Toronto this Sunday fro the first time since 1982. There will be a viewing party at King's College Circle, if you're looking to be around fellow space enthusiasts.

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With contributions from Shazia Khan


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