9 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend

School is in and summer is out, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over! Celebrate (or commiserate over) the return of early mornings, drop-offs and pick-ups with one of these fun events coming to Toronto this weekend. Head to a drive-in movie, visit a pop-up market or enjoy a drag show to ring in the fall!

Watch a drive-in movie on Eglinton

The Eglinton Way BIA has organized a drive-in series, and the first one is happening this Sunday, Sept. 12 at 125 Burnaby Blvd. For all comedy fans, Mrs. Doubtfire is the movie of choice. At $20 a car, you’ll be saving a whole lot more than on a set of four or five movie theatre tickets – plus, the BIA will be directing all proceeds to the Daily Food Bank!

Visit the Sunday Artisan & Vintage Market

Looking to do some end-of-summer shopping but tired of the busy malls? Try the Sunday Artisan & Vintage Market at Evergreen Brick Works, now in partnership with Ontario Vintage Market! The market runs on the second Sunday of each month, so stop by on Sept. 12 for local vendors selling everything from beeswax wraps to fine art to ceramics and flowers.

Go see a drag show

After months of pretty much exclusively online shows being available for drag enthusiasts, Crews & Tangos is making up for lost time with early and late drag show times from Thursday to Sunday, every weekend. The bar is selling tickets to ensure physical distancing at these indoor shows, and they’re almost sold out for this weekend! Get yours and enjoy the performance of a lifetime at one of Toronto’s most popular queer bars.

Grab a (plant-based) snack at the Toronto Veg Food Fest

Whether you’re a vegetarian looking for new local food options in the city or just an adventurous eater willing to try something new, the annual Veg Food Fest is the place for you! Available for just one day only as a pop-up on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Steam Whistle Brewery’s Locomotive Hall, you can visit the over 25 vegetarian and vegan vendors that will be cooking up some of the tastiest and most innovative plant-based snacks you’ll find in the city! Make sure to register (for free! ) on Eventbrite so that contact tracing can be maintained.

Get tickets to Toronto’s international dance festival

 

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Fall for Dance North is back this year, and its opening date is this weekend! Visit their website for tickets to a variety of in-person and digital performances featuring local dancers across the GTA.

Go apple picking

This marks the first great weekend for apple picking in the GTA! It’s best to go early when it comes to apple picking, because you may miss all your favourite types of apples if you go too late. If you’re a McIntosh, Cortland or Gala fan, visit one of the many farms in the GTA and beyond this weekend, including Pine Farms in King City or Downey’s Farm in Caledon, before it’s too late!

Stop by a mental-health focused pop-up

 

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Non-profit organization Hard Feelings is running a pop-up market to celebrate their four-year anniversary. Visit Christie Pits on Saturday, Sept. 11 for a selection of local artists with a mental health focus, including arts and accessories.

Unwind at a comedy show

Blk Tea and Broken Cage Gallery have brought together some of the city’s up-and-coming comedians and performers for a night of laughter and music. Featuring Noor Hadidi, Janice Israeloff, Patrick Hakeem and more, grab tickets to this collaborative event for some dancing, drinks and fun.

Go antique hunting at the Leslieville Flea

 

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The Leslieville Flea is one of Toronto’s finest, and it only happens every so often through the summer and fall! Happening this Sunday, Sept. 12, visit Ashbridge Estate for some amazing vendors, including vintage clothing, home goods, antiques and more.

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