Summer might be over, but fun in Toronto never ends. Our favourite city has a few amazing events still up its sleeve. You can try your luck at spotting a celebrity this month, taste the true garlicy flavour of our city or visit a geek and pop culture heaven. And for those who aren’t that much into adventurous events, you can just enjoy a concert or two. Are you ready?
Date: September 1 – September 4
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Admission: $25 – $1295
Come to Canadian Fan Expo and celebrate your inner geek. Try to sign up for a gaming tournament, or go to a panel discussion and celebrate pop culture, comic, anime, sci-fi, horror and gaming with other fans from around the world. You can even meet one of your favourite celebrities. This year’s guests so far include comic genius Stan Lee, Star Wars‘ very own Mark Hamill, unconventional actor John Cusack, Star Trek’s most famous Captain William Shatner, and OITNB’s star Kate Mulgrew.
Toronto International Film Festival
Date: September 8 – September 18
Location: Various locations in Toronto
Admission: $24 – $46
Big Hollywood names are coming to Toronto! The city’s streets will be full of movie stars and people going for a bit different kind of stargazing. You can get ready to catch a movie premiering in our city with your favourite actor, or simply hope to catch them walking down the street. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and more all have films premiering at this year’s festival, so who knows—maybe you’ll get lucky!
Date: September 9
Location: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Admission: $29.25 – $1950
Legend of country Dolly Parton is coming to Toronto, performing as part of her Pure & Simple tour promoting the release of her newest album of the same name. This album is her 43rd. She’s written over 3000 songs, though the one’s she most known for are Jolene, I Will Always Love You or 9 to 5. She’s also been a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 1999.
Toronto Urban Roots Festival
Date: September 16 – September 18
Location: Fort York: Garrison Common
Admission: $175 – $400
TURF is the festival you’ve been waiting for all summer. You can get ready for indie, pop, rock and punk music from around the world, with a lineup featuring names as James Bay, Death Cab For Cutie, Dropkick Murphy’s, Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Eat World, The New Pornographers and more. This year the festival expands to include a fourth stage, tented so the music goes on rain or shine, and new VIP areas.
Toronto Garlic Festival
Date: September 18
Location: Artscape Wychwood Barns
Who doesn’t love garlic, right? The Toronto Garlic Festival is an annual event marking Ontario’s garlic harvest. Local farmers come from around Ontario to sell and showcase their product, and chefs from all around the Canada cook their best garlic-themed dishes. So come try some traditional garlic meals, or if you are more adventurous type, taste garlic-infused chocolate or challenge yourself at the garlic shot station.
Date: September 25
Location: Danforth Music Hall
Admission: $29.50 – $39.50
The Proclaimers, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid, are a Scottish musical duo, mostly known for their 1988 hit single I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Sunshine on Leith, I’m On My Way, or Letter from America. The good news is you don’t have to walk five hundred miles just to see them, because the famous brothers are coming to Toronto to perform at the Danforth Music Hall promoting their latest release from 2015’s Let’s Hear It for the Dogs.