With the big and little kids safely ensconced in a new school year, it’s time for parents to celebrate the return of normalcy. Don’t worry though, while the week is light in events it does include one of Toronto’s biggest.
All Across Toronto, Sept 8th-18th
Celebrities love coming to TIFF. Whether it’s our chill attitude or unpredictable weather patterns, all the big names head across the border to showcase some of the best in cinematography. It is a known fact that movies that win awards here in Toronto go on to be Oscar winners as well. If you like the chaos surrounding the festival then this is your week, if not stay away from King Street during the first weekend as the roads are shut down for red carpet events and festival activities.
Bloor Street West, September 9th-11th
Enjoy family friendly activities, live music and check out what the local businesses on Bloor Street West from Montgomery to Prince Edward Drive have to offer. Admission is free.
International Centre, Mississauga, September 10th-11th
Looking for a new addition to the family? Or new treats and toys to spoil your furry friend at home? Then head down to the Pet Expo this weekend to meet celebrity pets, watch a classic dog show or to just use cutesy animal voice all day long. Admission starts at $15.
Harbourfront Centre, September 9th-11th
Carnivores seem to get the most glory in summer food festival however this three day event will be celebrating everything our herbivores friends enjoy most. Lots of vendors will be on hand as well as cooking demonstrations all weekend long to teach and inspire. Admission is free.
Cabbagetown, September 10th-11th
Running along Parliament from Wellesley to Gerrard and Carlton from Berkley to Parliament, this two day street festival lets visitors on a little known secret; Cabbagetown is one hell of a neighbourhood. Food, arts, music and culture all at a low, low cost of free admission.
Toronto Star Building, September 9th – 11th
Indulge in the sweet and savoury life at the first ever Junk Food Festival. Retro candy bars, food trucks and local food vendors will supply guests with energy providing fare perfect for axe throwing, archery dodge ball, Nerf gun battles and classic video game playing; all featured during this event. Tickets start at $15 to avoid line ups, admission is free.