the weekender: september 19 – 21

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Get out your day planners, we’ve got a ton of things for you to do in Toronto this weekend!

It’s Wednesday, and that means we’re half way through what has been a crazy busy week, and what promises to get only crazier as we finish it off! There is a TON of stuff to do in the city this weekend, and we’ve got all the highlights you should pencil into your calendar.

Toronto Fall Home Show

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Every September we get inspired at the fall home show at the Ex. This year’s show kicks of Thursday and goes all through the weekend, featuring celebrity guest speakers, hands on workshops, and vendor booths with the latest in home decor and design trends. Head here for the full stage schedule and check out the lineup of guest speakers, or check out their website for vendor listings, show topics, and more. Want to skip the line? Tickets are available (and cheaper!) if you buy them online ahead of time on their website. And a little tip from some home show pros? Bring cash and a couple reusable grocery bags! Those ATM lines can get ridiculous, and you’ll be collecting a lot of free swag and pamphlets.

Taste Local

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From September 14 to October 11 the LCBO is celebrating Ontario’s wines with Taste Local, a tasting and pairing party taking place in special events, in store tastings, and workshops across Ontario. Friday night 5-9pm at 1095 Queen St. W. Taste Local is hosting a one night only pop up, with wine and pie. You heard me right, for $10 you get six tasting tickets to redeem for samples from the wine regions of Niagara, Prince Edward County, and Lake Erie North Shore – AND PIE! Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to check out some Ontario wine trends, get more details on the LCBO website here.

JFL42 | Toronto’s Comedy Festival

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Toronto’s hilarious week long comedy festival is back, this time featuring headliners Seth Meyers, Wanda Sykes, Nick Offerman, and more! For all you twenty-somethings, Lena Dunham is headlining this Saturday, reading excerpts from her book Not That Kind Of Girl which isn’t even OUT yet, because Girls. The festival runs from September 18 – 27, with headliners and featured stand ups. There are a bunch of different options for ticket buying, and ways to see more than one show. Head to their website to figure out how you can package your comedy next week.

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

things to do this weekend in toronto vintage clothing show mtcc

This may headline as a show, but it’s basically one day (Saturday 10-5) where the MTCC get’s turned into the biggest vintage clothing store you’ve ever seen. The show features handpicked vintage and retro items from independent fashion, accessories, and jewelry sellers. Tickets are only $10, and if you head to their website you can get a coupon to start the savings before you even get there. Don’t believe me when I say it’s the cutest place you’ve ever been. Their website has enough adorable snapshots to show you how the show (booming after only 2 years in TO!) is THE place to be Instagramming this Saturday.

Bloor/Ossington Folk Festival

things to do this weekend in toronto bloor ossington folk festival free

Looking for some free events to chill with your friends this weekend? The BOFF is happening Saturday and Sunday at Christie Pitts featuring a huge lineup of amazing folk artists. Need some evening entertainment? Check out their Facebook Page to get the lineup of casual bars showcasing some early talent Friday night. And did I mention it’s FREE?

Food Truck Festival

things to do this weekend in toronto toronto food truck festival

We warned you Toronto was a busy place this weekend! For our final event we have what you need to be doing Sunday afternoon (post home show, pre folk festival perhaps?). Head to Ontario Place where, for $10, you can enter a food truck paradise. Basically imagine every food truck you’ve ever seen, with every mouth watering menu you’ve ever craved, and then put them all in one place where you can walk from truck to truck stuffing yourself. That’s the beauty of the Food Truck Festival. Need more info (although really, weren’t you sold at food truck?)? Head to their website for full details.


And that’s it! If that isn’t enough to keep you busy this weekend you’re playing too hard. I wish there was a way to cram all those things into one weekend (trust me, I’m working it out) but I’ve already tried to convince Victoria and Fernanda to hit up the home show and food truck festival (isn’t that just like brunch on wheels? I mean come on) on Sunday. Maybe we’ll catch you there!

Miss something? We try hard, but of course we miss things! If you know of something amazing you think readers should be at this weekend, leave it in the comments below!


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