Top 10 Things To Do In & Around Toronto This Labour Day Weekend

A weekly digest of what's on this weekend in and around Toronto. Ranked in no particular order consider this your go to guide for fun and typically FREE: Activities, Exhibitions, Live Music, Performances & Festivals in Toronto, Pickering, Mississauga, Vaughan and Beyond! 

Get them while they're HOT some of these events are one day only, so don't miss out!

One Day Only

10. T.DOT Fest

Where: Younge-Dundas Square, Toronto When: Sunday September 2nd Cost: FREE

With the success of Canadian artists such as Drake, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd on an international
level, currently the top three male artists in the world, and with Shawn Mendes on the rise as well,
Toronto Canada has firmly cemented itself as the place to find musical talent in the urban industry.
Music Nation Foundation was created in 2012 with the mandate to promote and showcase new and emerging Canadian Hip Hop, RnB and Pop performers, and provide education about the music industry to this segment of the Ontario music community. With what started as a single day of a conference and evening showcase, the 4th year of MNF has blew into a full weekend of events culminating in a full day

Music and food festival taking the city of Toronto by storm. TDOT FEST offers some of the best music that Canada has to offer within the formats of Hip Hop, R&B, & Pop music all within a free community festival that takes place at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Here for the Weekend 

09. Brampton Food Truck Festival 

Where: Chinguacousy Park, Brampton When: September 1st-2nd Cost: FREE

New for the 2018 season, The Canadian Food Truck Festivals is expanding to Brampton! Serving up some of the best food from the country, this is a festival you won’t want to miss! Show some of your Brampton love by bringing your friends and family. Oh and don’t forget, there will be local performers geared to entertain the masses! For one weekend only!

08. MuslimFest

Where: Celebration Square, Mississauga When: August 31st-September 2nd Cost: FREE

MuslimFest is an award-winning annual festival in Mississauga, ON, that celebrates the best in Muslim arts and entertainment. The event features over 80 local and international artists who showcase their talent in various genre or art.

Launched in 2004, MuslimFest is a joint project of DawaNet and Sound Vision. Today, it is considered North America’s largest Muslim festival of its kind, attracting over 30,000 attendees annually.

Concert, comedy, art exhibit, rising talent, spoken word, theatre, kids’ carnival, and multicultural bazaar constitute some of the fun activities and programs one can expect at MuslimFest.

In a post 9/11 world that is filled with violent images, we at MuslimFest believe it is imperative to hold bridge-building events that positively engage young Canadians.

MuslimFest provides youth with opportunities to share their culture with the broader community. We believe in education through the language of art, humour, and meaningful entertainment; something that we feel can break through even the toughest cultural barriers.

Labour Day Fun!

07. Hispanic Fiesta

Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St When: August 31st-September 3rd Cost: FREE

In 1981, Fernando Valladares, brought to life his dream of uniting all Spanish speaking groups in our community in a celebration of their cultural roots, while working at Toronto City Hall as Executive Assistant to Ex-City Councilor Tony O'Donohue.

A celebration of Spanish and Latin-American: Arts, Food, Music and Entertainment free of charge for all. Founded in 1982 the 37th. Anniversary of Hispanic Fiesta will take place once again at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during the Labor Day Weekend: August 31 - Sept. 1, 2 and 3 - 2018. 

Hispanic Fiesta a four day celebration filled with the splendid sounds, tempting treats and colorful culture that Hispanic heritage is famous for. Featuring 300 local, national and International Hispanic performers from over 20 different Spanish speaking countries. 

06. Toronto Rib, Bacon and BBQ Fest

Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Drive When: August 31st-September 3rd Cost: $5 (Kids Under 12 FREE)

Come to Toronto’s Rib, Bacon & BBQ Fest Labour Day Weekend at Downsview Park for all things BBQ! We’re expanding on the traditional ribfest food fare by including vendors that specialize in delicious Bacon and BBQ treats as well.  Come for the food, stay for the great live entertainment and family fun. See food vendors.

Bring the kids and enjoy even more fun on jumping castles, the kiddie midway, live music, strolling entertainers, face painting and more. Better yet, challenge yourself on the giant rock wall or win a giant stuffed animal for your favorite person. Best of all, hardcore foodies can enjoy celebrity chef demonstrations and sample some of Toronto’s best food vendors.

05. The Mac + Cheese Festival

Where: Woodbine Park, 1590 Lake Shore Blvd E When: August 31st-September 3rd Cost: FREE

We’re North America’s largest food festival celebrating everything mac and cheese! Celebrity chefs, savvy cooks, and talented entrepreneurs come together for one weekend to raise funds for charity by creating new concoctions of mac and cheese for fans to try. We’ve partnered with Toronto International Buskerfest for Epilepsy, a festival that attracts over 150,000 visitors and growing!

04. Ashkenaz Festival

Where: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto When: August 28th-September 3rd Cost: FREE

The 2018 Ashkenaz Festival will take place Tuesday August 28 through Monday September 3 in Toronto, at Harbourfront Centre and other venues around the GTA. The Festival will once again feature artists from across Canada and around the world, including Israel, Russia, Poland, Italy, Australia, Brazil, and the US. Our weeklong celebration will simultaneously showcase diversity and cross-culturalism within the Jewish music and arts world, while also delving deeply into the Yiddishkayt that has always been at the core of our work. This year’s Festival will shine a spotlight on women in Jewish music and culture, highlighting great female artists, past and present, and conveying their centrality in creating, maintaining and evolving Jewish musical and artistic traditions. Other festival highlights will include a number of artists and programs representing the great re-birth of Jewish music and culture in the former Soviet Union, and an exploration of the Polish-Jewish experience through music, film, literature and visual arts, marking a number of significant anniversaries related to that history. We will also feature an incredible evening of diverse Israeli world music at our Sunday mainstage.

Where: Spencer Smith Park, Burlington When: August 31st-September 3rd Cost: FREE

Canada's Largest Ribfest is proudly organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. This is our largest and most successful community event and has been around since we planned Ontario's first Ribfest in 1996. Since that day, all proceeds collected have gone to charity.

 Each year, Canada’s largest Ribfest features award-winning Ribbers from all over North America who show off their succulent skills and compete for titles such as “Best Sauce” and “Best Ribs”. The event takes place over Labour Day weekend and provides visitors with jam-packed, family-friendly fun, including musical entertainment, an artisan fair, activities for the kids and, of course, messy, mouth-watering ribs! This event is a charitable fundraising initiative run by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore and has raised over $3 million for local charities and community organizations over the past 22 years.

 

02. Artfest Toronto

Where: Distillery District When: August 31st-September 3rd Cost: FREE

Artfest Toronto hosts 2 outdoor art and craft shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission.

01. Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy

Where: Woodbine Park, 1590 Lake Shore Blvd E When: August 31st-September 3rd Cost: DONATION

It's spontaneous, it's outrageous; it's fun, funny and fabulous - there is literally something for everyone at the Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy. The festival features spectacular circus artistry, non-verbal shows that can be understood by all, and one-of-a-kind entertainment that will have you questioning your very eyes. Music, magic and mime; feats of the impossible, and the ridiculous performed by comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, beat boxers and much more. Four days of non-stop, action-packed fun! 

What many spectators don't realize is that this world class festival not only supports a local charitable organization, Epilepsy Toronto, it is actually organized and run by us as our largest fund raiser of the year. "We wanted to create a unique and memorable experience that brought epilepsy out of the shadows and into the public eye; an entertainment extravaganza that supports a greater purpose in aid of people with epilepsy and their families," says Geoff Bobb, Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto. "One in every 100 Canadians experiences some form of epilepsy and this amazing festival is the single-largest fundraiser for Epilepsy Toronto and the largest epilepsy event in the universe!”

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