Hold on a minute! Before you utter the words “winter is coming,” remember that the end of summer isn’t all doom and gloom. The days may be getting shorter,but the 6ix is turning up for a month-long extravaganza of fall events. Dust off that leather jacket and get your fill of movie premieres, food, shopping and more, without sweating your a** off (finally). Check out our list of the top 10 things to do in September in the GTA.
Fan Expo (September 1-4)
Calling all freaks and geeks! The Canadian Fan Expo is back from September 1st to 4th to celebrate all things “nerd” including comics, anime, sci-fi horror, and gaming. Along with the regular spiel of workshops, discussions, and fashion shows, expo-goers also shouldn’t miss Q&A’s with John/Joan Cusack and Stan Lee, as well as an autograph sesh with Adam West and Burt Ward (the original Batman and Robin). Single day passes start at $25 and four day passes $125. Grab your tickets here.
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TIFF (September 8-18)
It’s that time of year again! Distract yourself from the fact that summer is almost over and get your movie premiere on. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed cineophile or just craving a celeb sighting, TIFF is back from September 8th to 18th to showcase the best in world premieres and cutting-edge film. Don’t miss Pharrell’s free (yes, free!) concert or John Legend’s free event, plus these top 10 films. Purchase tickets here.
Canadian Bridal Show (September 9-11)
The Canadian Bridal Show is coming to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for another weekend of all things “wedding.” With a long list of exhibitors and a ton of amazing contests, including a seven-night stay in Cayo Coco Cuba from InStyle Magazine, brides-to-be can look forward to planning the wedding of their dreams. Tickets only cost $20, so gather up the crew and let the battle of the brides begin.
Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series 2016 (September 13-18)
This ain’t your regular East-end beach volleyball match! Pro teams are taking over Polson Pier for the FIVB tour: a showdown of the top 10 men and women’s volleyball teams. The lineup includes Canada’s Rio 2016 Olympics women’s team, Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley, who will be playing their final game together at this Beach Volleyball match. Best yet, all games are free to watch! Get the full schedule here.
Style Democracy Golf & Lacoste Sale (September 14 -18)
Warehouse Sale season is here! The Toronto Golf and Lacoste Sale are back from September 14th to 18th at Markham Fairgrounds. SD insiders can expect up to 80% off equipment, apparel, footwear and more from brands like Taylormade, Lacoste and Adidas. Shop our biggest selection yet and make sure to enter our facebook contests for a chance to win one of three amazing golf prizes and 2 pairs of Lacoste shoes.
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Manifesto Festival (September 16-20)
Get ready to “break bread, break beats and break new ground.” The Manifesto festival will be making noise from September 16th to 20th, to celebrate Canada’s hip-hop culture and some of the hottest urban influencers. Top events and performances include The Summit Part II: A conversation with Stacey McKenzie (free), and BJ The Chicago Kid, as well as The Birthday Block Party with a Tribe Called Red (free). Check out the full lineup here.
Toronto Beer Week (September 16-24)
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder. This stands true for Toronto Beer Week. Get your drank on from September 16th to the 24th and taste craft beers from over 60 bars, pubs and restaurants including Bellwoods Brewery, Indie Ale House, Pour Boy and more. Prices for events vary, but if you’re a serious beer lover we’d suggest purchasing a Craft Beer Passport.
World Cup of Hockey (Beginning September 17)
Winter is coming (oops we said it)! While we may not be stoked about the cold weather, we’re definitely excited about hockey season. The World Cup of Hockey features eight teams and approximately 150 NHL stars who will be pitted against each other to find out who’s the best. Our vote’s obviously on team Canada, but we’re sure teams Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, USA, Europe and North America will put up a good fight. Plus, don’t forget to head to the fan village in the Distillery District where The Killers and Green Day are putting on shows. Get tickets and see the full schedule here.
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Etsy Made in Canada Market (September 24)
There’s nothing we love more than supporting homegrown talent, so we’re super amped for Etsy’s Made in Canada Market. On September 24th, the market will be open at the MaRS Discovery District, co-hosted by The Toronto Etsy Street team and 416Hustler. Shop handmade and vintage goods from over 130 Canadian Etsy sellers and try your hand at one of the free DIY workshops.
Pokemon GO Tournament Toronto (September 24)
Trainers, it’s time to gather. On September 24th, the first and greatest Pokemon GO tournament in Toronto will occur. Dress for the colour of your team, either team Instinct, Mystic or Valor and get ready for an epic battle. One team will come out on top and winners will also be selected for the best outfits. Head over to the Facebook page to share and invite friends, as well as stay tuned for more tournament details.
Booby Ball (October 14)
While the Booby Ball is technically on October 14th, get ahead of the game and purchase tickets early as this year’s theme, “Paradise City,” is going to be one for the books! Come out to support Rethink Breast Cancer and shake your tropical tail feathers alongside some of Toronto’s hottest scenesters. Tickets start at $99, but if you’re willing to take a gamble enter the #Mypackgoals contest for a chance to win VIP tickets.