Need an excuse to visit Toronto? Here’s a look ahead of the best events, festivals and sports happening around the city. Want to stay close to the action? Book ahead by clicking here.

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Best for Family Fun
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE): On until September 3
Thrilling rides, international cuisine delights and non-stop fun for the entire family at this annual fair.

Toronto International Buskerfest: On until September 3
North America’s largest street performer festival includes contortionists, magicians, fire jugglers and more.

Air Show Cruise Aboard the Tall Ship: Empire Sandy: September 1-3
Watch the Toronto Air Show aboard Canada’s largest passenger sailing ship.

Teddy Bear Train: September 16
Children 12 and under with a teddy bear or stuffie can ride the train for only $2. Dr. Bear will be riding the train to give your child’s favourite stuffie a check-up and a clean bill of health. Enjoy on-board entertainment while waiting for the doctor.

Harvest Festival: September 22
Celebrate the fall harvest with pumpkins, apple cider, activities, demonstrations and more.

Canada Kids Festival & Fashion Show – September 22-23
Non-stop, fun-filled activities for the whole family topped off with a kids fashion show.

The Word on the Street Festival: September 23
A free festival celebrating the written word and champions literacy through an annual outdoor book and magazine fair featuring over 270 book and magazine exhibitors.

Best for Feasting Foodies
Canada’s Largest Ribfest: On until September 3
Enough said.

The Famous Canadian Beer Run & Festival: September 15
A 5k run/walk through scenic Ontario Place with a beer stein offered at the end. Enjoy food trucks, live music and other activities like free beer yoga sessions.

Roncesvalles Polish Festival: September 15-16
North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture.

Toronto Oktoberfest: September 27-29
Join thousands dressed in lederhosen and dirndls under a massive Bavarian-style Festhalle tent and celebrate German culture.

Best for Art, Theatre and Fandom Seekers
Fan Expo Canada: On until September 2
The largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Canada packed with celebrity guests.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): September 6 – 16
The biggest and brightest public film festival on the planet featuring the biggest celebrities, red carpets and world premieres.

Nuit Blanche Toronto: September 29
A contemporary art event that magically transforms Toronto’s streets and parks into an artistic playground from sunset to sunrise.

Best Cultural Celebrations:
MuslimFest: On until September 2
Celebrates the best in arts, culture and entertainment.

The Egyptian Coptic Festival: September 8
Rich culture, history, arts and the heritage of Egypt is celebrated here.

Mexican Fiesta: September 15
Celebrate the Mexican Independence Fiesta with a delicious Mexican Buffet, Live Music, DJ and Mariachi.

Viet Summer Fest: September 15
The annual Viet Summer Fest celebrates Vietnamese culture through dance, live performance, folk music and more.

Dragon Lion Dance Festival: September 24
This festival showcases rich Chinese culture through art performances, drumming, Tai Chi and martial arts demonstrations.

Best for Sports Seekers:
There’s always a game to go to in September. Check out the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts and Toronto FC.

Best for Music Maestros:
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle: September 7-9
Enjoy over 150 Canadian and international jazz acts in the beautiful Port Credit area.

The Toronto area has no shortage of amazing concert venues. This September you can catch the following artists at some of our favourite venues.

Artist Date Venue
Rahat Fateh Sept. 1 Paramount Fine Foods Centre
Ozzy Osbourne & Stone Sour Sept. 4 Budweiser Stage
Niall Horan & Maren Morris Sept. 5 Budweiser Stage
Pentatonix Sept. 6 Budweiser Stage
CCMA Legends Show Sept. 7 FirstOntario Concert Hall
Behnam Bani Sept. 8 Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Outlaw Music Festival Sept. 9 Budweiser Stage
CCMA Awards Sept. 9 FirstOntario Centre
Stereophonics Sept. 10 The Danforth Music Hall
Childish Gambino Sept. 10 Scotiabank Arena
Jon Hopkins Live Sept. 14 The Danforth Music Hall
Michael McDonald Sept. 14 Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Jim Gaffigan Sept. 14 Budweiser Stage
Jason Aldean & Lauren Alaina Sept. 15 Budweiser Stage
Fetty Wap Sept. 17 The Danforth Music Hall
The Decemberists Sept. 17 FirstOntario Concert Hall
Blackberry Smoke Sept. 18 The Danforth Music Hall
Just For Laughs Festival Sept. 20-29 Various Locations
Streetlight Manifesto Sept. 21 The Danforth Music Hall
Bruno Mars Sept. 22-23 Scotiabank Arena
Neko Case Sept. 25 The Danforth Music Hall
Elton John Sept. 25-26 Scotiabank Arena
The Charlatans UK Sept. 27 The Danforth Music Hall
Maroon 5 & Julia Michaels Sept. 27 Scotiabank Arena

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