Markets and pop-ups in Toronto this September are ready to say farewell to summer. It's like they're eager to push this hot, steamy season out the door and usher in a time of chilly breezes, autumn leaveses and shirts with sleeveses. I'm horrified, but I get it. It's time to move on.
Here are my picks for the top markets and pop-up shops happening in Toronto this September.
Farewell Summer Vintage and Arts Market (September 3-4)
Summer isn't over yet! I keep yelling this to everyone on the streets, but no one is listening. This market isn't helping my case. Head to the Make Den Studio on Bloor West and check out the vendors. There'll be a backyard party on Saturday night starting at 8p.m. to send summer off with a stylish bang.
The Ossington Vintage Collective pop-up shop (until September 5)
Collectively Little Teacup Vintage, The Wanderly, Wildthing Vintage and GLT Toronto all host this pop-up vintage market on Ossington and it's all over soon. Head to their Facebook page for all the vendor details and grab your late-summer digs.
Revel Food Back to School BBQ pop-up (September 11)
Bring your appetite to this "rotational pop up restaurant focusing on south East Asian flavours and plates on The Beaver patio." This all sounds nice and fun, but you had me at BBQ POP UP. This plus beer from Woodhouse, and post-bbq karaoke, 4p.m. until late.
Fritzi Dog pop-up restaurant (September 14)
acclaimed Chef Neal Fraser of Top Chef Masters fame takes street meat to a whole new level with a pop-up of his restaurant Fritzi Dog at The Drake Hotel. Teaming up with Chef Alex Feswick, they're serving up Fraser's fully-sustainable dogs. Book this one in advance.
Pop-up at The Barns (Until September 10)
This cutie market has been running inside the Wychwood barns for most of the summer and it's about to end. Lots of jewelry, upcycled goods, holistic products and snacks. Nice place for a couple hours in your afternoon.
Toronto Flower Market (September 10)
From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. stroll down to the CAMH park and pick up some Ontario grown flowers and plants while you still can! There's only one date left in October before you'll be filling your apartment or giving your lovers flowers from a green house. So get while they're fresh and alive.
Autumn Breeze - The Eastside Pop-up Market (September 12-13)
A collection of local artisans, vendors and business all in Jimmy Simpson Park just before fall hits. Shop to live music, relax during a yoga session or try your luck at complimentary card readings. Maybe the fortune teller will inform you winter is not coming this year and we can all celebrate in local snacks together.
Etsy: Made in Canada market (September 24)
I love any chance I get to walk around the Mars District building, it's so beautiful and under used. This Etsy market is co-hosted by the Toronto Etsy Street Team and 416Hustler, and featurres 130 top handmade and vintage Canadian Etsy sellers. It's free to enter and there are free DIY workshops for the public.
Surface II (September 24)
OK this one is more of a large art party starring five of Toronto's best independent art galleries, but it is a one-night-only art market where you can buy lots of local, affordable-ish pieces of art. Meet the galleries you don't even know about, buy the art you don't even know you love.
Christie CrawFest (September 25)
David Suzuki Foundation teams up with the Laneway Project, Bells on Bloor and Friends of Christie Pits Park for this fun market in the park and in local laneways. Lots of food, musical performances and a pop-up art market and laneway crawl.
Did I miss a pop-up or market you're excited about? Let myself and the readers know in the comments section!
Image from the Toronto flower market Facebook page.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO