Love it or hate it, the Air Show is happening this Labour Day weekend in Toronto as part of the CNE. The big noise-y birds will take over west side skies with flights Saturday to Monday. There's also Electric Island, a huge ribfest, an Ontario Place festival and the continued invasion of Fan Expo.Events you might want to check out:
CNE 2017 (August 18 - September 4 @ Canadian National Exhibition)
The final weekend at the CNE is a big one, featuring the Air Show, non-stop concerts, rides, food vendors, a Mustang car show, and an explosive set from A Tribe Called Red.
Fan Expo 2017 (August 31 - September 3 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
The annual Fan Expo celebrates all things related to comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, sci-fi and fantasy to cosplay, horror, to gaming, toys, movies, and television. So many costumes, celebrities, and geeks in one place!
Downsview Park Ribfest (September 1-4 @ Downsview Park)
The massive Ribfest returns for the second year with an endless walkway of rib vendors. There'll also be music and entertainment stages.
Sunnyside Labour Day Long Weekend (September 2 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe)
Chus & Cabellos, the massive house music DJ duo from Spain, are celebrating the long weekend with a daytime dance party next to the lake. Joee Cons and Sean Collier open up the day, which runs from 4-11 p.m.
Electric Island (September 3 @ Hanlan's Point Stadium)
Electric Island finally heads back to the Island for their final weekend of the summer. Major international DJs fill the stages each day with sounds and lights on the easy breezy grass of the island.
Active Ontario Festival (September 1-4 @ Ontario Place)
A festival of technology, art, food, music, market and events to keep you moving. It's a family-friendly weekend, but also a great spot to relax and enjoy the unmatchable view of Lake Ontario.
Toronto International BuskerFest (September 1-4 @ Woodbine Park)
This annual celebration of street performance is a weekend of comedy, spontaneity and a dash of the unbelievable with clowns, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, daredevils and more. A donation to epilepsy gets you in the park.
Toronto Wolfpack Home Playoff Game (September 2 @ Lamport Stadium)
Catch our very own unbeaten international rugby team in their second playoff game of the season as they tackle the UK's Whitehaven RLFC.
Grease The Musical (September 2 @ Winter Garden Theatre)
Catch the Josh Prince-choreographed and directed stage version of your fave summer movie complete with all the songs you love. The cast for this show was assembled by legendary Glee casting director Robert Ulric.
Canadian International Air Show (September 2-4 @ CNE)
The Canadian International Air Show is the country's largest and longest-running (not to mention noisiest) aviation display. Whether you're already at the CNE or walking around the western waterfront, you'll see this big birds
Drone Light Show (September 2 @ Ontario Place)
Head to the waterside park to cap off the Active Ontario fest at 11 p.m. with a drone light show in the sky. 30 drones, each with their own LED colours, fly and dance overhead for this unique light show.
Hot & Spicy Food Festival (September 1-4 @ Harbourfront Centre)
This waterside festival showcases Canadian celebrity chefs, a curated food market of food to challenge your tolerance levels, a cooking competition and lots of blues bands.
Le Burger Week (September 1-7 @ Multiple Venues)
This annual week-long burger festival takes place in various restaurants across the city. Each spot creates their own unique burger at a special burger price and you get to vote for your favourite.
Canada's Wonderland Food Truck Festival (September 2 @ Canada's Wonderland)
15 local food trucks from the GTA park their wheels inside the park to serve you a lunch or dinner you'll have to try very hard to keep down after all those rides.
Lechon Festival 2017 (September 2 @ Wychwood Barns Community Association)
This is a food fest that promotes Filipino cuisine and culinary heritage through food vendors, demonstrations, and sampling.
Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival (September 2 @ Richmond Green Park)
Trucks will be lined up at this Richmond Hill park all weekend long to serve something new. There'll also be drinks, entertainment, and lots of parking.
Zac Brown Band (September 1 @ Budweiser Stage)
Summer winds down with the Southern rock sounds of the Zac Brown Band.
Indie Fridays (September 1 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
Canada's high-priest of reggae brings sounds of the summer to the square.
Bernice (September 1 @ Roy Thomson Hall )
This live night of music is Arts & Crafts music label night featuring the smooth pop sounds of Bernice.
The Cybertronic Spree (September 2 @ The Rec Room)
Nerd Noise Night is the only Fan Expo afterparty celebrating and showcasing nerdy musical talent across multiple genres. This night's big name performer are super musical robots The Cybertronic Spree.
Deep Purple & Alice Cooper (September 2 @ Budweiser Stage)
Dads and classic rock lovers of Toronto rejoice! Deep Purple & Alice Cooper with special guest The Edgar Winter Band are taking over this outdoor arena for a loud night of fist pumping hits.
Depeche Mode (September 3 @ Air Canada Centre)
The British new wave rockers have been pushing electronic music to its limits since the early 1980's and continue to pack stadiums with their massive sound and light show.
Blood Honey (September 1-8 @ Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas )
Blood Honey tells the story of a woman who after a decade returns to her family’s fly-in hunting lodge .... which turns into a nightmare. This is the Canadian premiere.
Alien 1979 (September 1-7 @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton)
The classic monster movie is playing for only $6 at the Carlton all week at both 6:40 and 9:15 p.m.
Degrassi School's Out 25th Anniversary (September 3 @ The Royal Cinema)
Joey Jeremiah and Stacey Mistysyn will be in attendance at this screening of the 25th anniversary of one of the most watched Canadian TV movies of all time. Be sure to get tickets in advance.
Nite Comfort 48 (September 3 @ Handlebar)
Elusive The One's JSG hits the Handlebar stage for an unforgettable night of electronic and 3D visuals along with opener Carolyn Ellen.
Big Primpin - Step Fresh (September 1 @ Miss Thing's)
A hip hop party for LGBTQ people and their guests. DJs Karim Olen Ash and Sikh Knowledge spin their finest as Bday boy Junior Sealy makes a grand return to Toronto to host.
Prince and Michael Jackson All Night (September 2 @ The Steady)
Dance your butt off to the king and queen of pop with Jules Bangsworth. All the hits you know on one sweaty little west side dance floor.
With It 60s Mod Soul Reggae Record Dance Party (September 2 @ The Piston)
CIUT 89.5FM's DJ Nico spins with Ottawa's DJ Magnificent for a night of soul to make you do crazy things on the dancefloor.
Pachanga Parti Labour Day Long Weekend Edition (September 2 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
A dance party for Toronto's Latinx queer community with DJ Alex. Expect salsa, bachata, and world beats at this party inside a book store.
Beam Me Up Lakeside (September 3 @ The Slip)
Beam Me Up sojourns to the lakeside for a day of disco. Let residents The Patchouli Bros and Cyclist serve you a waterfront soundtrack of underrated and obscure disco.
Tapette French disco edition (September 3 @ Bunda Lounge)
Toronto's only all-French dance party takes over this house music venue for one long-weekend night only with special guests The Patchouli Brothers! It's a night of French disco.
Depeche Mode After Party (September 3 @ Velvet Underground)
Depeche Mode is in town, but you know you're going to want to dance to all that new wave goodness afterward, rights? This is the afterparty, which is also a video dance party, which is also perfect.
Break For Love (September 3 @ Nest)
A Labour Day-long weekend Sunday dance party filled classic house from Montreal's Jojo Flores and Toronto's own Dave Campbell and Yogi.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO