Events this weekend in Toronto don't get much bigger than this. It's the annual Nuit Blanche art extravaganza on Saturday night, but it's also the final hours of Invictus, there are some huge Oktoberfest parties and the new Guillermo del Toro exhibit opens. Events you might want to check out:
Nuit Blanche (September 30 - October 1 @ Multiple Venues)
Toronto's free, city-wide sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns with installations and works transforming spaces all around us for one night only.
Toronto Octoberfest (September 29-30 @ Ontario Place)
Join 6,000 people at the city's largest Oktoberfest. This massive two-day party celebrates Bavarian heritage with food, beer, music, and a fun fair modelled after the original Munich event.
Legends of Horror (September 29 - October 31 @ Casa Loma)
Toronto's only real castle is transformed into your haunted nightmare with a one hour tour of secret rooms, tunnels, ghouls and all kinds of other spooky surprises.
Invictus Games Closing Ceremony (September 30 @ Air Canada Centre)
Close out the massive sports tournament with a star-studded concert from Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Bachman & Turner, and Quebecoise singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate.
At Home with Monsters (September 30 - January 7 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
Don’t miss this rare glimpse into the fantastic and frightful world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It's an immersive exhibit featuring about 4,150 objects including props, sculptures, paintings, prints,and costumes.
Vintage Clothing Sale (September 30 - October 1 @ Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place)
From Kensington to Queen West, this city loves vintage fashion, and it's proven even more true with the country's largest vintage clothing show under one roof.
Gay Play Day theatre festival (September 29-30 @ Alumnae Theatre)
Two days, five plays and the chance to see what some of the city's brightest playwrights are up to. Tickets are $15 a day.
Venus Fest (September 30 @ Artscape Daniels Spectrum)
Here's a brand new Toronto music festival and arts celebration run by and featuring women, gender queer, and trans folk.
Wanderlust (September 30 @ Queen Street East along Vancouver and Booth Avenue)
Over 220,220 stores, businesses and restaurants open their doors for this huge east side culture crawl. There are also five party hubs with live music, food and beer along the way.
Halloween Haunt (September 30 - October 31 @ Canada's Wonderland)
If you thought roller coasters were scary, wait until you walk through a darkened amusement park covered in creepy characters, haunted walks, zombies and all kinds of other gruesome surprises.
Toronto Motorcycle Film Fest (September 29-30 @ Revue Cinema)
This west side cinema is being taking over by bikers for the weekend! It's a unique festival that showcases the best narrative and documentary motorcycle films from around the world.
Salmon Festival (October 1 @ Morningside Park )
The main attraction to this day is watching the schools of salmon trying to swim upstream. But there's also live music and self-guided walking tours at this family-friendly afternoon.
Black owned Market Pop-up (October 1 @ Wychwood Barns)
Get products and services by black-owned businesses in Toronto in one spot! There'll also be music, performances and giveaways, as well as the chance to network and shop.
Oktoberfest! (September 29 @ Gladstone Hotel)
Dust off your dirndl or lederhosen as this hotel bar is transformed into an ole fashioned German beer hall featuring two performances by your favourite Bavarian Queens, other live music and steins of beer.
Mexican Fundraising festival (September 30 @ ALLIANCE BANQUET HALL & EVENT VENUE)
Toronto's Latino community comes together for a full day of live performances, music, food, and drinks to raise money for the Mexican Earthquake Victims.
Apple Fest 2017 (September 30 - October 1 @ Bayview Ave. from Soudan to Davisville)
Celebrating their history and paying homage to the many apple orchards that once graced the area, this day salutes apples with ciders, pies, live music and street art.
Oktoberfest Pary (September 30 @ Mill Street Beer Hall)
There will be 18 beers on tap including their signature Oktoberfest beer at this Mill Street event. Fill up on Bavarian fare with the one-night-only special menu. German-themed entertainment is also promised.
Texas Mac (September 29 @ Dakota Tavern)
Members of The Split (Curtis and Matthew Chaffey) play rock'n roll and country tunes all night down in this good old-fashioned western bar.
Metz (September 29-30 @ Lee's Palace)
Toronto's favourite noise rockers play a two-night sting at the legendary rock bar to celebrate the release of their new album.
Big Fun (September 29 @ The Rec Room Toronto)
This is a giant dance party inside Toronto's brand new adult arcade and bar. There's a club in the back and there you'll find this LGBT dance party with drag queens, DJ and massive projections.
Pixies (September 29 @ Massey Hall)
The much-loved alt-rockers return to the city for a show of songs from their latest album Head Carrier.
Beam Me Up! (September 29 @ The Piston)
A night of pure disco where you'll feel all the love on the dancefloor with DJs The Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist.
Friday Night Live (September 29 - November 24 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
DJ Mista Jiggz, Gimmemar, Cheri Maracle and University of Toronto Faculty of Music provide the beats and the music for this fashion-focused party night inside the museum.
Slime Vol. 1 (September 29 @ Luanda House)
NYC's Jay Boogie lands in the city for a night of underground club sounds at this brand new dance jam. Myst Milano, kaspr and Karim Olen Ash fill out the rest of this hot little night.
Course of Time (September 29 @ OMAW)
This is a night celebrating Rainer & Grimm's new single "Tempted," which also acts as a hot dance party. Rainer & Grimm will spin and they've invited some friends. It's presented in partnership with the Course of Time folks.
Hey QT (September 29 @ Sex Laser)
This west side bar is taken over for one night only by this wild queer-friendly dance party with no cover. There'll be go go dancers, video installations and DJs Joe Blow, Fluffy Souffle and Sigourney Beaver.
Aughties by Nature (September 29 @ The Baby G)
Put on your best pair of low-rise jeans, grow out the ironic moustache, and dust off your trucker hats because the Aughts are back for one night only with DJs Andrew Pulsifer and Miguel Rivas.
Buddies Fall-atio (September 30 - October 1 @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre)
If you need a night of drag and dancing, look no further. Katinka Kature hosts a night of performance and dancing with Helena Poisn, Beardra Bidness and Baby Bel Bel. DJ Regina Gently spins.
K&P mart dance party (September 30 - October 1 @ Gladstone Hotel)
Clean up on aisle 4, dance party on aisle 5! Kastor & Pollux transform the hotel's Ballroom into a larger than life grocery store. Expect lots of light flashes and DJs.
Jelly (September 30 - October 1 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
DJs Tamika, Sammy Rawal and Diego Armand serve house, trap, dancehall, vogue, club, Afro and electronic at this dance party in a bookstore/bar.
Scream (September 30 - October 1 @ The Beaver)
DJ Kris Steeves spins dark beats of the night while host and queen of the night Jacklynnne Hyde and guests Jenna Syde and Leelando.
EDIT (September 28 - October 8 @ East Harbour )
A day of fascinating talks, workshops, panels, screenings, and exhibits all go down at the opening weekend of this innovation, technology and design fair inside an old soap factory.
JFL42 (September 21-30 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
September 30 is the final day of JFL42 and comedians like Kenny and Spenny, Jay Faroah and Tom Segura headline the final acts.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO