So... Summer is almost over. And we're all pretty miserable about it. For those of us who are students, school's back and that means no more sleeping in until noon (unless you're lucky enough to not have any morning classes). You're going to see the annual "wake me up when September ends" tweets all over your Twitter timeline soon enough. On the bright side, there are a ton of free events happening this month to keep your mood up! Fall foliage is also coming soon and that means gorgeous walks and pretty Instagram pictures.
1. City Cinema @ Yonge-Dundas Square
Catch the last free screenings happening at Dundas Square as part of City Cinema on September 1st. Camp out at the Square from 7 to 11 P.M. to see Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark and Björk: Biophilia Live, a concert film.
2. TIFF in the Park @ David Pecaut Square
TIFF has been hosting free film screenings at David Pecaut Square all summer in celebration of their 40th anniversary. The last screening of the summer will be Pride and Prejudice on September 2nd, so be sure to grab your picnic blankets and tissue boxes and head on over to David Pecaut Square. Also, as part of TIFF in Your Park, Pleasantville will be screened at Garden Square in Brampton on September 1st, Satellite Boy at Praire Drive Park in Scarborough on September 4th, and The Sapphires in Fort York on September 25th.
Photo cred – Damien D.
3. Free Flicks @ Harbourfront Centre
The last free screening as part of Free Flicks is being screened September 2nd at the Harbourfront Centre. The film being screened is audience choice and voting has already closed, so be sure to be there to see what it is!
4. Free shows @ Horseshoe Tavern
Feel like listening to some live music from a new artist/band but don't know where to go? The Horseshoe always has free shows happening. Here's who's playing this month:
September 1 - Cold Bones, Simcoe, OL' CD, The Stephen & Cameron Show, Bryce Clifford & Brother Superior
September 7 - Simple Danger, Mabachus, Anthony Botting
September 8 - The Budds, Navigate the Sky, The Classy Chassys
September 14 - Tobias & the Hectics, Greg Mashinter, Rend
September 15 - Fake Shark, Hot Panda, The Lunes, The Wild Romantics
September 29 - Good Bad Kidm Bon Fire, Chasing Sam, King Cuddy
5. Summer Music in the Garden @ Toronto Music Garden
Chill out and relax to some beautiful live music at the Toronto Music Garden. Ventanas will be performing songs from their new album, Arrelumbre, on September 3rd, and The Bombadils will be performing songs from their latest album, Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet, September 13th.
6. Dancing on the Pier @ Harbourfront Centre
Close out summer with some dancing on the pier. On September 3rd, dance along to the upbeat music of one of Toronto’s most popular Cuban music groups, Son Ache. They've been performing all summer, and this one will be their last performance for the summer!
7. Hot & Spicy Food Festival @ Harbourfront Centre
Come celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Hot & Spicy Food Festival from September 4th to 7th. Try free samples, shop rare hot sauces, and stock up on spicy goods at the Red Hot Market. There'll even be dancing with live DJs, live performances by artists, food competitions, and tips and sessions with great Canadian chefs (including Vikram Vij from Dragons' Den). It's only four days long, but it's going to be huge (over 16,000 people have joined the Facebook event page).
8. Hispanic Fiesta @ Mel Lastman Square
Celebrate Hispanic culture at the 34th Hispanic Fiesta in North York. The huge festival draws in over 300 performers from over 20 different Spanish-speaking countries. Enjoy the tango show, dance along to great music, and taste all the delicious food. Check it out September 4th to 7th at Mel Lastman Square!
9. Festival Street @ TIFF
We all know what the best part of the Toronto International Film Festival is besides the screenings: celebrity spotting! So grab your cameras (or just your smartphones) and get ready to creep some celebs. Stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Ryan Reynolds, Matt Damon, Liam Hemsworth, Shia LaBeouf, Kristen Stewart, and Emma Roberts have been confirmed to be at this year's festival. TIFF is happening September 10th to 20th this year and King Street (from Peter to University) will be closed off to cars from September 10th to 13th.
10. Vegetarian Food Festival @ Harbourfront Centre
From September 11th to 13th, have anything and everything vegetarian you could ever want at the Vegetarian Food Festival. There'll be amazing eats such as vegetarian burgers, hot dogs, and cupcakes, all meat and dairy free. It’s the biggest vegetarian food fest in North America and it's been around for 30 years. Try foods from over 130 vendors, local restaurants, and bakeries. There will also be presentations, events, and cooking demonstrations for you to enjoy, as well as vegetarian-friendly products for sale.
11. Leafs Nation Fan Fest @ Air Canada Centre/Maple Leaf Square
Wait what? The Leafs Fan Fest is FREE this year? You heard it right! The 2nd annual Leafs Nation Fan Fest is happening September 12th to 13th, and this year, there'll be even more players and alumni for meet and greet opportunities (Joffrey Lupul <3) and outdoor activities to keep pedestrian traffic flowing throughout the rink and square. There'll also be a kid-friendly area, over 2,000 pieces of game-worn equipment for sale, and the unveiling of the new Borje Salming statue on Legend’s Row. However, you have to be a member of the Leafs Nation in order to get a chance to receive tickets, which you can sign up for here.
12. Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition @ Nathan Phillips Square
Instead of the conventional indoor gallery, why not check out an outdoor exhibition? Admire art from 500 different artists with 100,000 other people at Nathan Phillips Square from September 18th to 20th. You can even purchase art to spice up your room! Plus, it'll get you pumped for Nuit Blanche coming in October.
13. Bloor Ossington Folk Festival
A free three day-long music festival, say WHAT? The Bloor Ossington Folk Festival is a not-for-profit free music and arts fest and it's happening September 18th to 20th at Christie Pits. Music festival season ain't over yet!
14. Mirvish Village BIA Sidewalk Sale
Shop vintage, artisan, and new at the Sidewalk Sale in Mirvish Village. The sale is happening on Markham Street on the west side of Honest Ed's on September 19th. Enjoy art, live music, and great food. If you're lucky enough, maybe you'll be able to grab one of the 100 free hot dogs they're giving away at the Remax booth!
15. Woofstock @ Woodbine Park
What could be better than a huge festival dedicated to adorable dogs? Enjoy the Purina Pro Plan Dog Stars show, the doggie fashion show, and all the contests (including a costume contest and a stupid trick contest!) There'll be tons of vendors selling doggie fashions, furnishings, products, and food. Happening September 26th to 27th.
16. Small World On Common Ground Festival @ Fort York
From September 26th to 27th, enjoy a free festival of music and arts along with great food, drinks, and crafts at Fort York. Get hyped up to music by the Turkish folk of Turkwaz, funk band KC Roberts & the Live Revolution, Afro-Cuban jazz group Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, and electronica group Eccodek. So much will be happening at this festival, including powwowFit sessions led by A Tribe Called Red's hoop dancer James Jones and collaborative art making led by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. You won't wanna miss this!
17. The Word on the Street @ Harbourfront Centre
Are you a book nerd? Spend the day at the 26th edition of this national book and magazine festival on September 27th at Harbourfront Centre. There'll be tons of amazing Canadian authors there as well as workshops and programming sessions!