THESE WEEKEND EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME IN TORONTO EVEN MORE MEMORABLE!
Friday, September 12
Sample local brews at Toronto Beer Week, which kicks off on Friday and runs until September 20. The event spans 70 venues across the city, with 35 craft breweries participating and 200-plus events including pub crawls, cask tappings and brewmasters’ dinners. Great Lakes Brewery, Indie Alehouse Brewing Co. and Left Field Brewery will all be introducing new brews. On Saturday, sip your lagers on the lake with the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise; tickets are $39.95 each and trips depart at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Visit torontobeerweek.com for a full schedule of events and participating establishments, and to purchase tickets.
Food, music, art, dance and culture take centre stage this weekend at two cultural festivals: the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival and the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, both of which kick off with events Friday evening. Highlights on the stage at the Ukrainian fest include Ukrainian folk/rock band TIK and Edmonton’s world renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, while the Polish fest boasts multiple stages and a packed performance schedule that kicks off tonight with an Old Time Polka Party, as well as renowned Polish band Baryczy on Saturday. Traditional foods will also be a big part of the festivities at both events, so get read to feast on as much pierogis, cabbage rolls, borscht, kielbasa and zapiekanka as you can handle. Visit ukrainianfestival.com and polishfestival.ca for full details.
If live music in a stadium setting is more your tune, Lorde is headlining tonight at the Molson Amphitheatre with special guest Majical Cloudz. Tickets are $45-$60, and can be purchased by calling 1-855-985-5000.
Saturday, September 13
Theatre buffs will want to pick up tickets for the opening of Our Country’s Good at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Olivier Award–winning premiere, this historical drama tells the powerful true story of the men, women and children who were sent to Australia when Britain founded its first penal colony in 1788. Visit mirvish.com for tickets.
If browsing beautiful blooms is your idea of a lovely Saturday activity, stop by the Toronto Flower Market and enjoy the scents and sight of an array of flowers and houseplants from local growers and florists. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1056 Queen St. W.; visit torontoflowermarket.ca for further details.
The summer music fest season isn’t over just yet for EDM fans. Play Music Festival, which hits Fort York on Saturday, features a packed lineup including Robbie Riviera, FTampa, La Riots, Richard Durand, Bryan Kearney, Alex Kenji, Adam K, D3FF and AKTEC, Joe Ghost and more. General admission is $45; tickets for admission and Tydi boat cruise (ages 19+) are $60 each. Visit playmusicfestival.ca for full schedule and to purchase tickets.
Sunday, September 14
Don’t miss your last chance to catch a flick at the Toronto International Film Festival, including the always-anticipated—and free—re-screening of the Festival 2014 Grolsch People’s Choice Award winner (yet to be announced) at 6 p.m at the Ryerson Theatre.
Hang on to a little slice of summer by heading to the Rogers Centre for an afternoon of baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays play host to the Tampa Bay Rays with the game starting at 1:07 p.m. Tickets are $14.25 to $216.25; call 416-341-1234 or visit bluejays.com for a complete schedule and tickets.