416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Aug.30 – Sept.2)

CNEAs I’m sitting here writing this post and hear the CF Snowbirds flying over my building, I’m reminded that summer is almost over. After this weekend there’ll be talk of Thanksgiving and Halloween candy at Shoppers Drugmart, so this long weekend do something fun and take advantage of everything the city has to offer. Here is my TOP5 for things to do in Toronto this weekend.

The CNE – The Canadian National Exhibition closes up shop this Monday. Although the food pavilion has received a bit of negative attention, the midway is more fun than ever. Whether you hit the rides, catch a few performances or just wander around the indoor exhibits, head over to The Ex before it closes for another year.

SnowbirdsCanadian International Air Show – As usual, the CNE marks its closing weekend with jets. The theatrics range from the RCAF Snowbirds’ aerobatics to a “dead-stick” routine in which the pilot shuts off the engine at 6,000 feet. If crowds aren’t your thing, a VIP “Flight Deck” ticket allows you to watch from a patio on the water’s edge. But you can catch the show for free at a few waterfront parks such as Coronation Park.

Wham Bam 2013 – If you wanted to get in one last outdoor concert before the weather turns, head to over to Molson Canadian Amphitheatre this Saturday. This year’s headliner is R&B singer Robin Thicke, who’s single “Blurred Lines” has been number one on the worldwide charts this year. He is joined by Canadian pop sensation Avril Lavigne, and supporting acts Classified, Shawn Desman and Nikki Williams.

Top GunEndless Summer: The Birth of the Blockbuster – If you prefer to stay out of the sun this Labour Day Weeekend, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, looks back on the movies that made audiences equate summer with blockbusters. The lineup reads like an essential collection: Jaws, Back to the Future, Top Gun and E.T. and more. The event runs from Friday until Sunday. Tickets available ($8.50–$12) at the box office. So if you want to take in a fun flick, but not in the mood for sticky floors, over priced snacks and crowds of teenage girls in line for the One Direction movie, this is the place for you.

Hot & Spicy at Harbourfront – If you enjoy the zestier things in life then head down to Harbourfront Centre for the Hot & Spicy Food Festival. The fest explores diverse hot food experiences, with cuisine from around the world. International and local chefs, farmers and artists reflect on how they fit into the global scene.


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