416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Sept.20 – Sept.22)

Sarah SilvermanIt’s mid September in Toronto which means the celebrities have left the city, talked-about TIFF flicks are starting to hit the theatres for the masses, and everyone is taking in the last days of patio weather in the last semi-chilly evenings of summer. But although we’re heading into fall and the days are cooler, there are plenty of things to do around the city. Here are my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend. Get out there and enjoy the last days of summer!

JFL42 Brings Laughter to Toronto – What better way to start a season than with laughter. Over the next ten days, this stand-up festival brings some of the funniest comedians to Toronto, including Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and the cast of Family Guy, who will be doing a live script reading. The festival takes place in various venues around the city and tickets range from $69 to $199. For more info check out the event website.

Queen West Art CrawlQueen West Art Crawl – This event began in 2003 as a one-day event and has grew into a weekend-long festival celebrating the local community. Spend the day in Trinity Bellwoods Park checking out amazing art pieces and chatting with the talented artists, maybe take part in one of the walking tours, or if you have little ones, spend some time in the KidsZone. This is a great opportunity to introduce the kids to the world of art and spend the day outdoors.

Word on the Street – This annual festival takes place in Queen’s Park this Sunday and offers book readings, opportunity to meet authors, literary workshops and more. The festival celebrates and encourages literacy by displaying the work of some of the country’s top authors. It also offers a large variety of workshops and interactive performances to help and encourage new authors develop their craft. Genre queen Joy Fielding, Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden and illustrator (and Robert Munsch collaborator) Michael Martchenko are among the 200 authors scheduled to appear.

Food DudesAwesTRUCK – After a highly successful 2012 event, Food Truck Eats is back for its second year of AwesTRUCK, bringing togethter food vendors of all stripes to Fort York Garrison Common. this Saturday. They promise to be the largest food gathering in Canadian history featuring 50 trucks including Be Good Gelato, Beach Boys Truck, Beaver Tails Toronto, Choco Churro, Cross Roads Diner, Dirty South, Food Dudes, Frankie Fettucine, Gorilla Cheese and numerous others. Along with wines, spirits and beer choices, an exclusive Samuel Adams Pavilion is also set up. Admission is $10 but does not include food and beverage. The average cost of food items is $7.

Happy Birthday SPiN Toronto! –  Our favourite ping pong spot in King West (maybe even our only ping pong spot) is turning two this Friday night. To celebrate, they’re having a party with 11 artists painting custom pong tables, sampler passports (try a few things, get a stamp for each sample), and more. If you haven’t been yet, why not grab a bite, grab a bevy and maybe play a little ping pong.

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