Toronto’s got a lot of fun on offer this weekend. Here’s a sampling of what’s on.
Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival, Sept. 16 to 18
North America’s largest Ukrainian festival is back this year celebrating its 26th edition. Over three days the festival offers visitors a chance to engage with everything Ukrainian culture has to offer.
That includes Ukrainian performers like the Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus with its vast repertoire of Ukrainian folk music, and the rock-polka band Those Idiots. The festival also includes dancers and a youth segment.
Vendor kiosks will offer Ukrainian food and beverages. And if you feel like taking a part of Ukraine with you there will also be crafts and collectibles on sale. Cultural pavilions will feature interactive activities, and displays of historical and contemporary interest to help the public get a better understanding of Ukrainian culture.
If you can’t make it but still want to experience festivities, there’s a livestream to catch the performances throughout the three days. Go to ukrainianfestival.com/live-broadcast.html to watch.
Admission to the festival is free. Visit ukrainianfestival.com for more information.
Redpath Waterfront Festival, Sept. 17 and 18
Toronto’s waterfront festival has returned for its first in-person activities since 2019. Celebrating the last weekend of summer with both land and water entertainment, the festival spans multiple locations, including HTO Park and Sugar Beach, where you can find a replica of Theodore Tugboat and catch live performances.
You can also grab something to eat from local food trucks at the Billy Bishop Airport Picnic Lounge and engage in cultural activities with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Indigenous Tourism Ontario.
Admission free. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Go to towaterfrontfest.com to learn more.
RendezBrews, Sept. 16 to 18
Back due to popular demand, this collaboration between the Toronto Craft Brew Festival and RendezViews, “Toronto’s most epic patio ever,” returns for its second consecutive year. Located in the heart of downtown, 229 Richmond St. W., the festival makes for a perfect chance to grab a cool drink and bask in the last vestiges of summer. Offering more than 50 craft beers, spirits and ciders, the Toronto Craft Brew Festival is the city’s largest celebration of independent craft brewers.
RendezBrews runs from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, 12:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. General admission starts at $25 and it’s $32 to skip the line.
Go to rendezbrews.ca to learn more.
Barbie-core Skate Party with DJ Elise Purdon, Sept. 16
If you’re looking for a unique experience, the Barbie-core Skate Party atop the parkade rooftop at the CF Shops at Don Mills is the place to be. Inspired by behind-the-scenes footage of the movie “Barbie” starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, SUSO Skate Co. wants people to channel their inner Barbie and Ken, dress up in Barbiecore and come out to skate.
SUSO Skate Co. will also add a 51-metre sunshine-yellow skate trail to the more than 10,000 square feet of rooftop space to enhance the esthetic. The party will also be hosted by the illustrious DJ Elise Purdon on the 1s and 2s.
The party runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and is for people 18 and over. Bring your own skates or rent them: bookings must be made online in advance starting at $18 an hour.
Sneaker Con, Sept. 17 and 18
The self-proclaimed “greatest sneaker show on Earth” is making its way back to Canada this year, landing at Toronto’s Enercare Centre. The convention, a haven for all streetwear fashionistas and sneakerheads, will be packed with events and giveaways for attendees. Sneaker Con is filled with more than 400 vendors buying, selling and trading sneakers and apparel, offering sneakerheads the chance to find their dream shoe.
Presented by eBay, the event offers a specialty sneaker authentication service using Sneaker Con’s authenticity program and Legit Certified Tags. The eBay affiliation also allows for live sneaker auctions, which means you can cop a shoe for less than its typical price or just enjoy the sneaker-fuelled madness. Knowing Toronto of late, you might even catch an influencer there buying shoes.
Tickets start at $30, up to $50 for a full-weekend pass. Go to sneakercon.com for information.