Top 6 things to do in Toronto this weekend (Sept. 16-18)

Ryerson campus (Sissi Wang/ Ryersonian)

Step away from campus this weekend by heading out to one of the following events. (Sissi Wang)

Get outside, check out some good eats, see some animals and listen to music. Here’s our list of the top things to do in the city this weekend.

1. Get some fresh air at High Park with “Let’s Go Blue Jays” family nature walks

Enjoy the leaves at High Park before they start to fall. (Courtesy of Benson Kua via Wikimedia Commons)

Enjoy the leaves at High Park before they start to fall. (Courtesy of Benson Kua via Wikimedia Commons)

Embrace your inner nature lover with a leisurely walk through High Park while also brushing up on some Blue Jays trivia. Like… what’s the inspiration behind the blue bird logo?

Location: High Park Date: Saturday, Sept. 17 Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: Free; donations of $2 to $5 are welcome. Click here for more details.

2. Catch a TIFF movie at Ryerson Theatre

Ryerson's theatre is the spot to be on campus for watching TIFF films.

Ryerson’s theatre is the spot to be on campus for watching TIFF films. (Mallory Warren)

With two screenings on Saturday and two on Sunday, there are still plenty of opportunities to take a break from studying and catch a flick at the Toronto International Film Festival. Movies playing this weekend are Carrie Pilby, Queen of Katwe, The Edge of Seventeen and The Age of Shadows. Try your luck at buying tickets online or stand in line early for a rush ticket.

Location: Ryerson Theatre Date: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 17-18 Time: Depends on the movie Cost: Starts from $20. Click here for more details. 

3. Food Truck Festival Ontario

Get your stretchy pants on and sample some food at the Food Truck Festival. Eat from one of the dozens of different food trucks that will be featured at the festival. There will eating contests, a marching band, and a drinks garden at the event.

Location: Downsview Park Date: Sunday, Sept. 18 Time: Noon to 7 p.m. Cost: $12- $25. Click here for more details.

4. Chronologic Night at The Garrison with Goin’ Steady DJs

Dance the night away to music from different eras. The night will kick off with music from the 1890’s before moving forward through the decades, wrapping up with the hits of today. Cover fee is only $5 if you arrive before 11:30 p.m. It’s $10 after that.

Location: The Garrison Gate Date: Saturday, Sept. 17 Time: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Cost: $5 before 11:30 p.m.; $10 after. Click here for more details.

5. Kensington Market Jazz Festival

Celebrate local jazz talent all weekend at Kensington Market.  The festival features more than 80 shows and over 100 Toronto artists. The shows will take place across nine venues including Supermarket, The Boat, The Round, Handlebar, Trinity Common and Poetry Jazz Café.

Location: Kensington Market Date: Friday – Sunday, Sept. 16-18 Time: Depends on showtimes Cost: $5-$25 depending on show; Cash only. Click here for more details.

6. Hang out with some animals at the Toronto Zoo for Red Panda Day

Spend your day with some red pandas and enjoy some panda-themed activities to celebrate Red Panda Day. There will also be a silent auction that will feature a painting by one of the zoo’s red pandas. Proceeds go to the Red Panda Network, an organization dedicated to protecting wild red pandas and their habitats.

Location: Toronto Zoo Date: Saturday, Sept. 17 Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free with zoo admission. Click here for more details.

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