Things to Do Labour Day Weekend in Toronto

Skyride at CNE, photo courtesy CNE
Skyride at CNE, photo courtesy CNE
Singer Robin Thicke, photo cbgrfx123
Robin Thicke, photo cbgrfx123

Labour Day arrives early this year on Mon., Sept. 2, 2013. To get the most out of the Labour Day weekend, the final blast of the summer, check out some of these Toronto events that are taking place Labour Day weekend.

Wham Bam Festival at Molson Amphitheatre

Avril Lavigne, Shawn Desman, Classified, Nikki Williams and Robin Thicke, who scored a huge hit with “Blurred Lines” this summer, will be appearing at Wham Bam Festival presented by KiSS 92.5 on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. at the Molson Amphitheatre. Tickets are $30.75 to $88.25.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals

The Blue Jays square off against the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on Fri., Aug. 30, 2013 at 7 p.m., Sat., Aug. 31, 2013 at 1 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $11.65, $14.25, $27.50, $45.10, $49.50, $66.25, $68.25, $81.25 and $216.25.

Hot and Spicy Food Festival at Harbourfront

This year, the Hot and Spicy Food Festival takes place over the Labour Day Weekend at Harboufront Centre. Watch chefs square off in the Iron Chef competition and taste hot and spicy foods from various cultures.


Skyride at CNE, photo courtesy CNE
Skyride at CNE, photo courtesy CNE

The Canadian National Exhibition celebrates its 135th year, running from Aug. 16, 2013 to Sept. 2, 2013. If you’re attending the CNE during the Labour Day weekend, you can catch the Air Show featuring the Snowbirds, which takes place Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 1 p.m. by the waterfront. You can also enjoy the Flying Wallendas who will perform at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day of the Labour Day weekend and the Acrobatic Show at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Highlights at the CNE for 2013 include performances by Theory of a Deadman on Sat., Aug. 31, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the CNE Bandshell. Other activities include the Midway, the President’s Choice SuperDogs Show, the Garden Show, the International and Home pavilions and the Food Building.

Artfest at the Distillery

Chair by Kristensen-Smith
Chair by Kristensen-Smith

If you’re looking for a unique touch for your home or gifts for a special occasion, you may want to check out the Artfest at the Distillery handcrafted art sale, which is taking place Fri., Aug. 30, Sat., Aug. 31, Sun., Sept. 1 and Mon., Sept. 2, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Approximately 65 local artists will be showcasing painting, jewellery, photography and sculpture for sale. Enjoy live music performances as you shop for original gifts. Admission is free.