By Lori Bosworth
It’s hard to believe that the Labour Day weekend will be here in a few weeks. Where did the summer go? Labour Day weekend is Sept. 2-4, 2017. If you are staying in the city, there are many Labour Day weekend events in Toronto 2017.
Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and The Edgar Winter Band at Budweiser Stage
Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and The Edgar Winter Band perform at the Budweiser Stage (formerly Molson Amphitheatre) on Sat., Sept. 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $119.25, $103.75, $83.75, $43.75 and $33.75 and can be purchased online.
The Zac Brown Band performs at Budweiser Stage on Fri., Sept. 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. Special guests include Darrell Scott and Caroline Jones. Tickets are $131.50, $105.50, $66 and $46 and can be purchased online. The Budweiser Stage is located at 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-260-5600.
Artfest at the Distillery District
If you feel like shopping for original, artisanal gifts, make your way over to Artfest at the Distillery District on the Labour Day weekend. The show will feature jewellery, designer clothing, home decor, glass art, leather, pottery, sculpture, metal art, wood craft, photography and painting. Enjoy live music while you shop. Artfest at the Distillery District takes place Sept. 1-4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.
Toronto International BuskerFest
One of the most popular Labour Day weekend events in Toronto 2017 will be the Toronto International BuskerFest presented by Epilepsy Toronto takes place on Labour Day weekend at Woodbine Park. The 18th annual festival features street performers including magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, clowns, aerial artists, daredevils, comedians and musicians. There is also a Family Fun Zone for the kids and a licensed beer garden for the adults. Admission is by donation to Epilepsy Toronto. Woodbine Park is located at 1695 Queen Street East.
Join Linda Rosenbaum and Susan Roy for a one-hour walk at Ward’s Island on the Toronto Islands. Rosenbaum and Roy are both residents of the Ward’s Island community, which consists of 650 residents. They will discuss the island’s history including a healing ground for Indigenous peoples, cottage properties for Toronto’s wealthy, and the community mixed-income families who currently live there. Cost is $20. Register online. Meet at Ward’s Island Ferry Dock on Sun., Sept. 2, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The CNE is back from August 18, 2017 to September 4, 2017 at Exhibition Place with lots to see. Don’t miss Jamie Kennedy, Vikram Vij, Michael Hunter and others at the Celebrity Chef Stage. Food Products Day is August 23, 2017 where everyone wins a prize. The Aerial Acrobatic and Ice Skating Show, which is performed daily, features Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko. And of course the Air Show returns on September 2-4, 2017 at the waterfront. Admission to the CNE is Adult (14-64) $19, 65+ $16, 5-13 $16 and 4 and under Free. A Family Pass for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children is $59. CNE Bandshell concerts are free with admission. Performances in September 2017 include:
- Brett Kissel, Fri., Sept. 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
- USS – Sat., Sept. 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
- A Tribe Called Red – Sun., Sept. 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
The Hot & Spicy Food Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre on Labour Day weekend from Sept. 1-4, 2017. Enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Roger Mooking, Jonathan Gushue, Luis Valenzuela and Nicole Gomes. Jazz and blues musicians including Matt Dusk, Harrison Kennedy, Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana, Sharron Matthews and others will perform. Shop at the Red Hot Market for enticing food products, watch the young chefs in the ChiliKids Junior Chef Competition make their best vegetarian jambalaya or take in Foodie Films, co-presented with the National Film Board of Canada.
Are you attending Labour Day weekend events in Toronto 2017? Please mention them in the comments.