Toronto Events on Labour Day Weekend 2018


The summer is coming to a quick close…Labour Day weekend is in two weeks! Where did the summer go? Labour Day weekend is Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2018. If you are staying in the city, there are many Labour Day weekend events in Toronto 2018.

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 August 31, 2018 to September 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

NorthFIRE at Toronto International BuskerFest will be one of the most exciting Labour Day weekend events in Toronto 2017
NorthFIRE at Toronto International BuskerFest

Toronto International BuskerFest

One of the most popular Labour Day weekend events in Toronto 2018 will be the Toronto International BuskerFest presented by Epilepsy Toronto takes place from Fri., Aug. 31, 2018 to Mon., Sept. 3, 2018 at Woodbine Park. The 18th annual festival features street performers including magicians, acrobats, fire jugglers, clowns, aerial artists, daredevils, comedians and musicians. Some of the performers include FlameOz, Gaia, Jack Wise, Mental Floss, The Twisted Ones, The Circus Firemen, Acrobuffos, Meow Mur, Lucky Barber Show, Silver Elvis, and The Big Wheel Show. The Little Big Top features 15-minute performances of artists you won’t see otherwise at BuskerFest in a climate-controlled tent. here 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. Toronto International BuskerFest hours are Fri., Aug. 31, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., Sept. 1, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun., Sept. 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Mon., Sept. 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Walk at Ward’s Island

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 $25. Register online. Meet at Ward’s Island Ferry Dock on Sar., Sept. 1, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. For further information, please contact

CNE 2018

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. Quatro, the Acrobatic and Ice Skating Show, which is performed daily, features Vanessa Bauer, 2018 Dancing on Ice Winner and former Cirque du Soleil artist, Angela Kim. The Yate Dance & Acrobatic Team from China performs Aug. 25 to Sept. 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the International Pavilion, Enercare Centre. Food Truck Frenzy returns Aug. 24-26, 2018. And of course the Air Show returns on September 1-3, 2018 at the waterfront. Admission to the CNE is Adult (14-64) $19.99, 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 on Labour Day Weekend include:

  • Big Sugar with Crown Lands, Fri., Aug. 31, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Kansas with The Static Shift – Sat., Sept. 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Trews with Birds of Bellwoods – Sun., Sept. 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Di Faced Tenners by Banksy at The Art of Banksy in Toronto
Di Faced Tenners by Banksy


The Art of Banksy – Labour Day Weekend is your last chance to see this collection of works from street artist Banksy. The collection is on loan from several private collectors.

Are you attending Labour Day weekend events in Toronto 2018? Please mention them in the comments.