Toronto's Ultimate September Event Guide 2023: Must-Attend Happenings in the City!

Toronto is set to be alive with energy this September! From engaging book sales at the renowned Toronto Reference Library to the iconic Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, here's a detailed guide for those eager to make the most of this vibrant month in the city.

  1. Treasures Book Sale

A must-attend event for all book lovers, come find great deals on thousands of first editions, rare and collectible books at the Toronto Reference Library!


Please note that Friends of the Toronto Public Library, South Chapter kindly requests attendees to bring their own bag, as well as their patience, in case of any lineups. All proceeds are donated in support of library programs.



September 14, 2023, 9:30 am - 7:00 pm

September 15, 2023, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

September 16, 2023, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Where: Toronto Reference Library - Beeton Hall (Ground Floor)

789 Yonge St



Sept. 14 - $3.00 Cash admission

Sept. 15 - Free admission

Sept, 16 - Free admission

  1. Canadian International Air Show

The Canadian International Air Show returns to Toronto. Head to Toronto’s Waterfront for a jam-packed aerobatic air show featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, the CF-18 Demo Team, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and much more!



September 2, 2023, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

September 3, 2023, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

September 4, 2023, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Where: Marilyn Bell Park

1095 Lake Shore Blvd W

  1. Nuit Blanche


Nuit Blanche is completely free to attend and will feature more than 80 art projects from close to 250 artists from a variety of disciplines.


This year’s curatorial theme is called Breaking Ground, which encourages exploration within the arts community to explore issues related to nature.




Sep 23, 2023 from 7 pm to 7am 


Where: All over the city


Cost: Free

  1. Taste of The Kingsway 2023

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kingsway BIA with an even bigger and more spectacular event!


Join us for three unforgettable days of food, music, family entertainment, contests, and shows at South Etobicoke's largest street festival, in celebration of its 25th year.


Be sure to stop by the Re/Max Professionals booth and enter to win an iPad, among other activities, and you might even see some of our team members!



September 8, 2023, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

September 9, 2023, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

September 10, 2023, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm


Where: Bloor Street West from Prince Edward Dr to Montgomery Rd


Cost: Free

  1. 1MX Music Festival

After successful runs in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Manila and most recently London, renowned global Asian music celebration 1MX Music Festival will make its North American debut!


The traveling showcase brings together the best in Asian food and music. International sensations UMI, Ben&Ben, thuy, Guapdad 4000, BGYO and Justin Park will all take the stage for the Toronto stop, along with JUNO-nominated headliner Dabin, and fellow Canadian DJs, DJ Jayemkayem, DJ Tilt and DJ Hedspin.


When: September 10, 2023

Event Time(s): 3:00 pm


Where: Budweiser Stage

909 Lake Shore Blvd W


Cost: $98.50 - $211.81

  1. Toronto Waterfront Festival 2023

The Quack is Back!


The World’s Largest Rubber Duck, returns to the Toronto Waterfront Festival. Snap a selfie with Mama Duck, who will be nesting on-land at Queens Quay East.


Other festival programs include the Canadian Armed Forces who will be bringing two massive, armoured vehicles that weigh over 45,000 pounds each, the Royal Canadian Navy will feature the HMCS Oriole on the water plus on-land activations, pop-up entertainment from Redpath Sugar, local food trucks, the Billy Bishop Airport Picnic Lounge and much more.



September 16, 2023, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

September 17, 2023, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Where: 7 Queens Quay E

7 Queens Quay E


Cost: Free

  1. Toronto Dragon Festival

The Toronto Dragon Festival returns to Nathan Phillips Square with foods, cultures and and all-new lion dance competition!


Festival goers can count on all their TDF favourites that have become a yearly tradition before the summer ends. From Asian street food to diverse cultural presentations, the ever-improvised Reflection Water Show will all land on Toronto’s iconic Reflecting Pool in Nathan Phillips Square in a much more spectacular fashion.


To top last year’s stunning high poles acrobatic lion dance, along with the incredible Kung Fu masters, Walk-On-Water runway fashion show, TDF will present a multicultural performance including Canada’s Inuit throat-singing, Caribbean drumming, Philippine folk dances, not to mention a hundred food and merchandise booths that the Festival will gather for your local Toronto experience.



September 2, 2023, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

September 3, 2023, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm



Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto


Cost: Free!

  1. Soil Matters

Learn all about soil: what it’s made of and how to make it better!


Soil, the biologically active repository of nutrients that supports and grows many plants, is comprised of organic matter, inorganic matter, air, and water. Different combinations of these ‘ingredients’ make for different habitats, in which different plants thrive.


In this workshop you will learn the basics of soil composition, the types of soil found naturally in Toronto, how to amend soil to improve fertility and porosity, and what plants work best in the different types of soil!


When: September 19, 2023

Event Time(s): 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Where: Toronto Botanical Garden

777 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M3C 1P2, Canada


Cost: Free

  1. Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival

Discover Ukrainian culture in Canada and share the Ukrainian spirit at North America’s largest Ukrainian Street Festival. This is your opportunity to experience Ukrainian culture and hospitality at their best.

Enjoy non-stop entertainment with Ukrainian performers from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, the USA, and Ukraine, including dancers, vocalists, musicians, and a special youth segment.


Vendor kiosks will offer delicious, authentic Ukrainian food and beverages, beautiful crafts, and collectibles. Cultural pavilions will feature interactive cultural activities and displays of historical and contemporary interest.


When: September 15–17, 2023


Where: Bloor Street West between Jane St. and Glendonwynne Rd


Cost: Free

  1. Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Toronto


Just For Laughs Toronto is a comedy festival featuring headlining acts & the funniest comedians from around the world over a period of 10 days.


When: September 21, 2023 - September 30, 2023

See website for event schedule



Scotiabank Arena - 40 Bay St.

Meridian Hall - 1 Front St E

Royal Theatre - 805 Broughton St, Victoria, BC V8W 1E5, Canada

Elgin Theatre - 189 Yonge St

Berczy Park - Berczy Park, 35 Wellington St E

Comedy Bar - 945 Bloor St W

Yuk Yuk's - 130 Richmond St W

Rivoli - 334 Queen St W

Garrison - 1197 Dundas St W

Second City - One York Street, 110 Harbour St

Danforth Music Hall - 147 Danforth Ave


Cost: $50 - $200


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