Toronto Hit List: Femme Fest, Afro Caribbean Vegan Evening Market, Fast Times, ’Til Sunset Island Party & more!

August 21st-September 2nd Canadian National Exhibition @ Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto’s annual end-of-summer fair returns for two-and-a-half weeks of entertainment, concerts, food, shopping, rides, games, air shows, and lots more.

August 22nd-25th Fan Expo @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W. Fan Expo, a pop culture spectacular for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, cosplay, anime, and gaming, celebrates its 25th anniversary. The four-day event will feature appearances by the Saved By The Bell cast, John Travolta, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Momoa, and many more. Single-day tickets and passes available online.

August 23rd-24th Toronto Cider Festival @ Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Dr. Now in its fifth year, the Toronto Cider Festival creates an environment where you can kick back, relax, and celebrate the summer with delicious ciders in hand while supporting Ontario farmers and the cider industry as a whole. $48.26 tickets available online.

August 23rd-25th Beer, Bourbon & BBQ @ Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W. A one-of-a-kind, social summer experience featuring one of the most celebrated forms of cooking. Enjoy craft beers and bourbon cocktails while listening to live country music, line dancing, and riding the mechanical bull! $7.95-12.95 tickets available online.

August 23rd-September 1st Bricks & Glitter @ various locations. Bricks & Glitter is a community arts festival celebrating two-spirit, trans and queer talent, ingenuity, caring, anger, and abundance. Featuring workshops, parties, performances, and more!

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Open Roof Festival Closing Night: Booksmart @ The Lower Junction, 181 Sterling Rd. Open Roof wraps up its 10th season of movies under the stars with a screening of one of the most buzzed about films of the year, Booksmart + a live musical performance by Basement Revolver. $15.75 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.

8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as the hosts fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

6:45 pm Penguin Teen Screen: Hackers with Arvin Ahmadi@ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Author Arvin Ahmadi talks about his young adult novel featuring a 17-year-old coder’s catapult to stardom and quest to meet the billionaire founder of the world’s biggest VR platform, WAVE, who just might be the man who murdered her father – before a screening of the 1995 proto-Internet-sploitation film, Hackers! $12-15 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Femme Fest @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave. An evening for celebrating the divine feminine energy in our local community, aimed at nurturing and offering exposure opportunities to Toronto artists. Featuring performances by Jessie Isberg, Azalyne Klukowski, Dalia Dargazli, Aunty Social, and Voodoo Shakedown. Until midnight.

10 pm House Work @ The Shop, 1566 Queen St. W. A dance party celebrating all forms of house music: deep house, tech house, afrohouse, future house, and electro house.

FRIDAY

8 pm Indie Fridays: Madison Olds, Lo Lo, Neon Dreams @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Indie Fridays is back for another season of free outdoor concerts featuring some of the city’s emerging artists. This week, enjoy performances by singer-songwriter Madison Olds, the infectiously catchy Lo Lo, and the irresistible duo Neon Dreams. Until 11 pm.

10 pm Dirt Nap @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Retro and classic rock gems spun by DJ Davey D!

10 pm Get Buck @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Nino Brown spins hip-hop, soca, RnB, and dancehall. Deep grooves that transcend.

10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is a disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers. $10.

11 pm Hot Coco @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. a new monthly party for the culture! Experience world music in the most multicultural city in the world. Playing afrobeats, coupé-décalé, gqom, reggae, and much more. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Kensington Flea @ 214 Augusta Ave. Kensington Flea features a diversity of independent artisans and vendors from across the city and beyond! Wares on offer include handmade crafts, jewelry, and other artisanal goods. Until 6 pm. Runs every Saturday through September 7th.

12 pm Leslieville Beerfest @ Dundas St. E. from Logan to Carlaw Ave. The Leslieville Beerfest is shutting down Dundas St. E. for a good old fashion street party featuring local breweries, food venues, and artisans. Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative sampling mug and three beer sample tokens. Until 8 pm.

1 pm The Deadstock Depot @ 1269 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s only vintage streetwear flea market is back! Over 30 local and international vendors come together to form Canada’s largest selection of handpicked garments catering to the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s street and sportswear aesthetic. Until 7 pm.

2 pm Yohomo Patio Queer Daytime Party @ Assembly Chef’s Hall, 111 Richmond St. W. Yohomo is teaming up with Assembly Chef’s Hall and taking over their entire patio! Dance and sip and dance again on this perfectly hidden spot in the middle of the city. Tunes by DJs Sophie Jones, Sammy Rawal, Diego Armand, and Phillippe + drag performances by Mango Sassi. Until 7 pm. $22.23 tickets available online.

3 pm Plantain: Afro-Caribbean Music Festival @ Fort York Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Blvd. The inaugural Afro-Caribbean Music Festival aims to bring together multiple communities (African, Caribbean, Latin, and Canadian) through the power of music, food, and culture. $61.09 tickets available online.

4 pm Afro Caribbean Vegan Evening Market @ The 519, 519 Church St. Enjoy and purchase delicious Afro-Caribbean vegan foods, health and beauty products, vegan-friendly clothing, and art + get information and tips on how to live a healthy vegan lifestyle at this evening market. Until 10 pm. Admission is free!

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Gattaca @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Christie Pits Film Festival with the 1997 sci-fi thriller Gattaca, in which eugenics reigns supreme as prospective parents select their children based on the best possible combination of hereditary traits (rescheduled from last week). It will screen with She Stoops to Conquer, Toronto director Zachary Russell’s delightfully twisted gender-queered take on a rom-com meet-cute. Films at sundown (8:30 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards by El Trompo, The Pop Stand, and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

8 pm BBC Night Market @ 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Spend your Saturday evenings on 40,000 square feet of stunning outdoor patio space with a full 360-degree view of Toronto’s skyline. The BBC Night Market will bring together a rotating list of top food vendors from across Toronto and the GTA along with a rotating list of food trucks from Food Truck’n Friday. Guests can grab a spot at one of the many tables throughout the space or pre-book a poolside private cabana to enjoy starry nights with friends.

10 pm Fast Times: ’80s Night Dance Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Babs and Jorge spin all ’80s vinyl from all genres for the cool kids, jocks, and nerds. Tone Loc? Yeah. Skinny Puppy? Yeah. And everything in between… Smiths, Cure, INXS, Simple Minds, and all the cheese you can dance to. $10.

10 pm ’80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Break out the Aquanet and the leopard-print leotards: Sneaky Dee’s is bringing you all the 1980s you can handle! Bringing you If you want to rock, bop, or anything in between, this is your stop. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

10 pm Roll + Skank @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ night with the hottest beats around. All the way from the UK, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.

10 pm Wedding Party @ The Boat, 152-A Augusta Ave. Everyone is the bride at Wedding Party! Playing the golden hits for any and all to groove to – soul, funk, new wave, and hip-hop.

10 pm DJ Crunch Bandicut @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. A night of damn good rock ‘n’ roll with DJ Crunch Bandicut.

10 pm Gimme More SexyBack: Britney & JT Dance Party @ Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St. Everyone’s favorite 2000s celeb couple reunites for one night only! The Mod Club will be spinning all things Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, plus other 2000s pop tunes. $5 advance tickets available online.

11 pm Hey Girl Hey @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. Queer dance party featuring DJ Orange Pekoe treating you right with the sweetest hip-hop & RnB bops by female/non-binary artists + multiple floorshows starring Beardoncé! 4 AM LAST CALL. $10.

SUNDAY

9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 pm.

10 am Ontario Vintage Market @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Shop from a selection of vintage design, art, and antiques. Until 3 pm.

11 am The Toronto Stationery Show @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. This one-day event will feature talented stationery vendors bringing beautiful paper goods to you! Full vendor list here. Until 5 pm.

12 pm Sunday Social @ The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd. Join The Bentway every Sunday afternoon this summer and listen to the city’s hottest musical acts on the Exclaim! Stage while enjoying cold drinks on a covered patio. This week’s performers are Good Kid (3 pm), Pony (4 pm), and Fade Awaays (5 pm). Until 9 pm.

12 pm Pedestrian Sundays @ Kensington Market. Toronto’s favourite neighbourhood festival celebrating Kensington Market and its vibrant community of businesses, artists, and people is back! The streets are yours until 10 pm.

1 pm ’Til Sunset Island Party @ Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island), 443 Lakeshore Ave. An easy-breezy Sunday afternoon of drinks, dancing in the forest, lounging on the beach, local DJs, drag shows, and magical appearance from local mermaids and mermen. There will also be an all-day BBQ, specialty concoctions from Sauza Tequila, and food station by Maple Leaf Foods. Partygoers will have access to the grounds, the Artscape Gibraltar Point building, and the beach (no outside alcohol allowed). Until 9 pm. $24.32 tickets available online.

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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