A new season means there’s a whole array of cultural activities to enjoy in Toronto, from annual festivals like TIFF and the International Festival of Authors to amazing candlelight concerts in stunning places. Autumn is also the best season in Toronto for family friendly activities like apple picking, seeing fall leaves in nature, and pumpkin patches. Make the most of it with this guide to spectacular things to do in September 2023 in Toronto.
1. Candlelight concerts
There are more enchanting Candlelight Concerts to enjoy this fall than ever before, from Beyonce’s greatest hits played by a talented string quartet on September 16th to a jazz tribute to stars like Ella Fitzgerald.
On September 23rd from 7pm to 7am, Toronto will be taken over by Nuit Blanche, a contemporary art festival. Different artists will be showcasing installations around different neighborhoods, essentially turning Toronto into an outdoor, overnight art gallery. You won’t want to miss it.
Staring on September 21st and trickling into October is the annual International Festival of Authors here in Toronto. With talks from known authors and workshops for those aspiring to write, this is the perfect September event for any bibliophile.
4. Enjoy apple picking season at a nearby farm
If you’re looking for something to do on a weekend in September then apple picking season is beginning at plenty of farms and orchards in Ontario. Applewood Farm in Stouffile, Pingle’s Farm, Organics Farm and Brooks Farm have all already begun their apple season so head to their websites for more details. Hours and prices vary, but this is an excellent choice for a low cost and family friendly fall activity.
Films from over 40 different countries will be represented at TIFF 2023, making it an excellent and multi-cultural experience you wont want to miss this fall in Toronto. While the current strikes mean no celebrities will be walking in downtown, that doesn’t mean the event will be any less fantastic. Also, if you’re interested, check out the High Tea that Shangri-la Toronto is hosting, with film-themed cocktails and food to celebrate the occassion.
6. A new concept wine and book spot is opening this fall
Indigo will be opening a concept store in downtown Toronto with a gourmet coffee and wine truck serving bevvies you can sip while you shop. We’re hoping for a September debut so fingers crossed.
7. Enjoy Pumpkin Spice goodies at Tim Hortons
The new limite time menu is back at Tim Hortons, from pumpkin spiced lattes in hot or iced, pumpkin spice cold brews, pumpkin spice iced capps, and pumpkin spice muffins. They even have dulce apple fritter dream donuts if you’re wanting something fall-themed that’s not apple.