10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week (September 12-16)

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It’s officially mid-September and instead of worrying about how little summer we have left, let’s focus on all the exciting things our city is cooking up this week. As always, there’s plenty to do in Toronto this week, including TIFF, ROM After Dark, Lil Nas X and more.

Let’s dive into the top 10 activities and events around town from Monday to Friday!

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2022

The most exciting time of the year in cinema has finally arrived, and some of Hollywood’s biggest actors are in town for the world premieres of their highly anticipated movies.

There are so many movies worth seeing, TIFF-themed cocktails to sip, celebrities to spot this year, and tons of events to immerse yourself in movie magic this year.

Where: See the full program
When: Until September 18, 2022

ROM After Dark: K-Culture

You are invited to an evening at the museum! ROM After Dark returns this Friday with an after-hours celebration of Korean art, culture, and music.

Good news for all K-pop fans, as South Korean boy band P1Harmony will take the stage at the museum. There will also be K-pop dance lessons, live DJ sets, Korean calligraphy lessons, delicious sips and bites, animated films, photo stations, and more.

When: September 16, 2022 7:30 p.m.
Where: Royal Ontario Museum

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Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero

The one and only Lil Nas X is coming to Toronto for two consecutive shows this week. Whether you’re a dedicated fan or just can’t get ‘Old Town Road’ out of your head, you’ll be singing along at this highly anticipated show.

Where: RBC Echo Beach
When: September 15 & 16, 2022

Burger week

I hope you’re hungry, Toronto! In support of local businesses, this delicious city-wide festival challenges Canadian establishments to compete in a bun battle for the best burger in town.

It’s honestly delicious and this year even those who are vegan can also get involved because (although it’s not a requirement) the people behind the event have tasked attendees with making plant-based dishes.

When: Until September 14, 2022
Where: See participating locations

RendezBrews Craft Beer Festival

The ultimate sipping and mingling event returns to Toronto’s RendezViews Patio starting this Friday. The colorful downtown space will transform into a festival showcasing more than 50 craft beer, spirits and cider brands.

There are four sessions to choose from throughout the weekend-long event. Get ready to sip the day in the late summer sun and discover some new favorites along the way.

Where: RendezViews, 229 Richmond Street West
When: September 16-18, 2022

Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival

Considered the largest Ukrainian festival in North America, this annual event will take place in Bloor West Village beginning Friday.

The neighborhood-wide event will be a celebration of Ukrainian culture, heritage and community history in Canada. It will feature a range of traditional performances, young artists, live music, dancing, food and activities.

When: September 16-18, 2022
Where: Bloor West Village

Illumi: a world of dazzling lights

Prepare to be surprised, friends. A new immersive light show will make its way to Mississauga this week. The experience is called illumi – A Dazzling World of Lights and is said to be the first of its kind in the world.

Illumi will span 600,000 square feet in Mississauga, taking visitors on a magical journey through 13 different worlds, each with its own theme and spectacular views.

Where: 7174 Derrycrest Dr (near Hwy 407 and Hurontario St), Mississauga
When: September 14, 2022 — January 8, 2023

AsianiciousTO

Another restaurant festival has arrived in the city and this time we are celebrating Asian local businesses and cuisine. AsialiciousTO runs for two weeks this month and more than 100 restaurants are participating.

AsialiciousTO is a city-wide event where restaurants present special menus with fixed prices. Participating venues include “restaurants, fast food outlets, bubble tea, cafes, bakeries and food courts of various Asian cuisines in Toronto,” according to the event’s website. Fixed menu prices start at just $10!

Where: See participating locations
When: Until September 25, 2022

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