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Buskers, barks and bands: Here's what's happening around Toronto this Labour Day weekend

As the long-awaited Labour Day weekend approaches, Toronto is gearing up to offer various activities, from mesmerizing busker performances to thrilling airshows and live musical extravaganzas. Whether you're looking for family-friendly outings or an evening of entertainment, there's something for everyone to enjoy this holiday weekend.

Busking Brilliance: One of the standout events this Labour Day weekend is the Toronto International BuskerFest at Woodbine Park from September 1 to 4. This festival promises a dazzling display of circus acts, comedy, and live music. Street performers worldwide will converge on Toronto to entertain and amaze audiences with their remarkable talents. It's a celebration of the art of busking that promises to captivate both young and old.

High-Flying Spectacle: For those who love aviation and thrilling air shows, the CNE Air Show is a must-see. Running from September 2 to 4, this event features the awe-inspiring performances of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The skies over Toronto will become a canvas for these elite aerial teams, showcasing precision and aerobatic skills that will leave spectators in awe.

Musical Extravaganza: Music enthusiasts are in for a treat as Toronto's Labour Day weekend offers a diverse lineup of concerts. The CNE Bandshell Concerts will feature acclaimed artists like The Sheepdogs and Brett Kissel, promising fantastic live music experiences for all genres. Meanwhile, the Budweiser Stage will host an array of chart-topping acts, including Arctic Monkeys, Beck & Phoenix, and The Smashing Pumpkins, on different dates. And for fans of NF, don't miss the Hope Tour at Scotiabank Arena on September 1.

Family-Friendly Fun: Families can enjoy the Labour Day weekend with several family-friendly activities. The Wychwood Theatre presents 'A Year with Frog and Toad' on September 2-3, a heartwarming theatrical performance suitable for all ages. Additionally, High Park Amphitheatre invites you to 'Dream in High Park,' where you can immerse yourself in Shakespeare's enchanting world with 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' on September 1-3, directed by Jamie Robinson. These shows provide an opportunity for quality family time and cultural enrichment.

Paw-some Events: Toronto's Labour Day weekend also caters to our furry friends with the Labour Day Beach Pilates Flow at Leuty Lifeguard Station, allowing pet owners to enjoy a rejuvenating session by the water. Moreover, the BLACKOUT BOAT CRUISE 2023 on River Gambler offers a unique pet-friendly experience. This cruise combines the joys of being on the water with your four-legged companion and celebrates the bond between pets and their owners.

Parades and Parties: The Labour Day festivities continue with the Labour Day Parade ending at the CNE, where you can enjoy free admission to the fairgrounds. Throughout the weekend, venues like The Henry, Belfast Love Public House, and Fiction Nightclub host comedy shows, air shows, and parties, ensuring that Toronto provides many options for celebrating this long weekend.

As the city comes alive with laughter, music, and applause, Toronto residents and visitors can savor the last days of summer during this Labour Day weekend. It's a time to celebrate, unwind, and create lasting memories with friends and family. Whether watching a daring busker performance, gazing at the sky in wonder, grooving to live music, enjoying family-friendly entertainment, or spending quality time with your furry companions, Toronto has all the ingredients for a fantastic Labour Day weekend experience.



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