Toronto in September welcomes back to school, the return of TIFF and while Pumpkin Spice Season may not be your favourite flavour, its the siren call of all things fall.

With the sun setting on summer we suggest hitting up your favourite patios, heading out to an outdoor concert and clinking glasses at one more beer festival.

Here’s what’s happening in Toronto this month.

Mississauga will bring the masses in one family-friendly festival this long weekend for Muslim Fest. From Friday to Sunday in Celebration Square join the revelry for a weekend of food, performances, music and dancing.

You only have until September 5th to gorge yourself on deep-fried carnival eats. CNE food ranks high on the ‘whoa, you ate that?!’ vibes, this year’s stomach gurglng options include ketchup ice cream. Get the scoop on the CNE in Sonya’s handy guide.

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CNE 2022 Pic by Sonya Davidson

September 16-18th brings craft beers and epic bites to a big, beautiful patio right in the downtown core. RendezBrews at RendezViews tickets are selling like hotcakes. Grab some buds, try some beers and enjoy the festival feel with the bonus indoor plumbing (sorry beerfest).

Hosted by Devo Brown and bringing 2,000 guests together for a good cause, motionball tickets are now on sale. The open bar gala takes place on September 29th at Liberty Grand. Stay tuned for more coverage on this amazing event that supports Special Olympics Foundation Canada.

Here’s what’s HOT in Toronto this month.

After Hogtown Smoke vacated their location Inmigrante Latin food and drinks took over the space. Like Chilaquiles and Micheladas? Who doesn’t? If you’re looking for a new brunch spot definitely check them out. Inmigrante is now open at 1959 Queen E.

Boukan is moving to the Danforth. The Haitian-Creole restaurant has relocated from its 12-seat space to a massive location that includes a spacious patio. Stay tuned for more on this grand re-opening.

Eggs, coffee and a diner feel are a good fit in the west end. Boom Breakfast is opening a new location at College and Ossington. The breakfast spot specializes in protein rich eats and signature omlettes.

Pizzeria Libretto is now open on Yonge Street. Sitting just north of Sheppard, Willowdale has been lining up for antipasti, pizza, and the dolce desserts from Toronto’s eponymous pizzaiolo. Download their proprietary app and sign up for all the pizza deals!

Nestled in the thirsty pocket between Lawrence and the top of the hill on Yonge you’ll find Mr Coco. Freshly cracked coconuts and tropical treats are the signature menu items at this new drink spot.

Toronto’s own W Hotel is now accepting reservations. The swanky new Yorkville spot injects some vibrant nightlife to locals and tourists alike. We suggest scoping out Skylight, the new rooftop patio with Mediterranean-inspired dishes before sinking into a staycation suite.

CAN’T WAIT- COMING SOON TO TORONTO!

A second location decked out as a pub and retail space is coming for Great Lakes. Located at Jarvis and Queen’s Quay Great Lakes Brewpub is aiming to open this fall. With biking trails and the lake nestled south, we’re stoked for this space to open.

Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe is coming. The US import recently unveiled signage on a Yonge and Sheppard space, where Flock Chicken once held court. With a location already open on Bloor, look for more expansion of both this modern cafe and our waistlines- have you seen their cakes?

The Daughter’s delivery date is delayed. The takeaway snack + wine tuck shop on Bayview has nudged its opening to early September. Featuring small sharing plates and natural wines, The Daughter is uptown’s answer to breezy bodegas.

Aloette‘s Yonge and Eg spot is coming soon, but not soon enough (for me). Patrick Kriss’ brand of beautiful and delicious diner eats are just what this neighbourhood needs.

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Chef Patrick Kriss at Alo

NU Bügel on Yonge uptown is coming. The Kensington Market hotspot has been cranking out wood-fired bagels for almost a decade. The second location will have some competition from well-established 24-hour Bagel House, but we’re down with anything round. Save a schmear for us.

We should be clinking bellini’s on a patio but the new installation of Cactus Club Cafe at Yonge and Sheppard is crawling along. Because of COVID related construction delays this uptown hotspot won’t be ready for a long while.

SEPTEMBER CLOSING TIME

A partial closing of Delight Restaurant and BBQ was necessary after a rash of severe food poisonings made several diners intensely ill. Inspectors have now re-opened this Markham eatery while they await lab results to determine the root cause. Meanwhile, a recent CBC article urges everyone to inspect their spice cabinets at home, too.

TASTE OF THE MONTH

craigs cookies ice cream sandwich

Sad about the end of sunshine? Capture the summer feels one more time. Head to our friends at Craig’s Cookies for a sensational ice cream sandwich, with your fave cookies sandwiched between Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream!

All images by Libby Roach. Lead photo of Great Lakes Brewery.i

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