September GO List: Best Things to Do




September brings with it apple picking, fall fairs, hayrides, festivals, and many more fun outings. The kids are heading back to school so we've got great resources to make it the best school year ever! Some other September highlights include Grandparents Day, The Big Draw and Culture Days.

Read on for our top picks of things to do with kids in Toronto and the GTA this September!

Plan for your Child's After-School Activities
It's officially time to get ready for back to school! To help you prepare for your best school year yet, we've rounded up everything from great after-school programs for kids, to cool back to school finds, lunch ideas and more. Check out our Back to School Guide. More


Go Apple Picking
There's a slight chill in the air and the kids are headed back to school. You know what that means... That's right, it’s apple picking time! No matter where you live in the GTA, there's bound to be a pick-your-own farm nearby. Grab a few baskets and head out to one of these great farms. More


Catch the CNE Before it Ends!
If you haven't made the trip to the CNE, there's still time to do so! The Canadian National Exhibition marks the culmination of a spectacular summer in the city of Toronto. The excitement and thrills continue with Canada’s largest and favourite fair, which runs until September 2. More


Go to the Air Show
The 70th annual Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) will soar over Lake Ontario on Labour Day weekend for another awe-inspiring show! The show celebrates 70 years and features a spectacular new show, welcoming the Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams. And don't miss the Flight Festival where the CNE's Rose Garden will be transformed into all things aviation. August 31 to September 2. More


Go to Buskerfest
The 20th annual Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy will once again take place in Woodbine Park in The Beach, serving up non-stop, action-packed, fun-filled entertainment over the Labour Day weekend, Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2. Not only will you witness world-class street performers but there's also a Family Fun Zone and a Midway to enjoy! More


Make Grandparents Day Crafts and Cards
Looking for some cute Grandparents Day crafts and cards? Grandparents love handmade gifts! Here's a round-up of fun projects you can make! Because Grandparents deserve gifts for so many reasons. More


Celebrate Grandparents Day
Send the kids out for some fun with grandma and grandpa (and get some time to yourself) this Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 8. We've rounded up some wonderful ways to celebrate grandparents. From special train rides to fun activities, there is something for everyone. More


Fall Agricultural Fairs and Festivals
Kick off autumn at one of these fun-filled fall festivals and agricultural fairs in the GTA, all packed with signature activities like hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin decorating, midways, fair foods and more. More


Make Scrumptious Apple Recipes
It’s that time of year where sweet, crunchy apples are starting to turn up everywhere. Make the most of the Fall harvest with these delicious apple recipes! More


Go to the Brooks Farms Fall Fun Festival
For over a decade, Brooks Farms hosts an awesome Fall Fun Festival that gets bigger and better every year. Come out and enjoy the beautiful autumn season Brooks Farms style! There will be tons of family-friendly activities. The Fall Fun Festival runs weekends beginning September 7 and ends October 27 including Thanksgiving Monday. More


Celebrate Teddy Bear Day
Teddy Bear Day is celebrated on September 9. Go a special Teddy Bear Train ride this September 15 at York-Durham Heritage Railway! Kids 12 and under who bring their Teddy Bear or favourite stuffie on-board ride the train for only $3.99! Dr. Bear will be riding the train to give your child's stuffie a check-up and a clean bill of health. Enjoy on-board entertainment while waiting for the doctor. More


See Cirque Du Soleil: Alegria
Cirque du Soleil is now revisiting its legendary Alegría through today's lens—including new costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and new musical arrangements —to ensure it is as inspiring now as it was at the time of its creation in 1994. At Ontario Place, starting September 12, for a limited engagement. More


Go to Centreville Before it Closes!
Toronto's favourite amusement park for tots will come to a close soon but the attraction remains open on weekends in September. Spend a fun-filled day on Centre Island. Surrounded by 600 acres of gorgeous parkland and just across the harbor from the city of Toronto, you and your family can spin yourself silly in the Twirling Tea Cups, take a plunge in the Log Flume or bounce around in Bumper Boats and Bumper Cars – plus don’t forget to ride the Antique Carousel! Buy online and save. More


Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day
Fire up the grill because September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! Today, cheeseburgers are a staple at restaurants and backyard celebrations all across the country. Hungry yet? Enjoy one of these delicious cheeseburgers in honour of National Cheeseburger Day! More


Go to Word on the Street
It's Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival. The Word On The Street is also the place to be for kids and families! With readings and activities for kids of all ages at theTD Children's Literature Stage, Kids Activity Tent, Learning Station, and more. TD KidStreet also features face painting, music, performers, and games. At Harbourfront Centre on September 22. More


Go to the Fall Fair at Black Creek Pioneer Village
On Sunday, September 22, come celebrate the harvest season with some good old-fashioned fun at the Black Creek Pioneer Village Fall Fair! Highlights include: Apple Bobbing, Exploring the Mill, Pie Eating Contest, Harvest Activities, Grain Threshing, Carnival Games and more! More


See Abominable
Pearl Studio and DreamWorks Animation's co-production ABOMINABLE takes audiences on an epic 3,000-mile journey from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When a mischievous group of friends encounter a young Yeti, they embark upon an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. Opens September 27. More


Go to the Big Draw
Ready. Set. Draw! The world’s largest drawing festival is coming to Toronto History Museums. The free event is open to all-ages and abilities and welcomes everyone who loves to draw to make a mark on their city. Bring your own paints, pencils, and crayons or use those provided to create your own masterpiece. Free admission. September 28 and 29. More


Go to Culture Days
Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. September 27, 28 and 29. More

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