Sweets & Treats Festival at Sugar Beach

  • Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Drive)
  • All day

Why don’t we have more of these kinds of festivals in Toronto? The first ever Sweets & Treats Festival at Sugar Beach celebrates ice cream, desserts, and your sweet tooth—and all for a very good cause. The festivities—which include a Kids Fun Zone, an exotic petting zoo, rides, and, of course, food trucks and vendors offering all things sweet and tasty—is in support of the SickKids Foundation. You’ll likely never find a better reason to indulge yourself.

Details: Sweets & Treats Festival at Sugar Beach

YOGAPALOOZA: Go Big & Go OM

  • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
  • All day

Are you a yoga head? Then you certainly won’t want to miss Harbourfront Centre’s Yogapalooza, a free outdoor yoga festival. The weekend features various activities that will help you reach that inner serenity: there will be drum circles, martial arts and dance performances, and plenty of yoga classes for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be a kids’ yoga space, a marketplace, community booths, and live music.

Details: YOGAPALOOZA: Go Big & Go OM

On Common Ground Festival

  • Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard)
  • All day

Fort York’s On Common Ground festival will celebrate the transition to fall, the International Day of Peace, and Toronto’s diverse arts and culture community. Visitors will be treated to performances by Jane Bunnett and Carnivalissimo, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and the Pan Fantasy, among others. There will also be a puppet theatre, multimedia installations, storytelling, and a farmers’ market.

Details: On Common Ground Festival

Land|Slide Possible Futures Explores a Suburb in Flux

Duke and Battersby’s Always Popular; Never Cool.

Duke and Battersby’s Always Popular; Never Cool.

  • Markham Museum (9350 Markham Road)
  • All day

If you look out the window while riding the bus from downtown to Markham, you’ll notice the urban landscape gradually unfolding into the suburban: tight-knit city streets loosen into faster multi-lane roads, box stores assemble in beige-brick clusters, and everywhere new structures are being outstripped by even newer buildings at various stages of completion.

Markham just upgraded itself from town to city in July 2012, and is one of the fastest-growing and most diverse municipalities in the country. And while the place may not inspire many enthusiastic road-trips from downtowners, “Land|Slide Possible Futures,” a new, large-scale public-art exhibition, invites visitors to explore Markham’s history, its quickly changing present, and its potential evolution—while also challenging glib notions surrounding the suburbs themselves.

Details: Land|Slide Possible Futures Explores a Suburb in Flux

Go Global Expo

  • Sheraton Centre (123 Queen Street West)
  • 11 a.m.

Ever wanted to study, work, or volunteer abroad, but weren’t sure what questions to ask? The Go Global Expo has you covered. You’ll be able to check out seminars, keynotes, exchange programs, travel companies, teach-English-abroad programs, and many other helpful resources. Note: this isn’t just for students or young folks—there’s no age limit.

Details: Go Global Expo

The Junction Music Festival

  • Multiple venues
  • 12 p.m.

The summer music-festival season may be in the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean the good times have to end. The Junction Music Festival offers independent music for the whole family to enjoy. Performers will include Zeus, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and Cuff The Duke. And it’s not all about music—the festival will also offer many workshops (on topics as varied as yoga and belly dancing), as well as the always-pleasing opportunity to explore the Junction itself.

Details: The Junction Music Festival

Perfect 10 Comedy Presents: Back To School

Amanda Brooke Perrin.

Amanda Brooke Perrin.

  • LOT Comedy Club (100 Ossington Avenue)
  • 9:30 p.m.

It’s been a few weeks now since school started again, so if you’re a student you’re probably in need of some laughter. Perfect 10 Comedy Presents: Back To School is a pleasant way to forget about those textbooks and midterms and laugh it up with comics like Craig Fay, Rhiannon Archer, Amanda Brooke Perrin, headliner Bob Kerr, and others. Also, be on the lookout for a special guest. Plus: student discounts.

Details: Perfect 10 Comedy Presents: Back To School

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The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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