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Last weekend of September includes Nuit Blanche, and Run for the Cure

Last Updated Sep 28, 2018 at 8:16 am EST

The On Flashing Lights project by Canadian artist Brendan Fernandes will be at Nuit Blanche 2018. THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST

Where did the month go? It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the Labour Day long weekend. Well, the good news is with the arrival of October on Monday, we can look forward to the Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the lovely colours of autumn.

As you mark the last weekend of September, below are some events to help you plan it.


Nuit Blanche
The all-night arts festival takes over the city this weekend, but this year, the installations will be grouped in six neighbourhoods — to make exploring them easier. The event features 75 contemporary art projects created under the theme “You Are Here,” which focuses on the city’s continuous change and desire for progress. Three of the exhibitions are produced by the City of Toronto, featuring 27 art projects.

Below is a list of the six neighhourhoods (as outlined by Nuit Blanche organizers):

  • Scarborough: Scarborough Civic Centre, Scarborough Town Centre and the surrounding area, with projects at five Line 3 stations
  • Don Mills: Shuttle service connects Line 3 to projects at the Aga Khan Museum and the Ontario Science Centre
  • Bloor-Yorkville: Along Bloor Street West from the ROM to the Bata Show Museum, and north of Spadina Museum
  • Downtown: Around Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall, and encompassing Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto Coach Terminal, Yonge-Dundas Square and Bay Street.
  • Sterling Road: Museum of Contemporary Art and the Drake Commissary
  • West Queen West: Artscape Youngplace, as well as Shaw and Sudbury streets


Click here for an interactive map of the projects by location.

TTC service will be extended on lines 1, 2, and 3, from 1:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sunday. Service on Line 3 will be free from 7 p.m. on Saturday to 7 a.m. on Sunday. The 6 Bay and 501 Queen routes will be on diversion due to road closures in the area. Click here for full service details.

Run for the Cure
Tens of thousands of Canadians will strap on their running shoes on Sunday for the CIBC Run for the Cure. It’s the largest single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada supporting the fight against breast cancer. The Run for the Cure takes place in 56 locations across the country, with 24 locations in Ontario alone. Opening ceremonies for the Toronto run will begin at 9:30 a.m. at King’s College Circle on the University of Toronto campus. The event features one-kilometre and five-kilometre routes.

Toronto Pug Grumble and Canada Pooch
If you love pugs and fall, then Trinity Bellwoods will be the perfect place for you on Sunday afternoon. Dress up in your favourite autumn outfit (and your pug too, if he or she wants to) and bring your pug to the dog bowl at the park. Show off your style and mingle with other owners and their pugs as well. You could also win a $100 shopping spree. To participate, post a photo of your pug at the Pub Grumble to your Instagram and tag @canadapooch and #torontopuggrumble. Click here for more information.

Etsy: Made in Canada
Over 130 crafters will be at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto this weekend for the fifth annual Etsy: Made in Canada event. Organizers say you’ll be able to find plenty of handmade jewellery, housewares, fashion accessories, and more at this event. There will also be live workshops to attend, and a chance to win a gift basket of items from participating vendors. The show will take from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday. The first 100 visitors get a free tote bag.

Pedestrian Sundays
This Sunday marks the penultimate edition of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market for this year. From noon until 7 p.m., the streets of the iconic Toronto neighbourhood will be closed to vehicles, allowing people to stroll through the area, and check out the many unique shops and restaurants Kensington Market has to offer. Smaller closures will take place on Lower Kensington Avenue from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Road closures

Nuit Blanche Toronto
The following road closures will be in effect:

  • Borough Drive from Brian Harrison Way to Town Centre Court will be closed from 8 a.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday
  • Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue, and York Street between Queen Street West and Richmond Street West, will be closed from 4 p.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday
  • Bay Street will be closed between Dundas Street West and Adelaide Street West, with other closures on Temperance, Elizabeth, Albert and James Streets, from 8 a.m. on Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday.


Buffer Festival
The curb lane and sidewalk facing the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts at 27 Front St. E. will be closed from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

CIBC Run for the Cure
Road closures will be in effect in the area bounded by University Avenue/Queen’s Park Circle, Bloor Street West, St. George Street, and Queen Street West, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays
Parts of Kensington Avenue, Augusta Avenue, Baldwin Street and St. Andrew Street will be closed from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Ontario Firefighters Memorial
Grosvenor Street from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Surrey Place, and the westbound curb lane of College Street from Queen’s Park Crescent East to 112 College St., will be closed from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The northbound lanes of Queen’s Park Crescent East from College to Grosvenor streets will be closed from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Global Zoom 2018
The curb lane on York Street will be restricted from Wellington to Queen streets at various times from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Monday.