Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of September 20–22

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of September 20–22

Sarah Silverman brings her stand-up to the Sony Centre on Friday (Image: Kevin Winter/Getty)
 

In this edition of The Weekender, Canada’s biggest ever food truck rally, Ford Fest and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

FOOD

AwesTRUCK
Head to Fort York for the Oscars of roaming restaurants: an awards ceremony where food trucks get props for braving a bog of bureaucratic snags to serve their cuisine curbside. There will be booze and snacks for sale, with over 50 trucks to choose from. Sept. 21. $10. Fort York, 100 Garrison Road, uniiverse.com

BOOK FEST

Word on the Street (FREE!)
Each year over 200,000 visitors visit the Toronto edition of this free, nation-wide celebration of books and magazines. Genre queen Joy Fielding, Giller Prize–winner Joseph Boyden and illustrator (and Robert Munsch collaborator) Michael Martchenko are among the 200 authors scheduled to appear. Sept. 22. Free. Queen’s Park Circle, Queen’s Park, wordonthestreet.ca

COMEDY

JFL42
Over the next ten days, the popular stand-up festival brings some of the globe’s hippest—and funniest—comedians to Toronto, including headliners Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and the cast of Family Guy (who will do a live script reading). See one headliner plus at least four other shows for $69; $199 gets you tickets to all three headliners. Sept. 19-28. $69–$199. Various venues, jfl42.com

POLITICAL BARBECUE

Ford Fest (FREE!)
A mix of oglers, high-profile Rob Ford supporters, civilian members of Ford Nation and smirking left-wingers will converge at Centennial Park on Friday for another of the mayor’s always-entertaining barbecues. Expect live music, free hamburgers and the chance to meet Ford himself. Sept 20 beginning around 6 p.m. Free. Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park

FAMILY FUN

Pioneer Harvest Festival
Get into the spirit of fall, pioneer-style, at this one-day party at Black Creek’s 19th-century country village. Visitors will be schooled on apple pressing, cheese making, butter churning, quilting and other old-timey pursuits. Sept. 21. $11–15. Black Creek Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, blackcreek.ca