Awesome Toronto events happening September 30-October 2

It’s the first weekend in October and the summertime festivities are definitely winding down. We found you a throwback-style rave to annihilate you on Friday night, and the cure for your hangover on Saturday is a poutine-eating contest. Sunday, chill out with poetry and a farmer’s market so you’re ready to get back to the damned grind on Monday. Here are your events happening in Toronto this weekend, September 30-October 2.

Can You Feel It 90s Rave/Early House

Pretend you’re wearing baggy, high-waisted jeans and a sports jersey and dance your face off like it’s 1993. This rave party will have two DJs playing acid house, techno, garage, breakbeat and 90s electronic jams all night

When to go: Friday, 10 pm

Where at? Round, 152a Augusta

Tickets: $5 before 11:30, $10 after


Smoke’s Poutinerie 7th Annual World Poutine Eating Championship

If there’s anything to get excited about this weekend, it’s a poutine-eating contest. This one happens in Yonge-Dundas Square, has a KISS tribute band and features a ton of poutine, ready for mass and rushed consumption.

When to go: Saturday, 11:30 am-6 pm

Where at? Yonge-Dundas Square

Tickets: Admission is free


Etsy Market at Evergreen Brickworks

Etsy vendors from Toronto and elsewhere are coming out of their online caves to meet buyers face-to-face at a market happening at Evergreen Brickworks Farmer’s Market. About 20 Etsy sellers will be part of the market for the day to sell handmade, vintage and unique goods.

When to go: Sunday, 10 am-3 pm

Where at? Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview

Tickets: Admission is free


East End Poetry Festival

Get your fill of poetry and meet poet laureate Anne Michaels. There will be poetry, poems and poetry readings, as well as a panel discussion and live music. It’s family friendly and showcases Toronto’s multiculturalism and diversity of language. Plus, there’s refreshments!

When to go: Sunday, noon-4 pm

Where at? Children’s Peace Theatre, 305 Dawes Rd.

Tickets: Admission is free

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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