September in Toronto

Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Fall foliage at the University of Toronto

TripSavvy / Kristjan Veski

In September, Toronto is in for some beautiful weather as the city tries to hold onto the last days of summer. No longer hot and humid and not yet cold, temperatures have become more moderate, hovering between the 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 21 degrees Celsius) with little humidity and by mid-September, the leaves are starting to change color from green to vibrant orange, yellow, and red, typically hitting peak colorfulness at the end of the month.

The diminished crowds and pleasant weather make September an ideal time to visit the charming towns are near Toronto and attractions like Niagara Fall.s Not to mention, it's the start of the shoulder season which means you can probably get a better rate for your hotel and airfare.

September Weather in Toronto

Weather in September is pretty predictable with an average high temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) and average lows of 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius). With the fall just getting started, snow is still months away, but rain is a slight possibility.

What to Pack

Visitors to Toronto in September should be prepared for a variety of temperatures. Pack clothing that can be layered. Bring t-shirts, but just be sure to have a sweater or jacket on hand. Same with shorts. You can pack those, but make sure you have long pants, too. You can't go wrong with long-sleeve shirts and closed-toe shoes. Bring an umbrella in case of rain. As well, bring a sunhat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for those bright, sunny days.

September Events in Toronto

Many outdoor activities can still be enjoyed comfortably like hiking or visiting the beach. Not to mention, the illustrious Toronto International Film Festival gets underway in the second week of September and an onslaught of A-list celebrities and their fans tend to hike up hotel rates.

In 2020, many of these events may be canceled, postponed, or altered, so be sure to check the organizers' official website for the latest details.

  • The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world attracting more than 480,000 people annually, screening more than 375 films from more than 80 countries over 10 days. The festival will be held physically and virtually from September 10 to 19, 2020.
  • Canadian National Exhibition: From mid-August through Labor Day weekend, the national exhibition is one of the largest annual fairs in North America. There are aerial acrobatics performances, ice skating shows, an air show, live animals, a huge carnival with rides and games, musical entertainment, and more. This event has been postponed to August 20 to September 6, 2021.
  • Artfest: The first weekend in September, celebrate painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music, and more from Canada’s top artists at Artfest at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. The event will be hosted online this year with pre-recorded performances that you can watch here.
  • Cabbagetown Festival: Toronto hosts a day-long giant street fair with a kid's zone, street vendors, and food vendors with music and entertainment for the whole family. The festival has been postponed to September 2021.
  • Beer Week: Toronto's Beer Week is a series of events dedicated to showcasing the best of Toronto craft beer over seven days in September. Beer Week has not been rescheduled for 2020.
  • Summer Music in the Garden: The summer concert series at Toronto's Harbourfront Center typically features 18 free concerts in the summer up through the middle of September showcasing outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles. Bench seating is limited, so feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The event is canceled for 2020, but online concerts can be streamed at any time on the official website.
  • Word on the Street: This festival for book and magazine lovers features over 200 authors and a massive outdoor bookstore with 270+ book and magazine exhibitors. The event will be held virtually on September 26 and 27, 2020.
  • Toronto Oktoberfest: The end of September brings a taste of Germany to the city. Enjoy food, beer, music, and a fair modeled after the original Munich event. This event has not been rescheduled for 2020.

September Travel Tips

  • The first Monday of September is Labor Day, which is also recognized in Canada. Banks and most stores will be closed. Expect crowds that weekend.
  • In border towns and at major tourist attractions (like Niagara Falls), U.S. currency may be accepted if you don't have Canadian dollars. However, it's at the discretion of the proprietor. When in doubt, use a major credit card, which is widely accepted throughout the country.
  • If you are visiting for the film festival, book your accommodation as far in advance as you can.
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