As the warmth of summer begins to fade and students prepare to return to school, Labour Day is the last chance for many people in the Greater Toronto Area to get away or spend some leisure time! If you’re staying in the city, here’s what’s happening for the last long weekend of summer…!As Labour Day is an official statutory holiday, closures will affect the city, so it’s important to make sure you prepare ahead of time.
If you’re planning to party or enjoy a drink by the pool, make sure you get your drinks ahead of time, because both the Beer Store and LCBO are closed Monday.
Most grocery stores in the city are also closed Labour Day, along with post offices and all banks and government offices.
If you’re looking to get around the city, the TTC is operating on a holiday schedule while GO Transit is operating on a Sunday schedule.
Several malls and tourist-designated locations will be open for some last-minute school shopping, including the Eaton Centre, Square One, Vaughn Mills and Pacific Mall..
Most stores in the Bloor-Yorkville area will also be open for browsing.
List of events and things to do on Labour Day (Monday, September 3):
The final weekend of the CNE will end with a bang, with the Canadian International Air Show set to soar over Lake Ontario from September 1-3.
Brazilian Day, which features Brazilian-inspired music and dancing, will run all day September 3 at Yonge-Dundas square.
The Labour Day Parade also takes place Monday, leaving from the corner of University Avenue and Queen Street West at approximately 9:30 a.m.
If you’re looking to challenge yourself mentally, the 2012 Toronto Labour Day Open in chess will be hosted at the University of Toronto’s Hart House all weekend.
The Blue Jays will also be in action at the Rogers Centre, taking on the Baltimore Orioles.
If you’re looking for some culture, visit Hispanic Fiesta 2012 at Mel Lastman Square, which runs from August 31 to September 3 and features music, food and traditional Spanish clothing.
If you’d prefer the arts, visit ARTfest, which takes place at the Distillery District September 1-4 featuring painting, photography and sculptures
A full list of what’s open and closed can be found here.
What are YOUR big plans, to wrap up the summer of 2012?