What’s On Our Radar This Fall

A new brewery in Toronto, the opening of Edmonton's Rogers Place and a Vegas music and arts festival are just a few of the things we're excited for this season

Photo courtesy of Life Is Beautiful

It’s the time of year when we bid farewell to summer and usher in the start of a new season. While it’s sad to say goodbye, there’s plenty to look forward to this fall. From long-awaited openings to big events, here’s what we’re excited about this September and October.

Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival, Las Vegas

Now in its fourth year, this festival is still relatively new to the scene, but it’s already drawing in some big names. Headliners set to take the downtown Vegas stage include Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and Jane’s Addiction. Aside from the impressive musical lineup, the event also features a variety of art from international and local artists, including immersive installations and murals throughout downtown and culinary offerings from some of the city’s best chefs and mixologists. September 23 to 25.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Drink beer, feast on bratwurst and dance to polka music as the world’s second largest Oktoberfest event celebrates its 48th year, from October 7 to 15.

Red Bull Music Academy, Montreal

The city’s Phi Centre will  host this international workshop/concert series as it makes its return to Canada (it was last hosted in Toronto in 2007). The goal of the annual event, founded in 1998 and previously hosted by cities such as Berlin and Barcelona, is to bring emerging and veteran musicians from around the world together to collaborate and put on unique performances. Seventy artists are expected to take part. September 24 to October 28.

Dark Sky Festival, Jasper


Photo by Jeff Bartlett

The sixth annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival celebrates the area’s designation as one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves. Events are held throughout Jasper National Park, and Bill Nye the Science Guy is performing two shows. October 14 to 23.

Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery, Toronto

Founded in Alberta, popular Big Rock Brewery has partnered with restaurant group Oliver and Bonacini to make its Ontario dining debut—the brewpub opens later this fall in  Toronto’s trendy Liberty Village neighbourhood. Chefs Anthony Walsh and John Horne are leading the culinary direction, incorporating beer into the menu’s dishes, and Connor K. Patrick is running the brewing operations.

Rogers Place, Edmonton

After much anticipation, the new home of the Edmonton Oilers opens later this month. Highlights of the massive 819,200-square-foot arena include free Wi-Fi throughout the facility, the largest true, high-definition scoreboard in the NHL and a huge selection of food and beverage offerings, including a full-service restaurant and regional specialties like pierogi nachos. It will also serve as a concert venue—several acts, including Keith Urban, Dolly Parton and Drake, are scheduled for September and beyond.

The Westin, Nashville

This 27-storey hotel officially opens September 27 in its prime SoBro neighbourhood location, adjacent to Nashville’s new Music City Center. It boasts the city’s highest rooftop pool bar and lounge, L27, as well as two restaurants—the chic Oak Steakhouse and Decker and Dyer, a lounge and eatery serving up craft cocktails.

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