The “white whale” of city celebrations is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the world’s largest and liveliest movie-related fests. For 10 days, 450,000 film fans descend on the city to binge-watch debuting flicks and creep the red carpet for A-listers. Some consider it the most influential film festival in the world, with many past TIFF hits (12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire, American Beauty, Spotlight) eventually nominated for and winning Oscars. The best thing about TIFF is that the spotlighted genres range from documentary to foreign films and Hollywood hits: there’s something for every type of buff. Pro-tip: unlike other film festivals, anyone can attend TIFF. But high-profile movies and premium screenings (prime celeb-spotting opportunities) sell out early, with first dibs given to those who purchase packages. To get into a buzzy premiere, buy your tickets ASAP.