The top events this fall in Toronto will completely book your social calendar, so invite your friends along for the ride 'cause you're going to be busy. Not only do you get the season's top parties, food festivals, running events, theatre productions, and concerts, but a near-endless array of things to do both inside and out.Events you might want to check out:
EDIT Festival (September 28 - October 8 @ East Harbour )
This brand new festival for fans of design, innovation and technology takes over 150,000-square feet of the abandoned Lever Ponds soap factory for 10 days of installations, talks, and workshops.
Nuit Blanche Toronto (September 30 - October 1 @ Multiple Venues)
The 12th edition of Toronto's free, city-wide sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns with installations and works transforming spaces all around us for one night only.
Home with Monsters (September 30 - January 7 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
Don’t miss this rare glimpse into the fantastic and frightful world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It's an immersive exhibit featuring about 4,150 objects collected by del Toro, including props, sculptures, paintings, prints, and costumes.
World Press Photo (October 3-24 @ Brookfield Place)
This global exhibition presents the best visual journalism of the past year. Check out stunning and award-winning photos from around the world all for free.
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (October 13 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Is screened in concert with score from the TSO. Watch the movie live along with the band.
imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival (October 18-22 @ Various)
See over 100 international, Canadian and North American film premieres created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.
Cask Days (October 20-22 @ Evergreen Brickworks)
The cask-conditioned beer fest returns this year with over 400 beers and ciders served for three days at the Brick Works. This year, New York City has been chosen as the featured regional beer producer.
TEDxToronto (October 27 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
The annual TEDxToronto conference explores the theme of legacy this year with talks, workshops, and inspiring presentations from some of the city's greatest thinkers. There'll also be snacks and drinks.
Art Toronto (October 27-30 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
Art Toronto is Canada's only international fair for modern and contemporary art. It's kind of like our version of Art Basel.
Halloween on Church Street (October 31 @ Church Street)
Church Street celebrates Halloween like no place else. Known as one of the biggest Halloween parties in the country, thousands of people put on the most creative and outrageous costumes and join the outdoor street party.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (November 3-12 @ Direct Energy Centre)
Kind of like the Ex of the fall, the Royal Winter Fair is a tradition that takes Torontonians inside the world of farming, grooming, pageant shows, baby animals, and yummy food.
Jay-Z 4:44 Tour (November 22 @ Air Canada Centre)
The 4:44 Tour will be a testament to the album of the same name released this year, and a guaranteed night of hip hop entertainment.
Christian Dior (November 25 - March 18 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the ROM explores the brilliance behind Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the entire Paris haute couture industry.
Daniel Caesar (December 16 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
Concert of the year? It just might be. This is the first of three sold out shows, but you can try and get tickets somehow, right? Snoh Aalegra is the opening act, and you can probably expect some surprise appearances.
Night of Dread (October 28 @ Clay and Paper Theatre)
This is an evening of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery in a park. It's basically a parade of amazing freaks with music, dancing and mind-blowing costumes from 4-7 p.m.
Toronto Oktoberfest (September 29-30 @ Ontario Place)
Join 6,000 people at the city's largest Oktoberfest. This massive two-day party celebrates Bavarian heritage with food, beer, music, and a fun fair modelled after the original Munich event.
Venus Fest (September 30 @ Artscape Daniels Spectrum)
Here's a brand new Toronto music festival and arts celebration run by and featuring women, gender queer, and trans folk.
Invictus Games Closing Ceremony (September 30 @ Air Canada Centre)
Close out the massive sports tournament with a (very expensive, but star-studded) concert from Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Bachman & Turner, and Quebecoise singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate.
Toronto Vintage Clothing Show (September 30 - October 1 @ Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place)
From Kensington to Queen West, this city loves vintage fashion, and it's proven even more true with the country's largest vintage clothing show under one roof. From Streetwear to Chanel, there'll be thousands of unique fashion finds.
Witchfest North (October 5 @ Toronto, ON)
Celebrate witches, women and the arts in multiple venues and events held throughout the city. This year's theme is Out of the Broom Closet! and you can expect shows, exhibits, markets and concerts.
Saber Battle Toronto (October 7 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
Grab your lightsaber (or buy one on site for $10) and head to City Hall for one final battle of good versus evil. Organizers have announced this will be the final organized battle.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Reunion (October 11 @ Toronto, ON)
If you grew up in Canada in the 90s then you definitely remember the loveable cast of pre-teens huddled around the campfire. Check out two classic episodes with a cast reunion panel discussion afterwards.
Toronto After Dark (October 12-20 @ Scotiabank Theatre Toronto)
Toronto's horror, sci-fi, action and cult film festival returns, showing the best in these cult film genres on the big screen.
Hot Docs Podcast Festival (October 12-15 @ Hot Docs Cinema)
The festival that brings many of your favourite podcasts live to a Toronto stage returns for a second year. Expect guests like the creators of Missing Richard Simmons, Another Round, and Modern Love.
Future Proof (October 13-15 @ Multiple Venues)
10 international speakers, two days of networking with public space powerhouses, and one massive party in an old bread factory. It's a public space symposium that will have you thinking about Toronto like never before.
Sneaker Con Toronto (October 14 @ Enercare Centre)
Expect a full day of buying, selling, and trading with all of your favourite "shoe tubers," content creators, hype beasts, collectors, and resellers from all over the U.S. and Canada.
The Pancakes and Booze Art Show (October 14 @ The Opera House Grill)
Over 100 emerging artists showcase their hottest work in a Warhol-style, anything-goes, massive warehouse environment with live music, body painting, multimedia displays, and free pancakes!
Diwali Mela (October 14 @ Gerrard India Bazaar)
Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights with the huge Gerrard India Bazaar and lantern parade.
Toronto Reference Library Record Swap (October 16 @ Toronto Reference Library)
From 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. trade a record or two, or just talk vinyl with other like-minded enthusiasts. This is a swap, not a sale, so bring records to trade.
An Evening With David Sedaris (October 17 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
David Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Watch him ramble on brilliantly if you can find a ticket.
Swash & Serif 4 (October 19 @ Northern Contemporary)
This is an annual typography and lettering exhibition, showcasing work from Toronto and around the world. Check out work in all formats including sculpture, installation and 3D work as well as traditional and digital prints.
Toronto's International Festival of Authors (October 19-29 @ IFOA: International Festival of Authors)
Here's a celebration of words and ideas, of writers and readers. Engage with the literature of our times, explore the world of books and get acquainted with the authors and their ideas over 11 days of events.
Canzine (October 21 @ AGO)
The festival of zines and independent arts returns inside the AGO, and it's absolutely free. Check out hundreds and zine, book, and comic creators and well as talks and workshops.
Design Mexico (October 25 @ The Great Hall)
Showcasing work from seven of Mexico's best graphic design studios, illustrators and typographers, don't miss this one of a kind day of design and innovation.
Food for Action (October 25 @ George Brown Culinary School)
Grab a ticket and sample food from 20 Toronto chefs who will each be preparing a special three-course meal exclusively for their table of eight. Who will be cooking your dinner?
The Marriage of Figaro (October 26 @ Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres)
Never experienced the opera? Now's your chance with this production of the Mozart classic. There are cheap tickets for people under 30.
Unsound Toronto Halloween Special (October 27 - November 3 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
Toronto's favourite noise music event returns on its own for a two-day Halloween event. Expect advance, haunting musical performances along with visual surprises.
Pedestrian Sunday (October 29 @ Kensington Market)
The final, car-free street party and gathering in Kensington Market happens today. Expect pop-up performances, vendors and a street party.
Toronto Pagan Pride Day (October 29 @ The Stop at Wychwood Barns (Barn 4))
Toronto Pagan Pride Day is a chance for local pagans to network and find information about local businesses and artisans, pagan meetups, common interest groups, and other open events. Leave your broom at home.
Indie Week Canada (November 7-12 @ Toronto)
This annual music festival and conference features live shows at venues all over the city, plus a film fest, panel discussions, beer ... it's basically six days of music education.
Chris Rock (November 11 @ Air Canada Centre)
Chris Rock brings his Total Blackout Tour and makes you check your phones at the door to ensure maximum laughter and enjoyment.
Apple Pie Contest (November 12 @ Fort York Food Bank)
Local pie makers duke it out for the title of best apple pie in the city. If you are not a baker, but enjoy a good slice of apple pie, they'll be serving pie for $5 a slice from 2-4 p.m.
Gourmet Food & Wine Expo (November 16-19 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
This is a four-day event showing off products from global wine producers as well as importers, exporters, bakers, confectioners, butchers, caterers and restaurants.
Toronto Christmas Market (November 16 - December 23 @ Distillery District)
The Distillery District is transformed into a winter wonderland leading up to Christmas with food and drinks vendors, carollers, elves, lights, and one of the city's largest Christmas trees.
Illuminate (November 18 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
The 10 year anniversary of the tree lighting ceremony at the heart of downtown usually features an impressive light show.
One of a kind Show (November 23 - December 3 @ Enercare Centre)
Hundreds of vendors gather in one place to show off their artwork, crafts, candles, housewares, clothing and way, way more.
The Gentlemen's Expo (November 24-25 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building)
This is a show geared towards dudes and their admirers with vendors and specialists in style, tech, music, sports, cars, alcohol, grooming, sex, food, entrepreneurship, whiskey, beer, spirits, gaming, DIY, wellness, health, and more.
The Everything To Do With Sex Show (November 24-26 @ The International Centre)
Get ready for a naughty weekend of talks, vendors and shows... all about sex. There'll be loads of sex toy vendors, porn stars, workshops and live entertainment.
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea Happy Holidays Market (December 17 @ The Great Hall)
Find the special gift for that special someone on your list all in one place, and head of the holiday shopping madness. There'll be lots of handmade, local, art and vintage vendors, and artisans.
Buffer Fest (September 28 - October 1 @ Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre)
This annual festival showcases YouTube world premieres, screenings, and talks with acclaimed digital creators, workshops, panels, and a big red carpet event.
Two frightful film series (October 6 - December 8 @ Jackman Hall Cinema at the Art Gallery of Ontario)
Celebrating the only Canadian stop of the exhibition At Home with Monsters, the AGO presents two late-night film series. They'll show five of his key films and then 10 most terrifying films of all time, selected by Del Toro himself.
Planet in Focus (October 17-22 @ Multiple Venues)
The annual environmental film festival returns with four days of films about the planet and its inhabitants. There's also a talk with the one and only Roberta Bondar.
Macedonian Film Festival (October 28-29 @ Carlton Cinema)
This festival presents films by Macedonian directors, writers, and producers from around the world.
European Union Film Festival (November 9-23 @ The Royal Cinema)
This is a unique film fest where award-winning films from countries across the EU are screened for free. It's one of the largest free film festivals in the country.
Black Owned Pop-Up Market (October 1 @ Wychwood Barns)
Get products and services by black-owned businesses in Toronto in one spot! There'll also be music, performances and giveaways, as well as the chance to network and shop from black entrepreneurs.
The Bazaar of The Bizarre (October 8 @ Pia Bouman Ballet School)
This is a marketplace for all things, different, interesting, macabre, out of this world..."not your grandma's craft show." There'll also be DJs, stilt walkers and tarot readings.
Toronto Art Crawl Night Market (October 13 @ The Great Hall)
The Toronto Art Crawl's first annual Night Market will feature 60 artists and designers and a live auction. There'll also be DJs, a cash bar, and food vendors to keep you shopping and hopping.
The Eco Lifestyle Market (November 12 @ The Great Hall)
Here's a curated collection of 45 local, handcrafted, sustainable, eco- friendly and wellness goods vendors. It's a day of shopping, delicious local eats, local vendors, and cheer. Dogs are also welcome inside.
Christmas Is Coming Market (November 19 @ The Great Hall)
You'l find 50 vendors under one roof with all kinds of local vendors, foods and cocktails.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO