This weekend in Toronto Halloween parties are all the rage, but there's plenty more for those who are averse to scares and spookiness. The TTC is offering a sneak peek of its three new stations, Google wants to give you free donuts, and it's the final Pedestrian Sunday of the year.Events you might want to check out:
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, and it all goes down at the Metro Convention Centre.
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 willl also be snacks and drinks.
Night of Dread (October 28 @ Dufferin Grove Park)
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.
TTC Open House: Line 1 Extension (October 28 @ Multiple Venues)
From 1 to 5 p.m. explore the three most northerly subway stations on the Line 1 extension, seeing how they were built, taking photos, and chatting with the project staff and designers.
Last Pedestrian Sunday (October 29 @ Kensington Market)
Kensington's final, car-free gathering of the year happens this week. Expect pop-up performances, vendors and a street party.
Fort York After Dark (October 25-27 @ Fort York National Historic Site)
Take this rare opportunity to wander the grounds of Fort York at night, being told gruesome stories from the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York.
Prism Presents Shea Coulee (October 27 @ Fly 2.0)
Season 9 Runner up of RuPaul's Drag Race lands at Fly 2.0 for a meet and greet followed by two glamorous performances throughout the night.
Traditional Day of the Dead Celebration (October 28 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
Join the liveliest celebration of death for a traditional Day of the Dead celebration. Enjoy traditional food, Aztec dance, Aboriginal hand drum songs, and a wide variety of performances.
Canada's Baking and Sweets Show (October 28 @ International Centre)
A lineup of North America's best artisan bakers, care makers, and celebrated pastry chefs will teach you the skills you crave through live demonstrations and hands-on classes.
Dark Waters (October 27 @ Ripley's Aquarium of Canada)
Explore the dark side of this underwater nightmare at Ripley's Aquarium's first ever 19+ splash.
Scream Whistle Brewery (October 27 @ Steam Whistle Brewing)
If you're looking to dance in a beer filled factory, this is the party for you. The only thing scarier is the FOMO.
FNL: Wicked (October 27 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
Friday Night Live at the ROM's Halloween offerings include weird and wicked Earth based exhibitions, plus beats by DJ ESP.
Dragonstone Hotel (October 27 @ Gladstone Hotel)
All Seven Kingdoms are invited to the Gladstone's Game of Thrones themed party.
Burroughes Haunted Mansion (October 28 @ Burroughes Building)
The Burroughes building on Queen West is getting its spook on for Halloween. Tickets start at $20.
Prozzak Presents: Forever '99 Halloween Freakout (October 28 @ Toronto Mini Indy)
Three rooms of classic and cutting edge sound, featuring Prozzak, Green Velvet, Culture Shock, and more, plus a 19-foot high fire breathing metal dragon stage straight from Burning Man.
Snailoween (October 28 @ 99 Sudbury)
Silver Snail's annual Halloween bash is a must for comic book and pop culture diehards, this year featuring Matt and Jay from Nirvanna the Band the Show on DJ duties.
Unsound Toronto Halloween Special (October 27 - November 3 @ Bluma Appel Theatre)
Unsound is back in Toronto with two special seated weekend events around Halloween at The Bluma Appel Theatre.
alt-J (October 27 @ Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall)
British art pop tri alt-J are in town to tour their 2017 album, Relaxer. Tickets have sold out online but it's not impossible to grab from someone on site.
Cybertronic Spree VS Homer Simpson's The Be Sharps at The Horseshoe Tavern (October 28 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
The band comprised of transforming robots is on stage up against Homer Simpson's acapella quartet in the most animated concert of Halloween weekend.
Guns N' Roses (October 29 @ Air Canada Centre)
Classic rock juggernauts Guns N' Roses want to bring you back to the 80s and 90s during the Toronto stop of their massive arena reunion tour.
Google Home Mini Donut Shop (October 26-27 @ Yong-Dundas Square)
To celebrate the launch of the donut-sized Google Home Mini, the tech juggernaut built a pop-up donut shop and are setting up at Yonge and Dundas Square. Inside you'll nab free donuts plus a chance to win a brand new Google Home Mini.
After-Hours Sip & Shop Pop-Up Market (October 28 @ STUDIO by the Nooks)
Shop for hand-made, local goods while sipping artisanal, hand-crafted beverages in what should be a perfectly cozy way to enjoy an autumn evening.
Clothing Swap: Masquerade & Martini's (October 28 @ Women on The Move)
Embark on a fabulous evening of shopping, networking, music, and last minute costume developing, with complimentary martinis and plenty of appetizers.
Macedonian Film Festival (October 28-29 @ Carlton Cinema)
The 12th edition of this annual film fest will screen feature films that contain a Macedonian connection by over ten filmmakers from around the world.
The Room (October 28 @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton)
Bring your spoons, folks, you won't want to miss "The Citizen Kane of bad movies" on Halloween weekend. If you've never seen the infamous flick, take this chance to catch it before James Franco's mockumentary on the making of it releases later this year.
Vampyr (October 28 @ Fox Theatre)
Catch a screening of the 1932 silent classic accompanied with a live band at the 100+ year old Fox Theatre.
Elvira Mistress of the Dark (October 29 @ The Royal Cinema)
Don't miss out on the goth horror cult classic Elvira Mistress of The Dark, with live (and possibly drunk) commentary by the hosts from Screen Queens.
The Phantom of the Opera (October 29 @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton)
The weekly October-long film series Silent Sundays saved the best for last, screening the 1925 horror classic on the weekend before Halloween.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (October 29 @ Revue Cinema)
Halloween isn't just about horror and blood. Revisit the magic of childhood with Spielberg's E.T., playing at Revue Cinema.
by Corey Van Den Hoogenband via blogTO