Top things to do in Toronto this weekend

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It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s almost November, which means Christmas is around the corner, which means, gah! Where did the year go?

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But let’s back it up for a sec and enjoy that it’s still only October and the weekend is upon us.

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There are all kinds of events taking place in and around the city; here’s what you need to know to make the necessary plans.

Legends of Horror

The grounds of Casa Loma have once against been transformed into not just a destination but an experience, thanks to the two-kilometre trail that kicks off in the lower gardens before winding its way through the castle’s tunnels and ominous spaces – the perfect place to visit in light of Monday’s spooky holiday.

Check out Legends of Horror and Zombie Apolocalypse, another experience that takes fright-seekers into a world of flesh-eaters, from Sunday to Monday. For tickets and more information, click here.

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Art Toronto

This grand event features 90-plus galleries from across Canada, the U.S. and abroad as they showcase artist talks, curated programs and an impressive public art program throughout the fair and lobby spaces.

Head over to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.

Día de Muertos

The Day of the Dead event celebrates Mexican and Latin American culture includes fun family activities, delicious food and drinks and an artisan market.

It’s on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Evergreen Brick Works. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

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Night of Dread Parade

The parade of petrifying pageantry, puppetry (and a smidge of mockery) commences on Crawford St. from Shaw St., just north of Bloor St., to Westmoreland Ave., beside Dovercourt Park.

Dress code is black and white … and dreadful. Unfortunately, there isn’t a full park event this year but the parade should be glorious enough.

The much-loved, family-friendly free community event is on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the parade route and more information, click here.

Food Truck Festival: Halloween Edition

The second annual Halloween community festival will have a ton of food, obviously, drinks, kid-friendly activities, treats and live entertainment. Costumes are encouraged, as are chairs and blankets.

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Satisfy your appetites on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Variety Village at 3701 Danforth Ave. in Scarborough. A minimum donation of $5 is requested.

For more information, click here.


The show dedicated to living better and aging well, and exploring the latest in health, travel, finance and fitness, is back after a three-year hiatus.

There will also be expert speakers, product sampling and free treatments, along with a fashion show hosted by original Canadian supermodel Monika Schnarre, and performances from Andy Kim and the Shuffle Demons.

What are you waiting for? It’s on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Enercare Centre.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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The Great Canadian Horror Film Festival

The only thing scarier than the festival’s movies is not seeing them. This year, there are more than a dozen films to enjoy; ticket holders will be asked afterwards to vote for the best film.

Get your fright on at The Royal Cinema at 608 College St. on Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

You can buy your tickets at the door or online. For that and more information, click here.

Street Eats Poutine Festival

What’s more Canadian than poutine? Why, a poutine festival featuring more than 20 food trucks, of course. There will be over 50 variations of poutine, international street foods, marshmallow fire pits, spooky storytelling and retro rollerskating to be had.

Get your stretchy pants on and boogie on over to Mississauga Celebration Square on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, click here.

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Pumpkinfest in Kingsway

This is the kind of fun for all ages we’re talking about, there will be face painting and a balloon artist, arts and crafts, a costume contest as well as a pumpkin decorating contest.

It’s all on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on 3055 Bloor St. W. For more information, click here.

The Toronto Ski + Snowboard Show

Winter lovers can get information on the latest products, look at travel opportunities, take part in the country’s biggest ski and snowboard swap, enjoy some interactive elements and find great deals with many retail exhibitors.

The show runs from Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the International Centre in Mississauga.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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