It’s officially the week before Thanksgiving, which means we can start counting down the days to the long weekend! We may still have a ways to go before the weekend, but that’s no reason to hold off on fun activities. From art exhibits to haunted houses to high tea on a train, there’s a whole lot of fun to be had this week and you don’t want to miss it.
Here’s your weekly roundup of 10 incredible things to do in Toronto and the GTA this week.
Casa Loma is transforming into a terrifying immersive experience this spooky season. Wander through a 2 km trail through the castle’s gardens, tunnels and some of the “darkest spaces never open to the public,” where theatrical experiences and elaborate sets will haunt you at every turn. The “crescendo” of the experience will bring the walls of the castle to life through incredible 3D projections. We’ve got goosebumps already!
Where: 1 Austin Terrace
When: Until October 31st
What better way to spend an evening than by marvelling at the works of the legendary pop-art pioneer himself, Andy Warhol. The blockbuster exhibit runs until late October at the AGO and it showcases Warhol’s pieces over four decades of his unbelievable career. You’ve seen his most famous projects, now dive deeper into the art that transformed him into the icon he is today.
Where: 317 Dundas St W
When: Until October 24th
There is a brand new interactive public art installation coming to The Bentway next month. It’s taking over a secret room located beneath the Gardiner Expressway at Exhibition Place which has never before been accessed by the public. The installation uses an array of 3,000 lights to create a landscape of upside-down mountains and valleys suspended from the ceiling. Already sounds cool right? Well, get this — the piece moves in tandem with your heartbeat. You have to see it to believe it.
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd
When: October 2nd — October 31st
Need an excuse to go up on a Thursday? The King of Latin pop is gracing our city this week so prepare to sing and dance the night away to your favourite throwback hits. Tickets are just over $60 a pop and there are still plenty for sale, so you can round up the squad for some last-minute Enrique escapades.
Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: October 7, 2021
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Kick back in the stands for a game of CFL football in the pleasant autumn weather. The season of outdoor viewing at BMO Field is coming to a close, so why not enjoy it while you can? Tickets are still available and they’re starting at just $28.50 each.
Where: BMO Field, 170 Princes’ Blvd
When: Wednesday, October 6th
You’ll want to come hungry to this autumn-themed night market with all kinds of delectable dishes to try. Each week of the festival will have a different set of vendors with their own unique cuisine. Whether you’re looking for Halal street food, vegan bites, juicy BBQ or funnel cake, you’ll find it all and more at this outdoor event. Wear your comfiest sweats and prepare for a midnight feast like no other.
Where: 100 City Centre Dr, P6 Parking Lot
When: Until October 8th
Is there anything lovelier than sipping tea on a train overlooking the changing hues of autumn? The York Durham Heritage Railway is hosting high tea on the train this month, complete with live music, fresh flowers, white linen tablecloths, and homemade lunch. You’ll feel like royalty on this fun 90-minute journey through the country. Plus, it’s just a short drive from Toronto!
Where: 19 Railway St, Uxbridge
When: October 2021
Enter if you dare into this “seemingly neverending maze of horror” just north of Toronto in Richmond Hill. “Tremble in complete darkness and get ready to be thrilled by our devil’s work,” the description says. This immersive experience will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a real-life Halloween nightmare — that is, if you’re brave enough to even enter the haunted halls.
Where: 9350 Yonge St
When: October 1st—October 31st
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This breathtaking exhibit is now open for the first time in the world — here’s a sneak peek so you know exactly what to expect. Over 400 of Claude Monet’s works come alive before your eyes through vivid 360-degree displays that swirl all around you, enhanced by sound effects and music. Forget the world and get lost the mind and masterpieces of this great painter.
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W
When: Hours vary
This outdoor patio oasis is opening up in the heart of downtown for the second year in a row, complete with fall foliage, pumpkins, and hay bales to make you feel tucked away from the busy city. In addition to picking and painting your own pumpkin, you can warm up by an open fire, lounge on the hay bale sofa, go pumpkin bowling, and so much more. Plus, you’ll get to indulge in some delicious wood-fired eats and a variety of autumn-inspired cocktails. Pure bliss!
Where: 621 Richmond St
When: October 1st — October 17th, 2021
Have a great week, Toronto!