It’s another glorious week here in Toronto and there’s a lot going on to keep us busy when the workday ends. It’s the last week of TIFF and there are a ton of buzzworthy films to see. This week marks the beginning of Halloween fun in the GTA, starting with an enchanting glowing pumpkin tunnel. There are drool-worthy burgers to eat, concerts to attend, and unique pop-ups to attend — all you need to do now is round up your pals!

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week. It’ll be Friday before we know it!

TIFF 2021

The stars are coming to town for the annual Toronto International Film Festival this month! This year’s festival will be a combination of online and in-person screenings at indoor, outdoor, and drive-in theatres around the city, and all of you film buffs will be spoiled for choice. Plus, stay tuned for details about a surprise screening of a secret never-before-seen film directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Where: Various locations
When: Thursday, September 9th to Saturday, September 18th


Drive your way through an enchanting tunnel filled with thousands of glowing jack-o-lanterns. These pumpkins are hand-carved and there are live carving demonstrations so you can see how the pros create their masterpieces. If you want to get a head start on your Halloween bucket list, this award-winning annual tradition is a must!

Where: Country Heritage Park, 8560 Tremaine Rd
When: September 17th to November 7th


Get moving in the fresh air with this fitness class among the fall foliage. These gentle exercises are accessible to everyone and are designed to help relieve your aches and pains while also improving your agility and strength. The classes will take place on the beautiful grounds of Toronto’s Botanical Garden, which is an ideal spot to enjoy the last of the warm weather.

Where: 777 Lawrence Ave
When: Every Tuesday from September 14th to October 19th


A unique new pop-up has opened up on Queen St. West and it’s the first of its kind in Ontario. The event has all kinds of limited-edition milk-inspired goodies for sale, but you won’t need to pull out your wallet to get them. The event is post-to-pay, which means you’ll need to post a photo of your treasures on social media to take them home. Pretty sweet deal, if you ask us!

Where: 639 Queen St W
When: September 9th to October 2nd, Thursdays to Saturdays


Canada’s biggest burger event of all time, Le Burger Week is back and they’ve released a list of all the restaurants participating in the event so far. From local bars to cafes, Toronto is in for a very special TWO weeks of some wildly tasty creations in celebration of the festival’s 10th anniversary.

Where: Various locations
When: Wednesday, September 1st to 14th


Sail around Toronto’s waterfront on a pirate ship adorned in fairy lights while you enjoy the sounds of the city’s rising R&B artists. If you’ve been itching to see live music this summer, this might be the best way to do it, especially while the nights are still warm. There will be beer, wine, and ciders on board for you to purchase while you soak up the sights and sounds of this unique event.

Where: 585 Queens Quay W
When: September 9th to September 18th

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Nothing says “hello fall” like a trip to the apple orchard, and there are so many great apple picking spots and around Toronto. Fill up on Gala and Cortland apples at Chudleigh’s in Halton Hills, and go for a cute tractor ride while you’re at it. Or if you’re looking for someplace extra scenic, Albion Orchards in Caledon was recently rated one of the best in Canada.

Where: Various locations


The same folks behind Immersive Van Gogh have got a magical exhibit running in the city right now. Illusionarium is all about, you guessed it, magic! There will be live magicians, holograms, 3D projections, and more. Plus, all of it is set to span over a massive 300,000 cubic foot lot, so there will be plenty of room for physical distancing.

Where: 1 Yonge St
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


With movies every Thursday through Sunday, four giant murals to check out, and a series of food events and concerts, Vaughan’s ArtWalk Drive-In is something you definitely won’t want to miss. Activities and events will be taking place until September 10th, so you’ve got plenty of time to check them out. Bohemian Rhapsody is playing this Thursday, September 16th, and there are so many more flicks to catch this month.

When: Until September 30th
Where: 101 Edgeley Blvd

There you have it, Toronto! The best things to do in and around Toronto this week.