We are feeling mighty thankful for the long weekend. It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost halfway into October, but here we are! Compared to how things were going this time last year, we won’t dare complain. There’s so much to do to make your Thanksgiving weekend a memorable one, including a fall fair, a fried chicken festival, a Raptors pre-season game, Halloween events, and lots more. Ah, it feels so good to see the city back to its old self.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this long weekend!


What’s more wholesome than a fall fair on Thanksgiving weekend? If you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends and fam over the long weekend, you can head over to this annual event for midway rides, carnival games, culinary arts, crafts, and more. It’s a taste of good old-fashioned country fun right in the GTA.

Where: Woodbridge Fair Grounds, 100 Porter Ave
When: October 9th — October 11th


This three-day hybrid music festival features a huge lineup of Canadian talent, with a primary focus on Black artists. It’ll also feature candid discussions among leaders in the arts and entertainment industry, and live DJs spinning dancehall, hip-hop, house, and everything in between. Tickets start at just $13.24!

Where: 1006 Bloor St W
When: October 8th — October 10th


This interactive performance is a combination of powerful projections and superb live dance. It dives into the relationship between two people as they move through the stages of their interactions. It’s described as a deeply moving performance that’ll give you goosebumps the whole way through. The show has been extended through November 7th and the long weekend is a great opportunity to check it out.

Where: 1 Yonge St
When: Until November 7th


An adorable fall market is coming to the charming Distillery District this weekend. Bring your shopping bags and your appetite, because you’ll be loading up on Gooderham & Worts Butter Scotch tarts, fresh seasonal pies, floral bouquets for your apartment and pumpkin treats for your furry friend. You can also pose for pictures in front of the pumpkins, hay bundles, and fall foliage displays.

Where: 9 Trinity St
When: October 9th — October 10th

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The Raptors are finally back home after a long 19 months away and the pre-season games are officially underway. This Thanksgiving Monday is your chance to see the Raptors hit the court before those regular-season prices kick in. Plus, VanVleet says he really wants to see more fans at their home games, so why not show them some love?

Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: Monday, October 11th


It’s time to do the Time Warp again! This event is described as “the most fun you’ve ever had at dinner,” a meal and drinks accompanied by a live musical performance of the beloved cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tables are booked in groups of 2, 4, and 6, and dressing up is definitely encouraged. Frank-n-Furter’s castle awaits!

Where: 2026 Yonge St
When: October 8th — October 10th


The title pretty much says it all. Come hungry and get ready to feast on all the fried chicken you can handle at “Toronto’s ultimate fried chicken adventure.” Whether you’d prefer to eat it in a bun or with your fingers, you’ll be licking up every last bite. Plus, admission is FREE!

Where: 520 Progress Ave
When: October 9th — October 10th


Ontario’s own EDM hitmaker is gracing the stage in Toronto this weekend and it’s sure to be a good time. It’s been a hot minute since we’ve raged at a live Deadmau5 show and the energy will likely be pretty electric. If you can manage to score yourself a ticket, you’ll be in for an unforgettable night.

Where: Rebel
When: October 10th, 2021


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This outdoor patio oasis in the heart of downtown is now open 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


The “scariest Halloween event in the Toronto area” has returned Canada’s Wonderland, and let this be your warning that this is not for the faint of heart. New attractions this year include the Kingdom of Carnage, Streets of the Undead, and The Farmstead, in addition to all the terrifying attractions from years past and of course, nighttime rollercoaster rides. Plus, the most sinister Halloween food menu you’ll ever sink your teeth into!

Where: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Dr
When: Until October 31st


Casa Loma has transformed 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

There you have it! Ten of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend. Enjoy!