The weekend is calling, Toronto! There are so many good times to look forward to in the days ahead, and exciting outdoor events you won’t want to miss. You better make room in your schedule for beer festivals, street parties, haunted houses, a dog-friendly fair, and a retro diner pop-up, and more. Yeah, it’s safe to say that you’re in for a wild ride.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Toronto this week.


The “scariest Halloween event in the Toronto area” is making a terrifying return at 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. You can book your tickets online here.

Where: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Dr
When: September 24th — October 31st


This FREE event in the Trinity Bellwoods Park Dog Bowl is all about the furry friends in our lives. Bring your pet along for all kinds of attractions and activities, including a photo booth and other goodies they’re sure to love. You’ll also get to meet animal rescue heroes and pets up for adoption. Maybe you’ll even fall in love and give one of these animals their fur-ever home.

Where: 790 Queen St W
When: Saturday, September 25th


The city has kicked off a new local dining initiative with over 270 restaurants in Toronto participating. These eateries will be offering special feature menus for the next two weeks only and it’s the perfect chance to try something new. The prices range from $15 to $50 per person, not including drinks, taxes, and tip. You can even see a map of all the participating restaurants and the deals they’re offering.

When: Until October 3rd
Where: Various locations


A street festival is coming to the city this Sunday, just in time for the last stretch of warm weather. The event will take up 5 km of Lakeshore Blvd, which will become one giant sidewalk for the day. The free event will have all kinds of fun things to do, including pop-up art, dance demos, an 80s roller skate party, lion dancing performances, basketball games, and so much more.

Where: Lakeshore Blvd, Strachan Ave to Windermere Ave
When: Sunday, September 26th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Sample some of the city’s finest beer in the fresh air and sunshine. This outdoor, limited capacity event is a celebration of beer featuring hundreds of local and international brewers, mouthwatering eats, and live music from performers like Shaggy and Dwayne Gretzky.

Where: Bandshell Park, 100 Princes’ Blvd
When: September 24th & 25th


Toronto’s hottest summer patio and art park is transforming into a craft beer festival this week. Your ticket comes with 5 sample tokens, and it’s said to be the “ultimate sip and mingle event of the summer for Ontario Craft beer lovers.” If you can’t make thirsty Thursday happen, it runs all the way through the weekend too.

Where: 229 Richmond St W
When: September 23rd to September 26th


We may be approaching the end of the season, but it’s not too late to enjoy Ontario’s quintessential summer activity — winery tours! The best part is that you don’t even have to drive to wine country yourself. Your ticket comes with round-trip transportation from Toronto’s Union Station Bus Terminal to your choice of two wineries in the Niagara region. Once you arrive, you’ll get to enjoy a 2-hour wine and food pairing, with a pit stop at the Wine Rack on your way home.

Where: 81 Bay St
When: Saturday, September 25th


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. If you love a good blast from the past, Mrs. Doubtfire is playing this weekend.

When: Until September 30th
Where: 101 Edgeley Blvd


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Only the bravest souls will have the guts to take on this attraction opening up near Toronto. With spooky season around the corner, Fear Farm is returning this Friday, September 25th for a Halloween fright unlike any other. From haunted hayrides to creepy cornfields, this spot is guaranteed to give you a good scare.

Where: 936685 Blenheim Rd
When: Opens September 25th


You’ll really get your kicks from this far-out event! Dusty Star Drive-in is coming back for another weekend of greasy spoon-style grub and good times and there’s a whole lot more to enjoy this time around. In addition to the drive-in rollerskate diner experience, you’ll be able to reserve a picnic table for you and your gang, dance to a live rockabilly band, shop at the night market, and more.

Where: 37 Advance Rd, Etobicoke
When: Friday, September 24th — Sunday, September 26th

Enjoy your weekend, Toronto!