We may be back to the grind, Toronto, but we’re here to tell you that there are good times ahead. With two beer festivals, haunting Halloween events, and a Leafs pre-season game to check out this week, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy before the weekend comes. The warm weather seems to be sticking around and the outdoor events just keep on coming. Before it gets too chilly out there, get out there and enjoy our bustling city at its best.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in 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
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. What better way to spend the last warm nights of the season than with a movie under the stars? This week’s screening is The Blind Side and you can get details here.
When: Until September 30th
Where: 101 Edgeley Blvd
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
Live theatre is officially back in Toronto, but it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Blindness is a socially distanced light and sound show that takes you into a compelling story about a city gripped by a blindness epidemic. If Birdbox had you on the edge of your seat, you will not want to miss this unique production.
Where: Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St West
When: September 24th — October 24th
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. And it’s worth noting that proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend.
Where: Bandshell Park, 100 Princes’ Blvd
When: September 24th & 25th
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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
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
Toronto’s hottest summer patio and art park is transforming into a craft beer festival this week. Admission to the opening night of the event this Thursday is $21 each, and your ticket comes with 5 sample tokens. 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
This dreamy glowing nighttime adventure is back at The Toronto Zoo. Your moonlit adventure will be enhanced by vibrant glowing lights, multimedia, and sound effects, as well as breathtaking video projections. You’ll get to wander through a luminous forest, a dreamy Arctic landscape, a prism of light, and more. Plus, with physical distancing guidelines in place, you’ll get even more privacy as you wander.
Where: 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, ON
When: Thursday to Sunday until mid-October
The NHL pre-season is kicking off this Friday with a playoff rematch between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. Can our boys redeem themselves and start off strong this season? One can only hope! Tickets are already on sale and they’re starting at just $53 each. If you’ve been itching to see the Leafs play in person, this is your chance to scoop up some cheap seats.
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay St
When: Friday, September 25th at 7 p.m.
Have a great week, Toronto!