It’s the week of all things spooktacular! There are some incredible things to do in Toronto this week as we count down the days to Halloween, as well as some entertaining and thought-provoking film festivals.
You’ll want to avoid the FOMO this week because you can’t afford to skip these amazing events.
Let’s dive in, shall we? Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week.
It’s time to let your freak flag fly!
Get lost in a sea of 30,000 pumpkins this October.
Pumpkinville features thousands of locally grown pumpkins designed into fascinating sculptures and installations by artists.
Not only is it the spot for those perfect fall photo ops, but it’s also an all-in-one destination for fall-themed fun, including food, entertainment, rides, games, and twinkly lights.
When: Thursday to Sunday until October 31st, 2023
Where: Scarborough Town Centre Outdoor Parking Lot (across from Best Buy)
Cost: $19.99 per adult
Ready to have a freakishly good time? The Halloween bar of your dreams (or should we say nightmares) is coming back to Toronto this week!
Black Lagoon will serve up creepy cocktails in an equally creepy immersive space.
Be sure to wear your costume and bring your favourite freaks along for the fun!
When: October 17th to 31st, 2023
Where: Bar Mordecai, 1272 Dundas Street West
Cost: Drink prices vary
Film festival season isn’t over yet in Toronto.
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival takes place this week at venues around the city, showcasing Indigenous-made media from across the country and the world.
This festival is known as the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators.
When: October 17th to 29th, 2023
Where: See festival schedule here
Cost: $10 per ticket ($8 per student/senior)
Planet in Focus is an environmental media arts organization that’s hosting a 10-day film festival in the city.
Get ready to dive into a world of artistic films that “question, explore and tell stories about the world in which we live.”
If you’re passionate about protecting our beautiful planet, want to learn more, or simply love film, this is a festival worth checking out.
When: Until October 22nd, 2023
Where: See festival schedule here
Cost: $15 per ticket
This festival is back for its 17th edition this October for five nights of action, horror, and sci-fi movies.
Sit back and enjoy the show as you watch thrilling flicks brought to us by filmmakers from all over the world.
It’s the perfect way to get into the spooky spirit!
When: October 18th to 22nd, 2023
Where: Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Cost: $14.99 per ticket
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Back for its 16th year, this local theatre fest is a must for performing arts lovers.
The event will take place this week at a brand new venue — the historic Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
“Enjoy six productions in this exceptionally rich and experimental season,” the description says.
It’s an experience in “music, movement, levity, and raw emotion from six talented companies who are poised and ready for their next stage.”
When: October 18th to 29th, 2023
Where: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Cost: $20 per ticket
A buzz-worthy artist is making his Canadian exhibition debut in our city.
KAWS (real name Brian Donnelly) is putting on a showcase at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and general admission is available now.
The exhibition features over 75 KAWS artworks including “wall murals, sketches, paintings, sculptures, his altered phone booth advertisements and product collaborations.”
When: Daily from 10:30 AM to 5 PM (closed Mondays)
Where: Gallery 224, Level 2, Art Gallery of Ontario
Cost: $30 per adult
The Latin trio of our dreams is performing at Scotiabank Arena this week.
With two back-to-back shows, these three iconic artists are sure to tear up the stage with an electrifying performance of their greatest hits.
When: October 17th & 18th, 2023
Where: Scotiabank Arena
It’s time to get funky fresh. Chromeo is taking over Danforth Music Hall this week and we could not be more excited.
Throw on your dancing shoes because you’ll be putting in that fancy footwork.
When: October 20th & 21st, 2023
Where: The Danforth Music Hall
Now in its eighth year, Casa Loma has transformed into what nightmares are made of and is celebrating all things Halloween.
Walk, if you dare…. along its 2 km outdoor walking trail that guides you through the ultimate darkness, past horrifying animatronics, and some of the most haunted spaces you can imagine.
In addition to its terrifying walking trail, its Zombie Apocalypse attraction returns this year, too.
When: Until October 31st, 2023
Where: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace
Cost: $40 per adult (plus fees)