Another week begins in our city and it’s shaping up to be a good one! The Raptors’ season is kicking off and film festival season is far from over with three taking place this week. Not to mention all of the spooky attractions and haunted houses. There are so many exciting things to do in Toronto this week, so let’s get into it!

Here are 10 of the best events worth checking out this week in and around Toronto.

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Raptors 2022-23 season officially kicks off this week with a high-energy match against the Cavaliers. Prepare for yet another nail-biting, electrifying NBA season and cross your fingers for another championship win!

Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: October 19th, 2022 7:30 PM

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is returning to venues around the city this week, 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 18th-23rd, 2022 (in-person)
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema & Artscape Sandbox

Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival 

Planet in Focus is an environmental media arts organization that’s hosting a 10-day film festival in Toronto. 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 environmental issues, want to learn more, or simply love film, this is a festival worth checking out.

Where: See all festival venues here
When: Until October 23rd, 2022

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Legends of Horror – Casa Loma

Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror is one of Toronto’s most terrifying haunting experiences of the year and it’s back bigger than ever before with a new zombified installation.

The haunted attraction is open this Thanksgiving weekend and you can book a visit between the hours of 5 PM and 10 PM.

When: Until October 31st, 2022
Where: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace

Martino Manor Haunted House

Etobicoke’s most beloved haunted attraction is back and they’re ready to scare your socks off. With the scariest props and most terrifying ambiance, Martino Manor puts the M in most spooky experience in west Toronto.

When: October 20th & 21st, 2022
Where: 7 McIntosh Avenue, Etobicoke

The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

Bridgerton fans, your Queen’s Ball invitation is here. Toronto now has an exclusive ball experience inspired by the hit Netflix series so you can feel like royalty for one magical night.

Get ready to mingle with other royal members, sip on cocktails and take part in an evening of music and dance.

When: October 20th & 21st, 2022
Where: Cinespace Studios, 8 Unwin Avenue

Free Third Tuesday at The ROM 

Bring your friends and fam to The ROM on the third Tuesday night of each month for a free museum visit! This monthly offer includes free access to all galleries, plus the museum’s special exhibition: Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature.

Advanced tickets are not required and it’s first come, first served, so be sure to arrive on time for a guaranteed spot!

Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When: October 18th, 2022 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

This festival is back for its 16th edition and in-person screenings this week 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!

Where: Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
When: October 19th—October 23rd, 2022


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A unique new display has arrived in the city. The installation, called Confluence, will be located in a “secret” room under the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto and it’s free (or PWYC) to visit.

Brought to us by The Bentway and Exhibition Place, the massive art commission takes over an otherwise inaccessible storage chamber under the busy highway.

Where: Under the Gardiner at Exhibition Place
When: October 1st to 30th, 2022 (Wednesday to Sunday)

Illumi: A Dazzling World of Lights

Prepare to be amazed, friends. A new immersive light show has arrived in the GTA. The experience is called illumi — A Dazzling World of Lights and it’s said to be the first of its kind in the world. Here’s a first look inside so you know what to expect!

Illumi spans 600,000 square feet in Mississauga, taking visitors on a magical journey through 13 different worlds, each with its own theme and spectacular sights.

Where: 7174 Derrycrest Dr (near Hwy 407 and Hurontario St), Mississauga
When: Until January 8th, 2023