It definitely feels like autumn out there, but that’s no excuse to hibernate! Not when there are so many exciting things to do in Toronto this weekend.
With spooky haunted houses, film festivals, Diwali celebrations, and new art exhibits in our city, this weekend is bound to be eventful.
So throw on that extra layer because we’ve got amazing things to do in Toronto this weekend and there’s no time to waste!
This unique event is being hosted by Toronto’s wellness hub, Othership, this Friday.
It will combine ethereal DJ sets, breathwork, and non-alcoholic bevvies for “a night of awe, expanded awareness, and evolution.”
“Journeyers are invited to imagine an ideal future, where interplanetary travel has deepened humanity’s connection to one another, the Earth, and the cosmos,” the description says.
It’s truly out of this world!
When: October 13th, 2023, 8 PM to 2 AM
Where: East Room, 50 Carroll Street
Cost: $99.44 per person
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
Whether you’re a real Shakespearean fan or brand new to the scene, this furious and fast-paced production of Hamlet will give you all the feels. See Canadian-Pakistaini sensation Ahad Raza Mir bring this classic tale of unhinged vengeance and tainted love to life with an electrifying performance.
When: October 12th to 18th, 2023
Where: The Rose – 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton
Celebration Square will truly live up to its name this weekend during the dazzling Diwali RazzMatazz festival.
“Get ready to witness a magical fusion of traditions and festivities as we gear up for an unforgettable celebration,” the description says,
Bring your friends and family to a Diwali experience “that will illuminate your heart and soul.”
When: October 14th, 2023
Where: Celebration Square, Mississauga
Calling all Halloween lovers! Halloween Nights of Lights & Pumpkinville is coming back to Scarborough Town Centre, and you don’t want to miss Toronto’s favourite Fall event! There will be jaw-dropping displays, a village and a Halloween fair, along with pumpkin activities that range from carving to smashing – whatever your creative muses decide. This event will be happening on select nights until Halloween and is suitable for all ages. Get your tickets online and join in on the fun.
When: Select nights between September 30 and October 31
Where: Scarborough Town Centre, 500 Progress Ave, Toronto
Cost: Single tickets and family passes are available online.
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 will feature 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
What better way to celebrate National Shawarma Day, than with the creators of it? This October 15th, hit up your nearest Osmow’s to celebrate culture & the rich flavours of Shawarma with $5 specials all day long.
When: Sunday, October 15th, 2023
Where: click here to find your nearest Osmow’s
Cost: $5 Chicken/Falafel Wraps or on the ROCKS
Spooky season is in full swing at Canada’s Wonderland!
The park has officially transformed into a haunted “scream park filled with Halloween attractions that offer unforgettable thrills and unspeakable horror,” the description says.
Run from zombies, brave the haunted houses (including three new ones this year), and have a freakishly good time with your favourite skeleton crew.
And of course, enjoy some thrilling nighttime rollercoaster rides!
When: Until October 29th, 2023 (select nights)
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
Cost: $44.99+ per adult
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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)
Etobicoke’s most beloved haunted attraction is back this month and they’re ready to scare your socks off.
With the scariest props and most terrifying ambiance, Martino Manor puts the M in most terrifying experience in west Toronto.
When: Until October 31st, 2023
Where: 7 McIntosh Avenue, Etobicoke
Cost: Blue Nights – $19.99; Amber Nights – $24.99; Red Nights – $29.99
Screemers is back this October to scare you senseless with all its seven haunted mazes and over 120 gruesome and horrifying characters. It’s sure to give you a spook.
When: October 6th to 31st, 2023 (Select days)
Where: Assembly Park, 80 Interchange Way, Vaughan
Cost: $39.95 plus tax GA; VIP $54.95 plus tax