Well, friends, it’s officially October! With summer in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead to all of the fun things we have coming up. And with spooky season and fall just beginning, we’ve got plenty of new and exciting things to do in Toronto this weekend.
Here’s the only list you need to make this weekend the best it could be!
Toronto’s favourite midnight art showcase is returning this weekend. Known as Toronto’s biggest celebration of contemporary art, Nuit Blanche is unlike any other event in the city, taking place from sunset on Saturday, October 1st to sunrise on October 2nd.
This year’s event will include works by more than 150 local, national and international artists. And for the first time ever, it will span across the whole city, from Etobicoke to Scarborough to North York.
When: All night from October 1st to 2nd, 2022
Where: See event map
Fall n’ Leaves has returned to the heart of downtown for the third year in a row, complete with fall foliage, pumpkins, and hay bales to make you feel tucked away from the busy city.
There’s so much to do and experience at Fall n’ Leaves this season. In addition to picking and painting your own pumpkin, you can warm up by an open fire, lounge on the hay bale sofa, go pumpkin bowling, and indulge in autumn-themed food and drinks.
Where: 621 Richmond Street
When: Opens September 30th, 2022
A unique new display has arrived in the city. The installation, called Confluence, is 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)
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Canada’s largest sake tasting event featuring over 50 breweries from Japan and around the world is coming to Toronto this weekend after two years.
Guests can expect some of the best sake brewers, restauranteurs, industry specialists, and more to be in attendance. You can even explore a wide selection of sakes that are not the easiest to find.
When: October 1st, 2022
Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Center (JCCC) – 6 Garamond Court
Bust out the lederhosen, our favourite Bavarian bash is finally making a comeback! Toronto Oktoberfest will return to the city after two long years this Friday, just in time for its 10th anniversary.
In addition to delicious German eats and sips, there will be dancing and live entertainment of all kinds, including the popular Fräulein E cabaret show, traditional Bavarian dancers, and competitions.
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: September 30th to October 1st, 2022
We could all use a good laugh after the past couple of years, and lucky for us, Toronto’s Just for Laughs Festival is on its way and it’ll be headlined by the biggest names in comedy. Celebrities of the comedy and entertainment world will descend on Toronto for the 11-day festival this weekend.
Comedy enthusiasts can look forward to shows by Trevor Noah, Issa Rae, Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Trixie and Katya, Ben Schwartz, Deon Cole, Tim Dillon, and so many more.
Where: See the full schedule
When: Until October 1st, 2022
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You won’t need any mind-altering substances for this psychedelic trip. A 12,000-square-foot experience called Psychedelics: The Experiential Exhibition opens in Toronto this Friday.
The exhibition dives into society’s complex and often controversial relationship with psychedelics. It will provide a unique “edutainment” experience, combining audio and visual elements into an informative and fascinating display.
Where: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West
When: Weekly from Wednesday to Sunday
Toronto’s Eataly is hosting a one-day-only, all-you-can-eat event this week. It’ll feature some of the city’s best restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and more for the ultimate tasting event of the year.
Eat your way through over 15 food stations, over five bars, and much, much more. Names like Kiin, Azhar, Miku, Craig’s Cookies, Bellwoods Brewery, and a few others will be in attendance.
When: September 30th, 2022
Where: Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St West
This free festival is in support of the Legacy of Hope Foundation, an Indigenous-led charitable organization that raises awareness about the impacts on Indigenous peoples caused by residential schools.
Stop by for an all-Canadian celebration of music, arts, and cuisine, with the aim of bringing people together through “taste, sound, and education.”
When: September 30th to October 2nd, 2022
Where: Maple Leaf Forever Park, 62 Laing St
Ready to have a freakishly good time? The Halloween bar of your dreams (or should we say nightmares) is coming back to Toronto this Saturday.
Running throughout October, 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!
Where: 875 Bloor Street West (Upstairs)
When: October 1st — October 31st, 2022
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Be sure your Saturday night plans deliver for you and the crew this weekend. Get on the first-ever Curiocity guest list for @thefifthsocial’s epic House party on Oct 1. Enjoy no cover or line before 11:30 p.m. complete with the best music, crowd, dancing and night out that Toronto has to offer.
When: Saturday, October 1st, 2022
Where: The Fifth Social Club – 225 Richmond Street West Suite 100, Toronto
Cost: FREE upon guest list signup (guests must show up on/or before 11:30 PM)
Who said LEGO is just for kids? Not us! The ultimate indoor LEGO playground is packed with fun activities for the little ones in the family and any LEGO lover- MINILAND®, a Toronto cityscape replica built from A LOT of bricks: over half a million, the LEGO 4D Cinema, Race VR Experience, just to name a few!
When: Sunday to Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM
Where: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto, 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Cost: click here to see the Tickets & Passes options!