Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and appreciate all that we have to be grateful for, be it friends, family, pets, or a delicious meal. If you want to make some lasting memories with your loved ones this long weekend, there are plenty of things to do on Thanksgiving Monday in Toronto and the GTA.

Check out this list of the best events happening on the upcoming holiday and start planning your perfect Thanksgiving itinerary.

Toronto Pumpkin Fest

Enjoy a fun-filled fall fair this Thanksgiving right here in the city and the two following weekends.

The family-friendly event includes kiddy midway rides photo ops, games, an inflatable corn maze, food trucks, live entertainment, and of course, a pumpkin patch!

Where: Downsview Park
When: October 8th to 10th, 15th to 16th, and 22nd to 23rd

Woodbridge Fall Fair

This iconic fall fair takes place during Thanksgiving weekend in the GTA. It’s the ultimate spot for wholesome family fun, with fun attractions and activities for people of all ages.

The fair’s giant pumpkin contest will be held in person this year, so prepare to have your mind blown! There are tons of fun competitions you can participate in too.

Where: Woodbridge Fair Grounds, 100 Porter Avenue, Woodbridge
When: October 8th to 10th, 2022

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Fall n’ Leaves T.O.

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 and it’s open on Thanksgiving. 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: Until October 16th, 2022

Pingle’s Farm Harvest Festival 

Celebrate fall on the farm this Thanksgiving Monday with apple picking, wagon rides, a giant corn maze, live music, and delicious treats like pizza, brisket, and fried apples!

October is the season to celebrate all things autumn here in Ontario, and at Pingle’s Farm, you can do it all in one place.

Where: Pingle’s Farm, 1805 Taunton Rd, Hampton
When: October 10th, 2022, 9 AM to 7 PM

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 Monday 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


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Spooktacular Light Show

An enchanting drive-through light show has returned to the GTA and it’s open this Thanksgiving Monday.

The 2-km route features two million twinkling lights, a pumpkin filled drive thru tunnel, 3D displays, music lights, and much more. Plus, you’ll want to tune into the event’s dedicated radio stations for special tunes to go along with your experience.

Where: Meadowvale GO Station & Richmond Hill GO Station
When: Until October 31st, 2022

Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light

Travel back in time this Thanksgiving Monday and experience Egypt more than 3,000 years ago at this new immersive exhibit in Toronto.

Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light welcomes all to explore the wonders of ancient Egyptian history and to hear the story of King Tut’s passage into the afterlife.

When: Until October 30th, 2022
Where: 1 Yonge Street – Lighthouse ArtSpace Toronto

Immersive Van Gogh

If you still haven’t checked out Immersive Van Gogh, this Thanksgiving weekend is your chance. One of the most talked-about immersive exhibits in the world is still here in Toronto and it’s exciting for the whole family.

Stop by for a fully immersive display of the famous artist’s greatest works and watch them come to life all around you on stunning panoramic projections.

Where: 1 Yonge Street – Lighthouse ArtSpace Toronto
When: Various times


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South Simcoe Railway Fall Colour Excursion

What better way to see the changing leaves than through the window of a heritage steam train? The South Simcoe Railway is holding a special scenic train ride this Thanksgiving Monday through the majestic Beeton Creek Valley.

Your trip will be accompanied by friendly and educational commentary from the train’s conductor, who will tell you all about this railway and how it helped Canada become the country it is today.

Where: 28 Mill Street West, Tottenham
When: October 10th, 2022

Downey’s Farm Pumpkinfest

Pumpkinfest is back at Downey’s Farm this Thanksgiving Monday, with loads of entertainment, activities, food, and of course, thousands of pumpkins ready for picking.

Hit up the 8-acre corn maze scavenger hunt, say hello to the farm animals, see a live magic show, and be sure to pick up some fresh goodies to take home.

Where: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Caledon
When: Until October 31st, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!