It happens every year. Fall begins, and the temperature starts to drop. We pack away our shorts and bathing suits, and we begin to resign ourselves to spending more time indoors. Fortunately, the cooler weather doesn’t have to result in cabin fever. There’s no shortage of fun things to do in the city before winter sets in, from arts and cultural festivals to all-ages events with an autumn-theme. I’m looking forward to throwing on a light jacket and checking out all that Toronto has to offer this season—and I hope you are too!
If you’re looking for something fun to do this fall, be sure to check out one of these must-attend events…
Fall is a great time to take in a film or two, and there’s no better place to do that than at TIFF. From September 5th to 15th, the Toronto Film Festival will be exposing audiences to some of the most unique, diverse, and just plain fascinating cinema in the world. This year, highly-anticipated films include The Goldfinch (based on the best-selling book) and A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (a biographical drama about the life of children’s entertainer Fred Rogers). You’ll also find no shortage of international and independent gems suck as Parasite(first Korean movie to possibly get an Oscar nomination!), as well as lectures and workshops for those who are interested in the filmmaking process. Tickets are available through TIFF’s official website and Ticketmaster.
The city’s largest Oktoberfest is back. From September 26th to 28th, immerse yourself in German culture with authentic beer, food, and music! Whether you’re looking to sample some of the city’s finest schnitzel and sausage or take in a vibrant Bavarian cabaret show, this is the place to do it. Tickets run from $20 to $32, depending on which afternoon or evening you’re planning to attend. That said, grabbing a weekend pass may be your best bet if you’re planning to come and go.
Clear some space on your calendar, because you won’t want to miss the fun at Ontario Place!
3) Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival
Speaking of cultural festivities, you won’t want to miss the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival. Held from September 13th-15th, this west-end event is the ideal place to unwind over a plate of perogies. Peruse the artisan market, enjoy the parade, or check out some world-class Ukrainian entertainment on one of the stages set up for the event. Bloor West Village is a charming district to visit on any occasion, but it truly comes alive for the annual festival—which is the largest of its kind in North America. The best part? Attendance is free! To see the headliners, BEZ OBMEZHEN, you’ll pay $20 ahead of time and $30 at the door.
4) Nuit Blanche
On Saturday, October 5th, you’ll have the opportunity to explore innovative art projects as part of Nuit Blanche. This all-night party is the perfect place to see creativity on display. Hundreds of artists will be featured in neighbourhoods across the city, from downtown to Don Mills to West Queen West. There will also be a series of talks beforehand, for those who want a bit of context. The fun kicks of at 7 p.m. and runs until 7 a.m. the next morning, so you might want to grab a nap in the early evening. If you can’t make it out, never fear! Many of the works associated with the event will be displayed until October 14th.
5) Toronto Pumpkinfest
Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving weekend? From October 12th to 14th, check out Pumpkinfest. Whether you have little ones or not, this Downsview Park event is a great place to get into the fall spirit. Kids will love exploring the inflatable corn maze and taking part in the costume contest. You’ll enjoy wandering through the pumpkin patch, checking out some local entertainment, and trying out a few of the many tasty snacks available from the food trucks on site. Pumpkinfest is free for attendees of all ages, so get out there and check out!
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