These first few weeks of Autumn (all of October, really) are absolutely lovely; the leaves begging to change colour making for picturesque days and adventures, cafes and bakeries start coming out with treats incorporating all the staples of Thanksgiving dinners and spooky (spoopy, if you will) season, and the weather is perfect for sweaters and cardigans. We’re looking forward to our weekends, and wanted to help you create the perfect itinerary for your Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday this October!
The Fall N’ Leaves Pop Up returns for the third year in a row, bringing the pumpkin patch vibe to the middle of the city! This Autumn experience features a fully-licensed bar, a wood-fire bbq pit and wood-fire oven offering Fall-inspired pizzas, pastas, and soups, and a variety of different events including wine tasting, paint nights, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays with acoustic performances and DJ sets!
Where: 164 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON, M5V 2R3.
A personal favourite cafe of the author, Balzac's Coffee Roasters has brought back some of their fall favourites; enjoy their Café Harvest Latte, made using fresh pumpkin puree! Additionally, they have a secret drink menu, featuring a new creation each month; they’ll be posting October’s drink this weekend! Pair one of these delightful beverages with one of their fresh baked goods including muffins, croissants, and loaves, and you have the best way to start your Saturday this October!
Where: multiple locations; click here for the full list!
We hope that coffee was a large, because it’s time to hike the scenic Bruce Trail, the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada! Stretching from the Niagara River to Tobermory, the main trail is a staggering 890 kilometres long but don’t worry, we’re not expecting you to hike the whole thing. The Toronto section of the trail stretches from Kelso to Creditview Road, with scenic views of the Hilton Falls and the spectacular Silver Creek Valley!
Where: Hilton Falls Conservation Area, 4985 Campbellville Rd, Milton, ON, L7P 0G3.
What’s better than a haunted house in October? A haunted house in Toronto’s Majestic Castle! The Legends of Horror are returning to the grounds of Casa Loma as they are transformed into an immersive theatrical experience! Visitors will stroll through a 2 km trail commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma, which will then wind through the castle's tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public! Get your tickets for this terrifying experience now!
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON, M5R 1X8.
School on Sunday? It used to be a hard pass for me, but Liberty Village’s School is one of the best places to get brunch in the city, and has a heated patio for those October mornings that are a little chillier than expected. Their offering covers everything; sweet, salty, and savoury items are all featured on this menu which includes a golden hashbrown poutine and a Krispy Krunchy french toast!
Where: 119 Harbord St, Toronto, ON, M5S 1G8.
After Saturday’s big day, why not take it easy and stroll through a pumpkin patch? Downey’s Farm was previously featured as one of our favourite patches in the GTA, and offers a huge selection in front of their legendary barn! PumpkinFest, their annual celebration of all things pumpkin, is going on for the entirety of October and features tons of activities including pumpkin picking, wagon rides, live entertainment, and more!
Where: 13682 Heart Lake Rd, Caledon, ON, L7C 2J5.
Wrap up your weekend by grabbing a drink at the Black Lagoon Halloween Pop-up! Check out an immersive, “creepy-as-hell” experience paying homage to the macabre and with a splash of goth and metal! They’ll be providing innovative and deliciously spooky cocktails to patrons, and encourage guests to wear their costumes in these dark dungeons of drink! Perhaps you could dress up as somebody who wants to go back to work the next day (considering Halloween is about pretending).
Where: upstairs at 875 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, M5S 0A0.
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