After the seasonal change from Summer to Fall, and the onset of Spooky season, October becomes one of the most eventful months of the year. This October is shaping up to be one of the most exciting months in recent memory, with a myriad of events, festivals, and activities to partake in. These include film festivals, county fairs, pumpkin patches, art installations, and much more; you’ll never be short on something to do this month, so let’s see what’s happening in Toronto this October!
PumpkinFest, the annual celebration of all things pumpkin at Downey’s Farm, 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.
When: September 17th to October 31st.
One of the spookiest experiences of October, Halloween Haunt returns to Canada’s Wonderland this October! Watch as the country’s biggest theme parks turn into a scream park filled with Halloween attractions that offer unforgettable thrills and unspeakable horror!
Where: Canada's Wonderland, 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON, L6A 1S6.
When: September 23rd to October 31st.
The Fall N’ Leaves Pop Up brings the pumpkin patch vibe to the city and features a fully-licensed bar, a wood-fire bbq pit, and a variety of different events including wine tasting, paint nights, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays!
Where: 164 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON, M5V 2R3.
When: September 30th - October 16th.
Psychedelics: The Experiential Exhibition is a ground-breaking immersive art experience, guided by creators, artists, and features pieces inspired by the Psychedelic Renaissance that continues to change minds globally!
Where: 1573 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, M6P 1A6.
When: September 30th to October 30th.
The Legends of Horror are returning to the grounds of Casa Loma as they are transformed into an immersive horror experience! Visitors will stroll through a 2 kilometer trail through the castle's tunnels and darkest spaces!
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON, M5R 1X8.
When: September 30th to October 31st.
Nuit Blanche is back, and this year’s event will be bigger than ever; it will feature more than 150 artworks by local, national, and international artists, and include a variety of augmented reality exhibits!
Where: Downtown, Scarborough, North York, and Etobicoke; you can view all locations here!
When: Sunset on Saturday, October 1st to sunrise on Sunday, October 2nd.
Grab a drink at the Black Lagoon Halloween Pop-up! Check out an immersive, “creepy-as-hell” experience paying homage to the macabre with a splash of goth and metal!
Where: upstairs at 875 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, M5S 0A0.
When: October 1st to October 31st.
The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show returns to the fairgrounds next weekend! This long-running fair is one of the largest in the province and features a variety of activities and shows, including live motorsports and a live performance by Walk Off The Earth!
Where: Norfolk County Fairgrounds, 172 South Dr, Simcoe, ON, N3Y 1G6.
When: October 4th to October 10th.
Toronto’s original haunted attraction, Screemers is returning and celebrating their 28th year of scares! The park features 7 haunted walk through mazes featuring over 120 live actors, realistic props, and more underneath a 15,000 square foot tent!
Where: Assembly Park, 80 Interchange Way, Vaughan, ON, L4K 5C3.
When: October 6th to October 31st.
Toronto’s PumpkinFest is back and due to popular demand, it has been expanded to three weekends! The family friendly event is loaded with fun, including games, an inflatable corn maze, food trucks, entertainment, and of course, a pumpkin patch!
Where: 35 Carl Hall Rd, North York, ON, M3K 2B6.
When: October 8th to October 23rd.
Celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Woodbridge Fall Fair! Aiming to create a rural space in an urban city, the Fair hosts a number of sights and attractions that everyone will enjoy, including midway rides, carnival games, and competitions for all ages!
Where: Woodbridge Fair, 100 Porter Ave, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 2A2.
When: October 8th to October 10th.
Taking place in one of Toronto’s newest concert venues, Venus Fest is a festival celebrating feminism in music! This event features emerging voices in music that address historical challenges in the industry while looking forward to the future!
Where: 468 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 2B2.
When: October 14th to October 16th.
Enjoy some international cuisine at A Taste of Nigeria Festival! This travelling festival brings their event to Toronto, and brings you closer to their community than ever before through Nigerian food, dance, music, culture, and much more!
Where: 30 Gordon MacKay Rd, North York, ON, M9N 2V6.
When: October 16th at 1 p.m.
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is a cinema festival promoting Indigenous-made media! They do this by developing platforms for artists to assert their voices, express their perspectives, and share their cultures!
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 3X5 and the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3.
When: October 18th to October 23rd.
The 16th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival is returning to in-person screenings and is taking place at the Scotiabank Theatre! The event will showcase the best new Horror, Sci-Fi and Action Cinema from around the world!
Where: Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, 259 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 3M6.
When: October 19th to October 23rd.
JUMP is the largest dance convention in the world, touring to 28 US cities and 4 international cities, and includes a top-rate workshop in numerous styles of dance: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz Funk, Musical Theater, Lyrical and Ballroom. JUMP also offers a first-class competition to showcase your skills!
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 2W6.
When: October 21st to October 23rd.
A smash it on Broadway and part of almost all of our childhoods, the musical adaptation of Mean Girls is coming to Toronto! Get your best pink (dress) shirt and get ready for a night of laughter, music, and the best burns!
Where: CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St, Toronto, ON, M5B 1V8.
When: October 25th to November 27th.
Art Toronto returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre! This is Canada’s art fair, and features more than 90 galleries from across Canada, the US and abroad including Night Gallery, Galerie Pici, Royale Projects, K Art, and many more!
Where: The Metro Toronto Convention Centre - North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2W6.
When: October 27th to October 30th.
I bet your mouth watered just reading that. Enjoy a Canadian delicacy at the Poutine Festival, presented by the Street Eats Market! With over 50 variations of poutine, you’ll have more than enough reasons to gorge yourself with fries, cheese curds, and gravy!
Where: Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON, M1P 4P5.
When: October 28th to October 29th.
Returning for their second annual event, Variety Ontario is hosting Truck or Treat: a Halloween Food Truck Festival! The event will boast a variety of food trucks, drinks, kid-friendly activities, and more! Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, and admission will support Variety Ontario’s programming for individuals with disabilities!
Where: Variety Ontario, 3701 Danforth Ave, Scarborough, ON, M1N 2G2.
When: October 29th to October 30th.
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