Wondering what to do in Toronto this weekend? We've got you covered.
Love it or hate it, Halloween weekend is upon us. And if there’s ever a time to crawl out of the woodwork and experience the rebirthed city in all of its event-filled glory, it’s this weekend.
In addition to the Raptors game and a slew of Halloween parties, the city will shine this weekend in everything from a world-class art show and the arrival of a highly anticipated Broadway musical, to a party alongside dinosaur bones.
Here’s what to do in Toronto this weekend (you're welcome).
Get Terrified as Legends of Horror Transforms Casa Loma
Legends of Horror gets guests in the spooky spirit, as the annual event takes over the grounds of the famous castle, offering an immersive theatrical interpretation of classic horror characters and terrifying installations. The 2 km outdoor walking trail winds through dimly lit tunnels to the basement of the castle and under the street, to the historic -- and allegedly haunted -- stables. Find more info here.
Make Fetch Happen at the Mean Girls Musical
The anticipated Mean Girls musical has finally opened in Toronto. The show sees the 2004 cult classic film reimagined as a vibrant musical set in the present day. The hilarious production offers a dose of nostalgia in the form of both nods to the film and in its portrayal of high school triumphs and tribulations in this talent-packed production. Find more info here.
Celebrate Day of the Dead at Evergreen Brick Works
On Sunday (10am to 3pm), the sprawling Evergreen Brick Works will come alive with a celebration of Mexican and Latin culture for their Day of the Dead celebration. The family-friendly affair takes place at the Sunday Artisan Market and incorporates traditional Mexican and Latin American celebrations, activities, and food and drink. Find more info here.
Discover a New Artist at Art Toronto
Art Toronto returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend (October 27-30). Known as Canada’s premier art fair, Art Toronto features over 90 galleries across North America and the world. The event also features a series of artists talks, curated programs and an impressive public art program throughout the fair and lobby spaces. Find more info here.
Walk Through a Terrifying Zombie Apocalypse
This year, Liberty Group has created an immersive experience in partnership with Secret City Adventures called Zombie Apocalypse. Taking over an abandoned facility south of Casa Loma, it invites patrons to enter the world of fictional pharmaceutical giant, Biolux and its new wonder drug: the Biolux Serum, a purported solution to aging and disease, which renders subjects into cannibalizing contagious zombies. Find more info here.
Check Out a Showcase of Indigenous-Made Media
Get inspired and support the talents of Indigenous creators at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct. 18 to 23). Taking place at various venues across the city, the annual event is celebrated as the world’s largest Indigenous showcase of film, video, audio, and digital and interactive media. Find more info here.
Party Alongside Dinosaur Bones at the ROM
The second ROM After Dark of the season goes down this evening at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The popular twenty to forty-something monthly evening social event features curated music, visual arts, pop-up performances, food, cocktails, and no shortage of mixing and mingling. Find more info here.
Get a Reality Check with Kevin Hart
Ditch the couch and Netflix for the night and capture beloved comedian Kevin Hart in person for a change. Hart makes a stop at Scotiabank Theatre on Saturday and Sunday nights as part of his “Reality Check” tour. Guests need to be ok with parting with their phones for the duration of the show. Find more info here.
Get into the Halloween Spirit Over Tasty Eats
In the east end, the Halloween Food Truck Festival will take over Variety Village grounds in Scarborough for a family-friendly affair to celebrate the spooky season with an assortment of food truck eats and drinks, entertainment, kids' costume contests, and Halloween treats. Find more info here.
Check Out a New Culture Hub
Powerhouse couple Kim Newport Mimran and Joe Mimran are opening the doors of a new gallery and artistic hub called the Cultural Goods Gallery. The first exhibition, FROM SAMO©… TO SAMO©… EVOLUTION OF STREET: ART & TYPE will highlight the work of New York-based artist Al Diaz. Now open, it features a collection of work spanning Diaz's forty-year career, from his early-teen graffiti collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat to his later prolific text-based collage works. Find more info here.
Ditch the Car for Kensington Market
The ever-eclectic Kensington Market will host its last Pedestrian Sunday event of the season. The car-free event sees the streets of the neighbourhood become even more alive, as visitors are welcome to shop, eat, drink, and mingle as they kiss the last of the milder weather goodbye. Find more info here.