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60 events in Toronto to put on your fall to-do list

Events in Toronto this fall will completely book your social calendar, so invite your friends along for the ride 'cause you're going to be busy. Not only are there parties, food festivals, running events, live theatre and concerts, but also a near-endless array of things to do inside and out.

  • Top Picks
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • September 28 - October 8
      This brand new festival for fans of design, innovation and technology takes over 150,000-square feet of the abandoned Lever Ponds soap factory for 10 days of installations, talks, and workshops.
      East Harbour
    • September 30 - October 1
      The 12th edition of Toronto's free, city-wide sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns with installations and works transforming spaces all around us for one night only. 
      Multiple Venues
    • September 30 - January 7
      Don’t miss this rare glimpse into the fantastic and frightful world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It's an immersive exhibit featuring about 4,150 objects collected by del Toro, including props, sculptures, paintings, prints, and costumes.
      Art Gallery of Ontario
    • October 3-24
      This global exhibition presents the best visual journalism of the past year. Check out stunning and award-winning photos from around the world all for free.
      Brookfield Place
    • October 13
      Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Is screened in concert with score from the TSO. Watch the movie live along with the band.
      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
    • October 18-21
      See over 100 international, Canadian and North American film premieres created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.
      Multiple Venues
    • October 20-22
      The cask-conditioned beer fest returns this year with over 400 beers and ciders served for three days at the Brick Works. This year, New York City has been chosen as the featured regional beer producer.
      Evergreen Brickworks
    • October 27
      The annual TEDxToronto conference explores the theme of legacy this year with talks, workshops, and inspiring presentations from some of the city's greatest thinkers. There'll also be snacks and drinks.
      Evergreen Brick Works
    • October 27-30
      Art Toronto is Canada's only international fair for modern and contemporary art. It's kind of like our version of Art Basel.
      Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    • October 31
      Church Street celebrates Halloween like no place else. Known as one of the biggest Halloween parties in the country, thousands of people put on the most creative and outrageous costumes and join the outdoor street party.
      Church Street
    • November 3-12
      Kind of like the Ex of the fall, the Royal Winter Fair is a tradition that takes Torontonians inside the world of farming, grooming, pageant shows, baby animals, and yummy food.
      Enercare Centre
    • November 22
      The 4:44 Tour will be a testament to the album of the same name released this year, and a guaranteed night of hip hop entertainment.
      Air Canada Centre
    • November 25 - April 8
      In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the ROM explores the brilliance behind Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the entire Paris haute couture industry.
      Royal Ontario Museum
    • December 16
      Concert of the year? It just might be. This is the first of three sold out shows, but you can try and get tickets somehow, right? Snoh Aalegra is the opening act, and you can probably expect some surprise appearances.
      The Danforth Music Hall
  • Events you might want to check out
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • October 28
      This is an evening of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery in a park. It's basically a parade of amazing freaks with music, dancing and mind-blowing costumes from 4-7 p.m.
      Clay and Paper Theatre
    • September 29-30
      Join 6,000 people at the city's largest Oktoberfest. This massive two-day party celebrates Bavarian heritage with food, beer, music, and a fun fair modelled after the original Munich event.
      Ontario Place
    • September 30
      Here's a brand new Toronto music festival and arts celebration run by and featuring women, gender queer, and trans folk. 
      Artscape Daniels Spectrum
    • September 30
      Close out the massive sports tournament with a (very expensive, but star-studded) concert from Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Bachman & Turner, and Quebecoise singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate.
      Air Canada Centre
    • September 30 - October 1
      From Kensington to Queen West, this city loves vintage fashion, and it's proven even more true with the country's largest vintage clothing show under one roof. From Streetwear to Chanel, there'll be thousands of unique fashion finds.
      Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place
    • October 5
      Celebrate witches, women and the arts in multiple venues and events held throughout the city. This year's theme is Out of the Broom Closet! and you can expect shows, exhibits, markets and concerts.
      WonderWorks
    • October 7
      Grab your lightsaber (or buy one on site for $10) and head to City Hall for one final battle of good versus evil. Organizers have announced this will be the final organized battle.
      Nathan Phillips Square
    • October 12-20
      Toronto's horror, sci-fi, action and cult film festival returns, showing the best in these cult film genres on the big screen.
      Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
    • October 12-15
      The festival that brings many of your favourite podcasts live to a Toronto stage returns for a second year. Expect guests like the creators of Missing Richard Simmons, Another Round, and Modern Love.
      Hot Docs Cinema
    • October 13-15
      10 international speakers, two days of networking with public space powerhouses, and one massive party in an old bread factory. It's a public space symposium that will have you thinking about Toronto like never before. 
      Multiple Venues
    • October 14
      Expect a full day of buying, selling, and trading with all of your favourite "shoe tubers," content creators, hype beasts, collectors, and resellers from all over the U.S. and Canada.
      Enercare Centre
    • October 14
      Over 100 emerging artists showcase their hottest work in a Warhol-style, anything-goes, massive warehouse environment with live music, body painting, multimedia displays, and free pancakes!
    • October 14
      Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights with the huge Gerrard India Bazaar and lantern parade.
      Gerrard India Bazaar
    • October 16
      From 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. trade a record or two, or just talk vinyl with other like-minded enthusiasts. This is a swap, not a sale, so bring records to trade.
      Toronto Reference Library
    • October 17
      David Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Watch him ramble on brilliantly if you can find a ticket.
      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
    • October 19
      This is an annual typography and lettering exhibition, showcasing work from Toronto and around the world. Check out work in all formats including sculpture, installation and 3D work as well as traditional and digital prints.
      Northern Contemporary
    • October 19-29
      Here's a celebration of words and ideas, of writers and readers. Engage with the literature of our times, explore the world of books and get acquainted with the authors and their ideas over 11 days of events.
      IFOA: International Festival of Authors
    • October 21
      The festival of zines and independent arts returns inside the AGO, and it's absolutely free. Check out hundreds and zine, book, and comic creators and well as talks and workshops. 
      AGO
    • October 25
      Showcasing work from seven of Mexico's best graphic design studios, illustrators and typographers, don't miss this one of a kind day of design and innovation.
    • October 25
      Grab a ticket and sample food from 20 Toronto chefs who will each be preparing a special three-course meal exclusively for their table of eight. Who will be cooking your dinner?
      George Brown Culinary School
    • October 26
      Never experienced the opera? Now's your chance with this production of the Mozart classic. There are cheap tickets for people under 30.
      Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
    • October 27 - November 3
      Toronto's favourite noise music event returns on its own for a two-day Halloween event. Expect advance, haunting musical performances along with visual surprises.
      Bluma Appel Theatre
    • October 29
      The final, car-free street party and gathering in Kensington Market happens today. Expect pop-up performances, vendors and a street party.
      Kensington Market
    • October 29
      Toronto Pagan Pride Day is a chance for local pagans to network and find information about local businesses and artisans, pagan meetups, common interest groups, and other open events. Leave your broom at home.
      The Stop at Wychwood Barns (Barn 4)
    • November 7-12
      This annual music festival and conference features live shows at venues all over the city, plus a film fest, panel discussions, beer ... it's basically six days of music education.
      Toronto
    • November 11
      Chris Rock brings his Total Blackout Tour and makes you check your phones at the door to ensure maximum laughter and enjoyment.
      Air Canada Centre
    • November 12
      Local pie makers duke it out for the title of best apple pie in the city. If you are not a baker, but enjoy a good slice of apple pie, they'll be serving pie for $5 a slice from 2-4 p.m.
      Fort York Food Bank
    • November 16-19
      This is a four-day event showing off products from global wine producers as well as importers, exporters, bakers, confectioners, butchers, caterers and restaurants.
      Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    • November 16 - December 23
      The Distillery District is transformed into a winter wonderland leading up to Christmas with food and drinks vendors, carollers, elves, lights, and one of the city's largest Christmas trees. 
      Distillery District
    • November 18
      The 10 year anniversary of the tree lighting ceremony at the heart of downtown usually features an impressive light show.
      Yonge-Dundas Square
    • November 23 - December 3
      Hundreds of vendors gather in one place to show off their artwork, crafts, candles, housewares, clothing and way, way more. 
      Enercare Centre
    • November 24-25
      This is a show geared towards dudes and their admirers with vendors and specialists in style, tech, music, sports, cars, alcohol, grooming, sex, food, entrepreneurship, whiskey, beer, spirits, gaming, DIY, wellness, health, and more.
      Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
    • November 24-26
      Get ready for a naughty weekend of talks, vendors and shows... all about sex. There'll be loads of sex toy vendors, porn stars, workshops and live entertainment. 
      The International Centre
    • December 17
      Find the special gift for that special someone on your list all in one place, and head of the holiday shopping madness. There'll be lots of handmade, local, art and vintage vendors, and artisans.
  • Film
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • September 28 - October 1
      This annual festival showcases YouTube world premieres, screenings, and talks with acclaimed digital creators, workshops, panels, and a big red carpet event.
      Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
    • October 6 - December 8
      Celebrating the only Canadian stop of the exhibition At Home with Monsters, the AGO presents two late-night film series. They'll show five of his key films and then 10 most terrifying films of all time, selected by Del Toro himself.
      Jackman Hall Cinema at the Art Gallery of Ontario
    • October 17-22
      The annual environmental film festival returns with four days of films about the planet and its inhabitants. There's also a talk with the one and only Roberta Bondar.
      Multiple Venues
    • October 28-29
      This festival presents films by Macedonian directors, writers, and producers from around the world.
      Carlton Cinema
    • November 9-23
      This is a unique film fest where award-winning films from countries across the EU are screened for free. It's one of the largest free film festivals in the country. 
      The Royal Cinema
  • Markets and pop-ups
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    About the Event
    Location
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