toronto festivals 2023

10 major festivals and events taking place in Toronto this fall

Major fall festivals and events in Toronto for 2023 are just around the corner and there's no shortage of events to check out. Some activities include checking out immersive art exhibits in the middle of the night, laughing out loud at a comedy festival, and watching incredible dance performances.

Here's a round-up of major festivals and events in Toronto this fall. 

  • Events you might want to check out
    About the Event
    • September 21-30
      Laugh your face off at a free comedy show, check out over 40 local comedians, or gush over celebs like JVN and Fred Armisen at this year's Just For Laughs Festival.
      Multiple Venues
    • September 23-24
      You'll get to immerse yourself in mesmerizing light installations, check out artist studios, and jam out to live music before grabbing a bite to eat along vibrant Geary Avenue at this two-day event.
      Multiple Venues
    • September 23-24
      Put on your walking shoes and call your besties for a night filled with art. Watch as stories are told in a pool's reflection or check out a multidisciplinary opera as you roam around the city from sunset to sunrise.
      Multiple Venues
    • September 26-28
      Pitch your business, make lasting connections, and learn about sustainable practices in tech at Canada's largest technology and innovation festival.
      Multiple Venues
    • September 26 - October 7
      Dancers from around the world will be battling it out in live performances, but if that doesn't sound up your alley, you can also check out a documentary preview and immersive exhibits at this massive dance festival, too.
      Multiple Venues
    • October 18-22
      You'll have to cover your eyes and hold on to the edge of your seat at this film fest, where you'll be able to watch an international thriller or be mesmerized by scarily realistic CGI. Celebrating everything Horror, Sci-Fi, and Action Cinema, you definitely won't be bored.
      Scotiabank Theatre
    • October 19-22
      Returning for its eighth year, the Hot Docs Podcast Festival is bringing all your favourite audio storytellers into the real world. You can expect big names like Margaret Atwood and Chris Morocco, plus creator forums giving you the chance to peek behind the curtain of podcast creation.
      Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
    • October 26-29
      This massive art fair will be showcasing over 100 Canadian galleries, making it the perfect time to look through artists' works and maybe add a little something to your collection. You might even learn a thing or two about art at the curators in conversation panel!
      Metro Toronto Convention Centre
    • November 8-19
      As Canada's largest Asian film festival, you can expect to see films and videos by artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world, with this year's edition being a hybrid of in-person screenings and digital presentations.
      Multiple Venues
    • November 23 - December 3
      The massive One of a Kind Winter Show is back again! You'll get to check out hundreds of artisanal goods and crafts (and maybe grab some goodies for yourself in the process).
      Enercare Centre
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    Fareen Karim

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim

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