Toronto Events for October
October 1, 2019
Nuit Blanche – October 5th-6th
For one sleepless night, experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists and nearly 90 art projects. This year’s program responds to one event-wide curatorial theme of Continuum. The theme follows many paths during the event – set against a backdrop of the ever-present renewal of night into day, a continuum of experience and ideas is brought to light by the participating artists. A series of Nuit Talks will take place before and after the all night art event and nine extended art projects will remain on display through October 14.
Pumpkinfest – October 12th-14th
If you’re looking for something fun to do Thanksgiving weekend, this is it! Toronto or Richmond Hill Pumpkinfest has something for all ages. Come experience this family event over 3 days with great food, vendors, entertainment and loads of pumpkins! Guests are welcomed to enjoy all things Autumn.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival – October 17th-25th
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new Horror, Sci-Fi and Action Movies and is enjoyed by over 10,000 attendees each year. This October 17-25, 2019, the 14th Annual Edition will screen over 50 films, both features and shorts, at the Scotiabank Theatre located at 259 Richmond Street West in the heart of Toronto’s downtown Entertainment District. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance for lively Q & A’s with the fans following their screenings
Haunted High Park – October 18th-30th
Discover the chilling legends and ghostly tales that haunt High Park after dark. Dare to step inside the candlelit rooms of Colborne Lodge to learn about 19th- century funeral and mourning traditions.
This event combines a theatrical séance, a candlelit tour of a 19th-century home in mourning and a visit to the tomb of the founders of High Park. Victorian ideas about death and the afterlife are explored. Tours recount ghost sightings and paranormal activities around the museum. Guests witness a recreation of a Victorian séance complete with the hallmark trickery of these activities.
Toronto Soup Festival – October 19th-20th
Join us for two amazing days full of great food to be enjoyed with friends and family. The Toronto Soup Festival will be showcasing a wide variety of gourmet soup and artisan exhibitors. Attendees will be treated to signature soups, fresh baked goods, live entertainment, hot beverages, and a fascinating array of demonstrations.
Eat to the Beat – October 22nd
Entering its 24th year, Eat to the Beat is a mecca for urban foodies who come to experience the best Ontario’s culinary scene has to offer. It’s the only event in Canada that exclusively features the talent of 60 female chefs – women supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Stroll through Roy Thomson Hall and enjoy bite-sized portions of specially crafted savory and sweet dishes, along with wine, beer, spirits and a selection of non-alcoholic libations from the finest beverage purveyors.
Back once again are our favourite Corset Ladies, a group of supporters and survivors who design and wear beautiful, food-themed corsets. The ladies will be circulating through the event, interacting with guests and selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes!
The Great Pumpkin Trail – October 24th and 25th
Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light your way along our garden and South Bridle Trail. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 20th annual NIGHT OF DREAD, an evening of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH in DUFFERIN GROVE PARK. At this much loved, family-friendly, community event, Torontonians are invited to call on, mock and banish their private and collective fears through parade and pageantry, music and masquerade, dance and a devilishly good party.
Participants gather for the parade in Dufferin Grove Park from 4 to 6pm where Clay & Paper Theatre puppets and masks are made available for revelers to wear. After the approximately 45 minute procession, with its towering puppets, fire spinners and an assortment of marching bands, all participants return to the park where they are treated to a theatrical spectacle showdown with the “Fear of the Year” for 2019.
On Saturday, October 26, 2019 TEDxToronto will celebrate its 11th year at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. TEDxToronto is a platform for exceptional ideas and a catalyst for profound change.
So many things are on the rise: new technologies and businesses, political movements, online communities, the temperature—our city.
Some of these forces are long overdue. Our awareness, for instance, of the experiences of women, the history of Indigenous people, and of other too-often-ignored voices deserving of attention. Other rising forces have sparked important conversations about a decline in meaningful relationships, the role of big technology companies in society, and whether the GTA’s prosperity is truly felt in all corners of our region.
Rise is optimistic, as well as ominous. TEDxToronto 2019 will explore that inherent tension and ask: what does it take for all of us, as a society, to rise together?
Art Toronto 2019 – October 25th-27th
Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s international contemporary and modern art fair, located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the city’s downtown core. Providing unique access to the Canadian art market, the fair is one of the most important annual art events in Canada. Now in its 20th year, Art Toronto presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries combined with PLATFORM, our engaging series of lectures and panel discussions from prominent art world figures, curated projects, an extensive VIP Program, and top-tier cultural offerings throughout the city.