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30 things to do in Toronto this weekend: November 3 to 5

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Ainsley Smith Nov 02, 2017 6:30 pm 1,124

November has finally arrived and we couldn’t be more excited.

For starters, November is the warm-up for the chaos that is December. But more importantly, there are so many incredible events taking place.

Whether you want to indulge at a foodie event, treat yourself to a show, or you’re watching your spending, there are plenty of events taking place in Toronto – especially this weekend!

From the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to the reopening of Toronto’s iconic Cinesphere, here are the top weekend events from November 3 to 5.

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The Haunted Walk Experience at Black Creek Pioneer Village

What: You’re invited to explore the supernatural side of Toronto’s historic pioneer village – in the dark! Featuring some of the oldest buildings in the city, Black Creek Pioneer Village is the perfect, creepy backdrop for a night of spine-tingling ghost stories. Each participant will receive a special, limited edition Haunted Walk flashlight. Tickets are available online from $24.75 – $29.75 per person.

When: Now until November 4
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy

Día de Muertos

What: Celebrate the Day of the Dead in Toronto with traditional festivities and tequila-fueled fiestas. Check out this round-up of Día de Muertos events happening in Toronto.

When: Now until November 5
Where: Venues across Toronto

Cheesecake On A Stick Pop Up x Fugo Desserts

What: Toronto’s Heirloom food truck has teamed up with Fugo Desserts to host an exclusive pop-up where Toronto foodies and dessert enthusiasts can get their hands on… wait for it… cheesecake on a stick. Heirloom debuted this wickedly sweet variation of the popular dessert last year, but it’s only been available at their food truck. But now, thanks to this pop-up, hungry Torontonians can lineup and get their hands on the Instagram-worthy dessert until November 9.

When: Now until November 9
Where: Fugo Desserts, 205 Dundas Street West

Festival of Arabic Music & Arts 

What: The first ever Festival of Arabic Music & Arts (FAMA) presented by the Canadian Arabic Orchestra will be taking over the GTA this fall bringing together over 100 local and international artists to four cities and ten venues.

When: Now until November 12
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA

What: There are only a few weeks left to check out Cirque du Soleil’s latest performance. Filled with extreme sport, live music and signature acrobatics, VOLTA is about the freedom that comes with blazing your own trail.

When: Now until November 26
Where: Under the Big Top, The Port Lands, 51 Commissioners Street

Free Toronto Museum Admission

What: Get a taste of history this month by taking advantage of the month-long free admission to nine of Toronto’s historic museums courtesy of Mackenzie Investments. Participating museums include Colborne Lodge, Gibson House, Fort York National Historic Site and Mackenzie House to name a few.

When: Now until November 30
Where: Various locations throughout the city

Toronto Chocolate Festival

What: The Toronto Chocolate Festival is one not to miss for the chocolate addicts. Featuring chocolate in all its delicious forms, this very sweet festival highlights chocolate tastings, chocolate making exhibitions, and chocolate eating contests.

When: Now until November 30
Where: Various locations

Bat Out of Hell Musical

What: Bat Out of Hell is a rock musical that tells the epic tale of love, rebellion, and rock n’ roll. This incredible performance will feature an award-winning cast that will definitely bring the audience to their feet.

When: Now until December 24
Where: Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street

Party Today, Panic Tomorrow

What: Second City’s latest talent-packed mainstage show is now on. Faced with our culture of bad news and political exhaustion, the show encourages the audience to “settle in and get ready for us to spin, sing and laugh away your troubles.”

When: Now until December 31
Where: Second City Mainstage Theatre, 51 Mercer Street

Nightmare on Dundas Street Movie Nights

What: Get into the Halloween spirit by catching one the ten most terrifying films of all time at the AGO. This special event is part of the AGO’s creepiest new exhibit, Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, and will also have special horror film screenings running until December. This weekend’s film is Silence of the Lambs.

When: November 3
Where: The AGO, 317 Dundas Street West

Unsound Does Halloween

What: Unsound first came to Toronto as part of the Luminato festival in 2015 and created a sensation. This fall, Unsound will be putting on a special Halloween performance in Toronto at The Sony Centre. The landmark theatre will play host to a radical mix of ambient soundscapes, innovative film and TV scores, dance, and even ancient Slavic sounds.

When: November 3
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

Friday Night Live at the ROM

What: Network and clink cocktails among dinosaur bones when the ROM’s weekly Friday night party series returns.

When: November 3
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

Goat Yoga at the Royal

What: As part of the Royal Agricultural Winter FairHaute Goat will be leading a free goat infused yoga session that’s suitable for all yoga levels.Whether you’re planning on visiting the Royal, or you’re just a yoga enthusiast, come and complete your poses next to some adorable baby goats.

When: November 3, 6:3o pm
Where: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Exhibition Place, 210 Princes’ Boulevard

Arcade Fire Infinite Content Tour

What: Grammy-winning Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire (who don’t seem so “indy” anymore) hit the ACC to perform an eclectic, multi instrument-filled show of both old material and hits of their latest album, “Everything Now.”

When: November 3 & 4, 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street

Chocolate High Tea

What: Weekends in November are sweeter than ever when the OMNI King Edward hosts this special Chocolate Tea Menu featuring chocolate ganache tarts topped with chestnut chantilly, white chocolate pumpkin chai cheesecake, chocolate orange scones and so so much more.  A portion of the proceeds supports Gilda’s Club Greater
Toronto and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

When: November 3 to 5
Where: Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street West, Toronto

Cinesphere Opening Weekend

What: The Cinesphere is finally reopening its doors permanently this weekend. Head down to Ontario Place as regular programming resumes at this iconic cinema with screenings of Dunkirk and Beauty and the Beast.

When: November 3 to 5
Where: Ontario Place Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Rendezvous with Madness

What: Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival is Canada’s original film festival devoted to movies about mental health and recovery.The nine-day festival will showcase 16 features and 34 short films from across the globe, including a series of curated short film programs, vital discussions and enlightening exhibitions.

When: November 3 to 11
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

What: Bringing a little bit of the country to the city, the longtime-running Royal Winter Agricultural Fair returns to offer farm goods and agriculture, entertainment, horse shows and shopping. One of the Royal’s must-visit attractions is the Prince’s Charities Canada and the Campaign for Wool’s Wool House installation, which is a creative space that raises awareness of wool as a sustainable fibre.
When: 
November 3 to 12
Where: 
Canadian National Exhibition grounds, 39 Manitoba Drive

Block Party at Kew Gardens (No Nazis!)

What: Solidarity Against Fascism Everywhere (SAFE) and East Enders Against Racism (EEAR) have organized a Block Party at Kew Gardens at Kew Gardens this weekend.

When: November 4, 12 pm
Where: 2075 Queen Street East

Great Good Fine Ok

What: Rising American synthpop duo Great Good Fine OK makes a stop in Toronto on their latest North American tour. Tickets start at $37.

When: November 4, 9 pm
Where: The Garrison

Stereo: A Glasses-Less 3D Exhibit

What: Toronto artist Trevor Twells will be opening Stereo an art exhibit that captures Toronto’s essence from a different perspective. The exhibit uses glasses-less 3D images to give a vivid and life-like picture of Toronto in a way it hasn’t been seen before.  

When: November 4 to 12
Where: 
Hashtag Gallery, 830 Dundas Street West

Day of the Dead

What: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a festival of reverence for those who have left the world of the living. Explore Mexico’s most popular cultural celebration through a contemporary lens, with live music, art installations, family activities and more.

When: November 4 & 5
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Horror-Rama

What: Toronto’s premier event for fans of all things horror returns to its roots this Halloween season. Intimate and accessible, this year’s HORROR-RAMA will focus on bringing you what you have come to expect: the highest caliber of guests working in horror film and culture, the most amazing and unique exhibitors and artisans, insightful panel discussions and a full line-up of film screenings.

When: November 4 & 5
Where: 918 Bathurst Street

SickKids X Drake Onesie Brunch

What: This weekend, the Drake staff is getting a uniform makeover to benefit SickKids. The Drake and the Drake General Store are suiting up in onesies and 10% of all sales at Drake General Store on Novembe 4 and 5 and 10% of brunch sales at The Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty, and Drake Devonshire on November 4 will be donated to SickKids.

When: November 4, 11 am
Where: The Drake Hotel, Drake One Fifty, Drake Commissary, and Drake Devonshire

Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show

What: The most decadent and delicious food festival of the year is on over two days this November offering a weekend full of chocolate door prizes, raffles, sampling, shopping, chocolate making demonstrations, and more.

When: November 4, noon to 6 pm; November 5, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

Free Tidal Flow Yoga Class

What: You’re invited to come and enjoy a chill and surf-inspired yoga class in Toronto’s most chill and surf-inspired space: Surf the Greats Surf Shop & Cafe. There are two classes available each week, Sunday mornings at 10: 30 am and Tuesday evenings at 8 pm and your first class is free!

When: November 5, 10:30 am
Where: Surf the Greats, 276 Carlaw Avenue

EcoFair

What: The 9th annual EcoFair is a free, family event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Here you’ll learn about green initiatives and achievements in Toronto’s neighbourhoods, and learn green tips and tricks.

When: November 5, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street

Lil Yachty

What: Rapper Lil Yachty – who has worked with names like Kanye West and LeBron since breaking out in 2015 – hits Rebel on November 5.

When: November 5, 8 pm
Where: Rebel

Free Film Screening at EcoFair

What: As part of the 9th Annual EcoFair at the Barns, you’re invited to attend a movie screening of Tommorrow, which explores the collapse of the world’s ecosystems in addition to exploring the world in search of solutions that can save the children, and with them, future generations.

When: November 5, 4 pm to 6 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street

Knight School: Mongolian Dumplings with Nuka Batsaikhan

What: Food writer and 86’d Monday host, Ivy Knight Knight School presents this series of workshops and classes focusing this week on the making of Mongolian dumplings.

When: November 5, 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Where: Drake Commissary


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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is always on the hunt for the best avocado toast.

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