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28 things to do in Toronto this weekend: November 24 to 26

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Ainsley Smith Nov 23, 2017 6:30 pm 1,140

The weekend is finally here Toronto and we couldn’t be more excited.

For starters, the 51st annual Cavalcade of Lights returns this Saturday, which will include the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree.

Not to mention there’s a number of foodie and Movember events happening throughout the city all weekend long.

So keep your calendars free, here are 28 hot events happening this weekend.

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Cirque du Soleil VOLTA

What: This is the final weekend to see 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

Disgraced

What: After smashing box offices last season, Mirvish’s “Disgraced” returns to offer a solid (but limited engagement) theatre option. It centres on a New York dinner party that gets interesting when the discussion turns to – you guessed it – politics and religion. 

When: Now until November 26
Where: Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge 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

One of a Kind Christmas Show

What: If you’re in the market for a unique holiday gift, you’ll find a talking point-filled one at the One of a Kind Show & Sale and meet the creators behind the works of art at the same time. You’ll find 800 local and international artists, makers, designers and craftspeople

When: Now until December 3
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition grounds, 100 Princes’ Blvd

Polar Express

What: This holiday season, you’re invited to embark on a magical holiday journey as you take a ride on the Polar Express.  Operated by the Waterloo Central Railway, passengers will be whisked away to the sounds of the beloved film’s motion soundtrack, enjoy freshly prepared hot cocoa and holiday treats and they will also receive a very special visit from Santa, and each child will be given their first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell.

When: Now until December 23. Select times available, check the website for details.
Where: 
Waterloo Central Railway Train Museum Platform, 50 Isabella Street

Toronto Christmas Market

What: Rediscover the magic of Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Here you’ll find an assortment of artisan vendors, an Instagram-worthy Christmas tree, live music, incredible Christmas decorations and so much more. Admission is free during the week.

When: Now until December 23
Where: The Distillery District

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

Music from People City

What: This fall, Toronto’s most iconic musical assets will be on display, as Myseum of Toronto(a nonprofit museum dedicated to all things Toronto) presents Music from People City – a professionally curated event series that invites locals, visitors and travellers to experience the city’s world-class music scenes, sounds and stories firsthand.

When: Now until January 12
Where: Venues throughout the city

Christian Dior Exhibit at the ROM

What: Come explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic designs that revived the Paris haute couture industry following the Second World War at the ROM’s latest exhibit Christian Dior which officially begins this Saturday.

When: Now until March 18
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

Friday Night Live at the ROM

What: Network and clink cocktails among dinosaur bones when the ROM’s weekly Friday night party series returns. This is the final party of the month and it will celebrate the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, with complimentary access to our newest stunning exhibition Christian Dior presented by Holt Renfrew.

When: November 24, 7 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

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 The Shining. 

When: November 24
Where: The AGO, 317 Dundas Street West

Waves & Whisky at Ripley’s Aquarium

What: The sea-cretive, 19+ event takes place on Friday, November 24 and offers the chance to see the aquarium after dark with a selection of whiskies and/or specialty cocktails in hand as Lady Be Good serenades the crowd.

When: Friday November 24, 8 pm to midnight
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto

Movember Bourbon Tasting Jamboree

What: Moustaches and bourbon, what more could one want? Toronto’s Home of the Brave has partnered with Buffalo Trace to host an awesome bourbon tasting and party to support Movember this month and you won’t want to miss it.

When: November 24, 6 pm to 2 am
Where: 
Home of the Brave, 589 King Street West

The Gentleman’s Expo

What: The annual celebration of all things guy-related (but that the ladies will enjoy too) returns to Toronto. You can expect panels, lifestyle products, food and, naturally, no shortage of beer.

When: November 24 & 25
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd.

Moustache Bash

What: Come and show off your Mo at the 2017 Moustache Bash. Aside from live music, there will also be moustache themed merch available, a ”Best Moustache’ competition, 50/50 raffle, and much more with all proceeds going to The Movember Foundation.

When: November 25, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave

Muaystache: #PushKickCancer

What: Back Forward Kick and In Fight Style have teamed up to host Muaystache: #PushKickCancer, a Muaythai Ontario sanctioned amateur Muaythai event in support of the Movember Foundation. This event sets out to make a difference by capturing an audience and putting men’s health at centre stage.

When: November 25, 5:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street

Movember Stache Bash

What: There’s no better place to show off your Mo than at the Movember Stache Bash! Come raise some money for a great cause, drink some craft brews, try to win some raffle prizes or the 50/50 draw, and enter the Mr. and Mrs. Movember contest.

When: November 25, 8 pm
Where: 
Hungry Brew Hops, 211 Main Street

Cavalcade of Lights

What: Seen as Toronto’s kick off to the holiday season, the annual Cavalcade of Lights will feature glittering lights, live music, fireworks and the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree.

When: November 25
Where: Nathan Philips Square, 100 Queen Street West

Crafts Beer Market

What: Here’s a holiday market that makes gift shopping more tolerable. Shop for one of a kind handmade goods and gifts from local artisans while also enjoying a cold one.

When: November 25, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 75 Horner Avenue, Suite 1, Toronto

Rashers 5th Anniversarwich giveaway

What: On November 25, the eatery is celebrating its anniversary with a sky-high special at both locations. The Rashers 5th Anniversarwich is loaded with triple bacon, a fried egg, and brown sauce, and will be on sale all day for just $5. Better still, for the first 100 people in line at 11:30 am it’s FREE!

When: November 25
Where:
 948 Queen Street East, Toronto, 182 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

Jukebox Presents: Mustachio

What: Men with mustaches, what more could you need? In support of Movember, Toronto’s premiere experience app Jukebox is hosting a pop-up at the Addison. Guests can enjoy libations from the Redbull cocktail lab, check out the Redbull ESPORTS section as well as shop at the Brimz pop-up.

When: November 26, 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Addison’s Residence, 456 Wellington Street West

Toronto Comic Book Show

What: Comic book lovers are invited to buy, sell and trade at the Toronto Comic Book Show. There will also be the very best in modern, silver age, golden age comics, trade paperbacks, graphic novels as well as related toys and TV show/movie memorabilia.

When: November 26, 10 am to 4 am
Where: Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson

Food in Film

What: Watch Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs while mowing down on delicious eats from Alimentari at this edition of the food-themed film screening series.

When: November 26
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue

Mo Trivia 5.0

What: If you’re a fan of trivia, you might want to check out Mo Trivia 5.0 this month. Test your knowledge and show your support. The organizer has suggested a $20 donation, which will be donated to the Movember Foundation.

When: November 26, 1 pm
Where: Louis Cypher Brew Works, 417 Danforth Avenue

Christmas and Chocolate Pastry Fair

What: Toronto’s newest Christmas market is all about chocolate EVERYTHING. Presented in part of the month-long Toronto Chocolate Festival, the Christmas Chocolate + Pastry Fair promises a marketplace stocked with chocolate seasonal confections and baked goods, plus an afternoon of family-friendly programming that includes a chocolate-eating contests, chocolate-making demo stage and classes, and a free Wonka Wheel Golden Ticket draw to win a secret tour of a Chocolate Factory.

When: November 26, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto

ChocOlympics

What: The ultimate chocolate chowdown is on in Toronto this weekend. The ChocOlympics presented in part of the Toronto’s first ever Christmas Chocolate + Pastry Fair takes place following the afternoon event at Wychwood Barns on Sunday, November 26 and will see four teams of 10 runners compete to win cash donations to the charity of their choice.

When: November 26, 6 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto

All-You-Can-Eat Pierogi at Tennessee Tavern

What: Kicking off the last weekend in November, Grant Van Gameren’s Tennessee Tavern is introducing a weekly Sunday supper featuring all the buttery potato and cheddar-packed dumplings you can stuff in your face.

When: Sunday nights starting November 26
Where: 1554 Queen Street West, Toronto


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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 her next avocado toast.

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