10 distanced things to do in Toronto this week: October 5 to 11

Oct 5 2020, 3:44 pm

Fall is here and if you’re looking for something to do this week, we’ve got you covered. Bundle up because there’s a lot to see and do in Toronto with great (and safe) events across the city.

Here’s a list of ideas that might catch your eye as you head into the week.

Mr. Brainwash pop-up

Known for their collaborations with big names like Madonna, KYGO, and the Pope, global contemporary artist Mr. Brainwash is returning to Toronto for a Canadian exclusive pop-up to showcase his new collection, “We’re in this Together.” The collection will feature brand new and previously released works by the street artist. The new collection features a mix of mediums with paper, sculpture, and canvas works, and combines pop-art with raw elements of street art, all with a focus on Marilyn Monroe.

When: Until December 31 from 11 am to 7 pm – closed on Mondays
Where: 87 Yorkville Avenue

Boo at the Zoo

The Toronto Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo event is back and they have a lot of seasonal fun planned. From Thanksgiving Weekend to October 31, the Zoo will transform into a beautiful fall experience, with special exhibits such as their “Hay-lloween Town” at their Savanna Picnic Site.

When: October 10 until October 31
Where: Toronto Zoo – 2000 Meadowvale Road
Tickets: Tickets are available here.

Horror Hallways

Down to get spooked? Enter Toronto’s Horror Hallways, if you dare. From October 9 to November 8, this haunted maze is sure to bring your nightmares to life. Nothing is more terrifying than the unknown, which is why all guests must wear a mask while roaming through the scary maze. Touch-free temperature checks will be required at the door and guests must sanitize hands before entering. A group of six people maximum would be allowed at the same time in the maze.

When: Friday’s and Saturday’s from 6 pm to 11 pm, Sunday’s until 1o.
Where: Toronto’s Horror Hallway’s – 37 Stoffel Drive, Etobicoke
Tickets: $19.99 cash only.


The city of Toronto is getting a big splash of colour as BigArtTO, a city-led initiative that showcases large-scale art pieces, has officially launched. This temporary public art showcase provides residents with the opportunity to explore the city and neighbourhoods while supporting local businesses and artists in the area. Each work is created by Toronto artists and will be projected outdoors onto local buildings and landmarks, playing on 10-minute loops Wednesday through Saturday evenings, until December 5. This week, works will be displayed at Christie Pits Park and Humber River-Black Creek.

When: October 7 to 10 –  7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Alex Duff Memorial Pool at Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Street and Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane Street.

Catch a flick at the Ontario Place Drive-In

Enjoy a movie drive-in at Ontario Place starting October 3. Fall nights don’t have to be so gloomy, kick back, and relax in the comfort of your own car while watching some serious action movies. Tickets are now available online, so you better act fast!

When: October 10, 17, 24, 31 @ 7:30 pm
Where: 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Tickets: Tickets here

Toronto Zoo Marketplace

The Toronto Zoo is hosting a marketplace every Saturday, supporting local businesses and artisans from the GTA until October. From 10 am to 2 pm, the zoo’s main parking lot will be hosting the event where the communities’ independent businesses, as well as local producers, artisans, processors and so much more, will be available for those who plan to attend. The event runs until October 10 and is free to attend. Parking is also available; however, entrance to the park is not included.

When: October 10 – 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Main Parking Lot – not inside the Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road.


To help with your seasonal transition, Upper Canada Village will be hosting its annual pumpkin lantern festival, starting September 25. Pumpkinferno showcases over 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins, lit up at night along a one-kilometre path set against a 19th-century backdrop. Some are individual pumpkins and some are fused together to make some outstanding and pretty impressive art pieces.

When: Until October 31, every day from 7 pm to 10 pm until October 18
Where: Upper Canada Village – 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, ON
Tickets: $16 for general admission 

Fall n Leaves pumpkin patch pop-up

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything! The month of hoodie-wearing and pumpkin-scented candles is upon us, and to celebrate, a mini pumpkin patch pop-up is coming to Toronto next week. Fall n’ Leaves Outdoor Pop Up is coming to the city for the first outdoor physical distancing Food and Wine bar, featuring a fun little pumpkin patch to enjoy.

When: October 1 to 13, Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm to 11 pm
Where: 621 Richmond Street West
Tickets: Tickets here

Go for a ride with the BOOmobile at the Zoo

A terrifying experience but in the best way possible. The Toronto Zoo’s BOOmobile is back this year and you can go on a spooky adventure around the Zoo while learning fun facts about animals along the way. “You and your family will learn about how the animal kingdom has contributed to Halloween traditions in a special Halloween themed commentary,” said the Zoo. This family-friendly event runs for about 40 minutes and is sanitized before and after each ride. Limited seating is also available for social distancing.  Masks are also asked to be worn.

When: October 10, 11 – every weekend until October 31
Where: 2000 Meadowvale Road – Toronto Zoo
Tickets: Non-member pricing is $30.00 per row (up to 5 Guests) and member pricing is $25.00 per row (up to 5 guests), available here

Halloween Nights of Lights

With more than 700,000 LED lights animated and synced up to classic Halloween tunes, this drive-thru event is perfect for the fall season. A 2.25 km drive through a beautiful light show, through tunnels and animated displays will make this Fall season one to remember.

When: October 1 to November 1
Where: Improve Canada – 7250 Keele Street
Tickets: Tickets are available here

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