25 things to do in Toronto over Thanksgiving Weekend: October 7 - 10

Oct 5 2016, 9:04 pm

It’s time for another long weekend, Toronto!

This sunny day is only the start of an incredible Thanksgiving, and the city is packed with events. From art to music, and everything in between, there’s enough to keep your calendar busy for the next few days.

We are thankful for you, and hope you have an incredible long weekend, Toronto. *heart emoji*

Monster Rocks Orchestra

Monster Rock Orchestra is returning to Yonge-Dundas Square and lighting up the night tonight! Monster Rock Orchestra is a free show combining pop and rock music with lasers, turning performances into a visually spectacular phenomenon.

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: October 7 at 7 – 11 pm

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia TV Trivia

Big fans of the show, listen up! This is your chance to claim all the glory of knowing everything about Dennis, Dee, Charlie and Mac! Tonight’s trivia covers season 5 to 9 so brush up on that knowledge.

Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: October 7 at 7 – 10 pm

ROM Friday Night Live

Friday Night at the ROM is back with live entertainment, DJs, and themes to take you away while exploring the stunning galleries! Tonight’s theme: Thanks Canada.

Where: ROM, 100 Queen’s Park
When: October 7 at 7 pm

James Blake

Three albums and world domination, James Blake is one of the biggest names in the electronic music world. The award-winning musician has been featured in many music projects from Drake to Frank Ocean and Beyonce, and he’s in town this weekend.

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: October 7 at 7 pm

Comedy Against Humanity

The Interactive Comedy Show for Horrible People (based on the award-winning format created by Daniel Chai & The Fictionals Comedy Co.) Improv Against Humanity combines the thrill and risqué content of the board game, Cards Against Humanity with the hilarity of live comedy!

Where: The Social Capiral, 154 Danforth Avenue
When: October 7 at 8 pm

Encounters of the Spooky Kind

Kung Fu Fridays has returned to The Royal! It kicks and punches its way back onto the big screen, harder and faster than ever before. Join the monthly martial arts screenings with video pre-shows and a raffle for fu-tastic prizes from Silver Snail.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
When: October 7 at 8 pm


If you’re looking to spend the evening clinging onto your date for dear life, make sure to check out Screemers, Canada’s premiere scream park! Starting this weekend, Exhibition Place will be transformed into a terrifying zombie land, filled with seven themed haunted houses and the Midway of Mayhem.

Where: Exhibition Place
When: October 7 to 31

Saudi Arabia Festival Day

Discover the Saudi Arabian culture at the Saudi Arabia Festival Day. The free event will have music, culture, food, and more.

Where: Mel Lastman Square
When: October 8, from 1 to 6 pm

The Waterfront Artisan Market

Bringing together a mix of crafters, artisans, chefs, and bakers, this free event took place over the weekends throughout the summer, and returns for Thanksgiving weekend.

Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, between Rees Street and Spadina Ave
When: October 8 – 10

Free day at Rage Room

Alleviate your frustrations for FREE this weekend at the newly launched Rage Room presented in collaboration between Battle Sports and the Riddle Room. Admission is free on first-come-first-serves basis for one day only on Saturday, October 8 and includes five plates to smash (usually $25).

Where: Rage Room, 579 Yonge Street
When: October 8

Pumpkinfest Toronto

Enjoy all things Autumn! Ride the Pumpkin Express train through the venue to witness everything PumpkinFest Toronto has to offer! From a traditional Farmers Market and Baked Goods sale to our Princess Meet and Greet. Family fun all weekend long!

Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road
When: October 8 – 10

Toronto Flower Market

Check out the last Toronto Flower Market of the 2016 season this weekend! Toronto Flower Market is an outdoor flower market that celebrates and supports Ontario grown flowers & plants, connecting growers and florists directly with consumers.

Where: Shaw Park at CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
When: October 8, from 10 am to 3 pm

Oktoberfest Dinner Cruise

Check out Toronto’s biggest beer garden on the water this Saturday! Bavarian music, accompanied with 1 L steins of Steam Whistle beers, and a buffet of German classics like traditional Bratwurst Sausage and Schnitzel.

Where: Marisposa Cruises, 207 Queens Quay West
When: October 8, from 6 to 10:30 pm

Panda Birthday Fun

Join the Toronto Zoo in celebrating a great milestone – the 1st birthday for Canada’s only pair of giant panda cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue! Party festivities will include panda-themed activities, festive photo opportunities, panda give-aways, interpretive stations and more.

Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road
When: October 8 – 10

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven & Tchaikovsky

Get some symphony in this weekend! Two brilliant young musicians—a conductor, whom the Cincinnati Enquirer has praised as “a rare and special talent,” and a violinist whom the BBC chose as a New Generation Artist—team up for this program of rich and engaging favourites.

Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
When: October 8 at 7:30 pm

Glow Sword Battle

It’s the light battle you’ve been waiting for! Check out Saturday’s Blow Sword Battle for a whole lot of Jedi fun.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
When: October 8 at 8 pm

DJ Shadow

Josh Davis is back in Toronto! The man better known as DJ Shadow has been taking the electronic world by storm since he emerged in the early 90’s. The legendary producer is known for his live performances, so don’t miss it.

Where: Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street
When: October 8 at 9 pm


Future is set to host and perform at Rebel – formerly the Sound Academy – this Saturday. The announcement comes after his performance with Drake at the Air Canada Centre was cancelled. Blase blase your way into Rebel!

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
When: October 8 at 10 pm

Duke Dumont

Perhaps you’re not a Future fan, but you love the grooves that Duke Dumont brings? You’re in luck, as the producer is in town for a show at the Hoxton with Mikey Palermo and Marco Marz.

Where: The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street
When: October 8 at 10 pm

Thanksgiving Brunch Cruise on Toronto’s harbourfront

Serving up a classic brunch with cinnamon-smothered french toast, fresh fruit and hickory smoked bacon over the Thanksgiving weekend, this 2-hour getaway on the water is the perfect opportunity to take in Lake Ontario’s fall colours this season.

Where: Marisposa Cruises, 207 Queens Quay West
When: October 9 at 11:30 am


South African-born American band Kongos are in Toronto this weekend with The Joy Formidable! Check out this rockin show on Sunday evening.

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: October 9 at 7 pm

Brewer’s Backyard: Torontoberfest

Torontoberfest will feature a dynamite lineup of Ontario craft brewers to close out the season at this Oktoberfest-themed celebration. Events are free, all ages, and no tickets are required!

Where: Koerner Gardens, Evergreen Brick Works
When: October 10 at 12 – 5 pm

Toronto Argonauts vs. Calgary Stampeders

Get some CFL in this long weekend! The Argos are playing the Calgary Stampeders, and there’s no better way to end your Monday.

Where: BMO Field, 170 Princes’ Blvd
When: October 10 at 4 pm

FREE PIZZA at Ossington Comedy

There’s some free pizza action going down at Ossington Comedy, and we’re here to tell you about it! End the weekend with some free pizza and laughs – all on the house!

Where: The Ossington, 61 Ossington Avenue
When: October 10 at 8 – 10 pm

And of course…

Visit a Pumpkin Patch!

Because nothing goes better with a pumpkin spice latte than a real pumpkin! Check out one of the many pumpkin patches all over the GTA this weekend for the ultimate Thanksgiving weekend.

Where: Various patches
When: All weekend long