22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: November 9 to 11

Nov 8 2018, 7:13 pm

It’s hard to believe it’s already the second weekend of November.

And if you happen to have zero plans this weekend, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of awesome events to check out.

Have a great weekend, Toronto!

Friday, November 9

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Royal agricultural winter fair

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What: The ten-day festival will feature 5,000 animals, 120 agricultural competitions, artisan goods and exhibits, food sampling, giant vegetables, local wines and beers, live performances, restaurants, pubs, and North America’s premier indoor equestrian event, The Royal Horse Show.

When: On now until November 11
Time: 9 am to 9 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Price: General admission adult tickets are $27.50, $20 for seniors, $16 for youth and free admission for children three and younger

Indie Week 2018

What: Indie Week is celebrating its 15th year, bringing together Canada’s top artists at over 25 venues in just six days. Along with artist showcases, Indie Week hosts the Indie101 Music + Tech Conference with industry leaders and over 80 speakers and much more.

When: Now until November 11
Time: Varies by day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Super passes start at $120

Toronto Polish Film Festival

What: The 10th annual Toronto Polish Film Festival returns showcasing new media arts and films with both a Polish and multicultural focus. All the screenings will take place at the Revue Cinema.

When: Now until November 11
Time: Screenings run from 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue
Price: $20 per screening

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

What: The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and works by East, South and Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the US, Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.

When: Now until November 16
Time: Varies by day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Screenings start at $15

European Union Film Festival

free movie day

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What: The critically acclaimed European Union Film Festival returns to Toronto this month with a variety of film screenings at the Royal Cinema. Award winning-films will make their debut at the festival, representing a rare opportunity to see these movies on the big screen. With genres spanning drama, comedy, romance and more, there is something for everyone at the EUFF.

When: Now until November 22
Time: Screenings vary by day
Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
Price: Free to attend, but seats are first come first serve

Bombay Sapphire Gin Pop-Up Canvas Bar

What: This month, Bombay Sapphire Gin has set up Canvas Bar, the first-ever, interactive cocktail bar where guests can enjoy DIY drinks and play the role of master mixologist.

When: Now until November 30 (Thursday to Sunday)
Time: Thursday to Saturday, 6 pm to 12 am; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
 950 Queen Street West
Price: Free to attend

Cinesphere Fall Film Series

What: Toronto’s Cinesphere theatre at Ontario Place will be screening several iconic films over the next few months as part of its fall and winter programming. The Cinesphere will screen a number of iconic films including Ghostbusters, Alien, Aliens, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Blade Runner 2049 in IMAX, The Fifth Element and Die Hard. 

When: Screenings running till December 23
Time: Showtimes vary by day
Where: Cinesphere at Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: $15 for adults

Happy Place Toronto

What: Happy Place is an interactive, 20,000-sq-ft immersive exhibit with larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms, and it’s on a mission to spread happiness here in Toronto and around the world.

When: Now until January 1
Time: Friday to Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre
From $32

Spiders: Fear & Fascination


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What: This summer, the ROM welcomed a new exhibit, Spiders: Fear & Fascination and trust us, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The exhibit explores the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of these eight-legged creatures and will feature more than 400 live and preserved spiders, cutting-edge interactive experiences, and new scientific discoveries.

When: Now until January
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend

What: This month, more than 200 Canadian animal welfare organizations will bring thousands of adorable, adoptable pets into nearly every one of PetSmart’s 130-plus stores across the country.

When: November 9 to 11
Time: Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: PetSmart locations across Canada (Check website for full list of participating locations)

National Women’s Show

What: Described as “the best girl’s day ever,” the National Women’s Show is heading to Toronto this weekend. The event will feature over 500 exhibits featuring everything from fashion and beauty to business and travel. For those interested in fashion, they can view the latest activewear, outdoor apparel, formal wear and accessory styles and trends on the catwalk.

When: November 9 to 11
Time: Friday, 11 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd
Price: Tickets can be purchased online for $15 per person

Whole Life Expo

What: The 32nd annual Whole Life Expo is happening in Toronto this month. As Canada’s largest showcase of natural health and green living, this event plays host to over 200 exhibitors and 80 speakers from across North America.

When: November 9 to 11
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 9 pm; Saturday 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre,  255 Front Street West
Price: From $13

St. Lucia in Toronto


What: If you’re in the mood to get groovy this month, escape the cold and dance the night away with Brooklyn’s St. Lucia. You can expect an evening filled with the band’s chart-topping hits along with new tracks from their latest studio album Hyperion.

When: November 9
Time: 7 pm
Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
Price: $40

ROM Friday Night Live

What: Spend your Friday nights this November on the dance floor with top DJs and live artists, or explore our stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks.

When: November 9
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $19.21

Late Night Lift at Apex

What: A group warm-up will be lead by host Jay Wall Street, and then teams of up to six will be created to compete against one another in active drinking games to win some awesome prizes from Puma and lululemon to name a few. Once the games are over, a cooldown will be lead by our host Bexercise. After cooling down it’s time to indulge and guests can enjoy complimentary juice, beer, food and music.

When: November 9
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: 300 Bridgeland Avenue
Price: $40

Saturday, November 10

Parkdale Flea

What: Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from antiques, vintage, collectibles, local Artisans, and designers.

When: November 10 and 11
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1266 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

East End Holiday Market

East End Holiday Market

What: Ready to start shopping for your loved ones? You can enjoy local shopping, vegan food, music and good vibes at the East End Holiday Market. Pick up a handmade gift, enjoy some holiday treats and hot chocolate and meet your local artists.

When: November 10
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: 765 Queen Street East 2nd floor
Price: Admission is free

Tats and Tees at the Mo House

What: The Movember series will be coming to the Mo House to host a very unique event bringing together some of the top local brands the city has to offer. Guests will be able to enjoy complimentary drinks from sponsors Siempre Tequila and Beau’s craft beer. Kollar clothing will also be releasing their exclusive Movember series brand Tee and Brimz Official will be releasing their Movember inspired beanies. And of course, flash tattoos will be available.

When: November 10
Time: Doors open at 6 pm
Where: Private location, address given after you RSVP
Price: You can RSVP here

Sunday, November 11

Leslieville Winter Market

What: Come and enjoy great prepared foods, local farmers and producers, local artisans and crafts. We’ll have live music, kids programming and a wide range of cozy beverages and tasty cocktails. This event runs bi-weekly!

When: November 11
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
 Redwood Theatre, 1298 Gerrard Street East
Price: No admission

Remembrance Day- City Ceremonies

What: On Sunday, November 11, City of Toronto ceremonies will be taking place at Old City Hall and each of the Civic Centres across Toronto, as well as at Fort York.

When: November 11
Time: 10:45 am
Where: Various civic centres as well as Old City Hall, 60 Queen Street West
Price: Free to attend

Love Toronto Pop-up Market

Love Toronto Pop-Up Market

What: Get a head start on your holiday shopping at this curated pop-up market selling art and apparel from local vendors that represent the city you love. Vendors include Lovetoronto, @416cessLOYAL to a TEE@originalgenes_toYYZ PreservatoryNA Stock Company and Ave Mariabell Designs.

When: November 11
Time: 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market, 187 Augusta Avenue
Price: No cover

Design Department Seasonal Wreath Workshop

What: This Sunday, you’re invited to make your own seasonal wreath during this fun workshop. Learn to design your own wreath and bring it home for the season, while enjoying cider and cookies.  Seasonal greens, berries and gifts from nature will make this wreath look contemporary on your door, wall or even as a centrepiece on your table.

When: November 11
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Design Department, 558 Mount Pleasant Road
Price: $130

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