22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: October 19 to 21

Oct 18 2018, 8:18 pm

Well Toronto, the weekend is finally within reach.

If you haven’t had a chance to make any plans yet, there’s plenty to see and do over the next few days, and we’ve rounded up the best weekend events.

From a multi-day music showcase hosted by Red Bull to the 14th annual Cask Days Beer Festival, here are the top events happening in Toronto this weekend.

Friday, October 19

Love me out of it: Citadel + Compagnie

Love Me Out of It

What: Citadel + Compagnie proudly opens their 2018/2019 series Bright Nights with Love Me Out of It, running select dates at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Choreographed and performed by the company’s Artistic Director Laurence Lemieux, Love Me Out of It is set to the iconic sounds of Canadian punk band Teenage Head’s album “Frantic City.”

When: Now until October 20
Time: Varies by day
Where: The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, 304 Parliament Street
Price: From $20


What: imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The organization is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts.

When: Now until October 21
Time: Varies by day
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Price: Prices vary

World Press Photo Exhibit


What: Come and experience this incredible global exhibition presenting the best visual journalism of the past year. Here you’ll find the most compelling photos in stunning high-quality Canon prints.

When: Now until October 23
Time: 9 am to 9 pm
Where: Brookfield Place, Allen Lambert Galleria, 181 Bay Street
Price: Admission into the exhibit is free

14th Annual Art Walk

What: Over 50 businesses will feature the works of local artists. Works will be displayed in storefront windows and establishments along Yonge Street between Lawrence Avenue and Yonge Boulevard. The public will then be invited to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” for Best Merchant Display.

When: Now until October 24
Time: Runs all day
Where: Along Yonge Street between Lawrence Avenue
Price: Free

Red Bull Music Festival Toronto 2018

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Majid Jordan performs at Red Bull Sound Select 3 Days in Toronto in Toronto, Canada on October 19, 2017

What: While summer is over, festival season continues as Red Bull brings its inaugural Music Festival to Toronto this month. This October, Red Bull Music Festival will take over several venues in Toronto for a week of shows throughout the city.

When: Now until October 25
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues
Price: Varies by the show

International Festival of Authors

What: The 39th edition of Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is a celebration of words and ideas, of writers and readers. The festival brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, artist talks, roundtable discussions, public book signings and a number of special events.

When: Now until October 28
Time: Varies by day
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Varies by event

Halloween Haunt

Halloween Haunt

Halloween Haunt

What: Canada’s Wonderland is transforming from theme park to scream park during its annual Halloween Haunt, which kicks off for its 14th season this Saturday. Experience the thrilling park rides, and then the chills of 20 terrifying haunted attractions and shows.

When: Select nights from now until October 31
Time: From 7 pm to midnight on select nights
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
Price: Tickets start at $32.99

Witchfest North

What: Come out and celebrate Witchfest North, a Toronto festival celebrating women in the arts who identify as Witches, Wiccans, and Pagans but open for all to attend and participate.

When: Now until October 31
Time: Times vary by day/event
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Free to attend

Cinesphere Fall Film Series

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Ontario Place, Cinesphere

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 Top Gun in IMAX 3D, followed by Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Alien, Aliens, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Blade Runner 2049 in IMAX, The Fifth Element and Die Hard. 

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

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

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 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

ROM Friday Night Live

Spring Fridays


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

When: October 19
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $19.21


What: Screemers takes over Exhibition Place on weekends leading up to Halloween and is billing seven haunted houses, over 120 live scare actors and a midway of mayhem all in one place. Thrill-seeking Torontonians can look forward to a number of new haunted attractions including The Kill Show, a gory illusions act, and Winter Horrorland, a frozen nightmare of screams.

When: October 19 to 21
Time: 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Exhibition Place, 180 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: Admission from $33 online

YouTube Music Night Market Toronto

What: YouTube is bringing together the culture, sound, and people that move Toronto’s music scene by hosting a free two-day music night market. The Night Market will feature incredible food and drink, local music purveyors, and a live performance by none other than Roy Woods on Saturday night.

When: October 19 and 20
Time: Friday, 7 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: 464 King Street West
Price: Free to attend

Fall Season Opening Party at Power Plant

What: Mix and mingle with the artsy set at a free party to celebrate the launch of The Power Plant’s Fall 2018 season, and be the first to experience exhibitions by Karla Black, Beth Stuart and Vivian Suter with Elisabeth Wild.

When: October 19
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queen’s Quay West
Price: Free to attend

Cask Days

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What: Coming back for their 14th season, Cask Days celebrates the time before metal kegs and refrigerated coolers with beer that has finished its fermenting just days before it arrives on the drinker’s lips. The event will showcase some of North America’s finest beers and ciders.

When: October 19 to 21
Time: Varies by day
Where: Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission varies

Saturday, October 20

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

What: The Evergreen Brick Works’ Saturday Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Come and enjoy good food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

When: October 20
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Flower Market

Toronto flower market

Toronto Flower Market

What: This is your final chance to check out the Toronto Flower Market. This Saturday there will be 18 incredible vendor stalls on display to visit and admire, each selling an assortment of seasonal showstoppers including tulips, daffodils, gerbera, orchids, hyacinths, muscari, lilacs, and more. Plus there will also be an array of dahlia tubers, seedlings, garden planters, handmade pots and indoor plants also for sale.

When: October 20
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Price: Entry is free

Toronto Soup Festival

What: Second Harvest is the largest food rescue group in Canada. What better way to support such an amazing organization than with soup? Toronto Soup Festival brings two crazy days filled with decadent soups and artisan exhibitions. Baked goods, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations will all be at this festival too.

When: October 20 to 21
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 7 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: 100 Garrison Road
Price: Admission is $15

Hush Hush

Hush Hush

What: This epic after-hours party is taking over the stacks at this Toronto library. This unique party showcases a fusion of aesthetic nostalgia and advanced technology with inspiration from retro writing, neon signage, and modern circuit boards.

When: October 20
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Bloor/Gladstone Library
Price: $130

Sunday, October 21

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Fall Market

What: This weekend, the Trinity Bellwoods Flea is hosting its annual Fall Market, where you can shop local from a range of vendors and artisans for locally made eats and delicious spring sweet treats. Four-legged friends are also welcome!

When: October 21
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

2nd annual Shuk Machane Yehuda: Famous Jerusalem Market

Shuk Machane Yehuda: Famous Jerusalem Market

What: This event is a full recreation of the world-renowned “Shuk,” giving Torontonians the chance to explore everything from its mouthwatering dishes to its lively merchants, spices, sounds, aromas, and more. Not to mention, there will be a number of Israeli vendors straight from the market itself to set up shop. Additionally, there will be a “Night Shuk,” which is a unique beer bazaar featuring handcraft beers imported from Israel.

When: October 21 and 22
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
Sears Promenade Mall, 1 Promenade Cir, Thornhill 
From $10

The Garrison Fall Flea

What: The Garrison Fall Flea returns this weekend with a ton of new vendors and some old favourites. Expect music, food, and plenty of local vintage and handmade goods from these awesome vendors.

When: October 21
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West
Price: Free to attend

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