18 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, November 17

Nov 17 2018, 3:36 am

Your weekend is just getting started, Toronto.

Bundle up, grab a warm drink and check out one of the many events happening throughout the city this fine Saturday.

From film festivals and the Toronto Christmas Market to Illuminate and an epic Harry Potter performance, here are your top Toronto events of the day.

Regent Park Film Festival

free movie day

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What: Movie buffs can enjoy culturally diverse film screenings, interactive workshops, panels, virtual reality experiences and more at the 15th edition of the community-driven Regent Park Film Festival.

When: Now until November 17
Time: 7 pm to 12 pm
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas East
Price: Free admission

Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire

What: Harry Potter fans will be able to enjoy The Goblet of Fire on the big screen for a very special performance this month. On November 15, 16 and 17, one the most thrilling fantasy films ever made will return to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will perform the magical score from the movie all while the film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.

When: Now until November 17
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Price: Tickets from $55 to $110.50

European Union Film Festival

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

Bombay sapphire recall

Bombay sapphire/Instagram

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

The Little Holiday Pop-up Shop

What: If you are looking for a place to find some cool gifts for this holiday season, then look no further than the Nanoleaf holiday pop-up shop. A proceed of sales will go towards helping Toronto homeless youth,

When: Now until December 14
Time: Monday to Thursday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 12 pm to 12 am; Sunday, 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: House of VR, 639 Queen Street West
Price: No entrance cost

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 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

Toronto Christmas Market

Image courtesy of the 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.

When: Now until December 23 (closed on Mondays)
Time: Tuesday to Thursday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Distillery District
Price: $6 admission fee on weekends only

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

Google Home Mini Gingerbread Smart Home

Google Gingerbread Smart Home

What: To celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, Google is bringing the ultimate Gingerbread House, the Google Home Mini Gingerbread Smart Home, to the Toronto Eaton Centre this month.  Visitors can see how the Google Home Mini can help be that extra set of hands through the busy holiday season and beyond. All guests will walk away with either a Google Home Mini or a gingerbread cookie.

When: November 17 to 29
Time: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9:30 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Toronto Eaton Centre
Price: Free to attend

Anthropologie & Terre Bleu Toronto Holiday Pop-Up

What: The Terre Bleu Lavender Farm is coming to Toronto this weekend to spread holiday cheer (and a little bit of lavender too). Experience the farm, store, and our signature lavender products in an exclusive pop up shop in collaboration with Anthropologie on Queen Street West.

When: November 17
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Anthropologie, 761 Queen Street West
Price: No cover

Kawaii Land

What: Kawaii Land is a free to attend community gathering and meet up event for colourful fashion and artwork enthusiasts in Toronto. Guests can look forward to cosplay stars, performers, fandoms, shopping and more.

When: November 17
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street
Price: Admission is free

Beer Brunch at Bandit Brewery

bandit brewery


What: Bandit Brewery’s epic Beer Brunch returns this weekend. That means bennies alongside craft brews, folks. Let’s. Get. It.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Bandit Brewery,  2125 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Price: Pay for what you eat

Palooza Beer Pong Festival Toronto

What: The world’s largest beer pong tournament is headed to Toronto this month, for eight hours of fierce competition and party-style shenanigans. This 19+ event will be making its Toronto debut with some big DJs, a celebrity MC, celebrity judges, 100 tables, and a whopping 1,000 beer pong teams competing.

When: November 17
Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Rebel – 11 Polson Street, Toronto
Price:  Team registration $55-70; general admission (not participating in tournament) $30

90s Bar Crawl

What: Lace up your LA Gears, slap on your bracelets and get ready to drink your way through Toronto 90s style. Round up your friends and get ready to Get Jiggy with it as you drink and dance the night away at five different pubs.

When: November 17
Time: 3 pm to 10 pm
Where: Crawl begins at the Pint Public House
Price: $40


tree lighting ceremony


What: Head to the heart of downtown Toronto and check out the festive music, dancing, and the Christmas tree lighting to celebrate the holidays. Devin Cuddy Band will be performing, in addition to an incredible tree-lighting show to remember from TDC Entertainment. Guests can also join in singing some holiday favourites led by Toronto crooner Ori Dagan.

When: November 17
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Yonge and Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Free to attend

Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic Official Tree Lighting

What: Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville will be transformed into a winter wonderland this weekend, and it will kick off the festive season with its annual Holiday Magic celebration. The highly anticipated event will illuminate the neighbourhood, creating a unique destination for patrons of the neighbourhood to shop, dine and take in the area’s art and culture while surrounded by festive lighting. At the Holiday Magic event, there will also be carolers spreading holiday cheer, complimentary refreshments, a special performance from Shawn Hook and much more.

When: November 17 to December 31
Time: After sunset
Where: Bloor-Yorkville Village
Free to attend

Dream Serenade

What: The 5th annual Dream Serenade Benefit Concert returns to Toronto this evening. Once again you can expect a silent auction table with many great items and experience offerings and performances by City and Colour, Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Owen Pallett, Hayden, Weaves, iskwē and special guests.

When: November 17
Time: 8 pm
Where: Roy Thompson Hall
Price: $25 to $125

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