15 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, October 12

Oct 11 2019, 6:49 pm

The weekend has arrived and it’s not time to be staying in. The holiday means you’ve got an extra day to cut loose. It’s only Saturday, but no need to pace yourself this October 12, not with all these great events.

For more things to do, check out our events section.

Cirque du Soleil’s ALEGRIA

Cirque du Soleil: Alegría

What: Iconic Alegría is reinterpreted in a renewed version to share its timeless story once more. The classic power struggle of old meets new is reinterpreted for today’s cultural pulse. Led by an intangible wind of change, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light to a world in perfect harmony. Alegría energizes the audience with a joyful spirit for a brighter and more inspiring tomorrow.

When: Now until November 24
Time: Varies per performance
Where: Under the Big Top, Ontario Place
Admission: Starts at $70 and available online

The Band’s Visit

What: Mirvish brings the Canadian premier of The Band’s Visit, described as a beautiful and poignant story that explores the unspoken longing and connection we strive to share with each other, even as we reach across the cultural and national divides that may separates us.

When: Now until October 20
Time: Varies per performance
Where: Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street
Admission: Starts at $49 and available online

The Rocky Horror Show

What: Continuing to mark its 100th Anniversary Season, the Hart House Theatre will see this titillating romp through the return of Director Jennifer Walls, featuring showcase performances by trained, emergent talent, supported by a professional production team. The performance is sure to tempt you to dance the “Time Warp” and leave you howling, “Damn it, Janet! I love you!” It’s the last night of the show!

When: Saturday, October 12
Where: Hart House Theatre – 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
Tickets: Available online

The Funhouse – A Haunted Experience

What: The Funhouse is taking a turn towards the paranormal. Venture through Toronto’s huge immersive art venue, featuring several new experiences and a twisted take on the art maze.

When: Now until November 2
Time: Doors open at 10 am
101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28, available online

Legends of Horror

What: Casa Loma’s Legends of Horror is back, and is about to haunt your dreams… and days. The immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures will take you through a spooky, one-hour, two-kilometre self-guided walking tour that starts from the lower gardens of Casa Loma, through its terrifying tunnels and dark places never before open to the public.

When: Now until October 31
Time: Evenings from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
Price: Tickets start at $40 online and $45 at the door

Halloween Haunt

What: Face your fears when darkness falls as Canada’s Wonderland is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during Halloween Haunt. Experience the thrills of your favourite rides at night and the frights awaiting you at these terrifying haunted attractions and shows.

When: Now until October 27
Time: 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Admission: Tickets start at $31.99, available online


What: Are you ready to be scared? Then head to what is arguably is Toronto’s best haunted attraction. This year the terrifying Halloween event is celebrating its 26th year of operation. See all seven haunted walkthrough themed horror mazes featuring over 120 live scare actors, unlimited rides on the Midway of Horrors, and the new illusion act THE KILL SHOW.

When: Now until November 2
Time: Tuesday to Thursday, 7 to 11 pm; Friday to Saturday 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Better Dead Centre, 100 Princes’ Boulevard
Admission: $34.95, available online

Toronto Pumpkinfest

Toronto Pumpkin Fest / Facebook

What: If you’re looking for something fun to do Thanksgiving weekend, head to the Toronto Pumpkinfest for some seasonal good times. Experience this family event over three days with great food, vendors, entertainment, and loads of pumpkins. Guests are welcomed to enjoy all things autumn.

When: October 12 to 14
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Drive
Admission: Free

Drunken Cinema: Scream 2

What: In the ultimate movie drinking game, Drunken Cinema invites you to come watch a classic horror movie while watching out for your reason to drink. Every ticket enters attendees into a raffle for awesome prizes. This month’s feature is the 1997 horror hit Scream 2.

When: Saturday, October 12
Time: 9:30 pm
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave
Admission: $15, available online

Civil Disobedience: A Solo Exhibit

What: Civil Disobedience is a solo art exhibition by Toronto-based visual artist S. Miller. It showcases his project “Thou$and’s” artwork, merchandise, DIY collages, cash bar, food, and even a clothes donation drop off for Kennedy House Youth Shelter. The music will be provided by DJ Barz and DJ Kazeen Kuteyi.

When: Saturday, October 12
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: 68 Claremont St
Admission: $10, available online

Toronto Flower Market

What: 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: Saturday, October 12
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Devilish Desires – Oddity & Horror Expo

What: Enjoy a museum of oddities, including ancient relics, deformed animals, and other terrifying treasures — provided by the Prehistoria Natural History Centre. All that along with circus performers, a misfortune teller, and more. Get weird this weekend.

When: Saturday, October 12
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Poveiros Community Centre, 337 Symington Ave
Admission: $5

Quavo concert

What: QUAVO! The superstar one-third of the Migos is appearing at Rebel this weekend as part of the venue’s third anniversary party. See the rap star in action at this one of a kind event. It’s worth being thankful for.

When: Saturday, October 12
Time: 10 pm
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson St
Admission: $27, available online

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

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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 12, 19, and 26
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Admission: Free

Todd and The Book of Pure Evil w/ metal after party

What: See the animated conclusion to the live-action Todd and The Book Of Pure Evil series. The movie includes a live metal concert afterparty to follow with performances from Black Eve and Hounskull.

When: Saturday, October 12
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: The Grand Gerrard, 1035 Gerrard St. E
Admission: $8.50, available online

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