19 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, October 5

Oct 4 2019, 4:10 pm

In case you haven’t checked your calendars yet, it’s Saturday. And whatever the weather, there are so many things going on in Toronto today, October 5, there’s no reason to stay home.

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

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

Cirque du Soleil’s ALEGRIA

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

Buffer Festival

What: If you have a deep and powerful love for online content and the people who make it, this is the event for you. Buffer Festival is the world’s largest international digital-first film festival. Curating and celebrating video premieres from acclaimed digital creators, come see theatrical screenings, red carpets, educational keynotes, and awards.

When: October 4 to 6
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W
Admission: Admission varies on event, available online

Fall for Dance North

What: Experience a striking line-up of 12 works from 11 of the world’s most innovative dance companies across 3 unique programs at Meridian Hall and Ryerson Theatre, featuring a special focus on international Indigenous artists.

When: Now until October 6
Time: Various times
Where: Meridian Hall,
Admission: $15, available online




What: The highly Instagrammable and groundbreaking 29Rooms is making its way to Toronto this fall. Brought to you by the makers behind Refinery29, 29Rooms is an immersive collaboration between visionaries and brands in the fields of art, activism, style, and technology to bring you 29 experiences under one roof.

When: Now until October 6
Exhibition Place (Queen Elizabeth Building), 100 Princes’ Blvd.
Price: Tickets are available online for $34 to $49


What: Join FEELOSOPHY Studio for a week of full feels, flow, connection, community, contact, and conversation in an awesome pop up at Toronto’s shipping container village, Stackt. Take classes from founder Ash Brodeur and instructors in the city, as well as live music and DJs.

When: Now until October 9
Time: Various times
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
Admission: Drop-in for $22, unlimited pass $44, 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!”

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

15th 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 throughout the day
Where: Along Yonge Street between Lawrence Avenue
Admission: Free

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 in our 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

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

Toronto Food Film Fest 2019

What: Check out Toronto’s multi-day food film festival. Screen mouth-watering, thought-provoking, conversation-starting independent films about food from around the world. There will also be curated snacks, workshops and tasting menus make this event your best excuse to wear sweatpants – two days in a row.

When: Now until October 5
Where: Various locations
Admission: Individual event tickets online

JAWS at Cinesphere

What: Where’s going to need a bigger Cinesphere — if such a thing was even possible. When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down. Watch the iconic movie on the biggest screen in town.

When: Now untilOctober 6
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
Admission: $15, available online

Nuit Blanche

What: For one sleepless night, experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists and nearly 90 art projects. This year’s program responds to one event-wide curatorial theme of Continuum. Nuit Blanche is back, transforming the city into a massive immersive art experience.

When: Saturday, October 5
Time: 7 pm to 7 am
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Admission: Free

Nuit Blanche at MaRS

What: In this beautiful Nuit Blanche event, MaRS opens its doors to show how entrepreneurs are transforming the world for the better, using innovation to combat today’s mounting threats to our environment. See an immersive, multimedia experience set in the soaring, cathedral-like MaRS atrium.

When: Saturday, October 5
Time: 7 pm to 7 am
Where: MaRS Discovery District, 661 University Avenue
Admission: Free

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 5, 12, 19, and 26
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Admission: Free

Burger Drops

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What: This all-you-can-eat burger event is slated for Spaces Queen West at 180 John Street, from 6 pm to 10 pm on October 5. And on top of smash burgers and $5 beers from Eastbound Brewery, George Motz will be in the house.

When: Saturday, October 5
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Spaces Queen West – 180 John Street
Admission: $25 to $75, available online


What: Enjoy beer from eight craft breweries and some proper brewpub bites. Each ticket includes two beer sample tokens with additional tokens available for purchase on site for $2 each. Try some of the best craft drinks in the city.

When: Saturday, October 5
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Big Rock Brewery, 42 Liberty Street
Admission: $10, available online

Leaside Block Party

What: Head to the second annual Leaside Block Party in support of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The neighbourhood will be gathering together for fun activities, delicious eats, entertainment, local vendors, and plenty of ways to learn about Holland Bloorview.

When: Saturday, October 5
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Trace Manes Park, 110 Rumsey Rd
Admission: Free

Really Really Free Market 2019

What: Whether you’re looking to clear up some space in your closet or find some new one-of-a-kind treasures, the Really Really Free Market is the place to be this weekend. Taking place at Campbell Park, everything you see at the market is absolutely free. Seriously, no money is required, and there’s no swapping involved.

When: Saturday, October 5
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
Admission: Free (really, really)

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