18 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, October 6

Oct 5 2018, 5:05 pm

It’s the long weekend, and it’s just getting started!

Head outside and enjoy the warm-ish temperatures while checking out these events in and around Toronto this lovely Saturday.

Fall for Dance North

Fall For Dance North

What: FFDN, Toronto’s premier international dance festival, wraps in Toronto today, showcasing 12 works from 11 companies across three distinct programmes. Some of the events to look forward to includes Soweto Skeleton Movers, Red Sky Performance, and the National Ballet of Canada.

When: Now until October 6
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues
Price: $15

FREE Bubble Tea at OneZo Tapioca

What: OneZo Tapioca is celebrating the soft opening of its fourth Ontario outpost by giving away 100 FREE bubble teas to the first guests of the day this weekend. After the first 100 customers are served, guests can enjoy 30% off all OneZo treats until close.

When: Now until October 7
Time:  4 pm to 7 pm
Where: OneZo Tapioca, #108 3720 Midland Avenue, Scarborough
Price: Free

Designer Winter Parka Sale

What: There’s a massive winter parka sale happening near Toronto this weekend and will feature over 3000 designer winter jackets at up to 50% off. Shoppers can shop from designers like Canada Goose, Mackage, Oarajumpers, Soia & Kyo, Rudsak, and many more.

When: Now until October 7
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Le Parc Dining & Banquet Ltd, 8432 Leslie Street
Price: Open to the public, no tickets required

The Disruptors by Samuel Adams

The Disruptors by Sam Adams

What: This pop-up shop features four innovative Canadian small businesses, each of which were hand-selected by the beer company for breaking the mould and carving new paths, just like Jim Koch did in 1984 when he created Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Retailers include Loch, Xpand Laces, Soft Focus, and 8.1.2.

When: Now until October 14
Time: Friday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm 
324 Queen Street West
Price: Entry is free

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

Halloween Haunt

halloween haunt

Canada’s Wonderland

What: Canada’s Wonderland is transforming from theme park to scream park during its annual Halloween Haunt, which kicked off for its 14th season this month. 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

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. Starting on October 5, 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


Robert Whyte/Royal Ontario Museum 

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

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 6
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

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: October 6
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Price: Entry is free

Really Really Free Market

Leslieville Night Market

What: This month’s edition of the Really Really Free Market is taking place today. 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. Just remember, if you bring items to share, you must bring them before 3 pm and make sure they are in clean and working condition.

When: October 6
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
Price: Free

Pumpkinfest Toronto

What: Toronto Pumpkinfest returns this year at Downsview Park for three days of Thanksgiving weekend fun and activities. For those heading to the event, it will offer free admission and free parking all weekend long. There will be food trucks and lots of attractions. This year, attendees can check out Peter’s Pumpkin Patch, a costume contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, carnival games, kids midway, jumping castles, and an inflatable corn maze.

When: October 6 to 8
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd.
Price: Free admission

Aleyards Oktobeerfest

What: Come and enjoy a day filled with beer, brats and bands. Guests can sample fresh beers from Junction Craft Brewing, Rainhard Brewing and Shacklands Brewing, listen to live music, indulge in some delicious food, and more.

When: October 6
Time: 10:30 am to 11 pm
Where: 150 Symes Road
Price: $25 to $35

Thanksgiving at O&B Café Grill


What: Skipping the Prix Fixie, Oliver & Bonacini is offering an a la carte menu this Thanksgiving. The handful of specials include a squash salad, a curried butternut squash soup, a roasted turkey breast dish, and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Dig into some of O&B’s delicious roasted garlic mash, gravy, and cranberry sauce with your turkey too.

When: October 6 to 8
Time: 5 pm
Where: O&B Café Grill, 33 Yonge Street, Toronto
Price: A la Carte menu.


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 6, 12, 13, 19 to 21, 25 to 31
Time: 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Exhibition Place, 180 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: Admission from $33 online

A Civilized Conversation with Chelsea Handler

What: Political activism, culture and cannabis are just a few of the hot topics that will be covered by comedian Chelsea Handler in Toronto this Saturday. Titled ‘A Civilized Conversation With Chelsea Handler,’ the Toronto event is part of her Canadian tour which includes seven live town halls across Canada this fall, taking place on October 6 at the historic Elgin Theatre.

When: Saturday, October 6
8 pm
Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
Price: Available through Ticketmaster starting at $61

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