18 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, November 18

Nov 17 2018, 4:33 am

Don’t let the weekend slip away just yet.

When you’re finished brunch, bundle up and head out and enjoy what’s happening in Toronto this beautiful, yet cold, Sunday.

European Union Film Festival

free movie day

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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

Google Home Mini 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: Now until November 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

Bombay Sapphire Gin Pop-Up Canvas Ba

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 a 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’s 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

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

Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic


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.

When: Now until December 31
Time: After sunset
Where: Bloor-Yorkville Village
Free to attend

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

The Old Book and Paper Show

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What: The only event of its kind in Ontario, this show and sale covers every conceivable type of vintage printed material. Collectors and dealers in old paper, ephemera and vintage books get together for the biggest one-day vintage print sale of the year. There will be dozens of tables piled high with vintage paper galore, plus rare, antique books.

When: November 18
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price: No cover

Trinity Bellwoods Flea Christmas is Coming Market

What: Come and find a special gift for that special someone on your list at this one of a kind holiday shopping experience. Here you’ll find plenty of handmade, local, art and vintage vendors and artisans selling a gift-worthy selection of goods.

When: November 18
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Entry is free

Beer Brunch at Bandit Brewery

What: Bandit Brewery will be serving its legendary brunch this Sunday. That means bennies alongside craft brews, folks. Let’s. Get. It.

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

Santa Claus Parade

road closures

The Official Santa Claus Parade/Facebook

What: Get into the holiday spirit by attending the 114th annual Santa Claus Parade. Just make sure to fill a thermos with your favourite warm beverage and a dash of Baileys. 

When: November 18
Time: 12:30 pm to 4 pm
Where: Beginning at Christie Pits and travelling along Bloor Street
Price: Free

3rd Annual Holiday MRKT Show & Sale

What: The MRKT is a community shopping event, organized by the Toronto Creative Entrepreneurs, which features local vendors including fashion, beauty, wellness, visual artists, crafters, food merchants, and retailers.

When: November 18
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Avenue
Price: Entry is free

The Junction Craft Brewing Tour

What: Have a drink and a tour of the Brewery Store at Junction Craft Brewing. Learn about the history of the Junction and the passion that goes into every pint at this local brewery.

When: November 18
Time: 2 pm to 2:45 pm
Where: 150 Symes Road
Price: $15

Toronto Pug Grumble


Toronto Pug Grumble/Facebook

What: Bring your pugs to the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park this Sunday for a Toronto Pug Grumble. Get ready for lots of snorting, rolling and grumbling.

When: November 18
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl, 790 Queen Street West
Price: Free

Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary

What: On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse’s first movie hit screens with Steamboat Willie, forever changing the realm of animation. 90 years later, you’re invited to celebrate this iconic moment in film history with a documentary about the creators of Mickey Mouse and a program of classic early Mickey Mouse shorts on the big screen.

When: November 18
Time: 3:30 pm
Where: Hotdocs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: $6

The Greasy Spoon Diner Supper Series

What: The Greasy Spoon Diner Supper Series returns to Toronto. The Supper Series pairs the best chefs in the world with a local hangout to create a four-course dining experience. Chefs are trading in their tweezers for tongs, creating each course using inspiration from diner food.

When: November 18 and 19
Time: Seatings at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Propeller Coffee, 50 Wade Avenue, Toronto
Price: Tickets are $95

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