13 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, October 13

Oct 11 2019, 6:00 pm

It’s not your average Sunday, Toronto.

With a stat holiday tomorrow you can have an extra good time today. We’ve rounded up a few things happening in the city to make it even easier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Die Hard Dracula

What: It’s almost Halloween, and that means Handlebar has dug up the worst genre film they could find. Get ready for Die Hard Dracula because it is a lot. It’s the tale of an American student who loses his girlfriend in a tragic waterskiing accident, who then travels to a village in Eastern Europe where he meets her doppelganger, and also Count Dracula. Enjoy something so bad it’s good while having a few brews.

When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave
Admission: Free

VegHeads market

What: VegHeads market’s goal is to support a lifestyle that helps lead to a more sustainable planet. See the showcase of talents within the plant-based community of Toronto and come hungry for delicious food, learn to maintain a fit body, and shop ethically-sourced wearable products.

When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St
Admission: Free

Sunday Stand Up Spotlight

What: Canadian Comedy Spotlight is a celebration of some wonderful Canadian stand-up talent during a fun and lighthearted show this Thanksgiving Sunday. Come celebrate the long weekend with a night of laughs at Comedy Bar.

When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 9:30 pm
Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street W
Admission: $12

A Ginger Snaps Thanksgiving with Free Pumpkin Pie

What: What’s better than a staple indie, 2000s werewolf flick that’s actually an allegory for female maturation? All that served with a slice of free pumpkin pie! See the female-led movie that took an incredibly original look at the entire werewolf theme.

When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Grand Gerrard, 1035 Gerrard St. E
Admission: $9

Black Coffee

What: Appearing on the Rebel Mainstage is Black Coffee. See the iconic South African DJ live as he plays his unique blend of electronic and musical styles.

When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 10 pm
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson St
Admission: Tickets start at $48, available online

Alternate Forest

What: This immersive experience will take you from deep forests to distant galaxies as you travel through vast interconnected root systems. It’s a multi-sensory performance that combines music, dance, and visual projections to highlight the importance of the world’s forests as well as the life forms that inhabit it to bring awareness to the negative effects of deforestation.

When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 1:30 to 4 pm
Where: The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave
Admission: $15

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