16 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, October 28

Oct 27 2018, 3:36 am

It’s the last Sunday in October!

Be sure to make the most of it, and head out to these awesome events happening in and around Toronto this Halloween weekend.

International Festival of Authors

International Festival of Authors/Facebook

What: The 39th edition of Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is a celebration of words and ideas, of writers and readers. The festival brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, artist talks, roundtable discussions, public book signings and a number of special events.

When: Now until October 28
Time: Varies by day
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Varies by event

3/Edition Art Book Fair

What: 3/edition Art Book Fair is produced annually in tandem with Art Toronto (Canada’s International Art Fair) and is dedicated to the promotion of art book publishing in all forms and artworks created in editions.

When: Now until October 28
Time: Friday and Saturday, 12 pm to 8 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
 Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: Free to attend

Art Toronto

What: Now in its 19th year, Art Toronto presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries combined with PLATFORM, an engaging series of lectures and panel discussions from prominent art world figures, curated projects, an extensive VIP Program, and top-tier cultural offerings throughout the city.

When: Now until October 29
Time: Friday and Saturday, 12 pm to 8 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
Price: From $22

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

 Halloween Haunt

Halloween Haunt

Halloween Haunt

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

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. 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: Screenings running from October 5 to December 23
Time: Showtimes vary by day
Where: Cinesphere at Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: $15 for adults

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 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

Day of the Dead

What: Evergreen Brick Works is hosting its 8th annual celebration of Latin American culture with activities for children and adults alike this Sunday. Evergreen’s Day of the Dead celebration takes place at the Sunday Artisan Market and incorporates traditional Latin celebrations, fun family activities and delicious food and drink.

When: October 28
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Framed by Feminists

Framed Feminists

What: This Sunday, the Gladstone Hotel will be home to an affordable market of feminist art. Vendors include Carol Barbour, Yaara Eshet, Joanna Strong, Anne Borshell, and many more. PWYC at the door. Those who can’t make a donation will not be turned away.

When: October 28
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Price: Pay what you can

St. Joseph’s Toronto West Halloween Fest

What: Families are in for a treat! St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation is hosting its seventh annual St. Joseph’s Toronto West Halloween Fest in the heart of Bloor West Village this Sunday. There will be loads of entertainment and activities for families. Special guest stars this year are Sonshine and Broccoli. They’ve been entertaining kids for over a decade with their infectious enthusiasm and energetic pop-rock songs.

When: October 28
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Bloor West Village between Windermere and Runnymede
Price: Free to attend

Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday

What: The 15th season of Pedestrian Sundays brings back one awesome way to spend your Sundays this month. Performers, musicians, artists, and shopping, basically an awesome Sunday Funday. This marks the final Pedestrian Sunday of the year, so it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

When: October 28
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market
Price: Free to attend

Lily Allen in Toronto

What: The ever so talented Lily Allen is performing in Toronto at the Pheonix Concert Hall this Sunday as part of her No Shame Tour.

When: October 28
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street
Price: From $25

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

What: Let’s do the Time Warp Agaiiinnnnnn! This comedy horror and cult classic tells the story of newly engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who meet a group of strange individuals. Sold-out for seven years in a row, you can’t miss this Halloween spectacle, live on stage.

When: October 28
Time: Performances from 8 pm to 10 pm and 11 pm to 1 am
Where: Lower Ossington Theatre
Price: Prices vary by seat selection

Goosebumps: An Evening With RL Stine

What: Come and celebrate the world-renowned author behind the Goosebumps books and many more scary titles. This event will start off with a lecture from RL Stine about his life and career, followed by an audience Q&A.

When: October 28
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bluma Appel Theatre, St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East
Price: From $25

Hocus Pocus Trivia

What: Join Nightowl for a night of Hocus Pocus trivia straight from the Spell Book and cocktails only the Sanderson Sisters could conjure up. Costumes are encouraged.

When: October 28
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Nightowl, 647 College Street
Price: No cover

Slumber Party Stand Up Comedy

What: Slumber Party is a Sunday night late show featuring a group of smart, sweet, sassy, and saucy comedians ready to share some spirited silliness with Toronto.

When: October 28
Time: 11 pm to 12:30 am
Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
Price: $5

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