November events in Toronto definitely set the holiday scene.
And because of this, our wallets can take a bit of a beating even before December arrives.
So to ensure you have plenty of enough money saved for this holiday season, we’ve rounded up 20 free events taking place in Toronto this November so you can still join in on the holiday fun without breaking the bank.
What: Bring your pumpkin and a tea light and let your jack-o’-lantern live on for one more night. Don’t have a pumpkin? Don’t worry, there will be more than 2,000 pumpkins lit along the pathway at Sorauren Park, donated by people in the Parkdale and Roncesvalles area. Festivities begin around dusk and continue through the night.
Where: Sorauren Park, 50 Wabash Ave
When: November 1
What: The queen of Christmas has teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue and the Hudson’s Bay to help them unveil their 2016 Christmas window displays. Carey will be performing two songs as part of the massive celebration, which will also include an outdoor fireworks display, photo booths, plenty of music, holiday treats, and more.
Where: Corner of Queen and Yonge (176 Yonge Street)
When: November 3, 7 pm to 11 pm
What: This all-day drop-in event in conjunction with Metro Vancouver includes local speakers plus an interactive live stream of the main event (taking place in Vancouver). The event is geared at igniting conversations and inspiring action to accelerate waste prevention and a circular economy in Canada. Participants will leave inspired and equipped to forge new solutions and collaborations to support a world without waste.
Where: BMO Education & Conference Centre, 60 Leonard Avenue
When: November 3, 10:30 am to 8 pm
What: Craft Ontario hosts a three-day craft and design show featuring over 40 craftspeople and artisans, handcrafted jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, clothing, and more.
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
When: November 4 to 6
What: Delisso pizza is hosting a week long pizza party geared at promoting the pizza company’s new line of Rustico pizzas and will be dishing out FREE, fully customizable pies.
Where: 363 King Street West
When: November 4 to 20
Weekdays from 3 pm to 9 pm; Saturdays from 1 pm to 9 pm; Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm.
What: Celebrate Mexican culture at this free event that features performances, art installations, post mortem (puppet theatre), Amor Eterno: A Tribute to Juan Gabriel, Viva Mexico Mariachi and a lot more.
Where: Harbourfront Centre
When: November 5 to 6
What: This totally free market will feature tons of vintage clothing and jewelry, home goods, books, toys, and so much more. Everything is free, but there is a limit of one small sized IKEA bag for each individual and a limit of two bags for families of three or more people.
Where: 225 Campbell Ave
When: November 5, 10 am to 4 pm
What: The 8th annual EcoFair is a free, family event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Here you’ll learn about green initiatives and achievements in Toronto’s neighbourhoods, and learn green tips and tricks.
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: November 6, 11 am to 4 pm
What: The Toronto Indie Horror Fest will be screening eight feature films and eight shorts. Titles include Paranormal Drive (Russia), Good Tidings (UK), Cage (UK), and many more.
Where: D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor West
When: November 9 to 12, check Facebook event page for screening times
What: This film features an elite group of 15 disruptive companies who share the perspectives and sacrifices necessary to upend age-old industries and disrupt the status quo. A Q&A with the influencers will follow the screening.
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
When: November 10, 6:30 pm
What: A processional led by period uniformed military staff and standard bearers will make their way to the adjacent Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery for the public ceremony.
Where: Fort York Garrison Common 250 Fort York
When: November 11, 10:45 am
What: Downsview Park staff will be hosting a free indoor and outdoor park program based on nature-themed topics to get Torontonians excited about exploring the natural world.
Where: Downsview Park
When: November 13, 2 pm to 4 pm
What: Come and unwind after a long day at work. Here you’ll enjoy stretching, relaxation and basic Zen techniques, with the last 15 minutes of the class unguided. All levels welcome.
Where: Centre Place 320 Richmond East #101
When: November 15, 6:00 pm
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. Admission is free during the week.
Where: The Distillery District
When: November 18 to December 22
What: Get a head start on your holiday shopping by attending a weekend of shopping, drinks, local food and music at this free, two-day market filled with a great curated lineup of local makers.
Where: Studio Bar, 824 Dundas Street West
When: November 19 to 20, 11 am to 6 pm
What: Head to the heart of downtown Toronto and check out the festive music, dancing, and the Christmas tree lightning to celebrate the holidays.
Where: Yonge and Dundas Square
When: November 19, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
What: Learn how to dress for all-weather cycling, safe riding techniques and how to maintain your bike from the cycling pros.
Where: Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College Street
When: November 19, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
What: Get into the holiday spirit by attending the 112th annual Santa Claus Parade. Just make sure to fill a thermos with your favourite warm beverage and a dash of Baileys.
Where: Throughout downtown. Visit the website for the official parade route.
When: November 20
What: Heather Tick will be leading an interactive discussion on how to manage pain through your diet.
Where: The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth
When: November 24, 7 pm
What: The Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square is an annual holiday tradition featuring the first illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree, live musical performances by some of Canada’s top performers, a spectacular fireworks show and skating parties on the iconic outdoor rink.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: November 26