25 FREE events worth checking out in Toronto this November

Oct 31 2019, 8:51 am

Having fun in a city like Toronto is easy, but it can sometimes be hard on the wallet. To save you a serious hit to the pocketbook we’ve rounded up a few of the great events going on in the city this November.

AfroBeats at Glitch Fridays

What: Afrobeats at Glitch Fridays will be playing some of the best of Reggae, Soca, Afrobeats, and Hip Hop you’ll hear anywhere in the city.

When: November 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 10 pm
Where: Room 104 Toronto, 86 Peter St
Admission: Free, RSVP online

Toronto GTA Rock N’ Gem Show 2019

What: If you or a loved one is fascinated by the increadible bounty of the planet, then you’ll want to check out this year’s Rock N’ Gem Show. See, learn, touch, and even buy thousands of different types of rare and beautiful things made deep within the earth.

When: November 1, 2, 3
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: 959 Derry Rd E
Admission: Free

Battery Dance: Dancing to Connect

What: Dancing to Connect is a collaborative dance workshop that aims to empower participants aged 14 to 24 to express their individual creativity and share meaningful personal stories through movement. The workshops culminate in a performance where participants will share their creations with family, friends and the public.

When: Friday, November 1
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St
Admission: Free, register online

Rouge Park Hike

What: The leaves are changing quickly, so this may be your last chance to see all the beautiful colours on display at Rouge Park. Head out with Wild Ones Wilderness and meet at Kennedy Subway Station. From there, hikers will be taking the 86 bus to the trailhead near the Toronto Zoo and we will be hiking along the Rouge River. Learn about wild edible and medicinal plants, flora and fauna identification, wilderness survival tips, trail etiquette, biodiversity and ecological impact, local and aboriginal history

When: Saturday, November 2
Time: 11:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Meet at Kennedy Subway Station
Admission: Free, register online

TTES: Team Toronto Etsy Sellers Holiday Market

What: Meet a curated selection of Toronto’s most noteworthy Etsy sellers and crafters. Fine one of a kind goods, must have locally-made essentials, and swoon-worthy gift and lifestyle items. If you love Etsy and you love to shop local, then this is the place for you. The first 50 visitors receive a complimentary swag bag.

When: Sunday, November 3
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W
Admission: Free

Dr. Caroline Van Hemert, scientist and adventurer, shares tales from her book “The Sun Is a Compass”

What: Spend an evening with Dr. Caroline Van Hemert, who will share the incredible story of her 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, captured in her recent memoir, “The Sun is a Compass.”

When: Monday, November 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: Patagonia Toronto, 500 King St. W
Admission: Free, register online

Monday Night Seminar: Unlisted

What: Built in the model of Marshall McLuhan’s public seminars, join audio producer Cassius Adair and Sandy Stone as they talking about Adair’s forthcoming book. It’s a discussion of identity, technology, how they intersect and more.

When: Monday, November 4
Time: 6 pm
Where: McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, 39A Queen’s Park Crescent E
Admission: Free, register online

CineSiege 2019

What: Enjoy a free screening of outstanding productions created in the previous year by undergraduate students in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University. The showcase will be followed by an after-party at The Monarch Tavern.

When: Monday, November 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College St
Admission: Free, register online

Late Mic T.O.

What: Late Mic Toronto, the only late-night talk show that is also an open mic. Submit monologue jokes to be read at the top of show and sign-up to perform stand-up (three minutes) or sit on the couch and have a chat/do a bit/play a character/do whatever (five minutes).

When: Monday, November 4
Time: Sign-up at 7:45 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave

Rock Band Night

What: Come powerslide into Rock Band stardom. Move the jam sesh out of your living room and into an IRL venue. There’s a massive setlist to choose from and it’s open to all levels of skill. Come shred a pattern of colours and find out if it will be you and your friends reigning victorious.

When: Thursday, November 7
Time: 8 pm to 12 am
Where: Power Up Bar, 38 Wellington Street East
Admission: Free

Wax Candy: Disco Fridays

What: Playing soulful, refreshing, and uplifting Disco all night. Listen to the selection from DJ Efsharp and Cyclist at this weekly dance event. Be prepared for disco standards you already know and some deep cuts that will probably surprise you.

When: November 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: The Piston, 937 Bloor St W
Admission: Free, register online

Synth Expo

What: Do you like to make some noise? This is the event for you. See 2,500 sq. ft. of wall to wall synths in the heart of one of Toronto’s most lively and creative neighbourhoods. You’ll be able to get your hands dirty at interactive displays on some of the best producers around the world.

When: November 9 and 10
Time: Saturday, 12 to 7:00 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The Fifth’s Basement, 225 Richmond Street W
Admission: Free, register online

Day of the Dead Celebrations

What: Toronto’s biggest Day of the Dead celebration returns for its 16th year. Head to the Harbourfront Centre to see music by Mexican folk band “Los Pachamama,” along with traditional and contemporary ofrendas, films, food, and activities for the whole family.

When: November 9 and 10
Time: Saturday 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Admission: Free

Toronto Stompbox Exhibit 2019

What: It’s the third edition of the Toronto StompBox Exhibit, a free for all, interactive display of guitar effect pedals designed to be similar to events organized in Brooklyn, Austin and LA. Bring your guitar and find new ways to jam hard.

When: November 9 and 10
Time: Saturday, 12 to 7 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Fifth’s Basement, 225 Richmond St. W
Admission: Free, register online

Taste of Calabria

What: The Region of Calabria, in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario, is hosting the “Taste of Calabria” event. Try traditional cuisine paired with exceptional wines presented by the best chefs of the region and by local vendors.

When: Tuesday, November 12
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: 25 British Columbia Rd
Admission: Free, register online

Friends Trivia

What: Do you know Ross was able to keep that Monkey? Do you know the lyrics to Smelly Cat by heart? Flex your Friends knowledge at this ultimate trivia event.

When: Tuesday, November 12
Time: 8 pm
Where: Dublin Calling, 250 Adelaide Street W
Admission: Free, register online

Eataly Toronto Grand Opening

What: Take a trip to Italy without leaving Yorkville. Doors will officially open to the public for the first time ever. Arrive early to be one of the first guests to browse the marketplace, learn from producers, and try complimentary tastings. The first 100 guests in line will receive a special gift!

When: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 5 pm
Where: Eataly, 55 Bloor St West
Admission: Free to attend

Toronto Christmas Market 2019

What: Fight it as much as you want, Christmas is coming. Get into the spirit of things at the Toronto Christmas Market. The market will feature entertainment, beer gardens, vendors, and a whole lot of Christmas cheer. Get cozied up, and head down to the Distillery District to experience its magic.

When: November 14 to December 22
Time: Tuesday to Thursday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Friday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Distillery District
Admission: Free on weekdays, ticketed on weekends

Santa Claus Parade

What: You know it’s the holiday season what Toronto’s Original Santa Claus Parade makes its way through the streets of Toronto. Starting a Christie and Bloor, the massive display of floats, marching bands, costumed well-wishers, and Santa himself, heads down Bloor to College, until it ends at St Lawrence Market.

When: Sunday, November 17
Time: Starts 12:30 pm
Where: Begins at Christie and Bloor St. W
Admission: Free

ROM 3rd Tuesday Nights Free

What: On 3rd Tuesday Nights Free, (formerly Mondays) ROM guests will be able to explore the museum’s galleries and collections, free of charge. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the museum’s 40 permanent galleries.

When: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park
Admission: Free

Investing for Millennials

What: Learn the basics of investing and how to get started, even with $100. Taught by Teri Courchene, a former economist and director of research at one of Canada’s big banks. With an academic background in economics and education, Courchene teaches financial literacy at the University of Toronto.

When: Monday, November 18
Time: 7 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St
Admission: Free, register online

Breakfast and a Movie: Tito and The Birds

What: When an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared, shy 10-year-old Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird song.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 9 am
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street E
Admission: Free, register online

Heading for Extinction

What: Extinction Rebellion has been making headlines lately, but can you explain what actually is causing climate change? Head to this event for a discussion around the science with Extinction Rebellion + Science for Peace and to get up to speed on the latest climate science and how everyone can prevent ecological collapse.

When: Tuesday, November 26
Time: 7 pm
Where: 252 Bloor St W
Admission: Free

CP Holiday Train

What: The CP Holiday Train travels across the country spreading holiday cheer and raising money and collecting food donations for charity. Come see the train for yourself and bring along something to donate while you’re at it.

When: Thursday, November 28
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: 750 Runnymede Rd
Admission: Free

Cavalcade of Lights 2019

What: Each year, the holiday traditions bring thousands of people down to Nathan Phillips Square and besides all the lights, the event will include live musical performances from some of Canada’s top performers and a skating party on the iconic outdoor rink.

The highlight of the evening, of course, is the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree, which glitters with more than 525,000 lights and hundreds of individual ornaments and will light up Nathan Phillips Square through to New Year’s Eve.

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street W at Bay Street
Admission: Free to attend