Let’s face it, the November weather in Toronto can put us in a dreadful slump. The Fall air is beginning to get extremely sharp, hitting you in the face when you least expect it. The pre-holiday advertisements are slightly obnoxious and is a constant reminder of how unprepared you are for the fast-approaching December.

If there is anything that we all need right now, is something new and exciting to keep us motivated this month. Forget the traditional places like spending time in a mall – because we all know you run inside the Eaton Centre to shelter yourself from the wind chill. Instead, take a different approach towards fun this month. Hit up these Toronto pop-up shops and events that will be in your neighbourhood this November to spice up your usual work week! Mark your calendars, because these places are only here for a limited time, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

1. ARTATTACK!

This annual event welcomes hundreds of art lovers and creative individuals for an insane art auction! This live auction features work from over 25 of Canada’s contemporary artists! It's taking place November 10th from 7pm-11pm. Presenting a summer theme complete with campfire s’mores and craft stations, along with tasty treats from Sassafraz and Steamwhistle.


2. Tabasco Hawker Market

This one-night-only market is for the ultimate Toronto foodie! TABASCO and Canada’s Group of 7 Chefs have come together to create an exclusive food event with hawker market-inspired dishes, and of course TABASCO. Located at Wychwood Barns on November 10th from 7pm-10pm.


3. The Gentlemen’s Expo 2016

This giant event is the perfect opportunity to check out the latest men’s lifestyle products and entertainment. The Gentlemen’s Expo will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 10th-12th! This 3-day experience will include some special celebrity guest, like Maple Leafs Alumni Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark, Jason Grilli of the Toronto Blue Jays, and mix martial artist Georges St.Pierre.


4. Taste of Iceland

The Taste of Iceland returns to Toronto for its 6th year, with a huge variety of menu offerings that will satisfy your adventurous taste buds! It’s the ideal Atlantic island vacation, without having to leave the city. This 4-day event runs from November 10th-13th If you’re looking for food, film screenings, or live music, you’re bound to be entertained! The event is scattered across the city, so be sure to check out the exact locations here for more details.


5. inkbox Tattoos

Have you ever wanted to get a tattoo, but have huge commitment issues or can’t decide on what design you want? Well I’ve got the solution to all your problems. Check out this Toronto based start-up company and their exclusive pop-up shop happening this November 12-26th at 46 Charlotte Street. This online company is the world’s first 2-week tattoo that is 100% organic and fruit-based! They’ll be showcasing some of their best-selling designs, and for a limited time, you’ll be able to snag the (temporary) tattoo of your dreams for a special discounted price. Find the hours of operation here.


6. Mayana Genevirere Pop-Up Shop – TRANSCENDENCE

This Canadian made lingerie retailer makes their products in the junction of Toronto and offers sizes S-3XL. Meet the designer and get fitted for this holiday season. Whether you want to stop by yourself or with a group of friends, there is something for everybody and every size! It'll be located at 3030 Dundas West on November 15th  from 9am – 8pm!


7. Gourmet Food and Wine Expo

This is the 21st annual Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, and will be happening from November 17th-20th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. There is a fee to get in, but admission includes the opportunity to sample some fine wines, spirits, craft beers, and some exotic foods. So, if you’re an artisanal cheese lover and in the mood for some live entertainment, don’t miss out this weekend! Need I say more?


8. Meet BUA: Art for the People Pop-Up

Justin BUA is an award-winning artist, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Join him for this exclusive event at Nuvango Gallery on November 19th from 12pm – 5pm as he hosts a special workshop, lecture and drawing class!


9. Holiday Shopping Social and Pop Up Event: YOGAMAMAS

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping as this retailer is going to have their entire boutique on sale for a limited time! Pop by the studio on November 23rd from 1pm – 7pm for some champagne and sweet treats.


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