After what seems to be a really long and rainy week, we have finally reached the near end of another week! This means to start planning what you're going to do on this first weekend of November. From events to activities, this weekend is nothing short of excitement- let's be real, when is there ever a dull moment in Toronto?
Here are some of the many things taking place from today, Thursday, until Sunday! Make sure to get outside, be present, and just take in another fun-filled weekend in Ontario's capital!
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Thursday, November 2nd
TIFF presents, "Boombox"
Where/When: 350 King St W - November 2nd, 9:00 pm-2:00 am
Boombox is an annual fundraiser held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox supporting various charities. This year proceeds will be going towards the "Share Her Journey Campaign" in support of women in the film industry that are in front and behind the camera-they enable the women's skills, participation and recognition.
A Night With Casper at One Art Gallery
Where/When: 5 Brock Ave - November 2nd, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
This very unique event is one hell of a cozy time! To celebrate the award-winning mattress, Casper, enjoy cocktail hour while not only trying out the new mattress, but also the newsest exhibit at One Art Gallery. Then wind down, cozy up and watch a screening of the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"! The entry is complimentray and comes with access to an open bar! SCORE!
Day of the Dead at Barrio
Where/When: 884 Queen St E. - November 2nd, 7:00 pm
Mariachi band, tequilas, margaritas, beers and so much more to enjoy and take part in the Mexican holiday of "Day of the Dead"! Space is limited, and while this might be a spontaneous choice if you haven't heard of it yet, it is worth going to!
Grease The Musical Opening Weekend
Where/When: 189 Yonge St, November 1st-December 10th
The much anticipated musical in Toronto has finally hit the stage! While opening night was last night, opening weekend is the ideal time to check out this star studded musical, starring Janel Parrish! Grease is a classic musical and while it may be running for 6 weeks, you should go check out it out ASAP!
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Friday, November 3rd
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
When/Where: 651 Duffrin St - November 3rd-November 11th, All Day
This one-of-a-kind film festival is centered around mental health and addiction issues in Canada, as well as internationally. They present ideas and films by people who's films wouldn't make the big screens, while allowing them to advocate mental health and addiction to a broader audience. This is film festival you MUST check out this weekend! Check out the site for full listings, times and locations.
TIFF Black Star
Where/When: 350 King St - November 3rd-December 22nd, times vary.
Join TIFF in the 100 years celebration of black talent and excellence on the big screen. View features and screenings until December on works in the film industry by the black community. They'll have everything from classics to new works!
Toronto Chocolate Festival
Where/When: Multiple locations - November 1st-November 30th
I have been waiting for this event since it was announced- and honestly this is a great weekend to visit! With multiple locations, this festival brings around all things chocolate! Try flavours from around the world, but also take part in the various events within the festival. Proceeds from this festival go towards "Prostate and Cancer Initiatives Fund". From the Chocolate Ball to the Chocolympics, this festival is nothing short of delicious and entertaining.
Arcade Fire Returns
Where/When: 50 Bay St - November 3rd-November 4th, 6:30 pm
Canada's favourite band is back in Ontario's capital for a two-day concert series that kick off tomorrow at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets have been on sale for months, but there's still limited tickets to get your hands on. Trust me when I say this is a concert you don't want to miss!
Cinesphere Opening Weekend
Where/When: 955 Lakeshore Blvd - November 3rd-November 5th, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
The iconic Ontario Place is reopening with its Cinesphere movie theatre and bringing you the ultimate IMAX movie viewing experience! It is kick off weekend, so they will be showing two of 2017's biggest hits- Dunkirk, Beauty and the Beast!
Philthy Philly's Grand Opening
Where/When: 372 Yonge St - November 3rd, 6:00 pm- 11:00 pm
FREE PHILLY CHEESTEAK! That's right, for the grand opening celebration at the Yonge St location, you can come in for the first 100 philly cheesesteak sandwiches...and first 100 free poutines!
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Saturday, November 4th
Day of the Dead continues at Harbourfront Centre
Where/When: 235 Queens Quay W. - November 4th-November 5th, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Day of the Dead continues at Harbourfront centre all weekend long! This Mexican holiday, that celebrates the lives of those that have passed, has taken over the city and honestly I am here for it! Join the celebration with food eats, drinks, music and other festivities.
After hours stand up comedy
Where/When: 945 Bloor St W. - November 4th, 11:30 pm-1:00 am
Join some of the best stand up comedians in Toronto for an after nights special comedy night! Admission is only $5, so spend you Saturday night with drinks and laughter into the wee hours of the night.
Free Community Skate at Maple Leaf Gardens
Where/When: 50 Carlton St - November 4th, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
You might not be able to skate an outdoor rink just yet, but break out those ice skates for a free skate at the historical Maple Leaf Gardens! Since it is the "new" building's 5 year anniversary, there will also be cupcakes and hot chocolate- plus building tours!
Where/When: 918 Bathurst St - November 4th-November 5th, times vary.
Halloween might be over, but the horror fests live on! This two day event features the best of the horror culture and entertainment scene for you to continue getting your spook on; includes, movie screenings, exhibits and more!
Kensington Krawl Food Tour
Where/When: 191 Balwin St - November 4th, 11:00 am- 2:30 pm
Kesington Market is honestly one of my favourite spots in the city, so you know I will be all over this food tour there! With the purchase of a ticket you can enjoy 8 different food items and various drinks as well! Through the tour, you will also learn about the history and heritage of the market, mingle with all sorts of people like the local shopkeepers, and more!
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Sunday, November 5th
Evergreen's Day of the Dead Celebration
When/Where: 550 Bayview Ave - November 5th, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Okay, so there are a lot of Day of Dead celebrations happening, but really are you actually upset? This is a Mexican food and culture overload, in the best ways. End off your weekend at Evergreen Brick Works with an artisan market, live music and dance, and of course Mexican food for days!
Wizarding World in the Burrow
Where/When: 1265 Military St - November 5th, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Live out those Harry Potter dreams this weekend at the University of Scarborough! Not only can you be dressed as the wizard you are, but you also partake in classes that teach you spells and potions, play quidditch and kick ass in trivia games. There's only 200 tickets, so register quick....oh, you also get sorted into a house upon arrival!
End of Season Farmer's Market celebration in Leslieville
Where/When: 1001 Eastern Ave - November 5th, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Farmer's market season is coming to an end, so join the Leslieville community to end off the season with good beer, fresh food and live music!
The Royal Agriculture Winter Fair
Where/When: 100 Prince's Blvd - November 3rd-November 12th, times vary.
The Winter Fair is back for another year, attracting more people and vendors than ever! Music, food, vendors, shopping dining, you name it! Plus the much anticipated Royal Horse Show.