Fall is hitting us with some festive activities as the leaves start to change colour. Peak tourist season in the city is dying down and it's a time of year when everyone's back to the grind. Fortunately, that also means there is plenty of reason to unwind and have some fun, especially with the long weekend. There is so much that the city has to offer during this time of year, and we've compiled 9 things to do this weekend in Toronto so that you can make the most of it.
The Funhouse Art Maze: A Haunted Experience
When: October 9 to November 2
Address: 101 Lisgar, Toronto
Why You Need To Go: Everyone's favourite Toronto art project is launching a haunted edition of their art maze. It will be happening over the next few weeks, but this is the first weekend of spookiness. Come see what creatively creepy things they have in store!
Rick Ross at The Phoenix Concert Theatre
When: Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m.
Address: 410 Sherbourne St., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: Rick Ross is currently on his Port of Miami 2 Tour and is stopping by Toronto! The Phoenix is a gem of a venue, which is spacious yet intimate at the same time. Don't miss a chance to see Rick Ross up close. Who knows who he might bring out on stage with him.
Toronto Wizard Inspired Beer, Cider, and Cocktail Festival
When: Friday, October 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: 2301 Keele S., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: This Eglinton West Gallery where they're hosting the event is absolutely stunning, and LOLevents will be turning it into a version of Hogwarts, but with booze! Their parties are pretty epic and creative. Costumes encouraged! A must-try.
Pumpkin Fest at The Warehouse Venue in Downsview Park
When: October 12-14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 35 Carl Hall Rd., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: This is family-friendly, so expect a lot of kids and pumpkin magic. There will also be a 50-foot inflatable pumpkin, a corn maze, bouncy castles, food, arts and crafts, and more. Perfect for your inner child. Why not, right?
Screemers at the Better Living Centre
When: October 11 to November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight
Address: 195 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto
Why You Need To Go: If you want to get scared out of your wits, this is for you. Their website says people with heart conditions should not go, so it should be pretty serious. This is the first weekend they will be open for the spooky season, and they update their attractions every year.
REBEL 3-Year Anniversary w/ Quavo of Migos, Wax Motif, Scottyscratch
When: Saturday, October 12 at 10 p.m.
Address: 11 Polson St., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: Quavo from Migos will be helping REBEL celebrate their third birthday! The event info says to arrive before 11 to ensure entry, and it will for sure be rammed. Dress up! No athletic wear. Also, this is a pretty great price.
Rocky Horror Show Live at Lower Ossington Theatre
When: October 11-13, screenings are at 8 p.m. or 11 p.m.
Address: 100 Ossington Ave., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: This is the perfect time of year to experience the Rocky Horror Show live. Go participate in this long-standing tradition, especially if you haven't before. It is super eccentric, theatrical, and it's an interactive show. Super fun!
Black Coffee at REBEL
When: Sunday, October 13 at 10 p.m.
Address: 11 Polson St., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: Rebel's on fire this weekend! Wildly talented South African DJ and producer Black Coffee is gracing the decks on Sunday for the long weekend. This set is going to be nothing short of magic. A must for house lovers. Check out the crowd in these photos. Pure bliss.
A Ginger Snaps Thanksgiving at The Grand Gerrard (Free pumpkin pie!)
When: Sunday, October 13 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 1035 Gerrard St. E., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: This 2000s fantasy horror film about Thanksgiving will be screened at The Grand Gerrard cinema for just 9 bucks! They're also giving away pumpkin pie. An amazing idea! Don't miss out. Check out the trailer below.