Fall is right around the corner so it’s time to pull out your denim jackets, infinity scarves and get your favourite pumpkin spice treat.
Whether you are participating in one of the many festivals and activities happening during the fall in Toronto, going apple or pumpkin picking or catching the fall foliage, there’s plenty to add to your fall must-do list in the city.
Here are 10 things to do in Toronto that should make your fall bucket list!
Watch the leaves change colour from green into a colourful array of red, orange and ochre. One of the best spots to get a prime view of the fall foliage before the entire country turns into a frozen land in December is Dundas Peak. You can also head north of the city to watch the show, but there are plenty of spaces in Toronto to get a good look at the fall colours including High Park, Rouge Park, Scarborough Bluffs and Leslie Street Spit.
What better place to get an amazing vantage point of the fall colours than an aerial park and zipline course? The best part, you don’t have to travel far from Toronto to get in on the fun. Treetop Trekking has five locations across Ontario that shows off great colours come September and into mid October.
Ready to be spooked? This is an immersive theatrical interpretation of all the classic horror figures as you are being led through a one hour, 2km self-guided walking tour. Starting from the lower gardens, winding its way through the castle tunnels and darkest spaces not open to the public.
Nuit Blanche is an all-night event that takes place during the first weekend of October. There are free art exhibits across the downtown core and surrounding areas. The city comes alive with people and you wouldn’t believe it’s 2 am based on how crowded the streets will be. Check out close to 75 art projects by more than 300 artists both local and international. This is the largest contemporary art event in North America. Dress warmly, bring some friends and get ready to take in some amazing art.
Cask Days is an annual beer festival that takes places at the stunning Evergreen Brickworks. The cask-conditioned beer festival will involve 400 casks and more than 200 beers and ciders. After you have participated in the festival, head to some of the trails and explore some foliage because Evergreen Brickworks is beautiful in the fall.
For all you book worms out there looking for some new reading material, you might find some inspiration at the International Festival of Authors at the Harbourfront Centre. Over this 11-day event there will be author readings, interviews, panels, lectures, book signings and more. There will be over 200 participants representing a wide range of genres, from fiction to memoirs to graphic novels.
This is a fall traditional for many people in Toronto. Dating back to 1922, the Royal Agricultural Fair celebrates farmers, growers and producers. It’s the largest agricultural indoor event in the world and one of the main events is the Royal Horse Show that attracts athletes from around the world. There are a variety of activities to explore including the wine competitions, butter sculpting, agricultural competitions, live music, food demonstrations featuring local chefs and much more.
Calling all the foodies! Bring an empty stomach when you attend the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in November at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This is Canada’s biggest and best food and beverage event. Expect some of the best national chefs, culinary stars, top winemaker, brewmasters and mixologists to be in attendance. There will be no shortage of food so come prepared to have your taste buds delighted.
It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is around the corner, so it may be time to start making your list and checking it twice. Get all your holiday shopping done early and in one place at the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale. This annual fair is held at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place where you can find a wide selection of handmade and locally made items, ranging from unique fashion and home décor to bath and body care, art, ceramics accessories and much more.
On the edge between fall and winter is the annual Toronto Christmas Market held in the Distillery District. This event draws in crowds ready to embrace the holiday spirit. Walk beneath the twinkle lights and take pictures of the massive decorated trees. Make your way through various vendors selling crafts, beer gardens where you can have a pint or warm up with a hot toddie or stages with live entertainment. It’s a one-stop show for all thing festive!