Need an excuse to visit Toronto? Here’s a look ahead of the best events, festivals and sports happening around the city. Want to stay close to the action? Book ahead by clicking here.

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Best for Family Fun
Fall Colours Train: October 6-14
Enjoy the beautiful fall colours onboard a classic 1950s heritage train car.

Best for Halloween Horrors
Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt: Various dates from September 29-October 31
Brave your way through horrifying mazes, scare zones, and live shows, in addition to 700 monsters prowling the park.

Screamers: October 5-31
Toronto’s original and best haunted attraction.

Halloween Train: October 20, 21, 27 & 28
Put on your costumes and enjoy a spooktacular heritage train ride with on-board entertainment and a free treat bag for children.

Halloween Monster Mash: October 27
Lace up your roller skates, throw on your costume and head to Celebration Scare for a Monster Roller Jam on the rink.

Best Food & Cultural Events
Toronto Chocolate Festival: Throughout October
Indulge in chocolate in many magnificent and tasty forms.

Diwali Razzmatazz: October 12-13
A festival and celebration of culture & heritage celebrated by Sikhs, Punjabis, Gujaratis, Jains, Buddhists, Tamils, Nepalis, Sri Lankans and East Indians.

Best for Sports Seekers:
October is a great time to catch the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto FC, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Argonauts.

Other Great Events
Modern Bride Wedding Show: October 14
Over 100 exhibitors ranging from expert consultants and photographers to décor and cake designers. Plus, enjoy an exclusive fashion show.

International Festival of Authors: October 18-28
Explore the world of books and get acquainted with the world’s leading authors. Enjoy intimate readings to interviews, panel discussions and more.

Best for Music Maestros:
The Toronto area has no shortage of amazing concert venues. This October you can catch the following artists at some of our favourite venues.

Artist Date Venue
Blood Orange Oct. 1-2 The Danforth Music Hall
NICKIHNDRXX TOUR Oct. 1 Scotiabank Arena
Jean-Michel Blais Oct. 3 The Danforth Music Hall
Shady Queens 3 Hosted by Ginger Minj Oct. 4 The Danforth Music Hall
J. Cole: KOD Tour 2018 Oct. 4 Scotiabank Arena
Ben Howard Oct. 5 Budweiser Stage
Bob Moses – Battle Lines Tour Oct. 6 The Danforth Music Hall
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Oct. 7 The Danforth Music Hall
Gorillaz: The Now Now Tour Oct. 8 Scotiabank Arena
CAT POWER – Wanderer Tour 2018 Oct. 9 The Danforth Music Hall
Justin Timberlake Oct. 9 Scotiabank Arena
Social Distortion Oct. 10 The Danforth Music Hall
Yola Mezcal Presentes Lykke Li Oct. 11 The Danforth Music Hall
Phil Collins Oct. 11 Scotiabank Arena
Queen Extravaganza Performing Queen’s Greatest Hits Oct. 12 The Danforth Music Hall
Amy Shark Oct. 13 The Danforth Music Hall
Thee Oh Sees Oct. 14 The Danforth Music Hall
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Oct. 14 Scotiabank Arena
Florence and the Machine Oct. 16 Scotiabank Arena
SOFI TUKKER Oct. 16 The Danforth Music Hall
Dear Rouge Oct. 18 The Danforth Music Hall
Tyler Childers Sludge River Roadshow Oct. 19 The Danforth Music Hall
The Milk Carton Kids Oct. 20 The Danforth Music Hall
Mitski Oct. 22 The Danforth Music Hall
Jain Oct. 24 The Danforth Music Hall
Tank And The Bangas & Big Freedia fueled by Lagunitas Oct. 25 The Danforth Music Hall
The Sound of Tomorrow presented by Soulection Oct. 26 The Danforth Music Hall
The Wombats Oct. 27 The Danforth Music Hall
Dermot Kennedy Oct. 28 The Danforth Music Hall
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Oct. 28 Scotiabank Arena
Gallant Oct. 30 The Danforth Music Hall
Yaeji Oct. 31 The Danforth Music Hall

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