If you’re wondering what to do in Toronto during October, be sure to check out our list of top ten October events in the city. It looks like there’s an exciting month coming!
October 3rd to January 1st
Take your children to the Ontario Science Centre to explore their newest exhibit, Beyond Planet Earth, presented by the American Museum of Natural History. The newly opened section invites visitors to get to know the newest space technology and take a closer look at distant planets. Older visitors will be amazed by a number of artifacts from earlier space missions like Sputnik and Mars rover voyages. Everybody is also welcome to try the interactive touch-screen that explains how to deflect asteroids to save Earth or explore Mars with a full-scale model of Curiosity.
October 13th to November 4th
The Toronto Chocolate Festival is a must for all Torontonians who suffer from chocolate addiction. At the 7th year of the festival, chocolate will once again take the starring role and be featured in all its magnificent and tasty forms. Throughout October, chocolatiers and pastry shops all around the city will participate in the festival by offering special deals and tastings (coupons for discounts are available for download starting October 1st). Chocolate lovers might also be interested in attending the Luxury Chocolate Show in Roy Thomson Hall or the 6th Annual Chocolate Ball Gala: Cocoa Cabaret. The festival also features a crazy 911 Chocolate Relay — a fun event in which firefighters, police, and paramedics try to beat each other in a chocolate battle. Will the firefighters be able to repeat their 2011 victory? Check it out for yourself!
This event offers three options to choose from: participants can decide on a marathon, half marathon, or a 5-kilometre run, based on their running skills and the challenge they want to set for themselves. Those who are brave enough to compete in the marathon have a great opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon, as the flat and relatively fast features of the course often help many people to reach their personal goals. The marathon starts on University Avenue north of Adelaide Street and finishes at City Hall, at Bay Street and Queen Street. The great thing about the event is that even if you don’t have sporting ambitions, bands and neighbourhood entertainment centres located every two kilometres along the course will keep you entertained.
October 15th to November 11th
Search for the paranormal with professional ghost trackers and don’t miss a chance to capture spirits on camera. Stories and good practices are shared before setting off on a journey with the top ghost-tracking equipment. All the evenings begin in the library and young adventurers can carry out a small investigation in the castle halls on their own afterwards. Don’t miss one of the most mysterious events of the Halloween season. Before joining, consider the age of your kids to prevent unnecessary crying and bad dreams…
October 18th to October 26th
The 7th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival brings nine nights of horror, sci-fi, action, and cult movies to Toronto. This “celebration of genre cinema” draws thousands of thrill-seekers to the Bloor Cinema to watch a diverse selection of more than twenty independent films from Canada and all around the world. This year, the festival is expanded with a new Darkcade feature that presents indie videogames in the sci-fi and horror genres.
October 18th to October 28th
The International Festival of Authors presents the best contemporary literature writers and showcases their works and thoughts over eleven days full of readings, lectures, interviews, and discussions. Fans can look forward to traditional book signing events throughout the duration of the festival. Readings by Scotiabank Giller Prize, Governor General’s Literary Awards, and Roger Writers’Trust Fiction Prize finalists are just some of the anticipated events in this year’s unique festival schedule. The festival also tries to spread the word out of Toronto and presents a touring program with stops in fourteen locations across Ontario!
October 20th to January 20th
The latest exhibit of the Art Gallery of Ontario presents the works of probably the most famous Mexican artists of the 20th century: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The couple has become legendary for their distinctive style but also through their political and activist work as Mexican nationalists and staunch supporters of communism. Toronto art lovers will have a chance to view more than 75 pieces by the artists, including Self Portrait with Monkeys and Henry Ford Hospital by Kahlo and Calla Lily Vendor and the Flowered Canoe by Rivera. The adult admission fee is $25, while children can enter for free.
Undead from all around Toronto unite every year for the crazy Toronto Zombie Walk starting in Nathan Phillips Square. Last year, more than 6,000 corpses in search of brains joined the five-kilometre walk. While the walk itself starts at 3:00 P.M., various festivities are held from noon on and include a blood booth to tune up some of the costumes, a zombie photo booth, and prize giveaways. This year, organizers decided to devote Zombie Walk to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and hope to break the Guinness World Record for the largest CPR training session with the most people in hands-only CPR in one day. Join in to warm-up for Halloween and get into the right spooky mood!
Todmoren Mills Heritage Museum invites little Torontonians aged six and up to stop by and create their own spooky Haloween mask during creative workshops organized in the museum. Treats for the artisans will be provided. Pre-registration is required so that organizers know how many visitors are to be expected. The event takes place between 1:00 and 4:00 P.M. and children’s admission is $5, while adults pay $10 to participate in the event.
October 26th to October 29th
The 13th annual Toronto International Art Fair is considered one of the most prestigious art fairs in North America. Every year, more than 100 galleries take part and showcase top Canadian and international artistic works. This year of the fair focuses on Asia and introduces some of the finest examples of Asian contemporary art. Special artist talks, curated exhibits, and much more are prepared as part of the 2012 main theme. The fair takes place in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and an adult ticket for one day can be purchased for $18. Don’t miss one of the artistic highlights of the season in Toronto!