Wondering what to do in Toronto over the upcoming month? One thing’s for sure — you won’t be bored. Check out our list of top October events in Toronto. See you around the city!
1. Les Misérables (September 30 to October 27)
The Princess of Wales Theatre hosts the Canadian premiere of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables with Ramin Karimloo in the lead of Jean Valjean. The longest-running musical production in the world got a new staging, so that even the people that have already seen the show have reason to come over and see it again. The story of the musical is based on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables about poor factory workers, revolutionaries, and petty criminals in 19th-century France. The musical was awarded several Tony awards and features famous songs such as “Do You hear The People Sing?,” “The Confrontation,” “On My Own,” and “I Dreamed A Dream.” Ticket price ranges from $35 to $200.
2. Fall Home Show (October 3 to 6)
The Fall Home Show is the ultimate event dedicated to home and garden décor, so if you’re looking for some fresh ideas for your house, don’t miss the opportunity to pop in during the first October weekend. Visitors can expect more than 300 exhibitors, many interesting expert talks, workshops, and TV personalities such as the hosts of Property Brothers. If you decide to use the Fall Home Show as a shopping destination, skilled professionals will assist you in making the best choices. The show takes place at the Better Living Centre, and ticket prices range from $13 to $15.
3. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (October 5)
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is a world-famous event that turns an ordinary night into a celebration of arts and artistic expression. The event showcases some of the best works commissioned by the City of Toronto and introduces independent projects by local and international artists. The highlight of 2013 edition is probably Ai Weiwei’s new sculpture, Forever Bicycles, made of 3,144 interconnected bicycles. The special Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival pass is available for $10.75.
4. Toronto After Dark Film Festival (October 17 to 25)
If you know how to enjoy fear in the cinema, you certainly shouldn’t miss the Toronto After Dark Festival that specializes in horror, action, sci-fi, and cult independent films. The festival will take over Scotiabank Theatre during October nights, making the event a great preparation for Halloween events. The festival program is chosen from more than 700 submitted entries, so we can all look forward to seeing the very best pieces in the genre.
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5. Toronto Chocolate Festival (October 18 to November 3)
Come out and join the celebration of the finest ingredient in the world — chocolate. The annual Toronto Chocolate Festival takes place over the last two weeks of October and brings a true chocolate fiesta. Visitors will be able to take part in the famous chocolate eating contest, savour a combination of chocolate and the best wines, and learn more about the chocolate-making process during live demonstrations. The festival always kicks off with a major charity ball. In 2013, it’s called the Cocoa Grande Gala Event.
6. Running, Health and Fitness Show (October 18 to 19)
If you’re interested in running and fitness, visit the Running, Health and Fitness Show at the Direct Energy Centre. The event is free, so even people who aren’t so keen on healthy lifestyles can roam freely and maybe get inspired to introduce sports to their lives. The organizers claim that the show will be the biggest ever, with the greatest number of exhibitors so far. All the major athletic brands will be presenting their products together with charities, sports and running services, medical companies, and publishing houses. Visitors can also take part in a seminar and running-related activities plus entertainment in the theatre area.
7. Toronto International Flamenco Festival (October 19 to 20)
Dance till you drop during the seventh annual Toronto Flamenco Festival in downtown Toronto. The main aim of the festival is to promote flamenco and everything connected to it, including the history of the dance and the related lifestyle. The festival features many interesting workshops led by skilled professionals, dance parties, and most importantly, performances by top flamenco stars. In 2013, the Malagan dancer La Lupi and her intimate show Yo, Conmigo Misma is probably the biggest highlight of the program. Come out to celebrate the dance that symbolizes freedom against oppression and enjoy the party.
8. International Festival of Authors (October 24 to November 3)
The International Festival of Authors has been introducing top literary professionals and writers to the Toronto audience for decades. In 2013, the program spans over 11 days and features a variety of events including readings, talks and public discussions, and book signing events. The festival also includes two special focus sections. Brave New World will showcase young and emerging authors, and Found in Translation will promote some of the top literary translators and their work. The Festival Flexi Pass, which features a bundle of ten tickets, is $120.
9. Josh Groban Concert (October 25)
Pop opera star Josh Groban is coming to Toronto at the end of October. His current North American tour is held in support of his latest release, All That Echoes. Groban has been rising to fame since the early 2000s, after the famous Grammy rehearsal discovery and subsequent appearances as a singer on Ally McBeal. Several of his Christmas songs were successful on the Adult Contemporary Charts and his single “You Raise Me Up” ensured his position as a popular performer. Ticket price ranges from $64.25 to $124.25, and the event takes place at the Air Canada Centre.
10. Creativ Festival (October 25 to 27)
The Creativ Festival is an amazing event dedicated to the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, crafting, and other fibre, textile, needle, and paper arts. The largest festival of its kind in Canada, the Creativ Festival brings together professionals, consumers, and amateur creators and serves as a hub of ideas, new styles, and up-to-date products and trends. Visitors can shop for beautiful artisanal items, get their own knitting kits, and learn how to use them at the festival — all under the guidance of professional creators.
Do you know about any other great events in October? Let us know in the comments!