Toronto fall festivals are some of the best ones available throughout the year. They celebrate the essence of autumn with its crisp air, golden colours, and fun filled holidays. Fall festivals can be found for kids, teenagers, adults, and seniors. They are enjoyed by all and a welcome diversion from the soon-to-be winter.
As soon as the leaves start to change and you must wear a jacket, you don’t have to be sad about the summer ending. Toronto starts its fall festivals off with the most popular and famous event; Toronto International Film Festival.
The Toronto International Film Festival is a week long event that brings in actors, writers, directors, and the like from all over the world. It is a brief world where independent films rule and the strange, expressive, and deeply intriguing films take over. Tickets can be purchased in advance for different films — learn more at www.tiff.net.
The Vegetarian Food Fair is a much loved event that brings in new products, recipes, ideas, and exhibits on everything vegetarian and vegan.
Toronto Beer Week is a great way to celebrate the new season with friends and family. It is a true celebration of brewers and their beer! The Toronto Beer Week is run by a group of authors, musicians, media, brewers, and other VIPs who have a love for the art of beer.
The Canada Bridal Show is a popular annual trade show that brings in professionals for everything from wedding photographers, venues, cakes, bridal gowns, and anything else you can imagine. You can catch up on the latest bridal news at www.canadasbridalshow.com.
Weekend to End Women’s Cancer is a wonderful event that involves walking, pledging, and finding a cure for cancer. You can do your part at www.endcancer.ca.
Queen West Art Crawl can be found within West End Toronto in Trinity Bellwood’s Park and celebrates all kinds of art. Walk around the neighbourhood and find outdoor art shows and exhibits.
Terry Fox Run is an annual run that celebrates the life of the great Terry Fox. Every year, locals and visitors come out to run in honour of his battle –perhaps not as far as he ran!
Toronto Fall Home Show is held in the Better Living Centre in the Exhibition Place. It offers guest speakers, product exhibits, tips and advice, and more.
The Clothing Show can also be found at the Exhibition Place. It is the festival to mark in your calendar if you are a fashion fanatic. Sell and buy new, vintage and unique pieces of clothing. You can also find one of a kind accessories and materials needed for making clothes.
The Art Walk: The St Clair Arts Festival and Studio Tour is held every year in the St Clair West neighbourhood. It is a celebration of all kinds of art; music, photography, painting, sculpture, performing arts, and even a part dedicated for children. Visit their website for more information, www.stclair-artwalk.org.
Word on the Street is a much anticipated Toronto event. It is a collection of tents set up in Queen’s Park every year — it showcases new and old authors and artists. You can find all the good stuff on books and magazines at this festival.
Toronto’s Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture is a week long free event that can be found in Dundas Square. It promotes the art and culture of Toronto’s communities.
The Toronto Zombie Walk is exactly as it sounds! Dress in a zombie garb and walk through the streets of Toronto looking for brains.
Toronto takes Halloween very seriously — both for the kids and the adults! Toronto Halloween events for adults include Halloween cruise ships, Halloween events in many of the city clubs, and All Hallows Eve at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
All Hallows Eve can also be fun for the kids. Toronto Halloween events for kids also include Pumpkinland at Whittamore’s Farm, Boo at the Zoo, Casa Loma’s Halloween Family Archery & Pumpkin Carving, Camp Spooky at Canada’s Wonderland, and Halloween Hijinx at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche is a fantastic around-town art festival. Different kinds of art can be found all over the city — even on the sides of buildings and in window displays — but the entire thing takes place between 9pm to 8am.
HarbourKIDS Festival is a great family event that happens during the Thanksgiving weekend. You can find this festival at the Harbourfront Centre. If you are looking for a place to take the kids, check it out at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids.
Toronto International Festival of Authors is a gathering of authors from all over the world. You can find readings, speakers, and book signings during this festival.
Toronto International Art Fair has quickly become one of the more popular Fall festivals. It is a great place to collect, sell, and buy unique and interesting art. It is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and does have an admissions fee.
Canzine is a festival hosted by the Broken Pencil magazine and celebrates alternative culture. Learn more about this hip fall festival as www.brokenpencil.com/canzine.
The great thing about Toronto fall festivals is that many of them are free. It is always wise to check in advance if the festival you wish to attend is free or if certain exhibits have an admissions fee.
Toronto fall festivals are always a celebration. You can be sure to find everything you need to know here at Totally Toronto — so feel free to browse around and fill up your calendar.