7 of the best events around Toronto check out this weekend

Fall is officially upon us and as sad as that may feel for some (we know others are fully embracing sweater season), this is not the time to despair the demise of sunny days. No matter the season, the city is always awash in things to do and this weekend is no exception. Here are seven things not to miss in the city this weekend.

Sip wine at a fall-themed pop-up downtown

Starting Friday ,Oct. 1 and running until the Oct. 17, the southwest corner of Bathurst and Richmond will be transformed into a fall-themed pop-up experience complete with pumpkin patch for those perfect autumnal selfies. There will be a wood fire BBQ pit and culinary offerings, include fall inspired pizzas, pastas and soups served in a squash or in a pumpkin. Every Friday and Saturday night after dark the pumpkin patch turns into a dance floor with a live DJ.

Explore Geary Avenue

Industrial at first glance, Geary Avenue is sneakily packed with gems (from craft beer to artisanal pasta). Check it out for yourself at the first-ever Geary Art Crawl happening from Ossington to west of Dufferin, this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. Presented by Toronto-based not-for-profit Uma Nota Culture, Geary Art Crawl is a weekend of music, art installations, pop-ups, food and more. The event is free save for the musical performances, and you can buy tickets for those here.

Get spooky at Casa Loma


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The grounds of Casa Loma will soon turn into a spine-tingling immersive theatrical experience, starting Friday and running until Oct. 31. Dubbed Legends of Horror, the spooky spectacle has the audience walking at their own pace through a two kilometre trail beginning in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castle’s tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public. You never know what’s going to be around the next corner – so go prepared to be scared.

Harvest some beer

Apple picking not your thing? What if it was cans of beer going into your harvest basket? Coors Organic Beer Picking Farm, a farm-to-fridge experience happening this Saturday in one-hour reservable time slots will be offering visitors the chance to pick cans of Coors Organic while enjoying fall scenery and snapping some harvest pics. Afterwards, head to the Beer Farm Lounge for some fall comfort food and fun activities, paired with cold Coors Organic, of course.

Rediscover the city

Taking place from October 1-10, Attractions Week is a celebration of Toronto’s best attractions, from the larger well-known establishments to hidden gems. This year’s event will feature over 65 attractions across the GTA giving you the change to either discover (or rediscover) some of the best things to see and do in the city. Attractions range from art galleries and museums to food tours and much more.

Check out Forever Fest in the east end

Starting Friday and running through Sunday is Forever Fest, a celebration of Canadian culture at Maple Leaf Forever Park. Stop by to see some local live music (happening all three days), sip on Canadian-made beverages and fill up on Canadian foods (from donair to funnel cakes). Funds raised at the event will be in support of residential school survivors.

Head to Milton for some outdoor fun

Less than an hour from Toronto, Kelso Conservation Area in Milton will be home to the Hops and Harvest Festival Oct. 1-3 (rain or shine). The outdoor event will see local food, beverage and market vendors come together for a weekend of eating, drinking and supporting local businesses. There will also be live music, a campfire lounge and ideally, some fall colours to enjoy.

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