As a big and vibrant city, there is always something happening in Toronto. Here is a list of my top 10 things you can do this Fall:
1. WHITTAMORE'S FARM
From mid-September to Halloween, you can visit Whittamore's Farm: Pumpkinland (located in Markham). You can do all your favourite fall activities such as, picking pumpkins, taking a wagon ride through the Spooky Forest, going through a corn maze, and much more. It's also family-friendly!
2. VISIT A PARK
One of the best things about fall is all the beautiful colours. What a better place to see these colours than go to the park. High Park in the west end is a great location, as well as Rouge Park in Scarborough. I also suggest hiking trails in the Don Valley (some trails offer excellent views of the downtown skyline).
3. SEE A THEATRE SHOW
Theatre season starts up in October, so if you're looking to do something indoors, see a show. In this big city, you have a ton of options. Everything from shows by Mirvish to your own local independent theatre. You can find me at a Graeme of Thrones The Parody, which runs from October 11th to the 23rd at the Panasonic Theatre.
4. NUIT BLANCHE
Nuit Blanche is an all-night arts festival that has taken over Toronto since 2006. The festival typically uses museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions to display art, show films, perform music and dances, and much more. This year, Nuit Blanche will be held on October 1st from sunset to sunrise.
5. HALLOWEEN HAUNT
An attraction for both travellers and locals alike, Halloween Haunt occurs at Canada's Wonderland from September 30th to October 31st (Fri-Sun). This year there will be 20 attractions, including scare zones, mazes, a zombie themed interactive ride, live shows, and more than 700 monsters roaming the park! Definitely check it out if you want a good scare.
6. INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS (IFOA)
As a book lover, this had to be on the list. From October 20th to the 30th, the IFOA will host over 200 Canadian and international authors at the Harbourfront Centre. There will be interviews, book signings, round table discussions, artist talks, readings, and special events. The preliminary lineup includes Yann Martel (Life of Pi), Emma Donoghue (Room), Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale), Jane Urquhart (The Stone Carvers), and more. Check out IFOA's website for the full list.
7. VISIT A MUSEUM
Museums and art galleries are always great to visit year-round. But if you didn't get a chance to do it in the summer for whatever reason, now is the time. Not only are there the big institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), there are also many smaller and local sites. This season try visiting one of the 10 City of Toronto Historic Sites. Many of them have exciting fall and harvest themed activities happening.
It may not be the same as celebrating it in Munich, but it is still worth going to. Toronto's Oktoberfest takes place on September 30th and October 1st at Ontario Place. Celebrate Bavarian heritage with food, beer, music, dancing, and amusement park rides. Tickets start at $25, and kids under 12 are free.
9. CAVALCADE OF LIGHTS
Not all Fall events happen in September and October. The Cavalcade of Lights takes place on November 26th at City Hall. This event is an annual holiday tradition that features the first lighting of the city's official Christmas Tree. There will also be live music, an outdoor ice rink, and fireworks.
10. FALL FILM FESTIVALS
Tis the season for film festivals. Although the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is over at the time of this posting, fear not as there are other worthy festivals to attend. Here's a few of them:
Reelworld Film Festival - October 12 - 16
Toronto After Dark Film Festival - October 13 - 21
Planet in Focus Film Festival - October 18 - 23
Cinéfranco - October 27 - November 1
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival - November 8 - 19
The European Union Film Festival - November 10 - 24
See, I told you there was a lot of film festivals in the fall, and this is just a handful of them :)