October 9th-27th Halloween Haunt @ Canada’s Wonderland. Face your fears when darkness falls as Canada’s Wonderland is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during Halloween Haunt. Experience the thrills of your favourite rides at night and the frights awaiting you in our terrifying haunted attractions and shows. $31.99 tickets available online.
October 9th-31st Legends of Horror @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. An immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures. Audiences are led through a one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour commencing in the lower gardens of Casa Loma and winding its way through the castles tunnels and darkest spaces never before open to the public. $42.83 tickets available online.
October 9th-November 2nd The Funhouse Toronto: A Haunted Experience @ The Funhouse, Lisgar St. The Funhouse has taken a turn towards the paranormal. Venture through this immersive art venue, featuring several new experiences and and a twisted take on their art maze. $28 tickets available online.
October 10th-20th Rendezvous with Madness Festival @ various locations. Rendezvous with Madness is the first and largest mental health festival in the world, featuring local, national, and international work exploring themes of mental health and addiction issues. In addition to its core emphasis on media arts, panel discussions, and in-conversation events, the festival also showcases visual art, performance, music, theatre, and dance.
October 11th-November 2nd Screemers @ Better Dead Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Now in its 27th year, Screemers features seven haunted walk-through themed horror mazes with over 120 live scare actors, unlimited rides on the Midway of Horrors, and more. $34.95-49.95 (plus tax) tickets available online.
October 12th-14th Pumpkinfest @ Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave. Enjoy all things Autumn at Pumpkinfest with great food, vendors, entertainment, and loads of pumpkins! Runs 10-6 pm all weekend long.
7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.
8 pm Spelling Bae @ Pennie’s, 127 Strachan Ave. Spelling Bae returns in all its wordy goodness for a dizzying dance of vowels, consonants, and… other kinds of letters! $1 to play, prizes to win. Sign-up at 8 pm, Bae at 8:30.
8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as the hosts fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or show up early to reserve a spot.
7 pm Diet Ghosts Spooktacular Cabaret: An Evening of Magic and Mayhem @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. For another enchanted evening, the Diet Ghosts are re-possessing the spellbinding Gladstone Melody Bar with a revue you’ll have to see to believe. Who will get sawed in half? Regurgitate a thousand needles? Vanish in a puff of smoke? The real magic is on stage and in your hearts, so join Lucinda Miu, Aura Nova, Kitty Creäture, and Lady Kunterpunt as they eat, drink, and be scary!
7:30 pm Neon Nightmares Cinema Club: Death Spa @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Looking for another excuse not to go to the gym? Neon Dreams has you covered with a hallucinatory, neon-drenched, fever dream of late-80s grindhouse horror. Hard bodies, short shorts, haunted tanning beds, vengeful weight machines, and possessed juicers are just a just a few of the sights that await you at the Death Spa, a film (not so coincidentally) made at the height of the L.A. health club craze. $13.19 advance tickets available online.
10 pm DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Good tunes and good times with DJ Ol’ Nerdy Bastard!
6 pm Civil Disobedience @ 68 Claremont St., Unit 300. Civil Disobedience is a solo art exhibition by Toronto-based visual artist S. Miller and his emerging platform Thou$and. The exhibition includes Thou$and artwork, merchandise, DIY collages, cash bar, and nonperishable food + clothes donation drop off for Kennedy House Youth Shelter. Until 11 pm. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
6 pm Wizard Inspired Beer, Cider & Cocktail Festival @ Eglinton West Gallery, 2301 Keele St. Toronto is transformed into a world of Hogwarts wonder at the Wizard Inspired Beer, Cider & Cocktail Festival. Enjoy tastings of local craft beers and ciders, delicious food, magical photo opportunities, live music from DJ Dobs and the Porter Party Band, prized trivia, cornhole snitch toss, and much more. Costumes are encouraged. $51.71 tickets available online.
7 pm Friday Night Live: Thanks Canada @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. Celebrate all things Canadian at #FNLROM, where the drinks will be the only things served cold. Hot entertainment and tasty cuisine will have you dancing the night away. Eh? $22.60 tickets available online, limited amount available at the door.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco + Drag Show @ The Baby G, Dundas St. W. The Patchouli Brothers play a disco mix of gospel, funk, soul, boogie, rare groove, house, and jazz sounds surrounded by smiling faces. New resident drag queen Selena Vyle will be serving it up hot and filthy!
10 pm My Bad @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s guilty pleasures dance party with DJ Blush! $5.
10 pm Gold Chain @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJs Aoki and Snack will have you dancing all night long to the best hip-hop of today and yesterday. You don’t wanna miss this display of supreme DJing – it’s the gold standard.
10 pm DJ Crunch Bandicut @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock ‘n’ roll weirdness all damn night with DJ Crunch Bandicut.
10 pm The Good Life @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Your millennial soul needs The Good Life. A dance party playing the best hip-hop from the 2000s, all night long! $10.
10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.
11 pm Hot Coco @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Experience world music in the most multicultural city in the world. Playing afrobeats, coupé-décalé, gqom, reggae, and much more. $10.
10 am Toronto Flower Market @ 1001 Queen St. W. (outside CAMH). Toronto Flower Market closes out their seventh season and celebrates yet another abundant year of flowers! Shop from a selection of in-season blooms, including dahlia, zinnia, amaranthus, cabbage and kale, eremurus, lilies, tulips, kalanchoe, carthamus, etc. Until 3 pm.
7 pm Poetry Slam @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Local wordsmiths and performers provide an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery, and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night. Doors at 7 pm, sign-up starts at 7:30. $10.
8 pm HER Toronto: Love Bite @ Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. Join HER for a night of lively, energetic queer celebration at their Toronto launch event! HER is ready to take a bite out of the local scene for queer womxn, non-binary and trans folks, and all those cute friends and allies that love them. The night kicks off with a mixer and drag show followed by a dance party with DJs Sofia Fly and Melanie Sutherland. $20 at the door.
10 pm Open Season @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. ’90s/00s hip-hop, trap, Motown, ’80s, girl pop, dance, and party jams with DJs Brank Oh! and Tyler.
10 pm Guilty Pleasures Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Get ready to dance like no one’s watching and sing like you’re in the shower as Sneaky Dee’s play all the tracks you hate to love and love to hate all night long! $5 early bird tickets available online.
10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.
10 pm Synthesexer @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Toronto’s synthesexiest sexy synthy alternative electro dance party! Expect to hear stuff like: Tiga, Annie, Chromeo, M.I.A., Holy Ghost!, Robyn, Daft Punk, Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys, and more. $10.
10 pm Retro ‘Guilty’ Pleasures Video Dance Party @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. An unabashed night of huge retro hits and one hit wonders of the ’80s and ’90s with DJ Lazarus. The best of the worst; the ear worms that haunt you day and night. This month’s spotlight is Prince’s Purple Rain in celebration of the album’s 35th anniversary. $10.
10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Saturdays are for getting loose and being on your Worst Behavior! Bangs & Blush roll out rap and hip-hop from now and then. $10.
10 pm Bump in the Night @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Rock, soul, classic pop, and rarities with DJ Precious Brett. Come shake your rump!
10 pm A Drag Tribute to The Simpsons @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. Each month, The Beaver welcomes Fisher Price to pull together a menagerie of ghastly creatures to entertain you and pay tribute to whatever themed nonsense Fisher pulls from her highly caffeinated brain. This edition features Fisher Price, Weird Alice, and Full Blown Father + The Frandiscos on the decks, putting the spring in Springfield. $5 before midnight, $10 after.
10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!
11 pm Racks & Bands @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Jay Jolliffe and guests come with crates chock full of forward-thinking hip-hop, RnB, and dancehall. Get sweaty on the dance floor while they take you on a ride through genres, tempos, and eras. $10.
11 am VegHeads Market @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. A market of plant-based vendors selling various styles of food, drink, and products + an eco-friendly fashion show and other surprises! $6.32-10.62 advance tickets available online.
7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.
10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque: Bottoms at the Big Top @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. This week, Sinful Sundays presents a clown cabaret that is sure to bring thrills for coulrophiles and chills for coulrophobes. Free entry; tipping encouraged.
10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat playing all the best rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night.
10 pm All Vinyl Everything @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. This Thanksgiving long weekend, All Vinyl Everything welcome new members to share in the good times. Toronto club legend and college radio staple DJ Darrel “Alize” Murray brings out the crates that made him a household name in the city for years. Supporting him are residents DJ Agile, Mista Jiggz, and Mensa. Free entry with RSVP.
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