10 Free Events You Have To Check Out This November

We’ve made our way into November which means the holiday season is about to be in full swing, whether you like it or not. We haven’t gotten there yet so for now all we have is cold weather and long dark days. In the meantime, cheer yourself up and head to one (or two) of these completely free events:

1. Pumpkin Parade


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Various parks will be stacked with elaborate and uniquely carved pumpkins to continue the Halloween spirit into November. Here are where the festivities will take place:

  • Sorauren Park (289 Sorauren Ave): 5 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Trinity Bellwoods Park (790 Queen St W): 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Earlscourt Park (1200 Lansdowne Ave): 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Rennie Park (1 Rennie Terrace): 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Withrow Park (725 Logan Ave): 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • MacGregor Park (346 Lansdowne Ave): 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

When: November 1
Where: Multiple Locations

2. Day Of The Dead


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A two-day celebration at the Harbourfront Centre to appreciate Mexican culture with food, art, performances and family-friendly activities.

When: November 3-4 (check event for times)
Where: Harbourfront Centre

3. Eco-Fair At The Barns


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Spend the day enjoying planet-friendly workshops, exhibitions, eating delicious food, and learning about a ton of different sustainable lifestyle brands.

When: November 4 (11am-4pm)
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns

4. PetSmart Charities of Canada’s National Adoption Weekend


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Looking to add some love to your family? PetSmart Charities of Canada’s National Adoption Weekend is hosting its last adoption event of 2018. For nearly 20 years, PetSmart Charities of Canada has partnered with animal welfare organizations across the country to bring adoptable pets into PetSmart stores to give them a helping hand at finding a forever home. Dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, small pets and more will be looking for families across Canada (call your local store to confirm which pets will be on site).

When: November 9-November 11 (check event for times)
Where: PetSmart locations across Canada

5. Regent Park Film Festival


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This free festival will provide screenings, panels, events, directors spotlights and more from local and international filmmakers.

When: November 14-17 (check event for times)
Where: 585 Dundas St East

6. Illuminate


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Head to Dundas Square for a magical evening filled with music, dancing, a tree lighting and performances.

When: November 17 (5:30pm-7:30pm)
Where: Yonge & Dundas Square

7. Santa Claus Parade


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Bundle up and watch the annual parade with floats, music and festive costumes marching through the downtown core of Toronto.

When: November 18 (12:30pm-4:00pm)
Where: Bloor Street

8. Winter at Ontario Place


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Check out Toronto’s destination for some of the best winter activities. There will be over 100 trees wrapped in fairy lights will be a beautiful sight to see among the snow-frosted trees. You’ll be able to explore the Winter Light Exhibition which will have 18 unique light exhibits to check out.

When: November 23 – March 17 (check event for times)
Where: West Island of Ontario Place

9. Cavalcade of Lights


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The annual holiday tradition called the Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square will be back featuring the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree. There will be live music and a spectacular firework show, along with skating at the iconic rink.

When: November 24
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

10. Light Up The Beach


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Now a Beaches holiday tradition which was conceived as a way of making the Boardwalk and Beach more of a destination for local residents during the colder months. DeClute Real Estate dedicates an enormous amount of resources and hours every year carefully stringing Christmas lights as high as 65 feet above the Boardwalk through mature oak, maple and willow trees lining the shores of Lake Ontario.

When: November 30 – February 25
Where: The Leuty Lighthouse to The Balmy Beach Club

Source: Blogto.com
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