The Top 10 Free Events in Toronto this November
Now that the Halloweekend has come and gone, the holiday season will soon be in full swing. Fortunately, that means that there will be plenty of fun and (free) events that you can check out to help offset the cost of all that holiday shopping. Here’s our roundup of the top 10 free events happening in Toronto this November.
Yorkville Village Arts Festival (November 3-8)
This seven-day festival will showcase over 50 original contemporary art pieces from OCAD University students and recent graduates. Along with the exhibit, on Saturday, November 4, attendees can take part in a virtual reality display, a live painting session, and a “meet the artists” panel discussion.
Day of the Dead Festival (November 4-5)
Day of the Dead is much more than skull face paint and flower crowns. The Mexican holiday is a celebration of life and legacy that is traditionally observed with parades, food, and other activities. At Harbourfront Centre, they will be celebrating the holiday with traditional Mexican music, food demonstrations, and a marketplace of clothing and goods.
EcoFair at the Barns (November 5)
Passionate about living an eco-friendly life? Or maybe you just want to learn how you can make “greener” choices. Then the EcoFair is the event for you. This free, family-friendly event will have eco-workshops, an electronic recycling station, a bike and clothing repair area, healthy food, and more.
The Newest Trick in the Book (November 7)
Ever been to a magic open mic? Well now’s your chance! Hosted by The Toronto Magic Company, attendees will get the chance to see five magicians from all over the world, test out their brand new magic tricks and illusions. Seating is limited so be sure to register in advance to reserve a spot.
Taste of Iceland (November 9-12)
Food. Music. Art. Literature. Film. Experience it all at the Taste of Iceland, an annual four-day festival which showcases the best of Icelandic culture. From a concert at The Horseshoe Tavern to a visual arts exhibition at The Spoke Club, there’s a little something for everyone at this festival. If you have some extra money to spend, you can enrich your cultural experience by indulging in a 4-course meal at Leña, located at 176 Yonge Street.
Regent Park Film Festival (November 15-18)
Check out film shorts, documentaries, features, workshops, and panel talks at the 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival. While the entire lineup is filled with interesting works from emerging and established directors, the screenings of documentaries Whose Streets? and Unarmed Verses are definite highlights. Even though the event is free, make sure to register online in advance.
Illuminite 2017 (November 18)
For the 10th year anniversary of Illuminite, Yonge-Dundas Square will be transformed into a magical light-filled spectacle. A tree lighting show featuring professional dancers, acapella singers, and an LED drumline are just a few of the performances you can expect from this year’s show.
Trinity Bellwoods Flea (November 19)
Get a headstart on your holiday shopping by swinging by the Trinity Bellwoods Flea Christmas is Coming Market. Enjoy delicious food and find unique products, all from local vendors. From jewelry and accessories to natural body care, this flea market is pretty much a one-stop-shop for everything on your list. Bonus: four-legged friends are welcomed and browsing is free.
Toronto Santa Claus Parade (November 19)
The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is an annual tradition in Toronto, and one of the longest-running children’s parades in the world. But you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy it; the floats, the marching bands, and the festive costumes are fun for all ages. Just remember to bundle up – the whole parade is roughly two and a half hours long.
Cavalcade of Lights (November 25)
Another holiday tradition that never disappoints is the Cavalcade of Lights, which is returning to Nathan Phillips Square this November. Watch the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree while enjoying live musical performances, a fireworks show, and skating on the outdoor rink.
Did we miss any of the top free events in Toronto and the GTA? Share them in the comments section.
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