8 Free Events To Check Out In Toronto This October

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Just because the weather’s getting colder, it doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy yourself. One of the best parts about living in a big city like Toronto is that there is always a fun (and free!) event or activity to check out, regardless of the time of year. From all night art exhibitions, to a poutine eating competition, October definitely doesn’t have a shortage of fun if you don’t want it to!

Here are 7 super fun (and free!) events to check out this month in October!

Nuit Blanche, October 5-6

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It’s back! From October 5-6, grab your #squad and head downtown for a crazy and fun night of art experiences of every kind at Nuit Blanche 2019. With hundreds of artists and over 90 art exhibitions showing, it’s time to get immersed in all the arts & culture that our beautiful and talented city has to offer.

Bayview Leaside BIA’s Apple Fest, October 5

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Put on by the Bayview Leaside BIA, grab the whole family and head to Apple Fest on October 5. Expect lots of photo booth fun, food sampling, apple decorating, face-painting, and lots of shopping! There will be sales and special promotions that are on from October 4th – October 6th, but Saturday is the day for all the family fun and excitement.

Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, October 7-12

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If film is your thing, you won’t want to miss the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival that’s taking place from October 7-12. This is your chance to view innovative and exciting new works from risk-taking filmmakers from around the globe. This year, you can catch 5 free screenings fro 9 to 11P.M. in a row and it’s all totally free!

BOLO Convos, October 9 & 23

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Launching this month is BOLO Convos that’s put on by popular Toronto fitness studio, BodyLove Inc. (aka BOLO). It’s during these “convos” that you can take part in intimate discussions with some of the best and brightest names in business and wellness, for totally free! The first session takes place on October 9 it’ll be featuring All Day Fit founder Cassie Day. Slated for October 23, the second BOLO Convo will feature Fit Squad Training co-founder Jennifer Lau.

Toronto Pumpkin Fest, October 12-14

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Taking place at Downsview Park over Thanksgiving Weekend is Pumpkin Fest and if you ask us, it’s one of the best ways to get into the fall festive spirit. This festival is suitable for the whole family and you can bet that it’ll be filled with all things pumpkin, amazing food, lots of vendors, and loads of entertainment!

Smoke’s Poutine Eating Championship, October 19

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Have you ever heard of anything more Canadian than a poutine championship? For anyone who is poutine-obsessed, head to Yonge & Dundas Square for the 10th Annual Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship. Admission is totally free to watch the two eating championships which will feature Professional Major League Eaters from all over the world taking the stage along with CEOs all eyeing the prize to be top fundraiser all to benefit Friends of We Care.

Howl’oween at The Bentway, October 26th

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Halloween is fun, but if you’re not as into dressing up as you were when you were a kid, why not dress up your pup?! This year, head down to The Bentway under the Gardiner Expressway for all sorts of Halloween fun at Howl’oween. Inspired by the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade in New York City, The Bentway is hosting Howl’oween where dogs (and their ownders) are invited to come out to show off their best Halloween looks. The event will feature prizes for best costume, loot bags, games and for human guests, a licensed “Yappy Hour.”