6 Free Things To Do In Toronto Over The Thanksgiving Long Weekend

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Thanksgiving weekend is finally here! It’s time for a much needed long weekend and everything else the Thanksgiving holiday brings, usually including tons of food and quality time with the people around us. It seems we all spend Thanksgiving doing different things and having different traditions. No matter how you usually spend your Thanksgiving, there thankfully is tons to do in Toronto over the long weekend (and they’re free!)

Here are 6 super fun free things to do in Toronto over the Thanksgiving long weekend!

Toronto Pumpkinfest 

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Where: 70 Canuck Ave, North York
When: October 12 – 14, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Toronto Pumpkinfest is running all Thanksgiving weekend long, with activities to do for all ages! The festival has tons of fun things to do whether you’re spending time with your family, having a fun day out with friends, or want something to do with your SO, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you. Pumpkin Fest features a pumpkin patch, different rides, plenty of food and other vendors, contests, and of course the Big Pumpkin. This festival is sure to spice up your Instagram feed with all the fall vibes!

All Vinyl Everything

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Where: 1150 Queen Street West
When: October 13, 10 p.m.

If you’re looking for something to do to celebrate having Monday off, check out All Vinyl Everything that’s happening at Drake Underground. Featuring DJ Darrel, DJ Agile, Mista Jiggz, and Mensa, it’ll be a vinyl-tastic evening. If you’re in the mood for some great music and a good time, you can join in on all the fun for free, but just make sure you RSVP first! 

Brewer’s Backyard – Torontober Fest

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Where: Evergreen Brickworks – 550 Bayview Ave
When: October 14 – 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Brewer’s Backyard – Torontober Fest is a fun beer festival happening this Thanksgiving Monday! This fest is featuring multiple different breweries, 9 to be exact, so you’ll have tons of great brew options to try. The festival will even have some amazing food choices and we’re betting that there’ll be something for everyone! If you love beer and a good time, it’s totally worth checking out. 

Early Rubens at The AGO

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Where: 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
When: October 12 and 13, 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

While the AGO is closed Thanksgiving Monday, but is open the Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The AGO offers free admission to those who have an annual pass, and to anyone who is 25 and under and to Indigenous folks. This Thanksgiving weekend, the AGO is debuting the exhibit: Early Rubens. Visiting the gallery is a great way to occupy your time and also experience some great art, history, and conversation with the whole fam!  

Go For A Nature Walk

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Nature walks and hikes are a simple and quite refreshing activity you can do over the long-weekend. Toronto is the home of some great scenic trails – and they’re all free to check out! If you’re looking for something to do this Thanksgiving weekend, you should definitely take some time to visit a local trail. After all, fall is a great time to appreciate the nature and beauty we are surrounded by! Plus, it’s a great way to walk off a heavy and rich meal.

FUJIFILM Printlife Photo Exhibit

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Where: Square One, Mississauga
When: October 7 – 13

If you’re willing to track a little bit outside Toronto, FUJIFILM is holding an exhibit at Square One to showcase prints of those who entered its print contest. The exhibit ends Thanksgiving Sunday, so if you want to check out the cool prints, now is the time!

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