Things to do this October in the GTA

Whether it’s art, music, shopping or Halloween shenanigans, the 6ix is jam-packed this month with awesome things to do.

The month of October is finally here and you know what that means… The days are getting shorter, pumpkin spice lattes are every which way you look and people seem to be confused about how to dress for the weather – are parkas and shorts a thing? If this isn’t any indicator of the cold temperatures to come, then we don’t know what is. But before you buckle down for Netflix and chill season, make sure you get out and enjoy the city. Whether it’s art, music, shopping or Halloween shenanigans, the 6ix is jam-packed this month with awesome things to do.  

Nuit Blanche (October 1)

Gather up the crew, queue the coffee and get ready to explore – the annual Nuit Blanche is back! From sunset to sunrise, immerse yourself in 91 contemporary art projects spanning across the city. Want to see a massive sculpture of the sun, an entire street covered in books or a recycled textile artscape? These are just a few of the must-see installations that are worth pulling an all-nighter for (see the full lineup here).

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Monster Rock Orchestra (October 7)

Music lovers of all genres won’t have to go far this Thanksgiving to experience some seriously good live tunes. On October 7th, the Monster Rock Orchestra will be teaming up with rock band Last Bullet and The Mississauga Pops 55-piece wind orchestra, to play your favourite 70s, 80s and 90s songs at Younge and Dundas Square. Plus add in a free laser show for a truly face-melting experience – we guarantee downtown will be bumping.

PUMA Warehouse Sale (October 5 – 9)

If you’re an SD Insider, you probably already know about the PUMA Warehouse Sale… But for those of you who don’t, take note! Starting on October 5th at the International Centre, shop up to 80% off EVERYTHING PUMA including footwear, apparel, accessories and more. Plus, a little bird told us there may be FENTY samples! Sign up here for an extra 10% off and don’t forget to enter our PUMA contest for a chance to win one of ten shopping sprees.

Oktoberfest Dinner Cruise (October 8)

On October 8th, Mariposa Cruises and Steam Whistle Brewery are teaming up to create a floating Festhallen and beer garden. Hop on board for $74.95 and treat yo self to a traditional Bavarian buffet-style feast and celebration. And to get you even more in the mood, a live DJ will be spinning traditional Oktoberfest music along with top 40 tunes – ziggy zaggy ziggy zaggy oi oi oi.

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Toronto PumpkinFest (October 8 – 10)

Nothing says Autumn quite like a pumpkin – pumpkin pie, pumpkin spiced lattes… pumpkins all around. On the weekend of October 8th, get your necessary dose of everyone’s favourite type of gourd at Toronto’s PumpkinFest in Downsview Park. Along with a traditional farmer’s market and fleet of food trucks, festival-goers can take a crack at pumpkin bowling and carving, as well as other family-fun activities. So dress up in your best costume and get ready for a pumpkin-filled time.  

Nordstrom Warehouse Sale (October 12 – 16)

It’s that time of year again! The Nordstrom Warehouse Sale, our biggest event of the season, is just around the corner. From October 12th to 16th, head to Markham Fairgrounds to shop a long list of authentic designer clothing, footwear, accessories and more for men, women, and kids – all up to 80% off. If you’re not an SD insider yet, sign up! Wednesday 12th is Insider Day – all Insiders will receive an extra 10% off (score!).

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Sia at the Air Canada Centre (October 22)

“Come on come on, turn the radio on. It’s Friday night and I won’t be long.” Hit the dance floor on October 22nd and see Sia live at the Air Canada Centre. The night is bound to be a “cheap thrill” with tickets starting at a mere $35. Though we can’t promise there will be any chandeliers to swing on, we can guarantee that it’s going to be an awesome show, filled with chart-topping hits. Buy tickets for Sia here.

#FNL at the ROM: Goosebumps (October 28)

Friday Night Live at the ROM is back and this time, it will be a bone-chilling good time. Don your best costume and head out to their Halloween rendition, Goosebumps, to experience the weird, whacky, and spooky. Check out feature exhibits, The Third Gender and Art, Honour and Ridicule, while you listen to live tunes from DJ Cozmic Cat, Visuals, DJ D-Smooth and more. Snag tickets for $15 here or $13 if you’re a student.

Barcode Halloween Edition 2016 (October 29)

If staying in and watching scary movies isn’t your thing, get ready to turn up at the legendary Barcode Halloween Series: Happy Halloween #3 on Saturday, October 29th. Stadium Night Club in Toronto’s entertainment district will be transformed into a 3-level haunted mansion, fully equipped with several DJs and all the booze necessary for a rowdy night. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $20, otherwise it’s $25 at the door (costumes are encouraged).

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Zombie Walk (October 29)

Calling all zombies and horror-related creatures: On October 29th, St. Clair West will be overrun with the walking dead. The Zombie Walk will be starting at Wells Hills Park and proceed to Earlscourt Park. If you don’t get your fill of humans during the walk, participants can also get horror-themed cake and refreshments at Cakes Cove. In the meantime, we suggest you start planning your outfit, as people go all out!

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