Thanksgiving weekend, the first long weekend of fall, and the only long weekend before the holiday season, tends to be a quieter weekend in the city. The bustling summer fairs are gone, and it’s not quite hectic yet for the holiday season… But if you think it’s all about staying in and nursing that turkey hangover – you’d be wrong! There are plenty of events in and around the city, to get you going. Below is a list of some of our faves:
- Thanksgiving Food Tour in Kensington Market: Savour Toronto has a festive food experience, including 5 tastings showcasing local and seasonal specialties. Saturday October 13, 11am-2pm. Must register to attend.
- Thanksgiving Dinners at Black Creek Pioneer Village: Go back to the roots of this holidays and celebrate with a traditional feast. Sunday October 13 at 12pm, 3pm and 6pm and Monday October 14 at 12pm and 3pm. Rates for non-members are: adults $53.99, children 12 or under $27, children 3 and under free. Must book ahead of time, and price includes admission to the village (the village, however, closes at 4:30pm).
- Let someone else make the dinner (and do the clean-up!) with a thanksgiving dinner on board a cruise along the harbour. Board for a full dinner on Saturday October 12 at 6:30 pm ($72.95), or for buffet lunch on Sunday October 13 and Monday October 14 at 11:30am (adults $54.95, children $29.95).
- Casa Loma Thanksgiving Brunch: Enjoy a special Thanksgiving Brunch at this historic venue in Toronto. Monday October 14, 11:30am-3:30pm. Adults $53.45 and children $13.45 (reservations required).
- “HarbourKIDS: Thanksgiving” includes concerts, canoe and paddle boat rides, and family fun at Harbourfront Centre. Monday October 14, 11am-6pm, admission is free.
- Thanksgiving Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show: Dogs demonstrating amazing tricks, like tightrope walking, skateboarding, piano playing, and many more. Presented by PawsWay, this event is free, on Monday October 14, show times at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.
- Getting away from the traditional thanksgiving, but still fun, especially with kids, “Thanksgiving at the Museum of Inuit Art” will be focusing on polar bears. Saturday October 12 to Monday October 14, 12-4pm. Adults $5, children free!
- The 11th Annual Canada Salsa Congress: Watch as the best international artists and dance companies battle it out for the top spot in this amazing salsa competition. You must “dress to impress,” there are 3 ballrooms, cash bar. Tickets are available at the door and range from $25-$350 (per event vs a weekend pass). Friday October 11-Sunday October 13. More information here.
- The Toronto Zoo celebrates fall this weekend with Second Harvest on site (bring a non-perishable food donation!), Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am-4pm. It’s also “Red Panda Day” as the Zoo celebrates international Red Panda Day with meet-the-keeper talks, a special feeding and a panda-themed silent auction. Proceeds support the Red Panda Network.
- Murder at the ROM: Participate in solving a murder mystery at the ROM, brought to you by Urban Capers. Monday October 14. 1pm-3:30pm. Tickets are $29.99 and include admission to the ROM.
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