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Things to Do Around Toronto This November

November seems like a kind of dull month events-wise. Everything seems to happen in its neighbouring months, October and December.

But, November in Toronto is way more fun than you may think! Therefore, today I have listed a few events happening in our city, some free, some not. Nonetheless, they are all bound to be super fun and will fulfill your autumn blues.

 

Free Beyography October 28 to November 29:

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Channel your inner Yonce. I did this with my Ryerson Residence Council team for orientation week and everyone LOVED it! Beyography is run on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at two different locations near Ryerson. They run a vast selection of classes ranging from $0-$20, covering a plethora of Bey hits including Crazy in Love, Ring the Alarm, Single Ladies, and Sweet Dreams. Check out the schedule here.

 

Grease: The Musical November 1 to November 30:

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The 50’s are taking over Toronto! Grease the Musical touches down at the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre November 1st! Directed by acclaimed Broadway choreographer and director Josh Prince, this musical will make you want to DANCE. Even if you haven’t seen Grease, I highly suggest going to see this musical (or just watching the movie). Tickets start at $39, get them here.

 

Toronto Chocolate Festival November 1 to November 30:

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This one is self-explanatory. You have to go for the free samples in itself. The Toronto Chocolate Festival is in its 13th year of running events such as The Chocolate Ball, Chocolympics, and Chocolicious. Check out tickets here.

 

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair November 3 to November 12:

Bob Blumer and Ben Mulroney learned how to exhibit Nigerian Dwarf Goats this weekend at the 91st Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. They participated in the special "Celebrity Novice Showmanship Class". Photo Credit: Nina Linton Photography. The Royal Chef Challenge Finale, hosted by Chef Curtis Stone, takes place Saturday November 9th at 2PM and is free with general admission. (CNW Group/Royal Agricultural Winter Fair)

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is an annual event here in Toronto and this year will be the 95th! It is basically a celebration of agriculture, food, animals, and equestrian competitions. I just go for the dwarf goats and horses, but there is a ton more going on at this event. The Royal features over 5,000 animals including sheep, horses, cattle, rabbits, chickens, and (my personal favourite) GOATS! There are also events such as rodeos, dog shows, square dancing, butter sculptures, and (get this) GOAT YOGA!!! You can bet your bottom you’ll be seeing me there! Check out the website here.

 

Toronto Christmas Market November 16 to December 23:

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This is my absolute favourite event of the season. Every year during the holiday season, the Distillery District transforms into a Christmas wonderland complete with a gigantic Christmas tree, sparkling lights, tons of food and drink booths, and over 300 events. Last year I tried four different types of hot chocolate, bought over $200 worth of Christmas presents, met Santa, took a photo with an angel, and got loads of free goodies. This is one event I urge you not to miss this year. Check out the website here.

 

The Santa Claus Parade  November 19:

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Who doesn’t want to make awkward eye contact with THE Santa Claus? I know I sure do! This year’s Santa Claus Parade will be the 113th parade here in Toronto. Taking place on Sunday, November 19th at noon, the parade will be complete with loads of floats, elves handing out candy, and, of course, SANTA! The parade route normally comes by Ryerson campus (Dundas and University), but make sure to keep an eye on the website here for the route map for this year’s parade!

 

Cavalcade of Lights November 25:

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The Cavalcade of Lights is a wonderful celebration of the lighting of Toronto’s 60-foot Christmas tree. Cavalcade of Lights is always paired with a plethora of fun things, such as free skating with a DJ, free concert, fireworks, hot chocolate, and much more. I couldn’t make it to last year’s Cavalcade of Lights because it was down-pouring rain and it bummed me out so much, you can bet you can see me there this year, though! Read more here.

 

I hope you all have an incredible November full of fun and smiles (and goats and food). See you all soon.

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-Emma