Things To Do in Toronto in November

Toronto has so many amazing events every month, so I thought I would share the November highlights with you all!

1. Film Festivals

Most people know that Toronto holds the Toronto International Film Festival in September, but know little about the other film festivals Toronto has to offer throughout the year. In November you can check out Toronto’s longest running free community festival, Regent Park Film Festival,  between November 14th to 17th. Or maybe you’re looking to see some contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora? The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is November 8th to 16th. Finish off the month with some labour themed short films for free at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival on November 23rd and 24th.

Bonus: Check out Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary screening at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on November 18th.  This screening includes a documentary about the creators of Mickey Mouse and a few classic early Mickey Mouse shorts.

Bonus #2: Try out a different type of festival: the Hot Docs Podcast Festival November 1st to 5th.


2. Christmas Activities

I personally think it’s a little too early for Christmas activities, but maybe my mindset will change as the month goes on. For all those Christmas lovers, there is more events than you can probably even handle. One of the most popular events is the Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square on November 24th. This event includes live music, skating and the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree. For those who are still a kid at heart, The Santa Claus Parade is on November 18th this year. The iconic Toronto Christmas Market is held at the Distillery Historic District, and runs November 15th to December 23rd. If that’s not enough holiday shopping for you, check out the King West Holiday Pop-UpThe Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Christmas Is Coming Market, or many of the other markets around the city.


3. Concerts or other live shows

There are hundreds of concerts happening this November, but some of the shows I think would be really cool to attend are: Young the Giant on November 8th, Pale Waves on November 15th, The Paper Kites on November 22nd and Kodaline on November 30th. You can also see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire live in concert on multiple dates in November. The annual Dream Serenade benefit concert is on November 27th. This concert includes performances by City and Colour, Barenaked Ladies and more! 

If concerts aren’t your thing, Toronto has so many other cool live shows. Hoping for comedy? Aziz Ansari has a show in Toronto on November 27th. If you’re a fan of the television show Friends, head on over to Ed Mirvish Theatre for the live Friends! The Musical Parody.


4. Support the Ryerson Rams at a game

Stay on campus and watch some Rams games at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (free for all Ryerson students).  On November 1st catch the Ryerson Rams men’s hockey playing the Brock Badgers. On November 9th see the women’s and men’s Ryerson Rams volleyball teams play Trent Excalibur. On November 10th Ryerson Rams men’s hockey play the Western Mustangs. On November 24th Ryerson is playing Western in three different games including the men’s and the women’s basketball team and the women’s hockey team.


5. Visit some popular attractions that are closing soon

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum and see the Spiders: Fear & Fascination exhibition before it closes in January. This exhibit includes a spider lab, a recreated spider cave, augmented reality and more.

Check out the Happy Place Toronto pop up before it closes at the end of December! Happy Place is an interactive exhibit with multi-sensory themed rooms including the world largest indoor confetti dome and seven-foot stilettos made from a million candies.

Experience Unzipped Toronto until the end of November for free. This Pavilion is made of 1802 stacked fibre glass boxes and showcases the collaboration between developer and architect.

If you’re a foodie make sure to go on Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate Tour before the tours stop in early December! This tour includes plenty of chocolate samples, chocolate making demonstrations and learning about the history of chocolate. 

Featured image by: Benson Kua

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