It’s Friday and it’s the weekend which means it’s times to shut down the computer, get out of the office and start planning your next few days of freedom. There’s no shortage of thing to do around Toronto this weekend. I’ve got my TOP5 for you, so let’s not waste any time and get to it.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche – One of the city’s most anticipated cultural events is back this weekend. Nuit Blanche starts at exactly 6:51 p.m. this Saturday and continues unit dawn Sunday. The exhibits and events are mostly located along the University subway line, offering easier transportation to this all-inght celebration. This year it features the works of Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist who has created a new 3,144 bike version of his Forever Bicycles sculpture which will be displayed in Nathan Phillips Square.
Festival des Métiers – Wondering whether to put a downpayment on a car or just get yourself a Birkin instead and take the TTC? French luxury brand Hermès has created a mini-atelier at the Design Exchange this weekend highlighting the work that goes into its iconic accessories. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Parisian fashion house’s longstanding traditions. Watch craftspeople sew silk ties, screenprint scarves, and painstakingly assemble $6,500 Kelly handbags. Exhibition runs until Sunday.
Oktoberfest in Amsterdam – Start the celebrations with beers this Friday night over at Amsterdam BrewHouse as part of their Oktoberfest celebrations, on through October 10th. Three special Oktoberfest-style beers will be brewed for the occasion, alongside a menu of Bavarian bites.
The Fall Home Show – It a new season, and if you’re looking for a change and a bit of inspiration for your home decor, head to the Better Living Centre this weekend. The Fall Home Show features the latest trends in home furnishings and decor for the fall season. It features guest speakers, exhibitors, celebrity guests and showcases the latest in designs from local and international talent, tips and trends in decor, demonstrations and giveaways that everyone can enter.
Pumpkinfest – If your favourite part of fall is anything pumpkin-flavoured and you’re up for a drive, head to Pumpkinfest. This pumpkin-themed festival is a celebration of squash taking place in Port Elgin. It features a two weigh-offs between some giant vegetables and one of Ontario’s largest outdoor car shows. The fest also features an extensive marketplace of artisans and vendors showing off their wares. A fun way to spend the day outdoors. New this year is a concert by Canadian rock band the Trews.