416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Oct.11th – Oct.14th)

Whittamore's FarmIt’s the Thanksgiving weekend which means the pumpkins are out in full force and the Halloween candy is fresh for the picking at Shoppers Drugmart, so you can get started on that bag of mini KitKats that you say you’re picking up early so you wouldn’t have to scramble on Halloween eve, but we both know the bag’s just for you…or maybe that’s just me. Food is pretty much the theme this weekend, with a few other fun things thrown into the mix. Nevertheless, there’s lots of fun to be had on this beautiful fall long weekend in Toronto. Here’s my TOP5 to keep you in the know. Have fun and be thankful!

Pumpkinland at Whittamore’s Farm – It’s that time of the year again when families go crazy for farm visits. Pumpkin picking, wagon rides, candied apples – what’s not to love?!? Starting this Friday until October 31st at Markham’s Whittamore’s Farm, kids can get lost in a corn maze, climb a giant spider web, take a wagon ride, watch a pumpkin canon show and meet barnyard animals.

Kensington MarketThanksgiving Food Tour in Kensington Market – Toronto’s food tours are a great way the get to know this city’s neighbourhoods and some of their cuisine. The historic Kensington Market has served as a home to many diverse groups throughout the decades, and each have left their own unique mark on the area. This Sunday’s food tour offers a taste of that history and much of the food and dishes that have taken root because of it. As you move through the market you’ll get a chance to speak with local shopkeepers and sample some of their specialties. For ticket information visit the website.

Les Miserables – Les Mis is the longest-running musical in the world, having played over ten thousand performances, and won multiple Tony awards in its original Broadway run in 1987. Now it’s back at the Princes of Wales Theatre and has already (not surprisingly) received rave reviews. Cameron Mackintosh’s  production of this Victor Hugo classic features new staging and Canadian Ramin Karimloo in the lead role of Jean Valjean. So go and hear the people sing!

Red PandaRed Panda at Toronto Zoo – This was the summer of Er Shun and Da Mao, two giant pandas with big appetites. Now it’s the red pandas’ turn to get some love. This Sunday, the zoo is holding meet-the-keeper talks, feeding sessions and a panda-themed silent auction benefitting conservation efforts. Spend the day walking around and visit with the cute and cuddlies of the Toronto Zoo.

Thanksgiving Without the Mess – Want to entertain in holiday style without worrying about the cooking and cleanup? It can be done. Restaurants like EPIC at the Royal York, O&B Cafe GrillGlobe Bistro, and The Old Mill are offering up Thanksgiving spread, both traditional and contemporary, without the painful chore of dish washing afterwards.


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