416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Nov.8 – Nov.10)

Royal Winter FairI saw the first Christmas commercial on TV this week. What is happening?!? On the other hand, I guess Christmas did come early for the media this week. What a week it has been for Toronto. If you’re tired of rolling your eyes and dropping your jaw, and your eyes are bloodshot from replaying ‘the video’, time to take a break and get your mind off the scandal that not even Olivia Pope could spin. As always, I’ve got a few things lined up for you and your family to enjoy this weekend. Here’s are my TOP5 things to do this weekend.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – This week long event running at the Exhibition Place until this Sunday is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. Hundreds of Canadian and International breeders, growers and exhibitors are declared champions. The fair also features a variety of exhibits from giant farm animals to giant vegetables, from horse shows to dog shows, from family fun to the rodeo, and much more. For shopping, check out the Royal’s shopper’s paradise, packed with crafts, art, clothing, and home accessories. See the finest horses Ontario has to offer, then have a seat at the wine tasting bar.

Casa LomaThe Queen’s Own Rifles at Casa Loma – Remembrance Day is observed at Casa Loma this Saturday with soldiers from the Queen’s Own Rifles regiment. Visitors can take in a performance from the QOR Regimental Band, take tours of the QOR rooms and pose for photos with uniformed soldiers. Guest speakers include Canadian historians and authors Eric McGeer and Peter Vronsky. What a great opportunity to help kids understand why November 11 is an important date for all Canadians. Visit the website for ticket information.

The BabyTime Show – The ninth annual celebration of all things pregnancy and parenting starts this Friday and runs until Sunday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The show offers seminars, expert talks and, of course, plenty of places to shop for your new bundle of joy. Information and games for older children are also offered. For ticket information visit the website.

QuidditchCanadian Quidditch Cup – It’s real! Thanks to a few Harry Potter-obsessed university students, the first Quidditch tournament was organized eight years ago. Now, the International Quidditch Association is being featured in Vince Vaughan movies. The winning team at the Canadian Cup this Saturday will move on to the World Cup in Myrtle Beach next spring. If you’re wondering how it all goes done in real life or you’re already a fan, head over to Cherry Beach Fields  and cheer on the teams.

David Cronenberg at TIFF – From The Fly to Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg is one of Canada’s most famous directors. Take a look behind the scenes as the Toronto International Film Festival celebrates David Cronenberg with an exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox. TIFF has gathered props, scripts, costumes and other items from his sets for this first original exhibit. 

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