October in Ontario is a beautiful time of year with comfortable temperatures and brightly-coloured foliage. You can go for a nice walk in nature (check out our list of Toronto’s hiking trails), go apple picking, and of course, go to a pumpkin patch to find yourself the perfect jack-o-lantern canvas. Plus, venues and festivals are staying outside for as long as possible to help with Covid-related social distancing. So here is your October Event Guide for family fun and activities in October:

(Click on each title for more information)

Halloween Guide

Our 2021 Halloween Guide is now live and there is a scaaaaary amount of events already happening this weekend. There are both drive-thru events and in-person outdoor and/or socially-distanced options.

Sporting Events

October is chock-full of exciting games in many leagues, and all back home finally! The Blue Jays are fighting for a wild card spot at Rogers Centre, Toronto FC, Canada Soccer and the Argos are at BMO Field, and the Maple Leafs and Raptors are just starting their pre-seasons at Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the CityView Drive-In (Ends October 2)

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage for its first live performances in almost a year in the TSO At The Drive-In series, with a stunning view of the Toronto skyline to accompany the beautiful music. This weekend, the concert hall and dance club combine for “Pride Together”.

Redpath Waterfront Trail (Ends October 3)

Stroll the Redpath Waterfront Trail at your leisure and take your imagination for a walk. Toronto’s waterfront spans from Lower Sherbourne to Lower Spadina with unique Augmented Reality (AR) stops and art installations stationed throughout.

Markham Fair in a Flash: Farming Our Way Back (Ends October 3)

The Markham Fair is pivoting towards an agricultural event for 2021, with farm animals, agricultural displays, community competitions, farmers’ market and fair food.

Fleurs de Villes Niagara (Ends October 3)

Finishing up on Sunday the 3rd, Niagara Falls hosts the Fleurs de Villes’ fresh floral trail with stunning works of floral art decorating the already spectacular autumnal views.

Geary Art Crawl (October 2-3)

Just north of Dupont between Ossington and Dufferin, this is a weekend celebration of art and culture while putting local businesses at the forefront.

Safety Dance (October 2-3)

East End Arts presents Safety Dance, a free guided community dance for all ages, led by dancer and choreographer Arwyn Carpenter.

Long Branch Tree Fest (October 3)

Hug a tree at this neighbourhood festival at Marie Curtis Park in Etobicoke. This family-friendly educational celebration of trees and nature includes kids activities, live music and guided walks.

AGO’s Andy Warhol Exhibit (Ends October 5)

It’s your last chance to catch the Art Gallery of Ontario’s blockbuster exhibit. Check out the blog post about our visit!

PumpkinFest at Downsview Park (October 9 – 11)

PumpkinFest Toronto is the place to celebrate all things autumnal on Thanksgiving weekend, plus performances by the President’s Choice® SuperDogs™!

Toronto Youth Theatre’s Fireside Munsch (October 16 -17)

Fireside Munsch is a high-energy performance of four zany and beloved stories by Robert Munsch. It’s fun for all ages!

Ontario Culture Days (Ends October 24)

Celebrate the diversity and arts of our great province with Ontario Culture Days, in-person or online, outside or inside.

Fall For Dance North Festival (Ends October 29)

Toronto’s premier international dance festival, Fall For Dance North, offers both free and ticketed in-person performances and digital events. Live performances take place over September and October in multiple locations in Toronto and around Ontario.

But Wait… There’s More!

Want more ideas? Looking for tips on how to keep your kids occupied without attending in-person events? Find our best ideas, activities and inspiration here!

We’ve also updated our guides of fun stuff to do outside, such as Roller Skating, Skateboard and Bike Parks and Farmers’ Markets. For a complete listing of all the best events around Toronto, click on our Calendar and stay tuned to all the best local family events through our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Did you know you can submit your family-friendly event to us? Fill out the form with your event details, and send us a photo, and we’ll do our best to get your event added to our events calendar.