It’s already October! It’s time to prepare for Thanksgiving and Halloween, plus Ontario’s comfortable temperatures and brightly-coloured foliage are a sight to behold: 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 and corn maze to find yourself the perfect jack-o-lantern canvas. So get plenty of ideas for autumnal activities with our October Event Guide for Toronto and the GTA.

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Starting in October

Hot Docs: “Frozen Sing-Along” (October 1)
Hot Docs presents the “Frozen Sing-Along”, where all little royals can dress up in tiaras and sing along to the songs they know by heart.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s “Coco” In Concert (October 6-7)
Families can go un poco loco (a little crazy) when the TSO plays Disney Pixar’s “Coco” in Concert at the spectacular Roy Thomson Hall,  performing the enchanting musical score by Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino live to picture.

PumpkinFest at Downsview Park (October 6-9)
PumpkinFest Toronto is the place to celebrate all things autumnal, over Thanksgiving Weekend at Downsview Park.

Black Creek Pioneer Village: Thanksgiving Fun (October 7-8)
Celebrate Thanksgiving Fun with a crisp and cozy visit at Black Creek Pioneer Village to take part in fun and flavourful fall activities.

Young People’s Theatre (YPT): “Pop! Pop!” (October 14-22)
Young People’s Theatre (YPT) presents Carousel Players’ “Pop! Pop!”, a colourful underwater adventure with Hide and Seek, two very different creatures.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 17-29)
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, with in-person and online events.

Young People’s Theatre’s “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish” (Starts October 28)
The littlest theatre-goers, along with their adults, can immerse themselves in traditional Coast Salish and Sto:lo music, masks and imagery as Young People’s Theatre (YPT) presents “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish”.

Ending in October

Fall Baby Show (Ending October 1)
Fall Baby Show Toronto brings Ontarians the resources and tools they need to feel confident on their journey into parenthood.

Markham Fair (Ending October 1)
One of Canada’s longest-running county fairs, the Markham Fair has children’s activities, entertainment, food and much more.

Fall For Dance North Festival (Ending October 7)
The Fall For Dance North Festival celebrates full-capacity performances in signature indoor venues and pay-what-you-can outdoor shows.

The Wiggles “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!” Ontario Tour  (Ending October 8)
The Wiggles return to Ontario to visit their friends across the province with the “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!” Tour, with a new extended line-up.

Ontario Culture Days (Ending October 15)
Celebrate the diversity and arts of our great province with Ontario Culture Days! There are events for all ages across the GTA and beyond.

Wychwood Theatre: “Pinkalicious the Musical” (Ending October 22)
Wychwood Theatre hosts “Pinkalicious the Musical”, based on the popular children’s book series about a girl obsessed with the colour pink.

Brooks Farms Fall Fun Festival (Ending October 29)
Brooks Farms hosts an awesome Fall Fun Festival with wagon rides, farm animals, shows, playgrounds, corn maze, and much more.

Family Fun Toronto Guides

Fall Fun Bucket List for Toronto and the GTA
Take in a street festival, snack on farm treats, get active in the fresh air and take a hike with our Fall Fun Bucket List for Toronto and the GTA.

Fall Festival Guide for Toronto and the GTA
Toronto has a plethora of festivals, but the party doesn’t end when summer does! Get inspired by our Fall Festival Guide for Toronto and the GTA.

Oktoberfest Guide for Southern Ontario
Feel the gemütlichkeit (warm feelings) at Oktoberfest events across the GTA: dance to the polka, eat a huge pretzel and raise your glass. Prost!

Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes in Southern Ontario
Pumpkin patches are a fun way to get out of the city on a crisp Fall day, with family experiences such as wagon rides and play areas.

Guide to Apple Picking in Southern Ontario
Earn your apple pie while also having a fun outdoorsy day out by picking your own fruit with our Guide to Apple Picking in Southern Ontario.

Guide to the Best Parks & Playgrounds in Toronto
There are parks perfect for a family outing strewn all around town, so hang out with our Guide to the Best Family Parks and Playgrounds in Toronto.

But Wait… There’s More!

Want even more ideas for Family-Friendly Events in Toronto This Weekend? 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 both our Facebook and Instagram pages. Plus, we’re now on TikTok and Threads!

If you are looking for tips on how to keep your kids occupied without attending in-person events, you can find our best ideas, activities and inspiration here!

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