Featured Events & Exhibitions

This is an exciting time of year in Toronto as arts productions move into high gear and the NBA and NHL start their seasons.

Here are just a few of the many big events coming up and for a full range of goings on, check out our calendar of Toronto events. ShareThis


September 15 to 25

Visual artists and world music artists come together for ten days at In/Future at Ontario Place, a 14-acre waterfront urban oasis.

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World Cup of Hockey 2016

September 17 to October 1

See the most exciting players in the NHL all in one tournament in September.

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September 22 to October 1

Get ready for some serious comedy as Just for Laughs presents JFL42. It’s a 10-day festival featuring the biggest acts in comedy today. Grab a pass and start the laughs.

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Nuit Blanche Toronto

Saturday, October 1

A contemporary art event that magically transforms Toronto’s streets and parks into an artistic playground with exhibitions, live performances and creative programs.

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Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival

Thursday, October 6

The annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival features a stellar line-up of celebrated Canadian talent at landmark Toronto venues.

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International Festival of Authors

October 20 to 30

IFOA presents the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, and provides Canadian writers with an internationally-recognized forum in which to present their work.

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Book Hotels & Attractions

Toronto Zoo

Giant Pandas

For only the second time ever, two giant pandas (named Er Shun and Da Mao) are exhibited in Canada. See the pandas now at the Zoo!

UPDATE: Meet the Panda Cubs!

Er Shun, the Zoo’s female giant panda, gave birth to twins in the fall of 2015. The cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, are getting bigger every day and can be seen daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.). Visit for details. #TOPandaCubs.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more

Opens October 22.

Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 36 artists from 15 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.

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Ontario Science Centre

Wild Weather

October 5 to January 7, 2016.

Delve into severe weather science, discover cutting edge technology and investigate the stories of scientists, forecasters and wild weather enthusiasts. Get “struck” by lightning in slow motion and discover how lightning forms. Dance up a storm; the more energy you put in, the bigger the storm!

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Royal Ontario Museum


June 25, 2016 to January 2, 2017.

An exhibition of dozens of works by one of the world’s foremost artists working in glass today. Created by sand, fire and human breath, these fantastic, imaginative works of art provide a uniquely sensory experience and a chance to immerse yourself in a world of colour and light. See Chihuly at the ROM

Hockey Hall of Fame

Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit

July 1, 2016 to March 6, 2017.

A must-see for every hockey fan, the limited-time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of pride and passion. The exhibit is an homage to those who have worn the blue and white and highlights some of the most iconic moments in the Leaf’s history. Artifacts on display include Darryl Sittler’s stick used during his 10-point game, Bill Barilko’s Stanley Cup-winning OT puck, Mats Sundin’s jersey from the final game at Maple Leaf Gardens, and many more unique treasures.

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Aga Khan Museum

Álvario Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra

July 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Spain’s iconic Moorish palace and World Heritage Site comes to life in new exhibition showcasing the designs of one of today’s greatest living architects. Through renderings, models, large-scale photographs and video, the exhibition reveals the artistic challenge behind Siza’s design of the new visitor centre at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain as well as architectural objects from the Alhambra’s own collection.

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Syria: A Living History

October 15, 2016 to February 6, 2017.

For millennia, this region has witnessed great world civilizations comingling on its soil and producing art, literature and culture that constitute the country’s rich legacy. Going beyond the recent stories of conflict and turmoil that dominate our understanding, Syria: A Living History inspires new understanding of Syria’s past and present.

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The Market Gallery

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto

June 18 to November 12, 2016.

Rare photographs and memorabilia from a time of huge social and cultural transformation marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final concert in Toronto. Themed areas include “When the Beatles Rocked Us” – hundreds of rare images to remember the band and the fans from 1964 to 1966; “Were We Played” – a look at the clubs and coffee houses of the Yonge Street strip and Yorkville Village where Toronto’s music scene developed; “How We Lived” – a fully-furnished ‘rec’ room modelled on a 1960s Don Mills home.

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Casa Loma: Toronto’s Majestic Castle

Escape Casa Loma!

Three incredible and immersive escape experiences.

The Casa Loma Escape Series blends fact with fiction and theatre with gaming. Experience Casa Loma like never before. Escape From the Tower, King of the Bootleggers, and the latest game Station M are on now and booking up fast! Do you have what it takes to Escape Casa Loma?

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