Top Events in Toronto Fall 2017

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Fall in Toronto means more arts events than your imagination can capture, world-changing innovation on display, PLUS the return of the major league excitement of the Raptors and the Maple Leafs.

Nuit Blanche art installation at Nathan Phillips Square Toronto. A large sphere glows above the crowd in front of city hall, while the fountains of the reflecting pool glow bright red. Photo from Nuit Blanche Facebook page.
Nuit Blanche
Saturday, September 30

Get Your Art Here

It starts with the all night art party that is Nuit Blanche on September 30, 2017. Stay up, wander around and fuel your creative spirit. Or find the latest in modern art to purchase as Art Toronto brings top galleries and dealers in from all over the world to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre October 27 to 30.

Air pollution has a design solution. Designer Dan Roosegaarde, who will speak at EDIT this fall, is pictured in front of his large outdoor air purifier - the largest outdoor vacuum in the world.
EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology
September 28 to October 8

Design, Innovation and Technology on Display

From September 28 to October 8, an abandoned factory will be turned into a hive of technology and world-changing ideas. EDIT is an immersive expo-meets-festival built to showcase how design is combating global hunger, solving medical issues and improving our future. Elevate Toronto is another inaugural event focused on innovation and runs from September 12 to 14. Celebrating diversity and inclusion, the festival brings together entrepreneurs and innovators with keynotes, inspirational talks and curated high-value networking.

Toronto Maple Leaf Martin Marincin plays on the ice. Photo from Toronto Maple Leafs Facebook page.
Toronto Maple Leafs Home Opener
Saturday, October 7

Major League Sports

All eyes are on centre court at the ACC as Canada’s favourite NBA team starts its season. And the puck drops on the first Leafs game against the New York Rangers on Saturday, October 7.

An author is interviewed onstage in front of a capacity crowd at Harbourfront Centre Toronto for the International Festival of Authors.
International Festival of Authors
October 19 to 29

Literary Celebrations

Readings are just part of the attraction as the International Festival of Authors unfolds lakeside at Harbourfront Centre. Interviews, roundtables, signings and the PEN Canada benefit are all part of this 11-day celebration of the written word. Don’t forget to take in the 1-day book fair, Word On the Street on September 24.

Four festivalgoers dressed in German garb hold their full beer steins during Toronto Oktoberfest.
Toronto Oktoberfest
September 29 & 30

Craft Brew Season

Although technically Toronto Oktoberfest starts in September, who wants to get technical when it comes to celebrating beer? Not us. Don your dirndl and start practising your polka for September 29 and 30. If you miss Oktoberfest, no need to cry over spilt pilsner, check out this Ultimate Toronto Beer Crawl for year-round options.

Horse jumper clearing a hurdle.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair /
November 3 to 12

Agricultural Fair and Chocolate Festival

The largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world takes over Exhibition Place when The Royal comes to town November 3 to 12, 2017. Food is at the heart of the fair, as top chefs create and compete and you learn about the journey from farm to table. For a foodie haven of a different sort, The Toronto Chocolate Festival is a November-long ode to the dark, creamy arts with an assortment of events on offer across the city.