Top Events in Toronto Fall 2019

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Fall in Toronto means more arts events than your imagination can capture, fresh craft brews on tap, PLUS the return of the major league excitement of the Raptors and 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, October 5

Get Your Art Here

It starts with the all night art party that is Nuit Blanche on October 5, 2019. 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 25 to 27.

Toronto Maple Leaf Martin Marincin plays on the ice. Photo from Toronto Maple Leafs Facebook page.
Toronto Maple Leafs Home Opener Wednesday, October 2

Major League Sports

After a thrilling championship-winning season, all eyes are on centre court at the Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre) as Canada’s beloved NBA Champions the Toronto Raptors starts its season. And the puck drops on the first Toronto Maple Leafs against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, October 2.
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 24 to November 3

Literary Celebrations

Readings are just part of the attraction as the 40th anniversary edition of the International Festival of Authors unfolds lakeside at Harbourfront Centre. Interviews, roundtables, signings and and poetry slams are all part of this 10-day celebration of the written word. Plus, don’t forget to take in the world’s largest outdoor book fair, Word On the Street on September 21 to 22.
Four festivalgoers dressed in German garb hold their full beer steins during Toronto Oktoberfest.
Toronto Oktoberfest September 26 to 28

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 26 to 28. 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 1 to 10

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 Agricultural Winter Fair comes to town November 1 to 10, 2019. 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 an October-long ode to the dark, creamy arts with an assortment of events on offer across the city. Toronto is like a box of chocolates in November.