7 Fun Drive-in Activities Across Toronto

Entertainment-on-wheels is the new normal and we’re here for it.

Views of Toronto's skyline at CityView Drive-In
Skyline views with your entertainment at CityView Drive-In

License up to date? Check. Backseat clean (or cleanish)? Check. Favourite snacks on hand? Check. Buckle up for Toronto’s eclectic drive-in scene. Beyond traditional drive-in cinemas, local attractions and venues have innovatively adapted to our current climate and gifted us with never-before-seen experiences. Cruise through Van Gogh’s iconic artwork, a Halloween-themed valley of lights or keep it simple with a drive-in movie.

1. Drive through Starry Night at Immersive Van Gogh. (1 YONGE ST.)

At this internationally-acclaimed exhibit, Van Gogh’s post-impressionist masterpieces are projected from ceiling to floor, while also animated by mesmerizing movement. From the comfort of your car, entrench yourself in stunning projections that emphasize the artist’s technique and use of colour. Each vehicle timed-ticket purchase includes free walk-through tickets. Plan your visit ahead of time as space is limited.

2. Take a ghostly drive through the Toronto Zoo. (2000 MEADOWVALE RD.)

Each year, the Toronto Zoo’s Boo-mobile glides through its haunted grounds in spooky Halloween fashion. This year, instead of the traditional onsite train, the Boo-mobile is your own car and you, the horror-struck driver (kidding!). Boo at the Zoo takes place until October 31st, featuring all the wonders of the season including beautiful foliage, spooky decor and scary Halloween-themed stories about the Zoo itself. Did you know it’s haunted? Neither did we, but we want to know more! Book your tickets online asap.

3. Plan a movie night at Ontario Place. (15 ONTARIO DR.)

Ontario Place’s Drive-In Theatre is perfect for couples, families, friends and solo cinephiles who want to watch a movie somewhere other than their sofa. Sit back and enjoy a repertoire of films from comedy to horror, including new releases and classic favourites. Tickets are sold online or on location, with food available on premises via the Vista Eatery. Parking spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis so arrive a little earlier to snag your preferred view.

4. Travel through 700,000 spooky LED lights. (7250 KEELE ST.)

Whether or not trick-or-treating is happening this year, Toronto’s serving clever ways to keep the Halloween spirit alive. Halloween Nights of Lights is an immersive, drive-through experience that features 700,000 LED lights in sync with Halloween music. On until the end of October, saddle up the kiddos or your group of friends—all ages are welcome—and celebrate one of the best holidays with this dazzling light display. Time slots are limited, so buy your tickets online asap!

5. Catch a live show at CityView Drive-In. (20 POLSON ST.)

Since the pandemic hit, CityView Drive-In has been all about live experiences. Drive to this scenic venue for concerts and stand-up comedy, occasionally backdropped by a gorgeous Toronto sunset. Upcoming shows include DVSN, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Just For Laughs and Dwayne Gretzky. Purchase your tickets and order your food online, which is delivered right to your car window.

6. Experience a haunting on wheels with Toronto Shines. (176 CHERRY ST.)

We can’t get enough of Toronto’s Halloween-themed drive-throughs and we bet neither can you! Courtesy of Toronto Shines, Toronto’s Haunted Drive-Through has many immersive areas—a graveyard, a haunted pumpkin patch, and a ghostly movie studio, among others—fulfilling every Halloween-lover’s fantasy. Tickets are sold online with packages that also include access to Superdogs, an added area that showcases dogs in costume.

7. Cruise Toronto’s neighbourhoods toward BigArtTO.

What’s BigArtTO you ask? This new City of Toronto program (part of ShowLoveTO) takes place at different locations throughout the city, wherein local artists project their work onto buildings and landmarks—for a limited time period. Consider yourself lucky if you own a car because you can hop in and easily head to any BigArtTO projection! Check out the full schedule online, so you’ll know where to drive to next.

See it. Snap it. Share it. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every door there's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto.


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