12 Reasons to Love Fall in Toronto

Apple picking, pumpkin pie, the crunch of freshly fallen leaves - what's not to love?

With our no-summer summer this year, it would be easy to hate on the passing season. But autumn has arrived, and the good news is that it comes great ways to enjoy the city. Here are 12 ways to fall in love with fall in Toronto.

What do you like to do when the leaves start changing colour?

Independent Music at Long Winter
The end of summer means the beginning of Long Winter (literally and figuratively). In the latter sense, the third annual festival co-founded by members of F*cked Up kicks off on October 11 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Expect to see a hodgepodge of independent music, film, art, and performance.

Chudleigh’s Apple Farm

Apple picking at Chudleigh’s is a rite of passage growing up in Toronto. So if you have young ones of your own, hitch your wagon to the orchard to pick Macintosh apples and play in the petting zoo. If you’re not yet at the parental stage of life, Chugleigh’s is still a great place to go. Pick the fresh apples and bake them into a stellar homemade apple pie.

Pumpkin Pie
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(By Eunice [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Summer eating is all about the grill. In the fall, we turn to comfort food – and what’s more comforting than warm, moist pumpkin pie? Check out Wanda’s Pie In The Sky in Kensington Market for this autumn treat.

Biking The Islands
When the summer humidity disappears, it’s the perfect time for biking. Summer is high season on the Islands, so when you take your bike across the ferry in the fall, the crowds have disappeared. Enjoy having the place all to yourself.

JFL Toronto

Just For Laughs is getting bigger each year, drawing larger audiences and better-known performers. This year will be hosted by SNL alum Seth Myers. Catch performances from the world famous Lena Dunham or Nick Offerman and This American Life darlings Tig Notaro and Mike Brigilia.

Toronto Beer Week

Toronto Beer Week celebrates the craft beer movement – which we celebrate every Friday night! From September 12 to 20, TBW will be hosting over 100 events including beer tastings, brewing demos, and beer education. Check out Rock Lobster’s week-long prix fixe menu and beer tasting, among other special events.

TEDxToronto
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The 6th annual conference returns to Toronto on October 2 at Koerner Hall. This year’s theme is Relentless Pursuits. Speakers include the founders of Choir!Choir!Choir and Olympic champion Adam van Koeverden, among many others.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche takes over the city on October 4. There will be more than 125 contemporary art projects on display throughout the city. This year, the projects will fall under four themes: Night Circus, Performance Anxiety, The Possibility Of Everything, and Before Day Break.

Vintage Crawl Toronto
This bi-annual event sees vintage stores across the city offering up special deals, dance parties, and art shows. Stay tuned for Fall 2014 dates.

Farmer’s Markets

Summer might seem like the obvious season for farmers’ markets, but September is really when it all happens. Ontario tomatoes and apples are in season in the fall, and those juicy ripe fruits are beautiful to the eye and taste delicious at this time of year.

Word On The Street
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Word On The Street closes down University Avenue around Queen’s Park on Sunday, September 21. Book lovers run the streets, picking out new titles, attending readings, and paticipating in writing workshops. Special events this year include a poetry slam and a conversation between authors Robyn Doolittle and Robert Rotenberg about the blurred lines between fact and fiction.

World Mastercard Fashion Week

From October 20 to 25, the city will get all dolled up for World Mastercard Fashion Week at David Pecaut Square. If you can’t make it to the shows, be sure to check out all the best-dressed streetstyle blogs!

This Year Only:

Rob Ford The Musical

Fall is election season this year in Toronto, so why not get into the mood with Rob Ford The Musical? The Factory Theatre is hosting the first-ever stage musical tribute to Toronto’s famous mayor from September 15 to 28. With songs like “It’s Good To Be Gay” and “Ford Nation F$%* You” this promises to be a hilarious and rated R performance.