Five Things to do in Toronto this Thanksgiving Long Weekend

Fall festivals, live music, wildlife, beer and more

The weather’s cooling down for the long weekend and we have a bunch of fall-y ideas for you. Whether you’re looking for a unique way to spend Thanksgiving or some great photo ops with pumpkins, (or you honestly don’t care and just want to see a good band) we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the top five things to do in Toronto this weekend below.


Visit a Harvest Festival

Stock up on baked goods and preserves this weekend at one of the GTA’s harvest festivals. Springridge Farm will be hosting a harvest festival all weekend, including Thanksgiving Monday, while Downsview Park and Richmond Hill will be hosting pumpkin festivals to get you into the fall spirit. If you’re looking for a day trip, Brooks Farms in Mount Albert or Forsythe Family Farms in Uxbridge are also hosting festivals this weekend.


Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Bring a few pumpkins home this weekend and take some cute photos for your Instagram while you’re at it. There are quite a few adorable pumpkin patches around the GTA. Check out our list of the best apple orchards and pumpkin patches around Toronto for ideas.


Have a Thanksgiving dinner at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village will host a weekend (October 7 & 8) full of Thanksgiving-themed activities. Sample some beer and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village. If you’re really feeling festive, reserve your spot at Pioneer Village’s Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday (October 8). Click here for more details.


Watch the salmon migration at Morningside Park

At this time each year, the Pacific Salmon make their way upstream through the Great Lakes to lay their eggs before winter arrives, and you can watch this natural event right here in Toronto. Watch the salmon take their journey this weekend at Highland Creek’s 8th Annual Salmon Festival in Morningside Park. The festival is free to attend and you can choose to take either a self-guided or guided hike through the park to watch the salmon migrate upstream.

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Live Music

If the outdoors aren’t tempting you this weekend, check out a concert. Future Islands are scheduled to play at Massey Hall tonight (October 6) with doors at 8 p.m.

The ROM’s Friday Night Live is also happening tonight and will feature artist Spencer Burton and a lineup of DJs. Click here for more info.