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December 22, 2014

Toronto Festivals Guide - October 2014

Remember: Please ALWAYS check with website for exact dates, etc. as details may change after the listing is posted here. More festivals will be added once dates are confirmed.

Toronto Oktoberfest

Oct 3-4, 2014

Toronto Oktoberfest brings a taste of Munich to the City as it captures the essence of authentic food, drink and merriment. You will experience the best in Bavarian fare, German and European biers, entertainment - you’ll feel like you’re in Munich! There are 3 sessions over the 2 days and will take place inside a 30,000 sq ft Festhalle “Big Top” tent which will also have a huge outdoor Biergarten!

Session 1
Tapping of the Keg
Friday October 3
Session 2
Stein Haus Saturday
Saturday October 4
Session 3
Ein Prosit Closing Party
Saturday October 4

General Admission Early guests can stay until 1am and the first 300 entrants will receive a complimentary 1L bier stein

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Oct 4, 2014 - sunset to sunrise

For one sleepless night experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists. One night only. All night long.

See more than 110 contemporary art projects exhibited across the city and featuring 4 City-produced exhibitions (three of which will be located in new neighbourhoods, Fort York, Chinatown/Spadina Avenue and Roundhouse Park/Bremner Boulevard) providing fresh, unexpected locations for the artists to transform and the audience to explore.

Tip: TTC usually offers a 'special' day pass for this event (same price as the normal day pass) - it'll save your time and feet as the events are spread out throughout the city, you will be able to see more of the exhibits that way.


Oct 10-18, 2014

Wunderbar! A 9-day long Bavarian festival said to be the biggest in North America. Attending a Festhallen is what it's all about. Music, dancing, entertainment, food and, of course, beer!

Accommodations book up in advance. Get the tickets early for the Festhallens (especially the German ones)! If you're not going for the beer, there's plenty of other activities to make it worth the trip - great experience

Toronto Chocolate Festival

Oct 11-Nov 2, 2014

CHOCOLATE is featured in all its magnificent and tasty forms during this festival. You will be able to attend some of the most delectable, delicious and simply decadent events. For dates, events, etc. you can refer to their website.

The Festival wraps up with the ever-popular Toronto Chocolate Ball: TropiCocoa Gala Event on Friday, October 16 at Eglinton Grand (400 Eglinton Ave W - Eglinton & Avenue Rd). This Chocolate Ball helps benefit Prostate and Breast Cancer initiatives. Early Bird tickets are available NOW but they are limited!

Gamercamp: Interactive & Games Festival

Oct 17-19, 2014

Gamercamp transforms its venue into a massive arcade for the weekend filling 4 floors with games!

The Gamercamp Arcade is a family-friendly event for anyone who enjoys games. Discover your next favourite game among our Official Selections, a number of cool independent games from across North America. See the latest tech in our Next-Gen Showcase featuring schools from across Toronto. Plus, check out the Kids Zone with activities for kids to learn how to make games!

Big City Improv Festival

Oct 17-25, 2014

Big City Improv Festival (BCIF) is Toronto's premier Improv festival. No scripts allowed at BCIF! Every act will make everything up on stage with the help of audience suggestions, meaning every show is a one-night-only event.

Featuring troupes, duo and solo acts from Toronto, Montreal, Oklahoma City, Boston, Chicago and throughout North America including: MANTOWN; The Bad Dog Theatre Company; Jet & Holly and Alumni from The Second City.

Previous guests of BCIF include: Colin Mochrie (Who’s Line is it Anyway?); Jerrry Minor (Saturday Night Live); Steve Little (HBO’s East Bound and Down); Phil LeMarr (MADtv/Futurama) and Jeff Richards (MADtv/Saturday Night Live).

International Festival of Authors

Oct 23-Nov 2, 2014

For 11 days, the IFOA will present literary talent from across the globe in a number of events, including readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews and free book signings. The Festival’s line-up currently includes over 70 authors writing in genres from literary fiction to thriller to poetry.

“Cask Days” Cask Conditioned Craft Beer Festival

Oct 24-26, 2014

cask days logo Cask Days offers premium one-of-a-kind brews alongside a standout line-up of beer focused workshops, art, music, food pairings and one-on-ones with brewers on site. There will be eats by some of Toronto’s most admired chefs and top restaurants as well as live music. Tickets are still available but many as sold out.