With only two months left of 2017, we’ve rounded up the best events Toronto has to offer in November, so you can make the best of the rest of the year. From a tree lighting ceremony to a chocolate-lover’s dream, a festival celebrating Icelandic culture, and so much more, you’ll want to add these events to your calendar ASAP!
Toronto Chocolate Festival
All month long, you can indulge in the Toronto Chocolate Festival around the city. From the Chocolate Afternoon tea hosted at the Omni King Edward Hotel to the Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show in the Toronto Reference Library, this festival highlights the tasting, making and eating of everyone’s favourite sweet.
Day of the Dead
This two day event held at the Harbourfront Centre is a celebration of Mexican life and legacy, highlighting the life of their people, their memories and their achievements through a contemporary lens. Vendors will be offering decor, crafts and treats in the Mexican Marketplace, and traditional music will be performed by Mariachi Azteca.
Taste of Iceland
This four-day festival invites Torontonians to celebrate Icelandic culture, featuring food, music, art, film and literature inspired by the Nordic city. The events are located around Toronto and most are free, except for a special 4-course menu at Leña that you don’t want to miss.
Gourmet Food and Wine Expo
With over 1,500 wines, beers, spirits and gourmet foods to choose from, who could say no to a night at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo? Head to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to sip and taste your way through international dishes and irresistible wines, while mingling with other vino-enthusiasts and learning from top industry experts.
Toronto Christmas Market
November 16 to December 23
Every year, Toronto’s Distillery District transforms into a Christmas extravaganza with heated beer gardens where you can drink mulled wine and hot toddies, listen to Christmas carollers, and experience world class vendors like The Gingerbread House.
One of a Kind Christmas Show
November 23 to December 3
Ready to stock up on your Christmas gifts? Support local makers and crafters by visiting the One of a Kind Christmas Show, held every year at the Enercare Center. Hosting 800 artisans with products ranging from Christmas decor to body care to home decor and fashion accessories, this show is not to be missed.
The Gentlemen’s Expo
Learn about the art of modern manliness at The Gentlemen’s Expo held at the Metro Convention Center. With delicious food from vendors like Oyster Boy and Mustache Burger, celebrity guests like Joe Carter and Darcy Tucker, and beer, wine and cocktail sampling, it’s a great way to spend your weekend.
Cavalcade of Lights
Head to Nathan Phillip’s Square to watch Toronto’s official tree-lighting ceremony, along with fireworks and live music by some of Canada’s top musical talent. There’s also a DJ skating party, so make sure to bring your skates!
Christian Dior at the ROM
Opens November 25
Starting November 25, you can visit the Royal Ontario Museum to celebrate 70 years of the House of Dior. The exhibit focuses on the period between 1947 to 1957, providing an inside look into the creative process behind the couture industry in the 1950s and how Dior’s designs revived Paris haute couture after World War 2.
Those looking to dip their toes into classical music will certainly want to check out this event. In the past, the event has featured DJs, alien dancers, and hundreds of white balloons, but this year’s show is all about love and non-linear time. Members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra will be playing selections by composers François Couperin, Marin Marais, and Jean-Philippe Rameau, layered with music from electronic artist Andrew Hicks, also known as Andycapp. Advance tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.
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