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13 Things To Do This Fall

As the leaves change colour and the air cools, we're all looking for something to do to celebrate a new season. Need some ideas? Look no further. By Maxine Kozak, Storyteller for RU Student Life.

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1. Hike in High Park

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This time of year is perfect for a hike. You may even spot a hummingbird, a chipmunk or some ducks feeding at Grenadier Pond along the way. Visit High Park's Harvest Festival, a day of food, music, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and more. The festival takes place on October 1st from 11am-5pm at the south end of High Park at Colborne Lodge and the Children's Garden.

2. Spend the afternoon in Kensington Market on Pedestrian Sunday

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Known as the most vibrant and diverse neighbourhood in the city, there's always something to do in Kensington. Visit the market for Pedestrian Sunday on September 23rd or October 19th from 12-7pm to enjoy musicians, artists and local vendors.

3. Stroll through the Queen Street West Artcrawl

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Don't miss the Queen Street West Artcrawl on September 23rd-24th from 11am-6pm featuring over 200 artists and artisans. According to the QWAC website, "the cornerstone of the festival is the Outdoor Art Exhibition in beautiful Trinity Bellwoods".

4. Take a day trip to Rouge Park

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In honour of Canada's 150th anniversary, Parkbus is offering a free shuttle service to Rouge National Urban Park on a number of dates from now until the end of October. Check out the schedule here.

5. Pull an all-nighter for Nuit Blanche

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Get ready to stay up all night on September 30th for the city's annual celebration of contemporary art that takes place from 7pm until sunrise. These unique, intimate experiences can make anyone feel at home in the big city. Here's the event map.

6. Get inspired at the World Press Photo Exhibition

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The world's largest annual press photography contest comes to Brookfield Place from October 3rd-24th. The exhibition is free and open daily from 9am-9pm.

8. Support Canzine - Canada's largest festival of zines and underground culture

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Check out Canada's largest festival of zines and underground culture on October 21st from 1pm-7pm at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The event is free and a great opportunity to support local artists.

9. Visit the outdoor book fair or a poetry slam during the International Festival of Authors

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The International Festival of Authors celebrates words, ideas, writers and readers from October 19th-29th at the Harbourfront Centre. You can find the event listing here.

10. Explore the great outdoors with Toronto's Guided Nature Walking Tour


The tour runs each weekday morning from 10am-12pm. It begins at the Davisville Subway Station, briefly stopping at the Evergreen Brickworks before ending at the Rosedale Subway Station. It's a great opportunity to get active, meet new people and enjoy the beautiful fall weather while it lasts.

11. Get the most out of your afternoon at the Market Gallery


You'll find the Market Gallery on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market, a historic site that presents a number of changing exhibits that relate to art, culture and the history of Toronto. The gallery is free and open from 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturdays.

12. Experience the terror of The Haunted Walk


Hear tales of terrifying encounters, unsolved mysteries and ghost sightings from the earliest days of the city. The tour runs on a number of dates this fall in various locations. Whether you believe in ghosts or simply enjoy the thrill of fear, you won't want to miss out on this bone-chilling experience. Read more here.

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