Awesome Toronto events happening October 16-18

Ever wanted to go on a movie date with your dog? You can do it, this weekend, as well as check out the country’s biggest improv festival, eat great food during a scavenger hunt (what!) and stock up on vintage knicknacks. Just some of the super cool things happening in Toronto this weekend, October 16-18.

Big City Improv Festival

Headliners Adsit & Lutz and Colin Mochrie are part of the lineup for Canada’s biggest improv showcase. The beauty is, you never know what will happen and the thing goes on for nine days.

When to go: Friday, Oct. 16 to Saturday, Oct. 24

Where at? Various venues. Check the website.

Tickets: $12-$65


Monthly Movie Matinee

In a true testament to how much Torontonians adore their fur babies, there’s a pet-friendly matinee movie event happening on Saturday. Obviously, pets are welcome (but must be on a leash). It’s not just for pet-lovers, but for anyone who loves four-legged friends. This edition: Homeward Bound (bring tissues)

When to go: Saturday, 3-5 pm

Where at? Purina PawsWay, 245 Queens Quay W

Tickets: free, donations taken for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides


Kensington and Chinatown Caper

Scavenger hunts are cool, especially when there’s food involved. Taste all the weird and wonderful foods of Kensington Market and Chinatown as you answer tricky scavenger hunt questions. Awesome. Also, this is the last one of the year, so probably worth taking advantage!

When to go: Sunday, 11 am

Where at? TBA

Tickets: $25, bring extra cash for food


The last outdoor Leslieville Flea

Ah, Leslieville. So hipster. So trendy. So vintage. The Leslieville Flea kiind of epitomizes what it means to be a true Leslieviller (?) and this is the last outdoor event of its kind for the year. Pick up antiques, furniture, collectibles and crafts to add to your eclectic home decor or peg items for DIY projects. Oh, arrive early for the pre-flea yoga.

When to go: Sunday, 10 am-5 pm

Where at? Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E

Tickets: admission is free

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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