Awesome Toronto events happening October 23-25

The ultimate craft beer event and a massive lightsaber battle downtown between thousands of Torontonian Jedis and Siths are just a couple of the weird and wonderful things going on in Toronto this weekend, October 23-25.

Cask Days 2015

For the true beer connoisseurs of TO, Cask Days is the unmissable event of the year. Since 2005, the festival has been a venue for brewers to show off their most creative creations in cask-conditioned form alongside live music and local grub. The festival is reporting about 300 beers will be available for taste testing throughout the weekend.

When to go: Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, see the schedule here.

Where at? Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview

Tickets: $35+

Lightsaber Battle Toronto

Choose your side: Jedi or Sith. Get equipped with a DIY lightsaber or buy one online, and head out to Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday for the battle of the century! Expect thousands to show up for this thing. Star Wars costumes are welcome.

When to go: Saturday, 7:30 pm. Battle begins at 9

Where at? 100 Queen St. W

Tickets: admission is free, lightsabers are $20 online

Toast to Autumn

With beer, food, pumpkin carving and live music, the fifth annual Toast to Autumn festival is a great Sunday activity for families. There’s a soap-making workshop and Game Mania is hosting a Mario Bros. Smash Tournament. There’s a $5 food menu and entertainment for the day includes Juno artist Paul James, Ed Guca and the Polish Canadians, the Dreamboats, the Spandettes, and the Ole Fashion.

When to go: Sunday, noon-7 pm

Where at? Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. W

Tickets: admission is free

Soul Sunday

It’s the last Soul Sunday of the year for the Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday. Stop by for meditation at 2:00 before the festivities begin at 3. As always, there’s beer, grub and live music.

When to go: Sunday, 3-9 pm

Where at? Trinity Common, 303 Augusta

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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