The Best (All-Outdoor) Fall 2020 Events for Toronto Families

Family Fun

During the pandemic, it’s easy to feel trapped in your house—especially as the weather grows colder. Here are some events and ideas to get you out and about in the fresh fall air in a socially distanced, responsibly masked way.

Enjoy our city while keeping COVID germs at bay!

Most events require registration prior to arrival. Also, don’t forget that Thanksgiving is Monday, October 12, 2020.

Thanksgiving at the Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village hosts family activities and fall fun to celebrate the harvest season as we give thanks for all that we have.

Saturday–Monday, October 10–12

Halloween at the Village

Tricks, treats, and family fun are all happening at this “spooktacular” event at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

Weekends October 17–18, 24–25, 31

Tree Planting with Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag

Help plant trees in Downsview Park with Indigenous youth of the Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag ecological initiative.

Sunday, September 27

Nature Connection Walks

On three Sundays in fall, Downsview Park will host nature walks, each with a different theme. Explore how animals are “winter-proofing” as the seasons change, take part in a seed scavenger hunt, and explore the forest and discover its hidden secrets.

Shelter Across Species
Sunday, September 27
Seeds in Fall
Sunday, October 4
Fall Nature Walk and Forest Games
Sunday, October 25 

How to Make Nature Your Classroom

If you’ve chosen to homeschool your child this year during the pandemic, this High Park Nature Centre workshop for parents can help you with nature-themed games and activities and outdoor teaching tips.

Saturday, October 17

Ontario Place Drive-In

If you don’t want to take the chance of piling into a stuffy movie theatre, catch a flick on the really big screen in the comfort of your own car at the Ontario Place Drive-in.

Saturday, October 3: Captain America – Civil War
Saturday, October 10: Spiderman – Into the Spider-verse

Dance in High Park

A diverse group of choreographers and dancers bring their talents outdoors to the High Park Ampitheatre with tap, flamenco, Indigenous, and modern dance.

Solo in High Park
Saturday–Sunday, September 26–27
Dusk Dances in High Park
Saturday–Sunday, October 3–4
Red Sky in High Park
Friday–Sunday, October 9–11

Permaculture Crafting: Garlic Planting & Seed Balls

Learn how to grow garlic and make your own seed ball with seeds and clay, then help plant garlic in a community garden to be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank near Lakeshore and Islington.

Saturday, October 24

Guided Garden Tours

Take a 90-minute guided tour through the many themed gardens of the Toronto Botanical Garden and discover more about the plants you’re viewing, and the history of these green spaces.

Saturday, October 24

Toronto Zoo Marketplace

Local independent businesses, artisans, and producers bring their wares to the parking lot of the Toronto Zoo. Admission to the zoo and zoo parking fees do not apply in order to visit the marketplace.

Every Saturday through October 10

TSO at the Drive-In

Ensembles from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform a variety of musical styles in three different live concerts that you can enjoy from the cozy seats of your vehicle at the CityView Drive-In at Polson Pier downtown.

Kings of Ragtime
Wednesday, October 7
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Friday, October 16
First Ladies of Soul
Saturday, October 17

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