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There is still fun to be had the weekend after Thanksgiving

Last Updated Oct 13, 2017 at 5:43 am EST

World Poutine Eating Championship at Yonge-Dundas Square. Photo credit: Facebook/Poutinerie

It is the weekend after Thanksgiving and you may still be cleaning up after having your family and friends over for festivities. If you are looking to take a break from housework, there are plenty of things to do around Toronto and beyond to keep you entertained.

World Poutine Eating Championship
This festival is all about fries covered in cheese curds and brown gravy– poutine! The dish originated in Quebec in the late 50s, and has since become a Canadian staple. Smoke’s Poutinerie 8th annual World Poutine Eating Championship is on this weekend. Described as the largest poutine eating competition and coming in as the second largest eating competition in the globe, officials are promising free poutine, interactive games and live entertainment. There are three competitive categories for participants, which include: amateur, charity challenge and professional. The event takes place Saturday at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Elvis impersonators
If Elvis Presley were alive today, what would he think of his impersonators? I’m sure he would be “all shook up.” Elvis tribute artists will be competing at Flaming Star Festival, which is being held at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport from Friday to Sunday. The first and second rounds of competition take place on Friday and Saturday, along with open mic sessions. Previous champions will perform in a ‘showcase of champions’ on Saturday. The finals, including a gospel competition, are on Sunday afternoon. The event is poised to be “a hunk, a hunk of burning love.”

Elvis tribute artist Gordon Hendricks. Photo credit: Flaming Star Festival/Facebook
Elvis tribute artist Gordon Hendricks. Photo credit: Flaming Star Festival/Facebook


Zombie Walk
Halloween is less than three weeks away, but the zombies cannot wait. Their time to walk among the living is now. Zombies will swarm the streets of Kitchener on Saturday afternoon, and you can join them. All you have to do dress up like one. Zombies who are 16 years old or younger need to have written consent from their parents to attend the walk, while teens aged 15 or younger need to be accompanied by a parent of guardian. There is no cost to attend the Zombie Walk, but walkers are asked to bring a non-perishable food item.

Free movies
If you love movies and free things, then this is for you. Cineplex is showing a selection of movies from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, and you can watch them for free. Some of the movies include “Trolls” and “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Movie-goers can munch on popcorn, select candy and soft drinks for $2.50. You can also purchase motivational bracelets for $2. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the movies start at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Money raised from the community day event will go to WE Charity.

2XU Toronto Women’s 8k/5k
An autumn race to keep you in top shape throughout the fall months. This weekend women will be lacing up for the 2XU Toronto Women’s 8K/5K – being put on by GoodLife Fitness for Women. Organizers say this race is also a good way to celebrate another great season of running. Family and friends of runners are being encouraged to come out and support them on race day. Toronto Firefighters will be on hand at the water stations, and there will even be a post-run party with chocolate and fun activities planned. The women’s run is on Saturday at Sunnybrook Park, located at 1132 Leslie St. Runners can pick up their race kits, starting at 7:45 a.m. The 8k run begins at 9 a.m., while the the 5k is at 9:15 a.m.

Hot Docs Podcast Festival
The second annual Hot Docs Podcast Festival returns this weekend. People will get the opportunity to see their favourite podcast hosts brings parts of their audio shows to life on stage. Hosts will also be chatting about their craft, and fans who attend will have the opportunity to network with some of them. The festival began on Thursday and runs until Sunday at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema at Bloor and Bathurst streets.