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Top 5 things to do in Toronto this weekend

Last Updated Oct 12, 2018 at 6:07 am EDT

Revellers gather under a tent at Oktoberfest in Toronto. TORONTO OKTOBERFEST

Hooray for another weekend! There are several events taking place in the city, so you have plenty of things to choose from. Below are some suggestions. If nature is more your thing, you can also check out the lovely colours of fall.

If you are heading out on Sunday, a portion of Line 2 will open later than usual. Scroll down for details.


Spice Girls Dance Workshop
‘Spice Up Your Life’ and relive the ’90s at the Spice Girls dance workshop at City Dance Corps this Sunday. Attendees will learn the routine to one of the Spice Girls’ popular songs. The high-energy, throwback class is open to all levels and runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ’90s-inspired outfits are encouraged.

Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship
French fries, cheese curds and gravy will be taking over Yonge-Dundas Square this Saturday for the ninth annual Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features three eating competitions with Professional Major League Eaters, Amateur Eaters and a very hungry group of CEOs in the CEO Charity Challenge supporting Friends of We Care. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut holds the ULTIMATE Poutine Eating World Record, devouring 25.5 pounds of poutine in just 10 minutes. Last year’s champion Carmen Cincotti is ranked second, eating 20.25 pounds of poutine in 10 minutes.

Toronto South African Film Festival
The fifth annual Toronto South African Film Festival (TSAFF) returns to the TIFF Lightbox this weekend. The festival presents features and documentaries that explore the culture, history and politics of South Africa. TSAFF is a non-profit event organized entirely by volunteers. All proceeds from the festival support the educational development work that Education without Borders has been doing in South Africa since 2002.

Vegan Oktoberfest Market
Get ready for some bier and brezel! The city’s Vegan Oktoberfest Market is back for its fourth year this Sunday at The Great Hall. The market offers all the best vegan foods and plant-based products. The event is open to all ages and kids under 12 years old are free. Doors open at noon.

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
Scotiabank Arena will be filled with the sounds of Game of Thrones this Sunday night, for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. This is the last show of the World Tour. The tour’s title, “Music is Coming,” refers to House Stark motto “Winter is Coming.” Ramin Djawadi is the composer of the Game of Thrones score — he won an Emmy this year for the season seven episode “The Dragon and the Wolf.” The concert gets underway at 8 p.m.

Road and TTC closures

Late opening on Line 2
Subway service on Line 2 between St. George and Pape stations will start at noon Sunday due to beam replacement work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Bay, Sherbourne and Chester stations will be closed. Shuttle buses will run.

Road closure
The eastbound curb lane on Lake Shore Boulevard West, between First Street and Norris Crescent, and the cycle track lanes will be closed at certain times starting Friday and into Sunday for the StreetARToronto Barrier Painting Project. Below are the dates and times:

  • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.