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Weekend events in the GTA celebrate summer and autumn

MacIntosh apples and cider. GETTY IMAGES/Jan Tyler

For those who are in love with autumn, this is the first weekend of the refreshing new season. And to all the summer fans out there, not to worry, you can still enjoy the warm temperatures this weekend.

There are several fun things to do this weekend to celebrate both seasons and the arrival of Halloween later this month. Below is a curated list of events.

If you taking the subway this weekend, trains won’t be running on Line 1 between Sheppard-Yonge and St. Clair stations due to TTC work. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running.

Have a good weekend.


Autumn fever in Markham
Nothing captures autumn better than sipping on cider during a lovely crisp, cool day. Although summer temperatures are still expected to linger for a part of the weekend, the apple orchard at the Markham Museum is the place to be to experience that fall feeling. To celebrate Markham’s 225th anniversary, the city is hosting Applefest on Sunday, featuring fresh apple cider at the Cider Mill and other yummy apple treats, as well as food trucks, train rides, mini putt, live entertainment, and more. You can also take a stroll and check out the historic buildings and the blacksmith shop in the area. Admission to the festival is free.

Halloween arrives early at Canada’s Wonderland
All Hallows’ Eve is about a month away, but the fun kicks off early in the GTA. Starting on Friday and until Oct. 27, Canada’s Wonderland will be putting on its frightful Halloween Haunt, with more than 700 monsters, haunted mazes, live shows from performers such as The Illusionist, and the Dixieland Zombie Marching Band, and other “scare zones.” Click here for tickets.

More Halloween fun at Casa Loma
A castle is the perfect setting for a Halloween extravaganza, with its Gothic vibes, dark spaces, tunnels and echoed hallways. And we have a castle right here in the city where you can get such an experience. The Legends of Horror at Casa Loma takes attendees on a one-hour, two-kilometre walk from the castle’s lower gardens and into its tunnels. Along the walk, you will be immersed with a “theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures” with sets in the gardens and underground areas, as well as projections on the castle walls. The haunt starts on Friday and runs until Halloween, but it won’t be open on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, and Oct. 7-8.

First workout, then indulge
If you love fried chicken, then The Fried Chicken Fest is where you should be this weekend. The foodie event is being held at the Erindale GO Station in Mississauga with indoor and outdoor vendors. Some of the mouth-watering items include buttermilk Cajun chicken strips and Louisiana fried chicken wrapped in a waffle cone, as well as mac and cheese raclette, and ice cream funnel cakes. There will be music, dance performances, line dancing classes and retro games — so you can work up an appetite or burn off some calories afterward. Admission and parking will be free.

Science is your friend
In celebration of its 50th-anniversary, admission to the Ontario Science Centre will be free this weekend. The science party includes MindWorks — exploring and engaging the mind with virtual reality — an art installation on climate change, a look back at the science centre’s history, and other classics like the Van de Graaff generator and the seven-foot Tesla coil. Although admission is free, the IMAX films — such as Apollo 11 and Oceans: Our Blue Planet — are $9.