Fall’s Best Arts & Culture Date Night Events in Toronto

There are so many great events happening in the city and this fall season brings out the best of the best. Here are some great nights to mark in your calendar. If you’re looking for something more inspiring and unique for your next date night or with to hang out with your friends, we’ve got our eyes and open minds here…

Lot #66 features 'Character Reference 01' by Virginia Mak, courtesy of Bau-Xi Gallery.Casey House Art With Heart: The Carlu, October 6, 2015 annual contemporary art auction and reception to raise essential funds for the orgainzations yearly HIV/AIDS related initiatives. Now in it’s 22nd year, this art acution features some of the country’s most celebrated as well as emerging artists to benefit many of Casey House’s initiatives. Since its inception, Art With Heart has raised over $6.2 million in bids and donations. Online preview of the selected 2015 pieces are being showcased one piece a day on its social media channels leading up to the event. A live free preview will also be open to the public at Waddington’s from October 1-4.

Eatable Film Festival: October 4 – 6, 2015. Finally someone caught onto the theme and made it official. This is the film festival that you can taste. Each screening is paired with a meal. An example, chef Grant Van Gameren (Bar Isabel and Bar Raval) collaborates with the Canadian premiere screening of Sherry and the Mystery of Palo Cortado. Ticket price includes the film screening, sherry cocktail, pintxos, sherry tasting. This screening also offers an option of a 5-course sherry pairing dinner at Bar Isabel.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: October 3, 2015. This all-night contemporary art event is in it’s 10th year and remains free for everyone to enjoy. Scattered in many locations around the city, best to wear your most comfortable shoes and dress for the weather to take in the hundreds of art installations. Experience local and international art installations including visual, performing, multi-media and interactive arts. Plan your route, pack a few energy bars and check out top picks on our site.

ROM Friday Night Live: returns October 2nd for its 8th season! Get ready for nine weeks partying under the dinosaurs every friday night until November 27. This season, guests will enjoy an enhanced experience with 11 new food vendors, groove to the sounds of the city’s best DJs, and new this season ROM members enjoy access to a #FNLROM Member Concierge, exclusive member contests and pries, a premium bar, and the opportunity to meet performers, artists, and curators. Each weeks offers a unique experience starting on October 2 with nuitROM offering guests a sneak peek at the ROM’s Nuit Blanche installation before it opens to the public. Each #FNLROM night also features live musical performances and themed interactive activities. Take note of October 30th for the Day of the Dead party.

Image courtesy of ElectricCity Events /ROM

AGO Friday Nights: launching November 6, 2015. The evening offers a social, sophisticated and stimulating night out at the Gallery. Featuring themed programming, music, food, drinks and art making opportunities, this in-gallery experience is perfect for those who are seeking a unique cultural experience. This November 2015, AGO Friday Nights will celebrate the opening of J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free, a major exhibition featuring the experimental and contemplative works of the artist. A special musical performance by Tapestry Opera, Music Set Free is curated by Michael Hidetoshi Mori, Artistic Director of Tapestry Opera. Interactive programming for adults will include free drop-in artmaking as well as pre-registered art courses. Of course the popular AGO First Thursdays art party series remains the same.


12045255_1110997302244087_4916812850551214421_oREEL ASIAN International Film Festival: November 5-15, 2015. The 19th annual film festival has attracted thousands to the exciting 10 days of film, workshops and parties. It’s a great opportunity to check out some internationally celebrated films showcased in contemporary Asian cinema. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian filmmakers from Canada, U.S., and Asia. Film galas and screenings take place in two locations: Toronto and Richmond Hill. This is Canada’s largest Asian film festival.

Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival: October 21-25, 2015. Canada’s largest and longest running environmental film festival has an incredible line-up of thought provoking and discussion worthy features and short films. Noted is the Closing Night Film is Last Harvest by Hui Wang. It follows the remarkable journey of an elderly Chinese farming couple on a forced relocation by the government’s mammoth and controversial South-to-North Water Diversion Project. Planet in Focus Foundation is a non-for-profit and member driven charitable organization who’s mission is to promote environmental education by raising awareness of critical environmental issues through a variety of media-based initiatives.


IMG_7791-682x1024Spiegelworld’s Empire: extended to November 8, 2015. If you’ve spotted the circus tent down at Harbourfront, that’s the current home to this wildly popular sexy cirque performance. Featuring acrobatic, circus, comedy and vaudeville acts from around the world in an intimate setting that will leave you shocked and in definitely in awe. You will never look at bananas the same way again. You’ve been warned.












Sonya is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of AZNmodern.com. She is also a well-established contributing lifestyle writer to other sites and magazines sharing her passion for arts & culture, fashion, beauty, travel and food. Sonya is based in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @theculturepearl

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