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Festivals, Fundraisers and Other Special Events

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Film festivals, marathons, Thanksgiving and Halloween fun fill October in Toronto. This is also the month of Harbourfront's International Festival of Authors, so there's plenty to choose from!

All month long
Halloween-themed Events
Halloween begins early in Toronto with a variety of events taking place throughout the month. For example, check out some of the many Halloween events for kids and families taking place this October.

Saturday October 6 - Monday October 8, 2012
Fall HarbourKIDS Festival
An annual event for kids and their families at Harbourfront Centre over the Thanksgiving Weekend. The theme for 2012 is "Folk".

Monday October 8, 2012
Thanksgiving

Wednesday October 10 - Sunday October 14, 2012
Planet in Focus Film Festival
Toronto's environmental-themed film festival returns for its 9th successful season. See films and videos of all styles that explore today's ecological issues and celebrate the natural world.

Thursday October 11 - Sunday October 14, 2012
Toronto Ski, Snowboard and Travel Show
Head to the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place for exhibits, sales and entertainment.

Friday October 12 - Sunday October 14, 2012
Creativ Festival
Beginning as The Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival, Creativ is now a consumer show aimed at all kinds of crafters and creators.

Friday October 12 - Saturday October 13, 2012
Running, Health and Fitness Expo
Tied into Sunday's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, this free event welcomes anyone interested in fitness to visit exhibitors at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Saturday October 13 - Sunday October 14, 2012
Toronto Garlic Festival
Head to the Evergreen Brick Works for all things garlic.

Sunday October 14, 2012
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a full, half or 5K run that ends in a celebration at Nathan Phillips Square. As the name suggests, most of the run takes place along Lakeshore Boulevard, providing a wonderful view for participants.
• See also Friday and Saturday's free Running, Health and Fitness Expo, listed above.

Tuesday October 16, 2012
Enterprise Toronto Small Business Forum
Speakers, exhibitors and more are on hand at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre so you can learn how to make your small business a success.
• Also check out About.com: Small Business Canada

Wednesday October 17 - Sunday October 21, 2012
imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival
Take in screenings, exhibits and events at over a dozen locations around the city.

Thursday October 18 - Saturday October 28, 2012
Toronto International Festival of Authors
Authors from around the world will gather at Harbourfront Centre for readings, discussions and book signings. Part of the International Readings at Harbourfront series, it is the cornerstone event of this year-round program.

Saturday October 20, 2012
Toronto Zombie Walk
The Zombie Walk is your chance to warm-up for Halloween by dressing like the undead and walking the sidewalks of Toronto in a brain-hungry horde!

Sunday October 21, 2012
Canzine
Broken Pencil magazine hosts this day of zines, small press and other alternative culture.

Friday October 26 - Monday October 29, 2012
Toronto International Art Fair
A serious fair for serious collectors, the TIAF has a growing reputation not only as a show and sale but as an event exploring the present and future of the art world. Admission fees apply, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Saturday October 27 - Sunday October 28, 2012
Zoomer Show
Consumer and lifestyle show for for men and women 45+.

Wednesday October 31, 2012
Halloween!

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