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Weekend Roundup: October 5 to 7

Friday: The Evergreen Brick Works gets an East Coast makeover for Alexander Keith’s birthday bash

Friday, October 5
East Coast King of Brews Alexander Keith’s celebrates 217 years in the beer business with a party at the Evergreen Brick Works. Your $10 tickets gets you free shuttle service, an exclusive performance by Matt Mays and a drink to pair with Toronto food vendors’ fare, specially created to go perfectly with a cool pint of Keith’s.

Spekt! Bier! Lederhosen! Celebrate German tradition (and happy hour) with Toronto Oktoberfest at St. Lawrence Market. Live entertainment, including oom-pah bands and a Bavarian strongman, helps get you into the Deutsch spirit in a traditional beer hall environment.

The Wiggles are touring together for the last time as Greg, Jeff and Murray prepare to leave the famous foursome after 21 years performing favourites like “Hot Potato” and “Rock a Bye Your Bear.” Take the kids to say farewell tonight at the Ricoh Coliseum—and watch out for three new wiggles to join remaining member Anthony in the near future.

Saturday: Learn about embroidery and other old-timey stuff at HarbourKids: Folk (photo by Mary Breen)

Saturday, October 6
Celebrate all things folk—tales, art, music and more—this weekend at HarbourKids: Folk, a free, family-friendly festival at Harbourfront Centre. Dance along to an old-time country performance by The Cowgirl Choir, watch Evalyn Parry play her vintage-bicycle turned musical instrument, and participate in craft workshops to learn vintage embroidery techniques, among other things.

Vegans and vegetarians delight in Veggielicious, a long-called-for addition to Toronto’s culinary celebration calendar! Now in its second year, the dining promotion highlights meatless meals with deals at over 30 local restaurants, including Urban Herbivore and Live Food Bar. This is the final weekend to save on vegetable-packed dishes—the event ends October 7.

The Toronto Independent Music Awards take over the Phoenix Concert Theatre tonight with performances by Dilly Dally, HOTCHA! DJ TvT and more. All proceeds go to MusicCounts, an organization that works to ensure access to music programs for children and teens. What better reason to rock out?

Sunday: Taste the pumpkin ale, produced using heritage techniques, at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Sunday, October 7
Travel back to 1860 and give thanks like the early settlers of Black Creek Pioneer Village did. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride with the family and then feast on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring local Ontario ingredients and Black Creek Historic Brewery’s own delicious pumpkin ale.

The Zombie Apocalypse has reached Canada’s Wonderland. Haunted mazes, evil clowns and the living dead take over the park this weekend, which marks the beginning of its Halloween Haunt festivities (ongoing each weekend until Halloween). Select rides including Behemoth remain open. Costumes are not permitted.

An interactive musical play for children aged 3 to 10, Solar Stage’s The Singing Animals of Bremen follows a donkey, chicken and dog as they leave home, fend off robbers and gain their freedom as a famous singing group. Take the whole family to watch and participate in this magical show.

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