On any given week in Toronto there are a host of events and activities you can take part in. Here are our top picks for the long Thanksgiving weekend - themed around food and/or getting outside to enjoy the fall!

Cooking in the Kitchen Garden
Thursday, October 9; 4-7PM
Toronto Botanical Garden
Cost: Public $40; Members $32

Join No Guff Vegetable Gardening author and small scale urban farmer Steve Biggs in the Toronto Botanical Garden's Kitchen Garden for a hands-on demonstration of how to create delicious seasonal meals with end-of-season veggies. Tour the on-site Farmers’ Market to learn more about seasonal crop production and then help harvest our own vegetables and get cooking right there in the garden. Take home tips for putting your veggie garden to rest, and a recipe from one of our vendors.

F.E.E.D. Photovoice Exhibit
Thursday, October 9; 6-8PM
BevLab//The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
Cost: Free, RSVP: feedinitiative@gmail.com

F.E.E.D Initiative, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Education Workers - Local 4400 and BevLab, hosts a photovoice exhibit highlighting the impacts of food and food-related entrepreneurial changes and resources on local Parkdale youth and the narratives that follow. Photos and personal stories were collected by Parkdale Collegiate Institute students during the Summer of 2014 using photovoice – a research method used to engage individuals and communities who are frequently left out of important policy discussions and decision-making processes. This event is the students' culminating task and showcases their discoveries!

2014 Ontario Craft Show
October 10-12; Friday 11AM-9PM; Saturday 9AM-5PM; Sunday 11AM-5PM
Artscape Wychwood Barns
Cost: Free

The Craft Show will feature a juried collection of Craft Ontario members, working in a variety of media including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and wood. This inaugural show will showcase the best of craft by Craft Ontario members in an inspired setting. The Craft Show makes a perfect Thanksgiving activity; bring the family, visit the farmers market and take the opportunity to shop a curated selection of craft! 

Toronto Flower Market
Saturday, October 11; 10AM-3PM
1056 Queen Street W, near Queen/Dovercourt

Toronto's first outdoor flower market was created with a mandate towards raising awareness about locally grown flower varieties and greenhouses. Visitors can shop the stalls of high-quality, affordable flowers while interacting directly with local growers and florists. Toronto Flower Market takes place the second Saturday of each month, from May until October at 1056 Queen St. W.

Garlic Planting with Downsview Park Nature Connection
Sunday, October 12; 2-4PM
35 Carl Hall Road, Downsview Park
Cost: Free

Join us for one last round of outdoor garden fun! Did you know that October is a great time to get outside and plant in your garden?  Garlic, a winter crop, is best planted in October for an early summer harvest. This is a FREE nature program for families. Connect with your natural world and come out to Downsview Park!