November 16th, 2018
Thur. Nov. 1, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E.
Applegrove presents a Pumpkin Parade. Get your pumpkins ready and bring them starting at 5:30. Don't forget to bring a flashlight for the parade. In partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust.
Market 55
Sundays, 9 am - 1 pm
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. (in the parking lot)
Runs every Sunday. Featuring fresh, local products from the farm straight to your table!
Pumpkin Parade!
Thur. Nov. 1, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ed McCleverty Playground (a.k.a. Ted Reeve Playground) corner of Main & Gerrard
Friends of Ed McCleverty Playground
Bring your pumpkins out to the wading pool area for a last "spooktacular" lighting with neighbourhood pumpkins! Rain or shine. Stay for the final lighting or drop & go. Pumpkins will be properly disposed of in a city provided bin.
Withrow Park Pumpkin Parade
Thur. Nov. 1, 6:30 pm
725 Logan Ave.
Bring your Jack O'Lanterns to the paths surrounding the fire pit and light up the pathways with your pumpkins. Spooky storytime with Pepper at 7 pm. Brought to you by: Friends of Withrow Park. Special thanks to Councillor Paula Fletcher for her assistance.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Sun. Nov. 4 at 2 am
Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour.
Beaches Library presents: Military Historian David Fuller on Armistice in 1918
Tue. Nov. 6, 7 pm - 8:15 pm
Beaches Branch, Toronto Public Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society and The Toronto Public Library presents: Military Historian David Fuller on Armistice in Europe and at Home in 1918. Admission is Free. All welcome! Visit our website for articles, news, links and historical material on our neighbourhood.
Remembrance Day
Sun. Nov. 11
"Lest We Forget". Wear your poppies to celebrate the lives and remember the sacrifices of our brave men and women who have died fighting for the freedom and security of our nation and our values.
Remembrance Day Ceremony
Sun. Nov. 11, 11 am
Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E.
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 1/42
We start off at Corpus Christi Church where we form up for a parade, then proceed east along Queen Street to the Cenotaph. Ceremony will begin at five minutes to 11 am.
Remembrance Day Luncheon
Sun. Nov. 11
Beaches Baron Byng Royal Canadian Legion, 243 Coxwell Ave.
Legion: 416-465-0120; Community Centre 55: 416-691-1113
Join us immediately after the ceremony at Kew Gardens.
Toronto Christmas Market
Thur. Nov. 15 thru Sun. Dec. 23
The Distillery Historic District
Celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas, inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New. This annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products.
Community Christmas Market
Sat. Nov. 17, 10 am - 2 pm
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.
Fair Trade and locally produced gift items, handcrafted Christmas decor, knitted toy animals, jewelry, baked goods and tasty treats, including amazing gingerbread creations and our famous meat pies, jams and jellies, and so much more.
Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon
Sat. Nov. 17, 11 am - 2 pm
Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd.
Home baking, preserves, jams & jellies, crafts, knitting, sewing, collectible and new Christmas decorations, Granny’s attic, country store, silent auction, quilt raffle, cheeses, frozen dinners, encore table (“regifted” goods) and more. Luncheon from 11 am - 1:30 pm. Handicapped accessible.
Corpus Christi Church Annual Christmas Craft Fair
Sat. Nov. 17, 10 am - 6:30 pm; Sun. Nov. 18, 10 am - 1 pm
1810 Queen St. E. (at Lockwood Rd.)
Beautiful & unique handmade crafts, knitting, preserves, Christmas gifts and decorations. Over 25 vendors, baked goods, raffles, delicious meals & snacks from our café. Kids mail your letters to Santa. FREE parking!
Christmas Market at Woodbine Heights Baptist Church
Sat. Nov. 17, 10 am - 2 pm
1171 Woodbine Ave. (at Sammon Ave)
20 local artisans and crafters; baked goods; cafe/tea room, children’s craft table. Free admission.
The Santa Claus Parade
Sun. Nov. 18, starting at 12:30 pm
Downtown Toronto
For 114 years, Toronto has looked forward to the Santa Claus Parade. Starts at Bloor and Christie, moves east to University Ave. then south to Front and Jarvis, ending at the St. Lawrence Market.
Chair Exercise for Seniors: 65+
Mon. Nov. 19, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Riverdale Branch, Toronto Public Library, 370 Broadview Ave.
Join us for a free Community Exercise Program for seniors! Exercises are designed to improve balance, cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. Offered by Mobility Matters in partnership with Carefirst Seniors. Participants must be 65 years of age or older. Registration and Health Card are required. Call 416-393-7720 to register, or for more information.
Thanksgiving (US)
Thur. Nov. 22
Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has officially been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving.
Cavalcade of Lights
Sat. Nov. 24 thru Mon. Dec. 31
Festival spans citywide, illuminating 20 neighbourhoods or call 311
The annual Cavalcade of Lights sets Toronto aglow with spellbinding events, sparkling lights, and a one-of-a-kind tour of Toronto's picturesque neighbourhoods.
First Lighting Celebration
Sat. Nov. 24, 7 pm
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall or call 311
A well-loved Toronto tradition. People gather every year for the first lighting of the beautifully-decorated Christmas Tree and Nathan Phillips Square with thousands of energy efficient LED lights in colours of red, white and silver. This special evening also includes live musical performances and a fireworks finale.
The Winter Kidzfest
Sat. Nov. 24, 11 am - 5 pm
Yonge-Dundas Square
Come and have fun with the family at the annual KidzFest. See your favourite children's characters come to life, have your photos taken and enjoy free activities.
Craft Sale at St. John the Baptist Norway
Sat. Nov. 24, 9:30 am - 2 pm
470 Woodbine Ave. (at Kingston Rd.)
Genny Stock,
Local artisans will have crafts and gifts for the home and the holidays. This is a very popular annual sale. Lunch and home baking will also be available.
Customer Appreciation Days at Hooper’s Pharmacy & Vitamin Shop
Sat. Nov. 24 & Sun. Nov. 25.
2136 Queen St. E.
20% off store-wide. Largest selection of quality vitamins, supplements and natural products in the Beach! Stock up on basics and shop for Christmas. We Are Your Partners in Health.
Beaches Santa Claus Parade
Sun. Nov. 25, 1 pm
Community Centre 55 and Kingston Road Village Business Association
The parade runs west along Kingston Road from Victoria Park Ave. to Walter Street, then north to Community Centre 55 where a barbeque, children's crafts and photos with Santa will be held immediately following the parade. Don't forget to bring a twoonie to support Community Centre 55's Share A Christmas program.
Scarborough Model Railroaders Train Show
Sun. Nov. 25, 11 am - 4 pm
17 Jeavons Ave.
Two floors of HO and N scale layouts – 1950s southern Ontario with authentic steam & diesel sound, and double-tracked mainline through mountain scenery. Visit our website for more info.
Christmas Craft & Bake Sale
Sun. Nov. 25, 9 am - 3:30 pm
St. John Elementary School Gym, 780 Kingston Rd. (2 blocks east of Main St.)
Info: Jane,
Don’t miss this ever popular event, with 30+ artisans from the greater community offering one-of-a-kind affordable gift ideas! Raffles, 50/50 draw and silent auction! We're on Hamper's Santa Claus Parade route so drop in before or after for hot beverages & light lunch offerings! Accessible to all.
DeClute Light Up The Beach
Fri. Nov. 30, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
The Beaches Boardwalk, at the foot of Leuty Ave.
DeClute Real Estate Inc.; 416-686-9618
Get into the Holiday spirit by joining Santa Claus as he counts down to light over 80,000 Christmas lights lining the shore & Toronto Boardwalk along the Beach. The lights will sparkle nightly until late-February along the Boardwalk from the Leuty Lighthouse to The Balmy Beach Club. Free fun family event. In Support of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation.
Christmas in the Park - Tree Lighting
Sat. Dec. 1, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Alex Christie Bandshell in Kew Gardens
Toronto Beaches Lions Club
A community event with music, family entertainment, candlelight caroling, tree lighting, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, etc. Don’t forget to bring “Loonies for the Lions”.
Pancake Breakfast With Santa
Sat. Dec. 1, 8 am - 10 am
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Lainey Anderson
416-691-1113 ext 223 or
Join us for a pancake breakfast with Hamper the Reindeer! Suggested donation of $3 per person. Children's crafts and activities will also be offered.
Beach Guild of Fine Art's Christmas Gift & Art Show
Sat. Dec. 1, 12 pm - 8 pm & Sun. Dec. 2, 10 am - 5 pm
The Gardener’s Cottage at Kew Gardens, 30 Lee Ave. (south of Queen St.);
Browse for those special gifts in the charming, historic ambience of the Gardener’s Cottage, located in the heart of Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood. Take in the creative works of over 30 local artists. The show features a wonderful array of original art, small paintings, Christmas ornaments and unique gifts. Admission is free.
Tannenbaum 10K
Sun. Dec. 2, starts at 10 am
Along the Boardwalk
Beaches Runners Club
A 10K run, and kids 1k fun run, along the Martin Goodman Trail, starting/ending at foot of Lee Ave.
Scarborough Model Railroaders Train Show
Sun. Dec. 2, 11 am - 4 pm
17 Jeavons Ave.
Two floors of HO and N scale layouts – 1950s southern Ontario with authentic steam & diesel sound, and double-tracked mainline through mountain scenery. Visit our website for more info.
Leslieville Flea 6th Annual Holiday Market
Sat. Dec. 8 & Sun. Dec. 9, 10 am - 5 pm
Jimmie Simpson Community Centre, 870 Queen St. E.
The Leslieville Flea Holiday market is a one stop shop for Holiday gift giving needs. Select vendors have carefully curated a variety of unique and affordable vintage items, perfect for everyone on the holiday gift giving list. There will also be great food, coffee, and music. For all the details visit our website. See you there!
Holiday Crafts and Food Marketplace
Sat. Dec. 8, 11 am - 4 pm
1774 Queen St. E. (at Lark St.)
Mennonite New Life Centre Toronto
Admission is FREE for shoppers! Join us for live music and a silent auction along with 30+ artisan vendors. Proceeds from the event will go to the MNLCT and our co-organizer Aurora House to support programs and services for newcomers and people who have been trafficked in Canada.
Caroling in the Park
Tue. Dec. 11, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Glen Stewart Park
Contact: 416-759-9997, Dave Breach
The 30th year! Join us to sing carols and contemporary songs with the Salvation Army Band and the Beach United Church choir. Santa Claus will hand out candy canes to the children and there will be hot apple cider and hot chocolate to keep you warm. A collection will be taken for the Salvation Army.
Centre 55 Share-A-Christmas Program
Tue. Dec. 18 thru Sat. Dec. 22
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Jade Maitland, 416-691-1113 ext 224,
Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 - packing and sorting non-perishables, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm; Friday 21 - packing and sorting toys (no children please), 6 pm - 8:30 pm; Saturday 22 (Delivery Day) - 1 pm - 5 pm.
Winter begins (Winter Solstice)
Fri. Dec. 21
The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet is farthest away from its star, depending on the polar hemisphere of reference. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our Sun during a solstice is 23° 26'. More evidently from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.[2] Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinter, the longest night or the first day of winter.
Christmas Day
Tue. Dec. 25
Boxing Day
Wed. Dec. 26
New Year's Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
Mon. Dec. 31, starts at 8 pm
Nathan Phillips Square
Join the celebration and ring in the New Year with residents and visitors alike at Nathan Phillips Square. Skate on Toronto's famous ice rink to the sounds of a local DJ, enjoy live musical performances from top Toronto talent throughout the evening, and a spectacular fireworks presentation at midnight.
39th Annual Hair of the Dog Run
Tue. Jan. 1, 11 am - 1 pm
Balmy Beach Canoe Club, along the Boardwalk
Lace up your running shoes and come on down to the Balmy Beach Club at the foot of Beech Avenue for the annual Hair of the Dog Run. 9k Run and 3k Walk. Walkers start at 11:30 am, Runners start at 12 noon. On-site registration starts at 10:30 am. or you can register online. Everyone is invited to the cool dip!
New Year's Day
Tue. Jan. 1
School resumes (TDSB)
Mon. Jan. 7
Valentine's Day
Thur. Feb. 14
Family Day (Ontario)
Mon. Feb. 18
Beaches 12th Annual Kids Program Open House
Sat. Feb. 23, 11 am - 3 pm
Beaches Recreation Centre Gym, 6 Williamson Rd.
Beaches Living and Beaches Recreation Centre
Come learn about and explore kids programs available in the Beaches for ages 0 to 16. Meet face to face with program organizers, teachers, coaches, etc. The participating programs are in all areas including music, sports, science, arts, computer, playgroups, tutors, after school programs and much more. This Open House is free and open to families in the Beaches and the Greater Beaches area. View event photos from past year at:
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sun. Mar. 10
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour!
March Break
Mon. Mar. 11 to Fri. Mar. 15
St. Patrick's Day
Sun. Mar. 17
The longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parade in Canada occurs each year in Montreal, Québec. The parades have been held in continuity since 1824; however, St. Patrick's Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France. In Canada, Saint Patrick's Day is an official holiday only in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the City of Toronto from 1919 to 1927, the Toronto Maple Leafs were known as the Toronto St. Patricks, and wore green jerseys. In 1999 when the Leafs played on Hockey Night in Canada (national broadcast of the NHL) on St. Patrick's Day, the Leafs wore the green St. Pats retro jersey. Although the baseball season is still in the spring training phase when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, the Toronto Blue Jays wear green uniforms for the occasion.
Spring begins
Wed. Mar. 20
Earth Hour
Sat. Mar. 30, 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
Beaches Spring Sprint
Sat. Apr. 6, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Boardwalk and Balmy Beach Club
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
32nd Annual Spring Sprint, 5 km run/walk for adults at 9:30 am; 2 km run for kids/seniors at 10:30 am. Awards following at the Balmy Beach Canoe Club. Registration will take place at the Beaches Recreation Centre late March and beginning of April. No registration day of the race. To volunteer please send an email to
Beaches|Life 2nd Annual Spring Wellness & Beauty Show
Sun. Apr. 7, 10 am - 4 pm
Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club - at the foot of Coxwell Ave.
Come and meet local business owners face-to-face, discover the wide range of products and services they provide, get a personal consultation, and celebrate the Spring Season together! *Healthy Living, Wellness & Lifestyle *Live presentation, demos & fashion show *Special offers from your local businesses *Live music *FREE Admission & FREE Parking
Good Friday
Fri. Apr. 19
Beaches Lions Club 53rd Annual Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Apr. 21, 2 pm - 4 pm
Queen St. E., from Munro Park to Woodbine Ave.
Toronto Beaches Lions Club,
Everyone loves the Easter Parade. The event, now in its fifth decade, attracts thousands of people from all over the city. Don't forget your Loonies for the Lions, to support local charities. Applications for the parade can be found at the Beaches Lions Website.
Easter Sunday (Western)
Sun. Apr. 21
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Apr. 22
Earth Day
Mon. Apr. 22
Spring Beach Studio Tour 2019
Fri. May 3, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. May 4, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. May 5, 11 am - 6 pm
From Coxwell Ave. to Victoria Park Ave.
Beach Studio Tour artists
Home is where the art is! You are invited into the homes and studios of local artists throughout the Toronto Beach. Visit 23 artists at 15 locations. This tour offers fine craftsmanship in a variety of mediums and styles for the home. Self-guided, free admission. Brochures with map will be available at most local shops and on the website. On the weekend of the tour look for the yellow signs and explore our vibrant, artistic neighbourhood.
Mother's Day
Sun. May 12
Happy Mother's Day!
Artfest Toronto at the Distillery
Sat. May 18 to Mon. May 20, 11 am - 6 pm
Distillery District
Spring Art & Craft Show. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada's top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission.
Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
Victoria Day, Mon. May 20, 9:45 pm
Ashbridges Bay Park
City of Toronto
Toronto's only Victoria Day fireworks show will be a spectacular 14 minute display at Ashbridges Bay Park, rain or shine. TTC service will be increased between Queen Street East and the Bloor-Danforth subway on the Coxwell (22A), Main (64) and Woodbine South (92A). It is recommended that members of the public use the TTC and leave their cars at home. A special viewing area with limited space is set aside to accommodate people with disabilities and their families. City bylaws prohibit the public from setting off personal fireworks in the park.
Victoria Day
Mon. May 20
Happy Victoria Day!
Father's Day
Sun. June 16
Happy Father's Day!
First Day of Summer
Fri. June 21
Today marks the official first day of summer.
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Que.)
Mon. June 24
Happy Canada Day!
Mon. July 1st
Did You Know? -- not till October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as "Dominion Day" became "Canada Day". The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. For more information about the history of Canada Day, visit Canadian Heritage website at
Independence Day (U.S.)
Thur. July 4
Civic Holiday in Canada
Mon. Aug. 5
Canada wide
In Canada, Civic Holiday is in most cases the first Monday of August. Civic Holiday in Canada is not a statutory holiday. A bill has been attempted to be passed in the House of Commons but it has always been unsuccessful. If an employer wants you to work, it is a work day.
Labour Day
Mon. Sep. 2
Canada celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday of September and is the last long weekend of the summer – the last time families can take their children on a short vacation before school starts again. If you can't get out of town – be a tourist in your own town.
First Day of Autumn
Mon. Sep. 23
Thanksgiving Day
Mon. Oct. 7
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first Thanksgiving to have taken place in North America.
Thur. Oct. 31
The Celts believed that every year on the last day of October, the souls of the dead visited the earth.
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