Thanksgiving Weekend Events From Coast To Coast

Ahh, yes, it’s the last long weekend until Christmas, and depending on where in the country that you live, it might also be one of the last nice weekends before the seasonable cold weather moves in. Here are some fun things to do from coast to coast to take advantage of the one of the best three-day weekends of the year.


If you live in Toronto or plan on visiting there this weekend, there are a number of things to keep you busy in-between giving thanks. There’s a live performance with Curtis Jones (aka Green Velvet), as well as Bloor Hot Docs Cinema presenting independent film, music, art, and performance. If you make it to Hot Docs then don’t miss the midnight screening of unreleased documentary “Our Hobby is Depeche Mode/The Posters Came From the Walls.”


After visiting the Vancouver Farmer’s Market to get all the ingredients for your Thanksgiving dinner feast, or stop by the Richmond Night Market for a unique shopping and eating experience (it closes after this weekend). It’s also BC craft beer month, families can visit the Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train, and PNE celebrates Halloween with themed rides, creepy attractions, haunted houses, crazy live shows, and more (on East Hastings Street).


Merci for everything, or something like that… Montreal always takes advantage of a holiday and Thanksgiving sure isn’t any exception. The city is hosting numerous events this Thanksgiving weekend, Ste. Anne de Bellevue is hosting their Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market, and the Black & Blue fest is kicking off, an annual event embracing expression – this year special guests include top DJs from across the world such as Pascal B, Philip White, Stephan Grondin, Bent Collective, Pagano, Tom Stephan and COYU.


Calgarians enjoy Thanksgiving the traditional way: with lots of fall fun! From harvest pumpkin hunts (Butterfield Acres) and festivals to spooky Halloweekends at Calaway Park, there’s no shortage of awesome seasonal things to take part in this long weekend. And don’t miss the 2014 Autumn Pumpkin Festival with flashlight nights.


If you’re looking for your East Coaster family and friends, they won’t be home cooking turkey… they’ll be at the myriad of events being held in the area. The Maritime Fall Fair is a must-see with petting zoos, rides, and a large number of exhibitors. The Bluenose Ghosts Festival is also starting up this weekend – it’s a spooky homage to Dr. Helen Creighton’s work in haunting tales.

Photo: Tourism New Brunswick