Date Night: Nuit Blanche, poutine eating and Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

Well, October sure has welcomed us with a chilly start, but this city is showing no signs of slowing down or hiding indoors. 

With the Jays keeping everyone’s spirits alive, it’s a good time to get out there and enjoy the spirit of Toronto while we’re at our finest. 

The obvious choice for the weekend is to head out to Nuit Blanche. Taking place as night falls on Saturday, there will be art and photography exhibits set up across the city. Take a stroll through the city equipped with a coat and gloves and try to hit up as many as you can. 

It’s free and fun, and will likely expose you to types of art you’ve never seen before. Artists from around the world will be gracing our streets and public places with their installations. 

An installation getting a lot of buzz is "Inside Out" at City Hall. Over the last week, Torontonians have been tucking into photo booths and trucks across the city to have their photos taken in black and white and added to the installation of portraits taking over Nathan Phillips Square, Bay Street, and our beloved Toronto sign. 

Before you head out for a night on the town, you should probably fill up on some delicious and hot comfort food to prepare you for the cold weather. 

Looks like you won’t be paying for that either if you head to Yonge-Dundas Square any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Smoke’s Poutinerie is hosting the World Poutine Eating Championship in the square and will be handing out free poutine to all those who come to check it out. 

If you think you’re worthy of the crown, or want to impress your date with your extreme eating habits (probably not the best idea), then join the amateur eaters at 2 p.m. and then stay to check out how the professionals do it at their eat-off at 3 p.m. 

Finally, if the cold just isn’t your thing and you have no desire to accept the cool temperatures just yet, fret not, there’s fun for you too. Over at Exhibition Place is the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show taking place Saturday and Sunday. 

There’s something for everyone, and a great place to show off your sense of style. Whether you’re hunting for designer finds, retro pieces, or one-of-a-kind garments, this is the place to be. Plus, the antique market is included with your admission, so you will also get a chance to dive into history. 

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