Don’t waste your hard earned weekend by spending it on the couch!
Whether you want to catch a flick at a film festival, unwind with a few beers, or check out some live music, you have nearly unlimited options in Toronto this weekend.
And we’ve gone ahead to make the planning process even easier for you by rounding up the top 25 events happening in Toronto this weekend that are guaranteed to show you a good time.
What: Now in its sixth year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival showcases the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy. Make sure to check the festival website for full film listings.
When: Screenings all weekend, 1 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
What: Aimed to drive awareness about illegal gun violence and gun control issues, this art exhibit will feature multi-medium works from artists Doug Schwartz (DetroitWick) and Tracy Hiner (Black Crow Studios) who use decommissioned guns and bullets, confiscated through amnesty programs. These artists show how tools of destruction can be transformed into beautiful works of art.
When: All weekend long, 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Only One Gallery, 5 Brock Ave
What: Now celebrating its 35th year, Pride Toronto is back for another exciting month filled with plenty of fun. The heart of the celebration is in Toronto’s gay village but opportunities for entertainment can be found in LGBTQ-friendly bars, restaurants and nightlife spots across the entire city.
When: Events all weekend
Where: Events located throughout the city
What: Around May 26 (or as predicted by the moon), Muslims around the world will begin to fast as part of Ramadan. One June 9th, in Toronto, a group of Canadians are getting together for a massive celebration that will unite Canadians of all backgrounds and invites the community to break fast together.
When: June 9, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
What: It’s Not U It’s Me will be collaborating with MUTEK for an evening of live electronic music here in Toronto. The annual MUTEK festival in Montreal, as well as their other activities all over the world, are leading voices in modern electronic music and digital art.
When: June 9, 9:30 pm to 5 am
Where: 2nd Floor Events, 461 King Street West
What: Get into the summer spirit, by checking out the city’s newest BBQ festival! BBQ Eats will feature ethnic BBQ flavours from around the world as well as a competition where grill masters will vie for a $10,000 prize. Admission is free, however, you’ll have to pay to eat!
When: June 9 to 11
Where: Ontario Place
What: The Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) is back for another year and will be hosting a diverse slate of feature and short-length films, documentaries, and animations that highlight the ways in which sport, recreation, and play matter in the everyday lives of people.
When: June 9 to 11
Where: TIFF Light Box, 350 King Street West
What: The 19th Annual Toronto Tattoo Show is returning to Toronto, for another exciting weekend.Get tattooed by world-renowned artists and be a part of one of the largest tattoo conventions in North America.
When: June 9 to 11
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd
What: Billed as the world’s largest butter tart festival, Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest boasts 150,000 butter tarts of all sizes and flavours for sale from over 50 butter tart vendors, as well as a marketplace populated with bakers, artisans, and community groups. Admission is free!
When: June 10, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 333 King Street, Midland
What: Open Tuning is a free festival celebrating live music through creating, performing, experiencing, and listening. Musicians from all genres, ages, and levels of experience are invited to perform at venues such as porches, parks, alleyways, garages, and street corners throughout the neighbourhood.
When: June 10, 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: Seaton Village, 819 Palmerston Ave
What: Head down to Bluffers Park to watch the iconic “2001: A Space Odyssey” under the stars. The evening screening will begin at sundown and is bound to be an unforgettable beach experience. The free event is outdoors, so be sure to bring chairs, blankets, and of course, popcorn.
When: June 10, 8 pm
Where: Scarborough Bluffers Park, 1 Brimley Road Sout
What: MANIFESTO 11 is a must-attend event for rap lovers and will feature the sounds of Majid Jordan, The Internet, Isaiah Rashad, Jidenna, and much more.
When: June 10, 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West
What: The annual Danforth East Yard Sale will be filled with local retailers and plenty of sidewalk sale fun. Hosted by the Danforth Mosaic BIA, admission is free, but if you want to take home some unique treasures you’ll need to bring some dough!
When: June 10 at 8 am to 2 pm
Where: Danforth Avenue
What: There’s really no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than surrounded by fresh, seasonal blooms. Come and celebrate the market’s fifth season and pick up some bouquets for yourself.
When: June 10, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Toronto Flower Market, 1001 Queen Street West
What: Refresh your apartment with some beautiful new work from local artists at the 5th annual Liberty Village Art Crawl. Admission is free and here you’ll find work from more than 65 artists and plenty of food vendors in case you get hungry.
When: June 10, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Liberty Village Park, 70 East Liberty Street
What: Stuff your face with grilled cheese sandwiches from challengers competing to win a $1,000 prize. In addition to food, look forward to live music, rides, games, a beer garden, and more.
When: June 10, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Lake Shore Boulevard West and Islington
What: FutureWorld will feature presentations and demos on the future of robotics and AI from creators, researchers, industrialists, and visionaries, with a focus on human-robot interaction, real-world impacts, challenges, and opportunities. Discover next generation AI interfaces, humanoid robots, autonomous vehicles, exoskeletons and more.
When: June 10, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street
What: This food truck festival takes over Downsview Park for a weekend featuring food vendors including Mustache Burger, Johnny Roccos Pizza Wagon, and Busters Sea Cove (to name just a few), plus a beer garden, live entertainment, and a kiddy midway.
When: June 10, 11 am to 11 pm; June 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Downsview Park
What: Back for its second year, the Waterfront Artisan Market will make Toronto’s waterfront come alive every Saturday until October at HTO Park. Here you’ll get to explore a curated mix of 75 artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Admission is free!
When: June 10, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
What: Hosted by 70+ Ontario craft breweries, Ontario Craft Beer Week features hundreds of craft beer-themed, grassroots events held throughout the GTA. Make sure to check the event website to find out what’s happening nearest you.
When: June 10 to 18
Where: Venues located throughout the city
What: Come and bare it all at the World Naked Bike Ride. This creative festival invites Torontonians to come together to cycle the streets. You can ride totally nude, partially, or in fancy dress, the choice is yours!
When: June 10, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Coronation Park, 711 Lake Shore Blvd West
What: The 8th annual Session Toronto Craft Beer Festival will kick off this year’s Ontario Craft Beer Week. For one afternoon, you can choose over 100 different beers to try and enjoy amazing food, beer education, and live music. There are two different sessions to attend, so make sure to check the event website for complete session start times.
When: June 10, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Yonge and Dundas Square
What: Celebrate Canada 150 on a fun-filled journey with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra through the best of popular music from Canadian stage and screen.
When: June 10 to 11
Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
What: If you’re looking to dance the afternoon away, make sure to stop by Cabana Pool Bar as Dutch DJ Afrojack is set to play an epic pool party.
When: June 11, 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street
What: Superpoint Pizza will be hosting Brooklyn’s Mr. Falco Pizza for a two-night pop-up promising “thin and crispy bar pies.”
When: June 11, 4 pm to 1 am; June 12 4 pm to 11 pm
Where: Superpoint Pizza, 184 Ossington Avenue