13 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, May 27

May 25 2017, 9:16 pm

More weekend coming at you! As Saturday kicks off, check out these events happening in and around Toronto on this lovely day.

21C Music Festival 2017

What: This year’s 21C Music Festival marks Canada 150 and will feature some of our country’s most innovative composers and musicians. There’s a variety of performances taking place over the weekend from Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, Cinq à Sept, and Claudia Chan with Benjamin Bowman to name a few!

When: May 27 to 28, 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West

Inside Out

What: Inside Out, Toronto’s very own LGBT film festival, is back for another action-packed season and will feature a hefty mix of world premieres, local features, industry programs and a festival lounge. Make sure to check out the event website, as there’s a ton of screenings throughout the weekend.

When: Now until June 4
Where: Check the website as there are events happening throughout the city


What: Calling all dog lovers: The largest outdoor dog festival in North America is taking place in Toronto this weekend! From toys and fashion lines to accessories and treats, there’s something for every four-legged friend.

When: May 27 to 28
Where: Woodbine Park

Anime North 2017

What: Toronto’s largest fan-run anime convention is back! This three-day event will celebrate all things anime, manga, and Japanese Culture boasting a multitude of events including costume masquerades, dances, contests, gaming opportunities (including Live Action Role Playing, CCG Games, and video gaming), panels, workshops, and Nominoichi, a fan-run night market.

When: May 27 to 28
Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, Mississauga; International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road

Brunch Fest

What: It’s no secret that Torontonians are obsessed with brunch, which is why we’re pleased to share that there will be a festival solely devoted to our favourite foods. Come and enjoy brunch-time staples, such as bagels, pancakes, eggs Benedict, bacon and of course, plenty of booze.

When: May 27 to 28, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: 99 Sudbury

Barbados on the Water Festival

What: Get a head start on your summer vacation by checking out the largest festival of Barbadian culture in Canada. Here you’ll find fashion shows, literary events, and children’s activities, comedy nights, rum tastings, and plenty of music to dance your nights away.

When: May 27 to 28
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

CBC Music Festival

What: Celebrating its fifth year, the CBC Music Festival will proudly showcase an all-Canadian lineup featuring co-headliners Serena Ryder and Walk Off The Earth. CBC Music Festival brings a diverse roster of artists from across Canada to Toronto for a one-day event.

When: May 27
Where: Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

Motionball’s Marathon of Sport Toronto

What: This Saturday, Canada’s Motionball Marathon of Sport is back for its 16th exciting year! This year’s event is set to break a Guinness World Record with more than 850 participants playing in an 8-hour, multi-sport round tournament and raise $330,000 for Special Olympics Canada.

When: May 27, 8 am to 4 pm
Where: Downsview Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd

Wavelength at Doors Open Toronto

What: As part of the can’t miss event, Doors Open, Toronto’s heritage R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant will be opening its doors for an epic day filled with non-stop music and good times. Throughout the day there will be three free concerts followed by a DIY after party hosted by the Bike Pirates.

When: May 27, 12 pm to 12 am
Where: R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, 2701 Queen Street East

Wellness Exhibition & Fair

What: For one night only, Toronto’s beautiful Bata Shoe Museum will be transformed into a wellness fair. Come and enjoy an evening filled with wellness speakers, vendors, energy healing sessions, holistic workshops, healthy snacks, aromatherapy and so much more!

When: May 27, 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West

Future Islands

What: Synth-pop faves Future Islands return to land to play in our city after their latest release The Far Field. Get ready to sing out loud, especially during their hit track “Seasons (Waiting on You).”

When: May 27 at 7 pm
Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue

Scarborough Food Truck Festival

What: This east side food festival returns for its sophomore year and is promising 15 trucks in attendance. Among the participating curbside eateries on the bill, look forward to seeing Crispy Craves, Dairy’s Best, Food Cabbie, Mustache Burger, Alijandro’s Kitchen, The Corn Cowboys, and more.

When: May 27, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Parking Lot H, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), 1265 Military Trail

Doors Open

What: The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto returns to Toronto, offering free and rare access to 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

When: May 27 to 28
Where: Various locations throughout the city

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