24 Toronto events worth checking out this April

Mar 29 2018, 8:40 pm

Say hello to spring by enjoying some of the city’s biggest events this month.

From outdoor activities to concerts, festivals and cultural events, we’ve rounded up everything you need for an action-packed month.


One of a Kind Show


One of a Kind Show

What: The One of a Kind Show made its triumphant return to Toronto this week,  bringing thoughtfully made items from over 500 artisans from coast-to-coast.

When: Now until April 1
Time: Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd.
Price: Tickets start at $15 and are available online and at the door

Christian Dior Exhibit at the ROM

What: There are only a few more days left to experience the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic designs that revived the Paris haute couture industry following the Second World War at the ROM’s exhibit Christian Dior.

When: Now until April 8
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $20 for adults

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

What: This spring, the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival returns to four conservation areas, all within an hour drive from Toronto!

When: Now until April 8
Time: Varies by location
Where: Bruce’s Mill, Kortright Centre, Island Lake and Terra Cotta
Price: Tickets are available online starting at $5.75

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

What: Infinity Mirrors, the dazzling world of Yayoi Kusama is now open at the AGO. During this exhibit, visitors have the opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once.

When: Now until May 27
Time: 10:30 am to 9 pm
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317, Dundas Street West
Price: Tickets available online only through the AGO for $30 per person

Infinity Mirrors

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Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

What: This weekend, you’re invited to experience Yoko Ono’s latest art installation, The Riverbed, at the Gardiner Museum. The Riverbed invites visitors to collaborate with the artist, the museum, and each other, through everyday action and contemplation.

When: Now until June 3
Time: All day
Where: The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
Price: Starts at $15 for adults

Mixie and the Halfbreeds

What: This is the Toronto premiere of Mixie and the Halfbreeds, which is a hilarious production about being mixed race in Canada with a completely female cast.

When: April 3 to 15
Time: Various times
Where: Pia Bouman School for Ballet, 6 Noble Street
From $15 to $35

AGO Creative Minds

What: This month, you can check out another edition of AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall, where three artists will take to the stage to debate the role of art and truth in an era of fake news.

When: April 4
Time: 8 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
Price: From $19.50 to $79.50

BoucharDanse: Histoire d’amour

What: Histoire d’amour is a spectacular show that examines love over the ages, with original pieces created by six top Canadian choreographers.

When: April 5 to 7
Time: 8 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Price: Starting at $22

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Toronto Green Living Show

What: This three-day event is Canada’s largest eco-friendly living show. Come and check out the 350 exhibitors, green products, food, and more.

When: April 6 to 8
Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
Admission: Children 12 and under are free and adults are $14

Chef’s Party

What: Try an array of tasty bites at this evening filled with signature offerings from the chef’s signature dish along with cocktails and entertainment.

When: April 7
Time: 4:30 pm
Where: Assembly Chef’s Hall, 111 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Price: From $30

Vegan Passover Seder

What: Celebrate the Jews exodus from Egypt with this meatless menu featuring Mock Chopped Liver, Matzoh Ball Soup, sweet potato kugel, and more!

When: April 7
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Depanneur, 1033 College Street, Toronto
Price: $50

Harry Potter Day

What: Calling all Witches, Wizards, and Muggles, you’re invited to celebrate over 20 years of Harry Potter magic this Sunday. Grab your cloaks, brooms, and wands, as Toronto’s Wynchwood Barns will be transformed into a magical wizard world for all ages, as part of Harry Potter Day.

When: April 8
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price Tickets are available online. Children 5 and under get in free, regular tickets are $12

Kitchen Guerrilla

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Some Like it Hot Dinner

What: Take your taste buds on a tour from the Caribbean to Sri Lanka at this family-style feast hosted by Matt Basile in collaboration with Kitchen Guerrilla. On the menu, Sri Lankan devil spiced short ribs, Jaffna style curried goat, and more!

When: April 8
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Lisa Marie, 638 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $70

Images Festival

What: Images Festival features a series of independent artists, photographers, and filmmakers as they showcase their screenings, exhibitions, and performances at venues across the city.

When: April 12 to 20
Time: Various times each day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors

Songkran Festival: Dinner & Water Fight

What: Celebrate the Thai New Year (Songkran) with a buffet dinner and noodle bar, followed by an indoor water fight.

When: April 13
Time:  6 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Bangkok Garden, 18 Elm Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets are $55

Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party

What: This nostalgic event at The Royal channels your inner child for a sugar-charged morning of retro cartoons and AYCE cereal.

When: April 14
Time: 10 am
Where: The Royal, 608 College Street, Toronto
Price: $15 (Children $8)

Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo

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Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo

What: After a sold-out inaugural run in 2017, the Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo is back for another weekend this April. The two-day event celebrates “the city’s buzzing café culture” and will bring together Toronto’s “best baristas, roasters, tea sommeliers, blenders, distributors, coffee shops, and café gear all under one roof.”

When: April 14 & 15
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door, pending availability

Fashion Art Toronto 2018

What: This five-day showcase features art-influenced fashion presentations, performances, multidisciplinary art installations, photography, and short films.

When: April 17 to 21
Time: 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
Price: General admission $45 and students are $15 (with a valid student ID)

Toronto Art Crawl Spring Market

What: This season, if you’re in the market for a new piece of art, the Toronto Art Crawl will feature pieces from some of the finest established and emerging artists and artisans from across Canada. Shop from 50 artists, as you enjoy music from a live DJ and delicious snacks from local food vendors.

When: April 18
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Tickets are $5 online or $8 at the door

AGO Massive

What: Now in its 14th year, AGO Massive has established a reputation as “Toronto’s ultimate contemporary art party.” This epic party offers immersive art installations and performances from Toronto’s most promising creators, DJs that will get you moving, and irresistible food and drink options.

When: April 19
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West
Price: $175

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Sandwich Fest

What: If you like big buns and you cannot lie, you need to check out Sandwich Fest this month. Taking place in April at Artscape Wychwood Barns, this festival bills itself as “a day of sandwich tasting” from “incredible sandwich vendors.”

When: April 22
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
Price: TBA

Digifest 2018

What: This digital festival brings together tech leaders and innovators in the world of media and gaming to Toronto for three days of programming, activities, and discussions.

When: April 26 to 28
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive
Price: Tickets range from $25 to $100


What: North America’s largest documentary festival returns to Toronto this month bringing an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences.

When: April 26 to May 6
Time: Various screenings each day
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: Tickets start at $21.24

Makeology Spring Craft Market

What: This April, Makeology is hosting a Spring Craft Market, where you can shop for goods made by local artisans and crafts-people. From home decor and food to beauty and fashion, there’s something for everyone to discover at this market.

When: April 29
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton
Price: Children 12 and under are free, adults are $3

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