25 things to do in Toronto this weekend: April 20 to 22

Apr 19 2018, 7:50 pm

Toronto, the weekend has finally returned!

If you’re looking to have some fun, we’ve rounded up 25 awesome events happening in and around the city this weekend.

From 420 events to Earth Day celebrations, there are plenty of incredible events happening in the city this weekend to keep you busy.



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Images Festival

What: Today is the final day to check out Images Festival, which features a series of independent artists, photographers, and filmmakers as they showcase their screenings, exhibitions, and performances at venues across the city.

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

Fashion Art Toronto 2018

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

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

420 Comedy Festival

What: You can enjoy four nights of over 100 stand-up, sketch, improv and burlesque at this BYOP (bring your own pot) venue.

When: Now until April 22
Time: Saturday & Sunday, 8 pm; Friday, 7 pm
Where: Underground Comedy Cafe, 670 Queen Street East 
Admission: From $10 to $25

Gladstone Grow Op

What: Grow Op is a four-day festival that transforms the hotel with 30+ immersive installations that celebrate innovative ideas and conceptual responses to urbanism, environmental sustainability, landscape design, and contemporary art.

When: Now until April 22
Time: All day
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Admission: $5 to $25


Spring Fridays


ROM Spring Fridays

What: This spring, the ROM is hosting Spring Fridays, a weekly event where guests can roam the galleries and collections for a discounted price. Plus, if you really feel like making it an evening, all ages are invited to head up to the ROM’s c5 lounge for drinks, snacks, live performances, and an incredible view of the Toronto skyline.

When: Now until April 27
Time: 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum
Tickets: Adults are $12

Cityscapes: Skylines, Skyscrapers, and the CN Tower

What: If you’re in the market for some new art or you’re just in the mood to check out an incredible exhibit, the Twist Gallery newest exhibit is a must-see. From iconic landmarks to cozy side streets, this show will allow you to explore the city from all angles.

When: Now until April 28
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Samtack Warehouse Sale

What: Are you in the market for a new flatscreen TV? Maybe you need a new washer and dryer. Whatever home electronics you have on your shopping list you’ll find it at the Samtack Warehouse Sale. Here you’ll find brand name electronics, furniture, and more on sale at unbeatable discount prices.

When: Now until April 29 (Every weekend in April)
Time: Fridays, 12 pm to 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Rodick Road, Markham
Admission: Free

Heirloom Toronto Cheesecake Pop Up

What: The viral sensation known as cheesecake-on-a-stick is popping up on Queen West for a three-week run starting this week!

When: Now until May 4
Time: All day
Where: 420 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

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
Admission: Tickets available online only through the AGO for $30 per person

Anthony Ricciardi Art Installation

What: Toronto-born artist Anthony Ricciardi, whose noteworthy style incorporates layers of colours, imagery and text, now has his first-ever floating gallery featuring his one-of-a-kind masterpieces on display in Yorkville Village.

When: Now until May 29
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
 Toronto’s Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Road
Admission: Free

April 7

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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
Admission: Starts at $15 for adults

420 Toronto

What: As we get closer to officially legalizing weed in Canada, you better believe that Torontonians are going to be lighting up on April 20. The festivities in Toronto will be taking place at Nathan Phillips Square and will feature vendors, speakers, music, and food from Smoke’s Poutinerie and Chimney Stax Baking Co.

When: April 20
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Amsterdam Brewery 420 Party

What: Amsterdam Brewery has teamed up with UDbF to host an epic rooftop party this 420. Look forward to draught and pitcher specials of San Rafael ’71 4:20 Pale Ale, plus a munchies menu, and DJ K Smooth spinning live from 9 pm till close.

When: April 20
Time: 11 am to 2 am
Where: Upper Deck by Fran’s, 2-20 College Street
Admission: Free

TOMS Warehouse Sale

Spring is here, which means it’s time to stock up on some new shoes. You’ll find over 25,000 pairs of men, women, children and toddler TOMS at up to 70% off. Styles include classics, wedges, slip-on, and sandals.

When: April 20 to 22
Time: Friday, 11 am to 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Ln, Hamilton
Admission: Free

Record Store Day

What: This Saturday, vinyl record enthusiasts are invited to celebrate independent record stores all over the world as part of Record Store Day. Here in Toronto, vinyl collectors can look forward to parties, in-store performances, and special releases from bands old and new.

When: April 21
Time: Times vary by store
Where: Record stores throughout the city
Admission: Free

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When The Pig Came Home pop-up at Rainhard Brewing

What: The Junction deli will be slinging tasty sandwiches all afternoon in the tap-room of this brewhouse.

When: April 21
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Rainhard Brewing Co., 100 Symes Rd – Unit 108
Admission: Free

Chau Pop Up x Henderson

What: Asian inspired snacks and brews from Henderson Brewery Co. are on the menu at this pop-up inside the brewery.

When: April 21
Time: 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: Henderson Brewing Co., 128A Sterling Road
Admission:  While admission is free, it costs $7 per weiner

Toronto Beauty and Style Expo

What: This Saturday, you can enjoy an unforgettable evening of celebration of beauty and style at the prestigious Design Exchange, Canada’s only Design Museum.

When: April 21
Time: 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street
Admission: $25 to $55

Black Gold x Prince Movie Screening

What: Come and celebrate the life of the purple great one, with a double bill of Purple Rain and a rare 35 mm screening of his previously lost classic Sign O’ The Time.

When: April 21
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
Admission: $12 to $20

Memories of Mauritius

What: Join Naajiyah Auladin at this supper club for a night of unique Mauritian dishes that combine traditional family recipes with a contemporary twist.

When: April 21
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Depanneur, 1033 College Street
Admission: $50

San Remo five foot Sandwich

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Sandwich Fest

What: Billed as “a day of sandwich tasting” from “incredible sandwich vendors” this food festival will showcase a variety of handheld feasts along with beer, wine, and fruit-infused drinks, music, and “hands-on activities.”

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

Earth Day Drop, Swap & Shop

What: Celebrate Earth Day this Sunday by consuming sustainably by swapping instead of shopping at this bi-annual Drop, Swap & Shop event with Evergreen Brick Works.

When: April 22
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Admission: $5 on the day of the event, $2 if you drop off items in advance, or if you wish to attend the event without dropping off items, the entry fee is $10

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – April Showers Market

What: Shoppers can enjoy a fresh line of up of Toronto’s finest vendors, artisans, artists and small business at the historic Great Hall this Sunday at this free monthly curated marketplace.

When: April 22
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Earth Day Festival at Downsview Park

What: This annual family-friendly event features an afternoon of free activities, including tree planting, nature walks, campfires, arts and crafts and more.

When: April 22
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue
Admission: Free

Earth Day Celebration

What: Come celebrate Earth Day at the Toronto Botanical Garden, where visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities nature crafts, nature-themed stories, blender bike rides, gardening, and more.

When: April 22
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East
Admission: Free

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