21 things to do in Toronto this weekend: April 26 to 28

Apr 26 2019, 12:27 am

Well Toronto, you made it to the weekend.

And in case you’re looking for something to do other than going for brunch, we’ve rounded up a range of events happening throughout the city all weekend long.


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Friday, April 26

Digifest 2019

April 27


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

When: On now until April 27
Time: Doors open at 8 am
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive
Price: Tickets range from $39 to $149 and are available online

Four Chords and a Gun

What: Four Chords and a Gun is an explosive new play about the infamous punk band The Ramones written by John Ross Bowie. The play reveals the drama-filled 1979 recording session that led to The Ramones album End of the Century, produced by the volatile Phil Spector.

When: On now until April 28
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Fleck Theatre
Tickets: From $39

Fashion Art Toronto 2019

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

When: On now until April 28
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
Price: General admission $45

Rudsak Sample Sale

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What: Get your credit cards ready! Rudsak is having a massive sample sale this weekend, with outerwear at up to 50% off. And considering most Rudsak pieces retail for almost $1000, you can expect to find some incredible deals.

When: On now until April 28
Time: Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Price: No entry cost

It Happened Here

What: You can celebrate 25 years of Budweiser Stage magic at this interactive pop-up exhibit on Queen West. Check out dozens of photos from some of the biggest names to perform at the iconic music venue, enjoy live music and experience a little bit of history.

When: On now until May 4
Where: 950 Queen Street West
Price: Free to attend


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: On now until May 5
Time: Various screenings each day
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: Tickets vary by screening

This is Tiffany T Experience

This is Tiffany Experience

What: Shoppers and Instagram fans alike need to check out North America’s first Tiffany Infinity Mirrors-inspired pop-up space. The “This is Tiffany T” experience features reflective surfaces and showcases the infinitely brilliant world of Tiff.

When: On now until May 15
Time: Mall hours vary by day
Where: Yordale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin Street
Admission: Free to attend

HideSeek pop-up Toronto

What: You can awaken your inner child at Toronto’s brand new and unforgettable pop-up, HideSeek this spring. Occupying a 7,000-sq-ft vacant retail space in the Dundas West neighbourhood, the pop-up invites you to escape reality and relive the days of childhood. Explore multi-sensory elements throughout the space and marvel at epic floor-to-ceiling installations.

When: On now until June 2
Time: Thursday and Friday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Dundas West neighbourhood — 1305 Dundas Street West
Price: $25 (plus taxes and service fees) — Tickets available online

Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

What: Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s most influential living artists and human rights activists, is bringing a collection of his ceramic works to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Called Unbroken, the exhibit will present an array of Ai’s ceramic works while highlighting “urgent global issues.”

When: On now until June 9
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
Admission: $15 for adults

Anthony Ricciardi DREAM SPACE Exhibit


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What: DREAM SPACE is a 2,500-sq-ft immersive pop-up museum featuring Ricciardi’s original canvas work and sculpture series. The gallery acts as an entry point to a “secret and hidden” pop-up experience filled with 15 large-scale interactive installations and multi-sensory immersive spaces inspired by Ricciardi’s creations, including a pool of gold coins. Visitors will also have the chance to take one of Ricciardi’s pieces home with prices starting at $100, up to $7,000.

When: Open now until July 2019
Time: Mall hours vary by day
Where: Yorkdale Mall. 3401 Dufferin Street
Admission: Admission to the gallery is free with a $15 admission fee to access the pop-up art installation and immersive space

Community Night Market by Mill Street Brewery

What: Live music, beer, and local artisanal goods are what’s on the agenda at this community night market. Come and enjoy some delicious brews and shop from a number of local vendors for a perfect Friday evening.

When: April 26
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Mill Street, 21 Tank House Lane
Price: No admission to attend

Saturday, April 27

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

What: The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers and producers.

When: Every Saturday- April 27
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Admission: Free

Etobicoke Butter Tart Festival

butter tart festival

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What: The second-ever Etobicoke Butter Tart Festival returns this weekend. The mouthwatering event is free to attend and will see the best of Ontario butter tarts compete for top honours, plus tons of sampling and sweet treats for sale.

When: April 27
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Plast Toronto, 516 The Kingsway, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

The Distillery’s Gone Daffodil

What: The Distillery District is hosting its first-ever open-air, family-fun event in support of The Canadian Cancer Society this weekend. Event goers can look forward to a daffodil flower market, interactive and unique installations, and much more.

When: April 27 and 28
Time: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm
Where: Distillery District
Price: Free to attend

The Wizard’s Brunch and Dinner

What: This magical event will take over a haunting venue in the heart of the city in late April. Don’t miss the chance to channel your favourite witch or wizard and feast on a delightful meal, just like they do at Hogwarts. At this meal, you’re sure to be entertained.

When: April 27
Time: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm for brunch; 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner
Where: 7 Hart House Circle
Price: $95-$159; buy online

The Deadstock Depot Vintage Flea Market

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What: Toronto’s only vintage streetwear flea market is back. Shop from dozens of local and international vendors who have come together to form Canada’s largest selection of handpicked garments catering to the 80s, 90s, and 2000s street and sportswear aesthetic.

When: April 27
Time: Doors open at 1 pm
Where: Ossington Tire, 146 Ossington Avenue
Price: $10 entry fee

Afro Caribbean Vegan Market

What: This not-for-profit event features plant-based products, art and services. Learn more about the benefits of introducing more plants into your day-to-day life through guest speakers, workshops and more.

When: April 27
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: 519 Community Centre – 519 Church Street
Admission: Free

Sunday, April 28

15th annual CF Run/Walk

What: This Sunday, Cadillac Fairview will host its annual run/walk in support of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), and the St. Michael’s Hospital. 100% of funds raised through the event will go towards transforming the lives of pediatric patients through advanced cancer care and research. This year, CF has increased its fundraising goal to $300,000.

When: April 28
Time: 9:30 am to 11:15 am
Where: CF Shops at Don Mills, Town Square, 1090 Don Mills Road
Price: Registration fee is $35 for adults

MOCA Community Sundays


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What: The Museum of Contemporary Art is offering the perfect way to escape the cold by offering free admission to all visitors on one Sunday each month so they can check out all the new exhibits.

When: April 28
Where: MOCA – 158 Sterling Road, Toronto
Time: One Sunday monthly from 10 am to 2 pm
Tickets: Available online

Macaron Making

What: Macarons are delicious and terrifying. Exponentially more intimidating than your average cookie, these babies are a special-occasion, french-bakery-indulgence. Or they were. Show up for this hands-on class to change your mind. Learn the techniques for no-fail macarons and impress your loved ones (and yourself) with your baking skills.

When: April 28
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: The Kitchen at St. Lawrence Market – 93 Front Street East
Price: $90

Toronto Pug Grumble

What: Bring your pugs to the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park this Sunday for a Toronto Pug Grumble. Get ready for lots of snorting, rolling and grumbling.

When: April 28
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl, 790 Queen Street West
Price: Free

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