It’s already Sunday – so we better start planning your week.
We’ve combed through pages of concert listings, live performances and dance parties to bring you a curated shortlist of the coolest Toronto events for all price-ranges and interests.
There’s something for everyone, so don’t hold back!
Feeling nostalgic for the Gender Studies classes you took in undergrad? If so, venture out to the AGO, where May’s First Thursday event features a “Gender Trouble” theme. The night is set to celebrate the legacy of Georgia O’Keefe and other feminist painters who refused to let the patriarchy get them down. Take in some thought-provoking works by trail-blazing artists, then head to the dance floor, where a DJ will be spinning some very en point tunes. It’s strongly encouraged that you buy tickets in advance, lest you be disappointed. Advanced tickets will set non-members back $13 each, but AGO members enjoy a $2 discount!
When: May 4, 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Art Gallery of Ontario
May the fourth be with you! It’s Star Wars Day in our fair city once again. You know what that means? It’s time to party harder than an ewok in the final scenes of Return of The Jedi. Try some cosplay at the costume meetup in Dundas Square, then continue on to the Hard Rock Cafe for a live music performance by Epic Game Music. There’s even a raffle offering the chance to win a free trip for two to Las Vegas!
When: May 4, 6 pm
Where: Dundas Square and The Hard Rock Cafe
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably always fantasized before about going to Mexico for Cinco De Mayo. But vacation time can be hard to come by, and airfare ain’t cheap. What’s the next best thing for those of us who have to stay put in the city? Steam Whistle’s Cinco De Mayo party, of course! Complete with margaritas, dancing, and delicious Mexican delicacies, this party is sure to be lit AF. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
When: May 5, doors open at 8 pm
Where: Steam Whistle Brewery
Fancy a stroll, anyone? Walking is a terrific way to get to know the city and take in its many charming neighbourhoods. Leave the car at home and hoof it around the Toronto with Jane’s Walk, a movement of free walking tours led by The 6ix’s own citizens. It’s an opportunity to hear people tell stories about their communities, and to discover your new favourite part of the city in the process! Put on your favourite walking shoes and just go for it!
When: May 5 to 7
Spring is in full bloom, so the moment has come to turn off the Netflix, get off the couch, and get cultured. The Major/Minor: Bloordale Music and Arts Festival is the prefect reason to head West for a weekend of eclectic events, including The Dupe Shop Mixtape Party, a workshop on how to decorate your bike, and and a collage workshop too! Basically, this festival is the perfect crash course in how to be a hipster.
When: May 5 to 7
Where: Various locations
Do you like horsing around? If you answered yes, then why not watch The Kentucky Derby in style at Woodbine’s famed Northern Dancer Room? The event features scrumptious Southern food and a whiskey tasting. As a bonus, the party offers the opportunity to bust out the fascinator at the back of your closet! Tickets cost $70 each.
When: May 6, 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: Woodbine Racetrack at 555 Rexdale BLVD