17 things to do in Toronto this weekend: April 5 to 7

Apr 4 2019, 6:18 pm

Toronto, the weekend is finally here, and we couldn’t be happier.

And if the fact the forecast for this weekend is showing double digits and sunshine¬†wasn’t enough to get you outside, perhaps this list of fun¬†events happening in the city will.

From delicious food events to Instagramable pop-ups, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Friday, April 5

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest


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What: The annual celebration returns to Riverside this month, featuring wine and craft beer pairings with local food and shopping. Wine and craft beer lovers can delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces.

When: On now until April 6
Time: Varies by day/event
Where: Riverside BIA, along Queen Street East between Davies and De Grassi Street
Admission: Most events are free

Heirloom Toronto Cheesecake Pop-Up

What: The viral sensation known as cheesecake-on-a-stick is popping up downtown for a limited time. The popular dessert from Heirloom Toronto will be available inside Pokito storefront. It goes without saying, this makes for the easiest post-poké dessert-choice ever.

When: On now until April 7
When: 11:30 am to 10 pm
Where: 420 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Pay for what you eat

Giro d’Italia

What: Toronto’s top Italian restaurants are joining forces for a 10-day celebration of the regional cuisine of Italy. This delicious event showcases cuisine from different regions of Italy via multi-course prezzo fisso (prix fixe) menus priced at $49.

When: On now until April 14
Time: Varies by location
Where: Participating restaurants across Toronto
Price: $49

Dinner with a View

What:¬†Dinner with a View attendees will dine in heated, clear and frameless domes that offer a gorgeous view of the city around them.¬†And your surroundings aren‚Äôt the only thing that‚Äôll be beautifully designed: menus have been created by Chef Ren√© Rodriguez, Top Chef Canada Season 4 Winner. You‚Äôll have the chance to choose from three blind menu categories ‚Äď meat, fish or vegan ‚Äď and from there, the adventure is a delicious surprise.

When: On now until May 2
 The Bentway
Time: Depends on booking
Admission: Tickets are available online

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: March 30 to June 2
Time: Thursday and Friday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
Where:¬†Dundas West neighbourhood ‚ÄĒ 1305 Dundas Street West
Price:¬†$25 (plus taxes and service fees) ‚ÄĒ Tickets available¬†online

Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

What:¬†Ai Weiwei, one of the world‚Äôs¬†most influential living artists¬†and human rights activists, is bringing a collection of his ceramic works to Toronto‚Äôs Gardiner Museum.¬†Called¬†Unbroken, the exhibit will present an array of Ai‚Äôs ceramic works while highlighting ‚Äúurgent global issues.‚ÄĚ

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

Utopia Pop-Up

What: This unique pop-up features nature-themed room installations that you can explore on your own on a self-guided tour. Organizers encourage buying tickets online in advance to guarantee access for your preferred date.

When: On now until July 31
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Utopia Pop-up, 144 Augusta Avenue
Price: $9.99 to $24.99

CRAM Festival

What: CRAM features over 30 interactive events across a multitude of disciplines by researchers from OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and York University, at their local campuses.

When: April 5
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: Multiple venues
Price: All events are free, but space is limited. You can register here

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

What: The infamous Lemon Bucket Orkestra returns to Toronto this weekend to kick off their US tour. The award-winning guerrilla-folk party band will be performing at The Opera House this Friday.

When: April 5
Time: 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East
Tickets: From $23.20

MLSE Foundation: Championship Gala

What: This Friday, you can enjoy an evening of entertainment, sports media personalities, Maple Leaf alumni, live music, a silent auction, sports games and delicious food and drinks all in support of MLSE LaunchPad, a place where youth use sport to recognize and reach their potential.

When: April 5
Time: 8 pm to 1 am
Where: Berkely Church, 315 Queen Street East
Tickets: $120 regular admission

Saturday, April 6

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 6
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Admission: Free

Really Really Free Market

What: You read the event name correctly, everything is free. No money. No swapping.
If you do bring items to share, bring them before 3 pm and make sure they are clean and in working condition. During the Market, there is a limit to the number of items you can take, which is one large shopping bag per person (two bags for families of three or more people).

When: April 6
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
Admission: Free

Pizza and Mozzarella Making Class

La Pizza Margherita: Pizza and Mozzarella Making Class

What: Sometimes, all you need at the end of a long day is a classic Margherita. Learn the from-scratch how-to, so that when the craving strikes, you can satisfy it with the taste of authenticity.

When: April 6
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where:¬†Kitchen 24 ‚Äď 100 Marmora Street
Price: $75

Slow Art Day

What: Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: Help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. In Toronto, visitors are encouraged to look at art slowly, and then meet to talk about their experiences.

When: April 6
Time: 2 pm to 3 pm
Where: The Powerplant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Street West
Price: Free to attend

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

What: This show will be popping up at Revival Bar early this month, and with it comes plenty of art, booze, and free pancakes. Visual arts, photography, jewelry and music will all be on display for you to enjoy while filling up on sweet flapjacks.

When: April 6
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where:¬†Revival Bar ‚Äď 783 College Street
Price: $14.45 (with service fee)

Sunday, April 7

Toronto Art Crawl Spring Pop-Up

What: Kick off the new season at the Toronto Art Crawl spring pop up taking place at the Great Hall this Sunday. Shop directly from 60 incredibly talented local artists and designers that specialize in original art, fashion, jewellery, home decor, vintage, photography, body care and more.

When: April 7
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Admission: $10 at the door

Middleditch & Schwartz


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What: Comedians Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley and Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recreation are headed to Toronto this weekend for a hilarious evening of improvisation.

When: April 7
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Danforth Music Hall
Tickets: From $63