28 things to do in Toronto this weekend: May 11 to 13

May 11 2018, 3:04 am

Another work week has come and gone and now it’s time to have some fun!

Whether you’re looking for something to enjoy with your mom, you’re in the mood to check out an art exhibit, or you’re looking to have a good time without having to spend any money, we’ve rounded up a list of amazing events and activities that everyone can enjoy in the city this weekend.

Mother's Day events


Blossom and Bloom Mother’s Day Market

What: This Mother’s Day pop-up market returns to Toronto for another season of floral and creative bliss, alongside some of our city’s finest music, art installations, interactive workshops and more.

When: Now until May 13
Time: 8 am to 6 pm
Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West
Price: Free to attend

Square One Mother’s Day Market

What: If your mom is in the mood to indulge, bring her to the Square One Mother’s Day Market where she can enjoy a glass (or two) from the wine bar featuring wines from Kim Crawford and Jackson Triggs, Wafels-on-a-Stick by WAFEL BAR, or the chocolate station by Chocollata Gourmet. You can also treat your mom to something from the beauty, home décor or flowers available.

When: Now until 13
10 am to 7 pm
Where: Square One, 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Price: Free to attend

Buy Good. Feel Good Expo

What: The Buy Good. Feel Good Expo returns this month for its fifth edition. Shop Canada’s largest selection of life-changing products and experiences, from fair trade apparel and accessories to organic foods and artisanal home decor.

When: Now until May 13
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Hall C, 100 Princes’ Blvd.
Price: Tickets start at $10

Canadian Music Week

What: Now in its 37th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music.

When: Now until May 13
Time: Varies by day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by show




What: Now in its seventh year, the annual culinary celebration presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association promotes plant-based eating over a two week period. Participating restaurants, cafes, and bakeries across the GTA will offer multi-course prix-fixe menus and special promotions.

When: Now until May 21
Time: Varies by location
Where: Restaurants, bakeries, and cafes across Toronto
Price: Price will vary by location

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

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
Price: Admission is free

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

The Bentway presents A FOREST OF CANOES

A Forest of Canoes at The Bentway

What: A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton, is a site-specific installation set up throughout The Bentway and is co-commissioned with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and curated by Bonnie Rubenstein. The installation highlights the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories.

When: Now until August 31
Time: All day
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Admission is free

iHeartRadio FanFest 2018

What: This year’s iHeart headliners include French Montana, DVBBS, Shawn Hook, Ria Mae and Marianas Trench. Taking place during Canadian Music Week (CMW), the one-day music event will also include Allie X, Belly, Tyler Shaw, and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine.

When: May 11
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
Price: Tickets are available online starting at $25

CMW Underground Live

What: For the first time ever, you’ll have the chance to check out one of Toronto’s abandoned subway stations, as part of a live concert for Canadian Music Week. Taking place in the abandoned station Lower Bay — which hasn’t been in use since 1966 — the evening will feature a number of performances from local bands, DJs, and artists.

When: May 11
Time: 8:30 pm to 12:15 am
Where: Lower Bay TTC Station, 1240 Bay Street
Price: $15

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: May 12
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

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Movie Wardrobe Sale

What: This weekend, the Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design (CAFTCAD), is hosting its annual Spring Movie Wardrobe Sale, featuring over 30 vendor booths selling clothing and accessories from costume rental houses and various TV productions.

When: May 12
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: The Backlot Film Studios, 40 Butterick Road, Etobicoke
Price: $5 for adults and free for children under 12 and seniors

Toronto Flower Market

What: Now in its 6th year, the Toronto Flower Market will kick off what organizers are calling its ‘biggest season ever’ just in time for Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12. This year, flower enthusiasts can look forward to even more shopping days, as three extra markets have been added to the calendar this year.

When: May 12 and runs until October 20
10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Price: Free

Pampered Pooches TO

What: This west end doggie festival powered by the Toronto Art Crawl, bills itself as “a one-stop-pooch-shop for the urban dog owner,” and offers a combination of socializing, shopping, and “infotainment.”

When: May 12
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Liberty Village Presentation Center, 80 Lynn Williams
Price: Admission is free.

Toronto Pug Grumble

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

When: May 12
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl, 790 Queen Street West
Price: Free

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Spring Into Parkdale

What: The sixth annual outdoor street festival promises 100 vendors, live entertainment, and free family-friendly activities in addition to the Foodora Night Market, an evening event featuring food, DJs, patio seating, and more!

When: May 12
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Parkdale Village, along Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Ave to Dufferin Street
Price: Admission is free, but food dishes range from $5 to $12 each

Toronto Comic Arts Festival

What: This two-day exhibition is a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators and features hundreds of comic creators from around the world

When: May 12 & 13
Time: Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Price: Free to attend

Wonder Exhibit

What: Take a look inside one of the East End’s most famous landmarks, as the owners of the Weston Bread Factory opens its doors to the public as part of Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photography Festival. The Wonder exhibit will feature exclusive photos by Toronto photographer Laird Kay, celebrating the former factory and its industrial workings.

When: May 12 & 13
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
 462 Eastern Avenue (Former Weston Bread Factory)
Price: The exhibit is free

High Tea and Painting

What: Treat your mom to an afternoon at Paint Cabin, where she can enjoy a  complimentary High Tea service and a fun painting workshop.

When: May 12 & 13 
Saturday, 2 pm to 3 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard Street East
Price: $49.95 per person


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Mother’s Day Yoga & Brunch

What: Treat the special women in your life to a relaxing and rejuvenating Mother’s Day experience at Cambria Gallery. Guests can look forward to yoga, massages, a healthy brunch and getting pampered at the pop-up beauty station.

When: May 13
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Cambria Gallery-Toronto, 91 Parliament Street
Price: $35

Mother’s Day at the Toronto Zoo

What: You and your mom can meet some wild mothers this Sunday, including polar bear Aurora, western lowland gorilla Ngozi, Sumatran orangutan, Puppe, and more. Visitors can also visit the greater one-horned rhino baby and its mom, Ashakiran on display in the outdoor Indo-Malaya region.

When: May 13
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto
Price: General admission is $23

Mother’s Day at the ROM

What: Celebrate your mom with a special day at the ROM filled with animal encounters, hands-on art projects, Mother’s Day photo opportunities, exhibits, and more.

When: May 13
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: Adults are $20

Leslieville Flea Mothers Day Market

What: The Leslieville Flea is heading to The Broadview Hotel this Mother’s Day.  Shop with your mom or for your mom at the Mother’s Day Market in Lincoln Hall; also enjoy a BBQ and beverages on Lincoln Terrace while you’re here.

When: May 13
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Mariposa Cruises

Mother’s Day Cruise

What: This Sunday, you can celebrate Mother’s Day aboard Mariposa Cruises for a picturesque brunch cruise along the Toronto harbour. Mothers will experience the royal treatment with a delicious breakfast including decadent cinnamon French toast, gourmet smoked salmon platter, and an assortment of freshly baked goods with homemade preserves. Onboard attractions include a free family portrait, a complimentary rose for moms, and more.

When: May 13
Time: Ship boards at 11:30 am and cruise runs from 12 pm to 2 pm
Where: Pier 6, 207 Queens Quay West
Tickets are $62.95 plus tax for adults

Mother’s Day Concert

What: Treat mom to a fun and intimate concert in Spadina Museum’s drawing room, featuring baritone Mark Daboll accompanied by Sarah Westbrook on the 1882 Steinway Grand Piano. Following the concert, enjoy scones and a cup of tea in the East sunroom.

When: May 13
Time: 12 pm to 2 pm; 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road
Price: $35

Terrarium Workshop

What: Calii Love is hosting a Leaves in Luxe terrarium workshop, where you and your mom can create a mini garden together, enjoy a drink, all while learning how to care for your terrarium. In this workshop, you’ll be given a glass or geometric container of your choice and will be guided through the planting and decorating process of some succulent friends.

When: May 13
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm; 4 pm to 6 pm; 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Calii Love, 367 King Street West
Price: $90

Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour

What: Skip the basic brunch and take mom on a decadent chocolate tour. During the tour you’ll stroll the hip neighbourhoods of King, Queen and Dundas West, treating your mom to delicious chocolates and other chocolatey treats from unique local eateries. The afternoon of decadence ends with a chocolate making demonstrations by an award-winning chocolatier.

When: May 13
Time: 2 pm
Where: Exact meeting place will be released when booked
$39 for adults

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