27 things to do in Toronto this long weekend: May 18 to 21

May 17 2018, 10:59 pm

The long weekend is here, Toronto!

And in case you’re not spending the weekend at a cottage in Muskoka, we’ve got plenty of events you can check out in the city.

From food and beer festivals to live music and fireworks, these are the 27 can’t-miss events happening all weekend long.




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

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Yoko Ono, The Riverbed, @gardinermuseum/Instagram

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

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

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

What: This month, Manolo Blahnik and the Bata Shoe Museum will be joining forces, bringing the highly anticipated travelling exhibit Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes to Toronto.

When: Now until January 6
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm; Monday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West
Price: General admission is $14

Pasta Fresca Baldassarre

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Baldassarre & Le Dolci

What: The Dons of fresh pasta in Toronto are teaming up with the queens of baked goods for this one-night-only event featuring the how-tos of pasta making, a family-style Italian feast, and an interactive dessert.

When: May 18
Time: 7 pm
Where: 114 Geary Avenue, Toronto
Price: $85

Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban concert

What: Calling all Potter fans! This month, you can enjoy the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the Harry Potter Series, accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as they perform the magical score from the movie all while the film plays in high-definition on a 40 ft. screen.

When: May 18
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Price: Available online from $49 to $99

RBG Screening

What: This Sundance hit chronicles the so-called “Notorious RBG,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s extraordinary life and career — from her early legal battles for gender equality and her work with the ACLU, to her unlikely rise to the head of the Supreme Court.

When: May 18 and 19
Time: Friday, 2:45 pm, 5 pm, 9:30 pm; Saturday, 2 pm, 6:15 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: $11.50 for non-members




What: A new touring food fest is rolling into Toronto this spring! Presented by IMG and designed by the team behind Taste of Toronto, Tastemaker is a new immersive food festival that will debut at the Evergreen Brickworks this May 18 and 19 before moving on to Chicago later in the summer.

When: May 18 and 19
Time: Friday, 7 pm to 11 pm; Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm & 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Tickets are $60

Toronto Kpop Con

What: Toronto will be hosting a massive Kpop convention this month, to meet the growing demand for the music in the city. Attendees can look forward to performances from the best and brightest local performers from across the country and also exhibit booths and vendors where fans can stock up on Kpop merchandise.

When: May 18 to 20
Varies by day depending on performance schedule
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 225 Front Street West
Price: Varies by day and what you want to check out 

Royal Wedding Viewing Party

What: David Mirvish invites all who wish to see the nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry broadcast live on a big screen in the plush comfort of the only venue in the world named after Harry’s mother, Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales.

When: May 19
Time: 5:30 am to 8:30 am
Where: Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West
Price: Free to attend but you must reserve your tickets online

Evergreen Brickworks


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 19
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

It’s ON this summer Opening Weekend

What: Kick off the start of Ontario Place’s new summer programming this weekend. There’ll be plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy including beach volleyball, ping pong, yoga, live music, outdoor skating, bonfires, and more.

When: May 19 and 20
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: Admission is free

Waterfront Artisan Market

What: Back for its third year in 2018, the Waterfront Artisan Market kicks off on May 19 and will run every weekend until the first week in October. The outdoor festival, presented by The Waterfront BIA and operated by the Scadding Court Community Centre, will feature 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products.

When: May 19 and 20
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Spring BeerFest Toronto

Spring BeerFest Toronto

Spring Beerfest TO

What: Spring Beerfest TO, the festival formerly known as Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, is set to serve up cold beers, delicious eats, and cottage vibes in Toronto for the May long weekend!

When: May 19 and 20
Time: 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: Fort York: Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $20


What: You can enjoy painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artist set up throughout the cobblestone lanes of the historic Distillery District this long weekend.

When: May 19 to 21
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: The Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street
Price: Admission is free

Leslieville Farmers’ Market

What: Come kick off another amazing season of the Leslieville Farmers’ Market this Sunday. There will be great tunes and farmers and plenty of food.

When: May 20
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Jonathan Ashbridges Park, 20 Woodward Avenue
Price: Admission is free

May 20

Spring MRKT

Spring MRKT Show

What: The MRKT is a community shopping event, organized by the Toronto Creative Entrepreneurs, which features local vendors including fashion, beauty, wellness, visual artists, crafters, food merchants, and retailers.

When: May 20
Time: 12 pm
Where: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road
Price: Admission is free

Electric Island

What: Electric Island returns for its sixth annual year with a fresh lineup of local and international DJs. This year, the fun returns to Toronto Island and will be kicking off the new season over May Long weekend.

When: May 20
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: Hanlan’s Point
Price: $39.99

Sunnyside 20 – Episode 01 with Move D

What: This Sunday, celebrate the 20th season of summer music and events at Sunnyside Pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening filled with good music, people and vibes.

When: May 20 
4 pm to 11 pm
Where: Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: $25 to $30

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Canada’s Wonderland

What: If you don’t mind a slight drive from the city, celebrate Victoria Day weekend with rides and the best fireworks in the region. Each fireworks show at Canada’s Wonderland has a unique design with an original soundtrack and over 6,000 colourful explosions, you won’t want to miss it.

When: May 20
Time: 10 pm
Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Price: Fireworks are free but you’ll have to pay to get into Canada’s Wonderland

Anchorman Dance Party

What: This Sunday, take part in some afternoon delight while you dance to throwback hits of 70s jams all night long. There’ll be plenty of leather bound books on hand, of course.

When: May 20
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College Street West
Price: $5

Freedom: Tiesto at Rebel

What: The king of electronic music will be headlining at Rebel this Sunday. Kshmr and Manzone Strong will also be hitting the decks.

When: May 20
Time: 10 pm
Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
Price: Tickets start at $75


Fort York/ City of Toronto

Victoria Day at Fort York

What: Spend Victoria Day exploring Toronto’s founding urban landscape, including Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Visitors can look froward to walking tours, soldier’s drills, historic cooking demonstrations in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto and more.

When: May 21
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: $14 for adults

The Brewer’s Backyard: Queen Victoria’s Secret

What: Queen Victoria’s Secret will feature a dynamite lineup of Ontario breweries, including Shacklands Brewing Co, Muddy York Brewing, Big Rock Brewery, Collective Arts Brewing, Nita Beer, Indie Brewing, Bench Brewing, and Left Field Brewing.  They will be accompanied by a tasty food line up with Chimney Stax, Delite Bite, Fidel Gastro, Food Dudes, FeasTO, and the Pop Stand.

When: May 21
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Ashbridges Bay Park

What: Local favourite spot Ashbridges Bay returns with its annual display of lights. Boasted as “Toronto’s only Victoria Day fireworks” the show will last 14 minutes. Be sure to take transit!

When: May 21
Time: 9:45 pm
Where: Ashbridges Bay Park, 1561 Lake Shore Blvd East
Price: Free

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