22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: May 24 to 27

May 23 2019, 5:20 pm

The weekend is finally here Toronto and we couldn’t be more excited.

From a three-day poutine festival to an adorable dog festival, keep your calendars free, ’cause we’ve got 22 fun events happening this weekend.

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Friday, May 24

CONTACT Photography Festival


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What: Back for another year is the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest annual photography event in the world, which showcases works from hundreds of photographers at locations all over the city.

When: On now until May 31
Time: All day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Free

Toronto Dance Theatre: Marienbad

What: Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) is thrilled to close their season with the critically acclaimed duet Marienbad, created and performed by TDT Artistic Director Christopher House and writer, theatre-maker, and multimedia artist Jordan Tannahill.

When: On now until June 1
Time: Performances are Wednesday to Saturday at 8 pm, with a 2 pm matinee on May 26
Where: Winchester Street Theatre
Price: $20 to $30

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

Toronto LGBT Film Festival


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What: Each year, the Toronto LGBT Film Festival celebrates the best queer film from Canada and around the world. The 28th Annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival will take place from May 23 to June 2.

When: On now until June 2
Time: Screenings vary by day
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Price: Ticket packages start at $48

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

Air Canada Rouge Interactive Pop-Up

What: Air Canada Rouge is inviting the public to check out some exciting new changes coming to the airline at their new interactive pop-up. Each day, Air Canada Rouge will be giving visitors of the pop-up a chance to win two tickets to any of their 70+ destinations around the globe. This multisensory, Instagrammable space will give guests a chance to get inspired for their next vacation.

When: May 24 to June 2
Time: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9:30 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge St, Toronto ON (South Entrance)
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Poutine Fest

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What: A caravan of poutine purveyors will land in Toronto this spring for a three-day festival devoted to the fries, curds, and gravy at Yonge-Dundas Square!

When: May 24 to 26
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Admission is free

Anime North

What: Anime North will be celebrating all things anime, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese Culture this May.

When: May 24 to 26
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 1 am; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Toronto Congress Center and Delta Hotel Airport
Price: $60 for the full weekend

Blue Jays Country Do-Si-Do

What: Canadian county music artists Paul Brandt and the Hunter Brothers will headline the pregame performances for the two-day Blue Jays Country Do-Si Do this month. The first 15,000 fans to enter Rogers Centre can look forward to exclusive giveaways, a Blue Jays camo hat on Friday and a Smoakey BBQ set on Saturday. There will also be line dancing and Western-inspired performances to enjoy.

When: May 24 and 25
Time: Friday, 7:07 pm; Saturday, 3:07 pm
 Rogers Centre
Price: Toronto fans can get a two-day ticket starting at just $40

ROM Friday Night Live

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What: Spend your Friday night on the ROM’s dance floor with top DJs and live artists, or explore museum’s stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks. Get ready to dance the night away at Friday Night Live with #FNLROM: Let’s Dance, and be inspired by dance styles around the world!

When: May 24
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $19.21

Saturday, May 25

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 25
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free


What: Woofstock is returning to Toronto this weekend for its 16th season, giving dog owners the chance to celebrate their furry four-legged friends. Taking place at Woodbine Park the final weekend of May, the 2019 festival promises plenty of fun and wacky contests, fashion shows, vendors from across North America, dog-oriented exhibitors, and more.

When: May 25 and 26
Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, Toronto
Price: $15 at event gates

Permanent AGO Infinity Mirror Room Opening

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Infinity Mirrored Room, Let’s Survive Together/AGO

What: A year after the extremely successful touring art exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors and the ambitious crowdfunding campaign, the AGO has announced Canada’s first permanent Infinity Mirror Room will open to the public on May 25. Titled Infinity Mirror Room — Let’s Survive Foreverthe exhibit features mirrored orbs suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the ground.

When: May 25
Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Where: AGO, 317 Dundas Street West
Price: The exhibit is included in general admission, which is $19.50 for adults

Trinity Bellwoods 50th Anniversary Bed In

What: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the one-day “Bed-In’ of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Toronto on May 25, 1969, at the King Edward hotel. In honour of this occasion, you can bring your blankets, pillows, picnics, art and drums and enjoy a wonderful afternoon filled with entertainment in the park.

When: May 25
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
Price: Free to attend

The Greenwood Stakes

What: The Greenwood Stakes, which feature an afternoon of high-stakes horse races, fashion, art installations, mixology showcase, live music, gourmet food and lawn games, are set to kick off the summer season in style in Toronto this weekend.

When: May 25
Time: 12 pm to 6 pm; race begins at 1 pm
Where: Woodbine Racetrack – 555 Rexdale Boulevard
Tickets: Start at $75, on sale online, March 6.

Doors Open Toronto 2019

Bay Lower Station

Bay Lower Station/Doors Open Toronto

What: This year, during the 20th annual event, the city will celebrate some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city by opening their doors to the public.

When: May 25 and 26
Time: All day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Admission is free

Free Toronto Raptors Tailgate Party

What: Our Toronto Raptors are facing the Milwaukee Bucks this evening as part of the NBA Playoffs for Game 6. And in case you can’t snag a ticket, there will be a FREE Raptors tailgate party happening in Maple Leaf Square tonight.

When: May 25
Time: Gates open at 5 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Admission: Free to attend

“Death Race for Love” afterparty at Grand Bizarre Supper Club

What: On Saturday, Juice WRLD will be hosting the official “Death Race for Love” afterparty at Grand Bizarre Supper Club. Join the award-winning hip-hop ‘Lucid Dreams’ artist, for an unforgettable night of drinks and music, with world-class DJ’s spinning all night long.

When: May 25
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Grand Bizarre Supper Club, 15 Saskatchewan Rd.
Price: No cover before 10 pm

Sunday, May 26

MOCA Community Sundays

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: May 26
Time: One Sunday monthly from 10 am to 2 pm
Where: MOCA – 158 Sterling Road, Toronto
Tickets: You can reserve your free tickets online

Gluten Free Garage


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What: Toronto’s OG (and only) gluten-free pop-up marketplace returns to Wychwood Barns on Sunday, May 26. Anticipate eats from Neal Brothers, The Butternut Baking Co., Culcherd, The Burger’s Priest, Made Good, Unbun, and so many more.

When: May 26
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price: Available online for $10

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Spring Market

What: This month, the Trinity Bellwoods Flea is hosting its annual Spring Market, where you can shop local from a range of vendors and artisans for locally made eats and delicious spring sweet treats. Four-legged friends are also welcome!

When: May 26
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday

What: The 16th season of Pedestrian Sundays brings back one awesome way to spend your Sundays this over the coming months. Performers, musicians, artists, and shopping, basically an awesome Sunday Funday.

When: Kicks off on Sunday, May 26
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market
Price: Free

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