32 things to do in Toronto this weekend: May 25 to 27

May 25 2018, 2:48 am

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

From a two-day coffee festival to a delicious poutine festival, keep your calendars free, ’cause we’ve got 32 fun events happening this weekend.

Toronto Poutine Fest


Poutine Fest

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

When: Now until May 27
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Admission is free

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

What: This is the final weekend to check out Infinity Mirrors, the dazzling world of Yayoi Kusama 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 midnight (just this weekend)
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

Toronto LGBT Film Festival

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 24 to June 3.

When: Now until June 3
Time: Screenings vary by day
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Price: TBA

Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

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Yoko Ono, The Riverbed, @gardinermuseum/Instagram

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

T.O. WebFest 2018

What: T.O.WebFest is a multi-day festival offering engaging panels and workshops, networking, screenings, installations, awards, special events and more.

When: May 25 & 26
Time: 12 pm to 11 pm
Where: CN Tower, 301 Front Street West
Price: Full weekend passes start at $115

Lift Cannabis Expo

Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo

What: Featuring hundreds of exhibitors from around the world, renowned speakers, and the movers and shakers in the global industry, the Lift & Co. Expo is Canada’s biggest and premiere event for cannabis consumers, industry professionals, investors, and media.

When: May 25 to 27
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
Price: Tickets start at $17.70

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 25 to 27
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 1 am; Saturday, 10 am to 1 am; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Toronto Congress Center, 650 Dixon Road
Price: $60 for the full weekend

Music Music Life Death Music: An Absurdical

What: Starting this weekend, you can see the world premiere of MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC an “absurdical” with live music exploring the unexpected dynamics between three generations of family: a grandmother, her daughter, son-in-law and teenage grandson.

When: May 25 to June 10
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday, 2:30 pm
Tarragon Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue
Price: $35 for adults

Marathon of Sport Toronto

What: This Saturday, Toronto-born national charity, Motionball, will welcome 1,000 young professionals, local celebrities and Special Olympics athletes for an action-packed day of sport at its 17thannual Marathon of Sport Toronto in support of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.

When: May 26
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Where: Downsview Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Road
Price: $50 registration fee

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

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Summer market/shutterstock

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 26
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Flower Market

What: The Toronto Flower Market is on this Saturday and flower enthusiasts can look forward to 18 vendor stalls each selling an assortment of seasonal showstoppers including tulips, daffodils, gerbera, orchids, hyacinths, muscari, lilacs, and more. Plus there will also be an array of dahlia tubers, seedlings, garden planters, handmade pots and indoor plants also for sale.

When: May 26
10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Price: Free

Doors Open Toronto: Bay Lower Station

What: This Saturday, the TTC is opening the doors to the abandoned Bay Lower Station, which hasn’t been in use since 1966. Transit and film enthusiasts can explore the platforms and check out the posters and videos of the many productions filmed there, including Suicide Squad and The Handmaid’s Tale.

When: May 26
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bay Subway Station
Price: Free

Greenwood Stakes 2018

What: The Greenwood Stakes will be taking over Woodbine Racetrack for an afternoon of high stakes horse races, style contest, lawn games, a cocktail showcase with Toronto’s top mixologists, and more this Saturday.

When: May 26
Time: Noon to 7 pm
Where: Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $75

Beanstock Coffee Festival

Beanstock Coffee Festival

Beanstock Coffee Festival/Facebook

What: Hands-on latte art, cupping, and roasting classes, panel discussions, local food, libations, music, vendors, and more are all on the itinerary at this coffee-centric food fest.

When: May 26 & 27
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 245 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: From $25 online

Lego Exhibit at Fort York

What: Transit Bricks will have its bus and streetcar models on display in the main Visitor’s Center at Fort York this weekend as part of Doors Open Toronto. Trevor the Transit Historian will also be there teaching the history.

When: May 26 & 27
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort York Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd
Price: Free


What: This paw-sitively adorable festival dubs itself as “the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America,” and boasts that it attracts tens of thousands of dogs and their faithful owners from across the country and the US.

When: May 26 & 27
Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, Toronto
Price: $12

Waterfront Artisan Market

What: Back for its third year in 2018, the Waterfront Artisan Market runs 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 26 & 27
Time: Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm; Sundays 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Doors Open Toronto 2018

Doors Open

Doors Open Toronto, City of Toronto

What: This year, during the 19th annual event, the city will be celebrating Toronto’s thriving film industry. This month, Doors Open will showcase some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings across Toronto. The theme, Film: The Great Romance, will explore the city’s film and television industry.

When: May 26 & 27
Time: All day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Admission is free

Doors Open Toronto: Free Movie Screenings

What: As part of Doors Open Toronto, movie buffs can look forward to five free movie showings this weekend at the Cinesphere, which includes Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience and North of Superior and The Dark Knight Prologue.

When: May 26 & 27
Time: Showtimes vary by movie
Where: Ontario Place Cinesphere, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: Free

8th Annual Christie Pits Arts Crawl

What: This Sunday, you can enjoy a range of art from local artists alongside food vendors, music, and all kinds of community organization pop-ups.

When: May 27
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Christie Pits, 750 Bloor Street West
Price: Admission is free

Gluten Free Garage

What: Now in its seventh year and happening during Celiac Awareness Month, Gluten Free Garage bills itself as a playground for gluten-free people and offers the chance to discover new brands, try new foods and meet fellow foodies.

When: May 27
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price: Admission is $10

Love, Mom Shop-Up Event

Love, Mom Shop-Up

What: This Sunday, Love, Mom is hosting an afternoon shopping from a curated selection of chic and conscious must-haves to outfit your home, life and style under one roof to make shopping local that much easier and enjoyable. Parking is free and kids are welcome.

When: May 27
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Ildsjel Collective, 4 Carlaw Avenue #7
Price: Admission is free

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 27
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

The Bunz Flea

What: This Sunday, you can check out this unique market, which features both cash transactions and trading with local makers, as well as an open trading zone for general goods.

When: May 27
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd.
Price: Free admission

Distillery Sunday Market

What: Toronto’s best-curated weekly market is back, with delicious empanadas, maple syrup, preserves, honey, sausages, cheeses, and more delicious artisanal treats to delight the senses.

When: May 27
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
The Distillery District, 55 Mill Street
Price: Admission is free

Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday

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Kensington Market/Shutterstock

What: The 15th 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 27
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market
Price: Free

Closet Raid

What: Toronto’s favourite consignment pop-up event returns this Sunday for the most curated collection yet. Grab your friends and get ready to shop the closets of Toronto’s best dressed. Cash only.

When: May 27
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Speed Rack Canada 3 National Finals

What: This Sunday, serious stirring and shaking are going to go down, thanks to the return of Speed Rack, the all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money to fight breast cancer. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Rethink Breast Cancer for research, education and prevention.

When: May 27 
3 pm to 7 pm
Where: Love Child Social House, 69 Bathurst Street
Price: $30

Post Malone 2018 Toronto concert

What: Get saucin’, swaggin’, and ballin’ this Sunday, as Post Malone returns to Toronto during his upcoming North American tour.

When: May 27
Time: Doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm
Where: RBC Echo Beach
Price: From $125

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