36 things to do in Toronto this weekend: May 4 to 6

May 3 2018, 6:34 pm

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

From the Toronto Marathon to Cinco de Mayo events, keep your calendars free, ’cause we’ve got 36 fun events happening in Toronto this weekend.

Cheesecake on a stick

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Heirloom Toronto Cheesecake Pop Up

What: The viral sensation known as cheesecake-on-a-stick is popping up on Queen West for a delicious run.

When: Now until May 4
Time: All day
Where: 420 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Oh Henry! 4:25 Pop Up

What: Still have the munchies? If so, head over to this awesome Oh Henry! pop-up where you can chill with the dudes from Epic Meal Time, try a delicious new Oh Henry! chocolate bar and take a quiz to discover your munchies personality.

When: Now until May 5
Time: Friday, 4:25 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: 55 Kensington Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Elvis & The Man in Black

What: This performance explores the life and times of two American music legends – Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash through song and dance.

When: Now until May 5 and May 9 to 12
8 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, 304 Parliament Street
Price: $25 to $30

designer shoe sale


Designer Shoe Sale

What: Get a head start on your summer shopping at this designer shoe sale. Choose from over 30,000 pairs of shoes from designers like Louise et Cie, Sam Edelman, Vince Camuto, Cole Haan, and more.

When: Now until May 6
Time: Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Rd
Price Admission is free

Maximum Exposure

What: This year-end exhibition showcases the work of artists from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.

When: Now until May 6
Time: All day
Where: Ryerson School of Image Arts, 122 Bond Street
Price: Admission is free


What: North America’s largest documentary festival returns to Toronto this month bringing an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences.

When: Now until May 6
Time: Various screenings each day
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: Tickets start at $21.24

Picnic in the Cemetery

What: At Picnic in the Cemetery, which happens to be inspired by Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery, guests will enjoy a combination of classical music written by contemporary composer and artist Njo Kong Kie. Kong Ki’s music has since been interwoven with performance and visual arts elements, creating a distinctive chamber concert meets performance art hybrid.

When: Now until May 6
Time: Performance times vary by day
Where: Canadian Stage (Berkeley), 26 Berkeley Street
Price: Tickets range from $35 to $69

Infinity Mirrors

Daily Hive

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

Anthony Ricciardi Art Installation

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

CONTACT Photography Festival

What: Back for another year is the massive Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival showcasing works from hundreds of photographers at locations all over the city.

When: Now until May 31
Time: All day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: 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

May the 4th at Northern Maverick Brewing Co.

What: If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate May the Fourth, Northern Maverick is giving a nod to Star Wars with an out-of-this-world brew, Tsar Wars Imperial Stout. Along with being aromatically delicious, the beer pays homage to Sci-Fi’s favourite dark ruler. If you’re in the area, swing by and enjoy a pint, but be warned, you may want to join the dark side.

When: May 4
Time: All day
Where: Northern Maverick Brewing Co., 115 Bathurst Street
Price: No admission

ROM Friday Night Live

What: Friday Night Live kicks off this week, and Torontonians are invited to get their Friday night started off right with an evening of dancing, music, live artists, art, tasty food and drinks and more.

When: May 4 to June 29
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: The ROM, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: Tickets are $19.21 for adults

Stars on Ice featuring Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

What: Canadian gold medal sweethearts Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be lacing up and hitting the ice at the Air Canada Centre this Thursday as part of the cross-country skating tour Stars on Ice. 

When: May 4
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
Price: Tickets are available online for as low as $12

Cosplay Bash

Ripley’s Aquarium

May the 4th Cosplay Bash

What: This Friday, transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away, to Ripley’s Aquarium’s first-ever cosplay bash. Guests are invited to celebrate the world of cosplay and dress up as their favourite pop culture characters, enjoy signature cocktails and dance the night away to the sounds of out-of-this-world DJ beats.

When: May 4
Time: 8 pm to 12 am
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Blvd.
Price: Available online for $30 plus HST

Steam Whistle Cinco De Mayo

What: Celebrate Cuarto de Mayo for a good cause with Pilsners, tequila, margaritas, piñatas, and Cornhole for Queso, a tossing game in the name of cheese.

When: May 4
Time: 8 pm
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Price: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Toronto Together: Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief for Dominica

What: The first weekend in May, you can enjoy a fun night out for a good cause. Featuring music by The Famly, Luna Li, Mauve Grove, and Hannah Frances & friends with DJ Bianca Lee closing out the night with a SoCa set, this benefit concert will support disaster relief and rebuilding in Dominica.

When: May 4
Time: 8:30 pm to 2 am
 82 Bathurst Street
Price: $10

Jane’s Walk 2018

What: Jane’s Walks encourages people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

When: May 4 to 6
Time: All day
Where: Neighbourhoods throughout the city
Price: Free to participate

Free may events

Bumble Hive comes to Toronto

The Bumble Hive: Toronto

What: At the Bumble Hive pop-up, Torontonians can enjoy free drinks from Flow and Ace Hill Beer, treats from Girl Gang Goodies, piercings by Mejuri as well as three days of engaging programming from some notable women in Toronto. The full event schedule can be found here.

When: May 4 to 6
Time: Friday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm
Where: 950 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free, you just need to download the Bumble app and show it at the door


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: May 4 to 21
Time: Varies by location
Where: Restaurants, bakeries, and cafes across Toronto
Price: Price will vary by location

Free Comic Book Day 2018

What: Comic fans both young and old, Marvel and DC, will be able to rejoice. This Saturday, Free Comic Book Day will be happening at participating comic book stores all over Toronto and anyone can take home a free comic simply by walking into a store.

When: May 5
Time: Hours vary based on stores
Where: Participating stores across Toronto
Price: Free of charge

Park & Bark Dog Show

What: The first Saturday in May, Toronto dog owners, their dogs, experts and exhibitors will gather together to exchange information, shop, sample, hear and see great new products and valuable services for their canine pets in Toronto.

When: May 5
Time: 9 am
Where: Yonge Street at Davisville Parking Lot, 1957 Yonge Street
Price: Admission is free

Really Really Free Market

What: Whether you’re looking to clear up some space in your closet or find some new one-of-a-kind treasures, the Really Really Free Market is the place to be this weekend. Taking place at Campbell Park, everything you see at the market is absolutely free. Seriously, no money is required, and there’s no swapping involved.

When: May 5
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
Price: Free



Muddy York Brewing Co. Cinco de Mayo Party

What: CRAFT Beer Market Toronto pops up at the brewery for this afternoon Fiesta Mexicana featuring special brews, tacos, and fine Spanish tunes.

When: May 5
Time: 12 pm
Where: Muddy York Brewing Co. 22 Cranfield Road, Toronto
Price: No admission

El Caballito Cinco de Mayo

What: From noon until late night, this Mexican restaurant on King West celebrates Cinco de Mayo on the patio with tequila cocktail specials and Mexican entertainment all day.

When: May 5
Time: 12 pm
Where: El Caballito, 220 King Street West
Price: No admission

El Cinco de Mayo at Liberty Commons

What: Soak up tequila and tacos, suds and smoked BBQ, and (hopefully) sun at this patio party. The restaurant adjacent to Big Rock Brewery is teaming up with Cherry Street Bar-B-Que for an afternoon of day drinking and party vibes.

When: May 5
Time: 12 pm
Where: Liberty Commons, 42 Liberty Street
Price: No admission

Leslieville Food & Drink Festival

What: The third annual Leslieville Food & Drink Festival will be taking over the east end this Saturday, where guests can enjoy art, music, food and drinks all while supporting the vibrant local community.

When: May 5
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: District 28, 28 Logan Avenue
Price: From $22

macho radio bar


Macho Radio Bar Cinco de Mayo

What: This Tex Mex spot in City Place hosts a party on their heated patio. Drink deals for the day include Casadores slushy margaritas, Dos Equis, and sangria!

When: May 5
Time: 3 pm
Where: Macho Radio Bar, 92 Fort York Boulevard
Price: No admission

Chef’s Party: Cinco de Mayo

What: The upscale food court celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican-themed bites, cocktails, and entertainment. Ticket prices include five tasty bites and a Tromba margarita.

When: May 5
Time: 4:30 pm
 Assembly Chef’s Hall 111 Richmond Street West
Price: Tickets are $35

Baro Cinco de Mayo

What: Cabo Shrimp Tacos, El Jefe’s Fajitas, and Ignacio’s Nachos are all on the menu for this multi-floor fiesta, not to mention tequila cocktails are the drink of the day with options like the Jalapeño Margarita and Mexico City Mule on offer.

When: May 5
Time: 5 pm
Where: Baro, 485 King Street West
Price: Tickets are $25

May 4

Cinco de Mayo at Love Child Social House

Social Gathering: Cinco De Mayo

What: One of the cities newest venues, Love Child Social House, will be hosting an epic Cinco de Mayo party in partnership with Jukebox and FourKings. There will be a taco vendor, mariachi band, live DJs, beer and drink specials, and plenty of Cinco de Mayo themed drinking games and activities!

When: May 5
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Love Child Social house, 69 Bathurst Street
Price: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Jukebox App

Toronto Marathon

What: The city will be collectively lacing up this Sunday as the Toronto Marathon will be taking over the downtown core. The race starts at Mel Lastman Square in North York and will finish at Ontario Place.

When: May 6
Time: 7:30 am
Where: The race starts at Mel Lastman Square and finishes at Ontario Place.
Price: $135 for the full marathon

Paddle the Don

What: This Sunday, Toronto’s Paddle the Don is taking place, giving you the chance to paddle through the heart of Canada’s largest urban region to raise awareness about the health of the Don River.

When: May 6 
8 am to 4 pm
Where: The event begins at Ernest Thompson Seton Park and ends at Corktown Common located at 155 Bayview Avenue
Price: $100.00 per boat, whether it’s a canoe or a kayak

47th annual Forsythia Festival

What: Every May, Cabbagetown residents gather to welcome spring at the annual Forsythia Festival. The spring festival is Cabbagetown’s official welcoming of the new season, and like every year, there will be a parade and a dress code that includes the colour yellow.

When: May 6
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Wellesley Park, 500 Wellesley Street East
Price: Admission is free

Shakespeare and the ROM

What: This Sunday, you can explore the life and times of William Shakespeare through the ROM’s collections. Guests will also have the chance to handle authentic objects during this interactive workshop.

When: May 6
Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 am
Where: The ROM, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $80 (includes lunch)

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