13 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, May 18

May 17 2019, 5:55 pm

Make the most of this fine Saturday by checking out some of the great events happening throughout the city.

From delicious foodie events to a spring beer festival and more, we’ve rounded up 13 events to check out this Saturday.

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Rib Fest


What: Ribs, BBQ chicken, burgers, blooming onions, funnel cakes, and more! This four-day Rib Fest takes place in the heart of downtown and Yonge-Dundas Square.

When: On now until May 19
Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Admission is free

CONTACT Photography Festival

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

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

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

Anthony Ricciardi DREAM SPACE Exhibit


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What: DREAM SPACE is a 2,500-sq-ft immersive pop-up museum featuring Ricciardi’s original canvas work and sculpture series. The gallery acts as an entry point to a “secret and hidden” pop-up experience filled with 15 large-scale interactive installations and multi-sensory immersive spaces inspired by Ricciardi’s creations, including a pool of gold coins. Visitors will also have the chance to take one of Ricciardi’s pieces home with prices starting at $100, up to $7,000.

When: Open now until July
Time: Mall hours vary by day
Where: Yorkdale Mall. 3401 Dufferin Street
Admission: Admission to the gallery is free with a $15 admission fee to access the pop-up art installation and immersive space

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 18
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free


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 18 to 20
Time: 11 am to 6 pm daily
Where: The Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street
Price: Admission is free

Coffee and Canvas: Freestyle Painting

What: Get your creative juices flowing this Sunday at Fresh Paint Studio’s drop in painting session. While this isn’t a guided painting lesson, there will be images on display to provide reference along with helpful staff members. Just pay for your canvas and the studio will supply the rest.

When: May 18
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Fresh Paint Studio (Danforth East), 1849 Danforth Avenue
Admission: Canvases start at $20

Spring Beerfest TO

Spring Beerfest TO

Spring Beerfest TO

What: Spring Beerfest TO is set to serve up cold beers, delicious eats, and cottage vibes in Toronto for the May long weekend. Tickets are on sale now for the boozy festival, poised to welcome the warmth of summer evenings.

When: May 18 and 19
Time: Kicks off at noon
Where: Fort York: Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Road, Toronto
Price: $24, tickets available online

Free Udon

What: Bloor Street West is about to get a brand new noodle hub. And to celebrate their arrival in the neighbourhood, the eatery will be giving 200 bowls of udon away for free from noon to 2 pm on Saturday.

When: May 18
Time: noon to 2 pm
Where: 513 Bloor Street West
Price: Free

Free Japanese Pancakes in Toronto

What: To celebrate its first anniversary in Toronto, Fuwa Fuwa’s Bloor West location will be serving up free soufflé pancakes this afternoon. Between 2 pm and 4 pm, you can swing by 408 Bloor Street West to get your hands on these light-as-air delicacies.

When: May 18
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: 408 Bloor Street West
Price: Free

Bacardi Presents Sean Paul at REBEL Nightclub

What: Are you ready to ‘Get Busy?’ Sean Paul is hosting (and performing) at Revolution Saturdays at Rebel Nightclub this Saturday evening.

When: May 18
10 pm to 3 am
Where: 11 Polson Street, REBEL
Price: $20

What: Help a group of hungover friends piece together their night before in this improvised comedy show. You decide what happens, they deal with the consequences.

When: May 18
Time: 11 pm to 12 am
Where: Bad Dog Theatre Company, 875 Bloor Street West
Price: $10

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