17 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, May 25

May 24 2019, 7:43 pm

The work week has finally come to an end, so you better be in the mood to let loose and have some fun.

From an epic poutine festival to a huge Raptors tailgate party, here are 17 events worth checking out this Saturday.

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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: On now until May 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: On now until May 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

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

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

Air Canada Rouge Interactive Pop-Up


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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: On now until 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

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

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

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

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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

Doors Open Toronto 2019

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


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

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

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.

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  25
Time: 3:07 pm
 Rogers Centre
Price: Toronto fans can get a two-day ticket starting at just $40

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

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