13 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, May 19

May 17 2019, 6:56 pm

Sunday Funday has arrived.

If you’re looking for something to do other than brunch and bottomless mimosas, check out these great events happening in the city today.

From live music and firework displays, foodie events and family-friendly activities, here are the top events happening in Toronto this Sunday.

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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


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: On now until May 20
Time: 11 am to 6 pm daily
Where: The Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street
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


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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

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

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

Black Owned Food Market

What: The Black Owned Food Market will feature amazing afro-Caribbean cuisine, refreshing beverages by black-owned businesses. Come enjoy music, culture and great eats. Donations will go towards funding business development programs to support black youth entrepreneurs.

When: May 19
Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price: Free admission

Ultimate Summer BBQ Series

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What: The Broadview Hotel, together with Eastbound Brewery Co., is offering the ultimate Summer BBQ Series experience in the industrial-inspired space of Lincoln Hall + Terrace. $25 get you an all-you-can-eat pass and a beer from Eastbound Brewing Co. Additional beers are only $5.

When: May 19
Time: 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Avenue
Price: $25

Electric Island

What: Electric Island returns for its seventh annual year with a fresh lineup of local and international DJs. This year, the fun returns to Toronto Island and will be kicking off the new season over May Long weekend.

When: May 19
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: Hanlan’s Point
Price: $49.99

Sunnyside 21 – Episode 01 with Move D

What: This Sunday, celebrate the 21st season of summer music and events at Sunnyside Pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening filled with good music, people and vibes.

When: May 19
4:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: $30

Free Toronto Raptors Tailgate Party

What: Our Toronto Raptors are facing the Milwaukee Bucks this evening as part of the NBA Playoffs for Game 3. 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 19
Time: Gates open at 5 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Admission: Free to attend

Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland

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Canada’s Wonderland

What: Celebrate Victoria Day weekend with rides and the best fireworks in the region. Each fireworks show at Canada’s Wonderland has a unique design with an original soundtrack and thousands of colourful explosions, you won’t want to miss it.

When: May 19
Time: 10 pm
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
Price: Included in admission

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