5 things to do in Toronto today: Thursday, May 17

May 17 2018, 2:55 am

If you can’t wait for the long weekend to have some fun, we’ve rounded up five awesome events happening in the city today, including a mouthwatering rib festival and a Kentucky Derby-themed party.


What: Artists Bao and Boudro and Montreal’s Rock Therrien look at comical, villainous and heroic characters from pop culture and their impact on contemporary culture.

When: May 17 to June 3
Time: 6 pm
Where: Stone Distillery Gallery, 32 Distillery Lane
Price: Free

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: May 17 to 20
Time: Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Admission is free

Kentucky Derby Party

What: The Kentucky Derby might have already passed but don’t put away your fancy hats just yet! The festivities continue at this bourbon and cider-fueled party happening in Toronto this May.

When: May 17
Time: 7 pm
Where: Lisa Marie, 638 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $55

This is Vintages Walk-around Tasting

What: Discover your new summer wine this evening at this walk-around tasting featuring over 60 wines. There will be wine consultants on-site to teach guests ‘the what’s what of the wine world’ while guests enjoy great food and music, and a chic Italian garden party complete with a bocce ball court.

When: May 17
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
99 Sudbury, 99 Sudbury Street
Price: $55 per person (includes wine and food)

Operanation Into the Stars

What: This evening, the Canadian Opera Company is charting a constellation of fashion, art, and opera for Operanation, an epic party inspired by the upcoming world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian.

When: May 17
9 pm
Where: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West
Price: $150

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