Well Toronto, spring is almost here.
And while the cherry blossoms still have a way to go before they reach ‘peak bloom,’ there’s plenty of spring activities to look forward to.
From great food and drink festivals to where to find the most picturesque floral displays, we’ve rounded up 19 bucket list spring activities and events that will have you falling in love with our city all over again.
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Celebrate your love of macarons
National Macaron Day takes place on the first day of spring, March 20, and in honour of the delicious occasion, Toronto bakeries and cafes are serving up special flavours of this sweet Parisian treat in support of local charities.
Catch a Blue Jays game
The Toronto Blue Jays will start their new season on March 28 with a bang as they host the Detroit Tigers. While there may still be a chill in the Toronto air, things will be heating up at Rogers Centre.
Enjoy Dinner With a View
From March 28 to May 2, you can dine in heated, clear and frameless domes that offer a gorgeous view of the city. And your surroundings aren’t the only thing that’ll be beautifully designed: menus have been created by Chef René Rodriguez, Top Chef Canada Season 4 Winner. At Dinner with a View, you’ll also have the chance to choose from three blind menu categories – meat, fish or vegan – and from there, the adventure is a delicious surprise.
Check out a new pop-up experience
Opening on March 30, for two months, you can awaken your inner child at Toronto’s brand new and unforgettable pop-up, HideSeek. 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.
Indulge in some butterbeer
Grab your drinking crew, or make a new one, and be prepared to fly through four themed bars in Toronto’s Entertainment District on March 30. There will be exclusive themed drink specials, themed decor at each location, Tri-Wizard challenges at every bar, and a Yule Ball after party.
Party for a good cause
Clear your schedules, AGO Massive returns to Toronto this Thursday, April 11. Now in its 15th year, this massive contemporary art party will transform the art gallery into an epic maze filled with immersive performances and installations from the city’s most promising creators and DJs that will get you moving and delicious food and drinks.
Stop by a spring market
From farmers’ markets with a focus on local, sustainable food and produce to stunning flower markets, there are countless markets popping up throughout the city this season that are worthy of a visit.
This year marks the first 420 since weed has become legalized in Canada so you better believe that Canadians are going to be lighting up from coast to coast on April 20.
Catch a flick at a film fest
The Oscars have come and gone, which means it’s time to find a new cinematic favourite. This spring, there are a number of film festivals taking place throughout the city including Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, running April 25 to May 5. Also on the agenda is Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival, running May 3 and 4. It brings a diverse offering of Canadian and international films to Toronto’s Lake Shore.
Attend a Harry Potter themed brunch
The Wizard’s Brunch is coming to Toronto this spring on April 27. For one day only, you will be invited to dine in the most magical of settings. Seated at long tables, you will enjoy a magical feast and fine wizard liquids as you immerse into a unique universe created especially for you.
Discover a new caffeinated beverage
This spring, Toronto is celebrating the city’s buzzing café culture by bringing together the city’s best baristas, roasters, tea sommeliers, blenders, distributors, coffee shops, and café gear all under one roof. The Coffee & Tea Expo is taking over the CF Shops at Don Mills Town Square on May 4 and 5.
Snap a picture of the High Park cherry blossoms
No spring is complete without paying the picturesque High Park cherry blossoms a visit. While Sakura in High Park hasn’t given a peak bloom date yet, the park’s cherry blossom trees are showing a great start to the season.
Hit the trails
The days of hibernating indoors binge-watching countless hours of Netflix will soon come to an end as it’s almost time to head outdoors, stretch your legs and conquer the trails. From family-friendly paths to challenging climbs, Toronto is home to a wide range of hiking trails that are waiting to be explored this spring.
Check out a new restaurant
With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to leave your condo and check out of some of the city’s hottest restaurants. From Drake’s Pick 6ix Sports to LA’s Kardashian-approved Chin Chin eatery, there are plenty of mouth-watering spots to check out this spring.
Try a yoga class with an adorable animal
Okay seriously, what could be cuter than perfecting your downward dog next to an adorable puppy? This spring, puppy-yoga classes will be taking place in Toronto that should definitely not be missed.
Go on a road trip
Almost out of things to do in the city this spring? Then you might want to consider heading to the nation’s capital to check out the largest tulip festival in the world. Running May 10 to 20, the Canadian Tulip Festival will be celebrating its 66th anniversary this season.
Eat like a true Canadian
A caravan of poutine purveyors will land in Toronto this spring for a three-day festival devoted to fries, curds, and gravy. Running May 24 to 26, Toronto Poutine Fest will feature a mouth-watering roster of food trucks from across Canada dishing out over 50 varieties of gourmet poutine.
Attend one of Toronto’s most elegant events
If you’ve ever wanted to attend an event that combines the elegance of Royal Ascot with the excitement of the Kentucky Derby, now’s your chance. The Greenwood Stakes, which takes place May 25, features an afternoon of high-stakes horse races, fashion, art installations, mixologist competitions, live music, gourmet food and lawn games, are set to kick off the summer season in style in Toronto.
Get your sweat on
Get your most trusted pair of runners ready, lululemon is taking over city streets this June, for the third annual lululemon Toronto 10k. Whether it’s your first major run or you’re chasing a personal best, on June 15 you can lace up and join 10,000 runners for a guaranteed good time.