26 things to do in Toronto this weekend: May 31 to June 2

May 30 2019, 6:06 pm

Happy first weekend of June, Toronto!

From burger and brunch festivals to Game 2 of the NBA Finals and more, these are the top 26 events taking place in Toronto this weekend.

Friday, May 31

CONTACT Photography Festival


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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: Ends today
Time: All day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Free

Canadian Launch of Facundo

What: To coincide with Father’s Day, Facundo Rum is hosting Facundo Family Room this weekend,  an exclusive tasting experience at LCBO Summerhill where customers can engrave their Facundo Rum bottle, creating the perfect customized gift for dad.

When: On now until June 1
Time: Friday, 1 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, 11:30 am to 3:30 am
Where: LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Square
Price: Free to attend

Air Canada Rouge Interactive Pop-Up

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

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

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


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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


What: Burgermania will be popping up in the heart of the downtown core from May 31 to June 2, and some of the city’s most mouthwatering burgs will be on-site, waiting to be devoured. Last year’s winner, Marben, will be in attendance, alongside Holy Chuck, The Stockyards, Ground Burger Bar and more.

When: May 31 and June 1
Time: 11 am to 10 pm; and June 2, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free admission

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station will be returning to the city this week. The outdoor marketplace promises to “showcase the best of Toronto’s eclectic culture, talent and spirit with a curated mix of local food vendors and entertainment.”

When: May 31 to August 3
Time: 5:30 am to 12:45 am
Where: Union Station – 65 Front Street West
Price: Entry is free

ROM Friday Night Live

What: Spend your Friday night on the ROM’s dance floor with top DJs and live artists, or explore museum’s stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks. Get ready to dance the night away at Friday Night Live #FNLROM: Palette, featuring a FREE sneak peek to the new exhibition In the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

When: May 31
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $19.21

Saturday, June 1

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

Toronto Flower Market

What: Now in its seventh year, the Flower Market returns this Saturday. This season’s vendors are prepped and ready to share all of their locally grown spring blooms such as daffodils, hyacinth, muscari, ranunculus, and oh so many tulips. Plus, there will be seedlings and spring bulbs for planting in home gardens.

When: June 1
10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

The Funhouse

What: Queen Street West is about to get a brand new immersive installation. And it’s going to be a houseful of fun. Toronto-based art collective Mondo Forma and Universal Music Canada are bringing The Funhouse to downtown. The immersive, experiential art maze, inspired by music and created in collaboration with some of Toronto’s most exciting artists, and will open this Saturday.

When: From June 1 through to September
Time: Doors open at 10 am
101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28 general admission

The Body Shop Toronto Beach Clean-Up

What: To celebrate the launch of The Body Shop’s first Community Trade Recycled Plastic Program, the iconic brand is inviting Toronto to its community beach clean-up. Join The Body Shop, along with its event partner Plastic Oceans, and give back to Mother Earth this Saturday. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided.

When: June 1
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. East
Price: Free to participate

Toronto Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale

What: If you’re in the market for some new plants, the Allan Gardens Conservatory plant show and sale is happening this weekend. Taking place at Allen Gardens Park and Conservatory, shoppers can find a variety of succulents and cactuses, in addition to common houseplants and even some more unique and uncommon plants from private collectors.

When: June 1 and 2
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Allan Gardens Park and Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Avenue
Price: Free

The Riverdale ArtWalk 2019


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What: The Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, the Riverdale ArtWalk is a great place to connect with artists and buy that perfect piece for your home.

When: June 1 and 2
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Jimmie Simpson Park & Community Centre
Price: Free to attend

Kensington Market Flea

What: Starting this Saturday, the weekly Kensington Market Flea kicks off. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: Saturdays from June 1 to September 21
Time: Saturday 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

Hempfest Cannabis Expo presents Hempfest Hamilton

What: The HempFest Cannabis Expo is coming to Hamilton this weekend. Canada’s premier cannabis expo series will feature exhibitors and speakers from all aspects of the hemp and cannabis industries.

When: June 1 and 2
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 6 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Hamilton Convention Centre
Price: $20 at the door

Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest

What: Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Riverside. Spanning 10 vibrant blocks between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street on historic Queen Street East. This year, the festival will feature over 50 local eateries and shops with food specials, sidewalk sales, and live entertainment.

When: June 1
Time: 1 pm to 9 pm
Where: Riverside (Queen St E between the DVP and Empire Ave)
Price: Free to attend

Brunch Fest

What: The two-day festival that honours everything about brunch is landing in the city this week. The mash-up meal is a favourite pass-time in Toronto, which is why it’s deserving of the full weekend of dedication it’ll be getting on June 1 and 2. Presented by Bud Light Radler and TasteToronto, Brunch Fest is a 19+ event celebrating all things bacon, Benedicts and bagels; pancakes, pastries, and poached eggs.

When: June 1 and 2
Where: The Grounds at Hotel X Toronto, 111 Princes’ Boulevard
Tickets: Available online from $7.95

Sunnyside 21 – Episode 02 with Waajeed

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What: This Saturday, 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: June 1
4:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: $30

Anderson .Paak in Toronto

What: Anderson .Paak returns to Toronto for his second performance of the year. This time he’s taking over outside music venue Echo Beach for an evening of groovy tunes and good vibes.

When: June 1
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: From $69

Sunday, June 2

Toronto Etsy Summer Market

What: You can shop and discover all the local talent Toronto has to offer this Sunday.  Meet a curated selection of Toronto’s most noteworthy Etsy sellers and crafters selling one-of-a-kind items.

When: June 2
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall Toronto, 1087 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Broadview Hotel’s BBQ Series with Eastbound Brewing Co.

What: Starting this Sunday, you can enjoy the ultimate summer BBQ experience with a $25 ticket for all-you-can-eat plus one beer from Eastbound Brewing Co., with any additional beer for just $5. With gorgeous views of Toronto and delicious bites, this is the perfect way to spend your Sunday.

When: June 2
Time: 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: The Broadview Hotel
Price: $25

Promise Cherry Beach

What: Put on your dancin’ shoes and head to Promise Cherry Beach for an afternoon (and evening) of fun. Come and enjoy a lineup of new faces and lifelong favourites and a mix of sunny electro, house, and techno music.

When: June 2
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry Street
Price: $20

Free Toronto Raptors Tailgate Party

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What: Our Toronto Raptors are facing the Golden State Warriors this evening as part of the NBA Playoffs for Game 2. And in case you can’t snag a ticket, there will be a FREE Raptors tailgate party happening in Maple Leaf Square tonight.

When: June 2
Time: Gates open at 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Admission: Free to attend