Weekend events in Toronto will get you outside and exploring the city. Not only is it time for the annual Doors Open extravaganza, but it's also the first Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday of the season.Events you might want to check out:
Anime North 2017 (May 26-28 @ Toronto Congress Center)
Anime North is an anime convention that celebrates anime, manga, music, games and other forms of Japanese culture in one giant room.
Brunch Fest (May 26-28 @ 99 Sudbury)
This massive brunch event will feature everything from pancakes and pastries to poached eggs and bacon. There will be speciality cocktails, lots of coffee and live entertainment too.
CBC Music Festival (May 27 @ Echo Beach)
Echo Beach will be filled with music from Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth, Keys N Krates, Ruth B, Scott Helman, Bobby Bazini, Austra, Ralph and so many more.
Doors Open Toronto (May 27 @ Various locations)
See inside more than 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. There are free concerts too!
Inside Out Film Festival (May 24 - June 4 @ TIFF)
Toronto's LGBT film festival is in full force this weekend. Check out the schedule on the official site to catch a screening.
Pedestrian Sundays (May 28 @ Kensington Market)
The first Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday of the season is always a wonderful thing. Cars are given the boot for streets filled with food, performers, vendors and hundreds of happy people.
Barbados on the Water Festival (May 26-28 @ Harbourfront Centre)
It's finally time to party down by the lake! This is the largest festival of Barbadian culture in Canada and it features fashion shows, literary events and kids activities all for free.
Christie Pits Art Crawl (May 28 @ Christie Pits Park)
Over 60 artists will be set up at the south end of the park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., alongside food vendors, a beer and wine tent, a musical parade and all kinds of community organization pop-ups.
RuPaul's Drag Race Werq The World Tour (May 26 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
Your favorite queens from RuPaul's Drag Race arrive in Toronto. Hosted by Bianca Del Rio, the event will feature performances by Alyssa Edwards, Alaska Thunderfuck, Detox, Kim Chi, Shangela and Season 9 star Valentina.
Toronto Tech Summit (May 26 @ MaRS Discovery District (Auditorium))
This event for tech minded folks focuses on innovation, virtual reality and more.
Trinity Bellwoods Drum Circle Sundays (May 28 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park)
Trinity Bellwoods Drum Circle returns this spring and summer. Join them from noon to 6 p.m. near the south gate entrance to the park for drumming and dancing.
United Comedy Festival Showcase Supreme (May 27 @ Second City John Candy Box Theatre )
Catch shows from Laurie Elliott, Craig Fay, Brian Ward, Carol Zoccoli, Hoodo Hersi, Helder Brum and way more.
Free Green Machine Smoothies pop-up (May 27 @ #weveCHANGED )
Stop by 322 1/2 Queen West to between noon and 3 p.m. and grab a free Green Machine Smoothie. They're only available while quantities last, so if you need your fix, arrive early.
Textile Bazaar (May 26 @ Artscape Youngplace)
This sale presented by the Textile Museum of Canada features fabric, yarn, vintage linens, buttons, beads, books, crafts, quilting supplie and more, all at bargain prices.
Closet Raid (May 27 @ Gladstone Hotel)
This two-day pop-up consignment clothing sale will save you from scrolling through pages on Kijiji and Craigslist or sifting through bins at a second hand store.
The Fabulous Book & Junk Sale (May 27 @ Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives)
Head over to the CLGA, the world's largest independent LGBTQ2+ archive, where they'll be selling books, picture frames and other paraphernalia.
Yard Sale For the Cure (May 27 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park )
Now in its 13th year, Yard Sale for the Cure is stocked with treasures uncovered by 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. The sale happens in Bellwoods, with all funds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).
Distillery Sunday Market (May 28 - August 27 @ The Distillery District)
This curated weekly market features delicious snacks and treats, preserves, honey, maple syrup and artisan goods. All goods are made within 100 miles of the Distillery.
The Weeknd (May 26 @ Air Canada Centre)
Both nights to this space-age pop show are most definitely sold out, but there must be some way to get tickets? Try you best and good luck!
Future Islands (May 27 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
Witness the big room, sweeping synthpop sound that is Future Islands at this one-night only show.
National Drone Day (May 27 @ Roland Inspiration Centre)
This is a free, all-ages evening drone concert at the Roland Inspiration Centre featuring dreamSTATE and DRONE:KLUB.
Armin Van Buuren (May 28 @ Cabana Pool Bar)
The legendary Dutch DJ and producer will light up the skies and the pool at Cabana with a set to kick spring out of the way and summer into our lives.
Sigur Ros (May 28 @ TD Echo Beach)
Rain or shin .... let's face it, the music from this Icelandic rock band will work regardless of the weather.
Paper Jam (May 26 @ The Garrison)
DJs Jordan Bimm Now and Ben Spurr Torstar join forces to fill in for OPP/Foxtrot G&M, and you can expect to hear their fav indie rock and electronic jams, with an emphasis on Toronto artists. There's also no cover.
Beyonce vs. Solange (May 26 @ Dundas Video)
Back by popular demand, This Broken Mixtape throws down all the best tracks from the Knowles sisters, along with the hottest hip hop, R&B, electronic, and indie tunes.
Connection May Disco to House! (May 26 @ Beaver Cafe)
Disco never died. It transformed into house. Beam Me Up explores the connection between disco and house. A Digital Needle and Cyclist DJ for your booty and heart.
Our Latin Thing 2 (May 26 @ Geary Lane)
Tony Touch blesses the dance floor alongside Toronto's own DJ Grouch for a Latin dance music night with food by Chanchitos and live performances from Los Poetas and S.W.A.
Alok (May 26 @ UNIUN Nightclub)
Manzone & Strong open for Brazilian electronic DJ Alok. He's been crowned the best DJ in the Brazil multiple years in a row, so don't miss his massive tropical beats inside this giant club setting.
Fit May Yass (May 27 @ The Beaver)
Fit is a loosely themed sporty dance party at the Beaver and this month is its annual Spandex party. Kris and Phil play the tunes, Bon Bon Bontemps performs and it's $5 all night.
Motown Party Marvin Gaye Edition (May 27 @ Studio Bar)
Shimmy, shake your tail feather and celebrate with the Marvin Gaye edition of the monthly Motown party. Guest DJ Eric Simon Pearce and Fawn Big Canoe spin.
Bounce Block Party (May 27 @ Theatre Centre Cafe)
Tickets are pricey, but the Bounce party takes over an entire building to stimulate all your senses with local performers, live music, dancing, immersive performances and snacks.
J E L L Y (May 27 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
Join DJs Sammy Rawal, Tamika and Diego Armand for the latest party to take over the new Glad Day book bar on Church Street.
Soul Sunday Street Party (May 28 @ Trinity Common)
The sunny street dance parties return to Pedestrian Sundays this month with DJs and dancing in the streets from 3 to 7 p.m. DJs Gentlemen Soul Brothers spin and there will be beer and treats for sale.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO