Weekend events in Toronto mean that many fascinating and important buildings around the city will be open to the public with Doors Open, while Anime North brings together enthusiasts from all over. It's also the first Pedestrian Sunday of the season in Kensington Market.Events you might want to check out:
Anime North (May 25-27 @ Toronto Congress Center)
All things anime get a festival celebration — including cosplay, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese culture.
CBC Music Festival (May 26 @ RBC Echo Beach)
Back again is this one-day, all-Canadian festival of musical talent featuring headliners July Talk, A Tribe Called Red and Charlotte Day Wilson.
Doors Open (May 26-27 @ Multiple Venues)
Toronto's architecture takes the spotlight with tours of historically and culturally significant buildings all around the city.
Pedestrian Sundays (May 27 - October 28 @ Kensington Market)
Pedestrian Sundays kicks off a season of car-less wandering through Kensington Market featuring art, food vendors, live music and activities.
TOWebfest (May 25-26 @ CN Tower)
Hundreds of podcasters, vloggers and web series creators from around Canada and beyond are in Toronto to share in the festivities atop the CN Tower.
Greenwood Stakes (May 26 @ Woodbine Racetrack)
The first edition of the Geenwood Stakes includes an afternoon of fashion, art, drinks, live music, food, lawn games and, of course, horse races
Lego Exhibit in Fort York (May 26-27 @ Fort York Historic Site)
Part of Doors Open, a Lego creation in the style of the TTC, complete with miniature bus and streetcar models, is on display in Fort York.
Splash Works Opening Day (May 26 @ Canada's Wonderland)
It's that time of year for Splashworks to open for the season and this year there's a new attraction in town: Lakeside Lagoon.
Woofstock (May 26-27 @ Woodbine Park)
Doggies of all shapes and sizes show off their cuteness over this two-day festival featuring human-friendly shopping, entertainment and vendors.
Dirty Projectors (May 25 @ The Great Hall)
New York indie rockers have made a name for themselves for their unique and diverse sound that includes punk, electronica and R&B.
Esto Indie Night (May 25 @ Lee's Palace)
Part of Estonian music Week, dream pop band Pia Fraus is playing alongside DIANA, Erki Pärnoja, DJ Sander Mölder, Kaili Kinnon and The Leslie Spits.
Great North Battle (May 25 @ Gladstone Hotel)
Now in its fifth year, this showdown of hip-hop artists from all over Canada features beat box battles and performances over two nights.
Trapdoor Fest (May 25-27 @ Multiple Venues)
This entirely DIY music festival features local indie, punk, psych and rock bands doing their own thing among new and experimental lineups.
Parquet Courts (May 27 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
Classic rock for the new age, Parquet Courts uses a brash, thumping rock sound reminiscent of the golden age of rock 'n' roll.
Post Malone (May 27 @ RBC Echo Beach)
It's hard not to get into the mellowed-out vibes of Post Malone and his smooth lyrical style that's usually focused on some kind of humble-brag.
Jewish Music Week (May 27 - June 3 @ Multiple Venues)
Jewish musicians take the spotlight over a week of festivities including concerts, recitals and musical events showcasing a multitude of different styles.
Inside Out (May 24 - June 3 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
Filmmakers from the LGBTQ+ community and beyond come together in celebration of the best queer films from Canada and around the world.
The Cleaners (May 25 - June 28 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Get a glimpse into the world of anonymous “digital janitors” who screen tens of thousands of posts to determine what we can and cannot see.
Free Movies at Cinesphere (May 26-27 @ Cinesphere)
Cinesphere is opening for Doors Open with two days of free screenings of North of Superior and a prologue of The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience.
Beanstock Coffee Festival (May 26-27 @ Harbourfront Centre)
After a successful Vancouver run, Beanstock is here with local and international vendors, tastings, workshops and barista competition.
Gluten Free Garage (May 27 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
Gluten-free goodies take the spotlight with tons of vendors, food trucks, speakers, drinks and samples happening throughout the day.
Lift Cannabis Expo (May 25-27 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
Exhibitors and vendors from around the world specializing in all things cannabis come together alongside speakers and industry.
Pink Market (May 26-27 @ Artscape Sandbox)
Together with Inside Out, this market features over 30 queer makers showcasing goods, crafts, fashion, art and literature.
Junction Farmers Market (May 26 - November 3 @ Junction Train Platform)
It's the first one of the season for the Junction Farmers Market with sustainably produced fresh foods from local food growers.
The Bunz Flea (May 27 @ The Rec Room Toronto)
The first Bunz Flea is ready to go in a new venue and featuring local goods from a ton of vendors plus food, workshops and activities.
Trinity Bellwoods Flea (May 27 @ The Great Hall)
Local vendors are taking up shop inside and outside of the Great Hall for the spring edition of the Bellwoods Flea.
Closet Raid (May 27 @ Gladstone Hotel)
This consignment pop-up event returns this summer with a hand-picked collection of clothing and accessories.
Distillery District Sunday Market (May 27 - October 14 @ The Distillery District)
Starting this weekend into the fall, this weekly market features a curated selection of meats, organic preserves, fresh flowers, artisan crafts and more.
Spring Break (May 25 @ Handlebar)
Get into summer early with DJ Misty and some classic summery pop party hits from the 1950s through the 2000s.
Ubuntu (May 25 @ Luanda House)
This huge musical-party experience doubles as a giant celebration of the raw rhythms of afrobeats, hiphop, and afrohouse with DJ's and live bands.
The Mystic Forest (May 26 @ The Opera House)
The Opera House gets transformed for the last time into a magical world filled with plants, flowers and creatures of all shapes and sizes.
80's & 90's Dance Party (May 26 @ Remix Lounge)
Panic is back with another 80s and 90s dance floor with all the top hits and a spotlight on the radical leaders of the new wave genre, New Order.
It's Gonna Be May (May 26 @ Sneaky Dee's)
Boybands changed the musical landscape and this party knows it with NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, O Town, B44 and One Direction tracks on deck.
Hey Girl Hey (May 26 @ The Baby G)
Female artists get a party with a floorshow and DJ Orange Pekoe playing the hip-hop and R&B of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Christie Pits Art Crawl (May 27 @ Christie Pits)
Encompassing most of the south end of the park, this art fair includes a huge selection of art vendors, food, music and pop-ups.
Kensington Market Art Fair (May 27 - October 28 @ Kensington Market)
Nestled in the heart of Kensington is this art fair with ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal arts, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography for sale.
Infinity Mirrors (March 3 - May 27 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
It's the last weekend to check out Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors exhibit, with the AGO extending gallery hours to midnight for some of the final days.
by Lisa Power via blogTO