Weekend events in Toronto are here to celebrate with parties, markets, food and drinks. Steve Aoki kicking off a stellar season of beats while the Raptors continue their series against the Warriors. Ontario Place is ready for summer, a new art maze is here and Promise is back by the beach.Events you might want to check out:
Buddies' 40th Birthday Party (May 31 @ Buddies in Bad Times)
One of Toronto's most storied spaces for queer cultural programming is celebrating the big 4-0 with an epic night of dance and performances.
BurgerMania (May 31 - June 2 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
Burgers galore are on at the second edition of this weekend beef festival (with veggies and gluten-free options!), alongside music, drinks and more.
Union Summer (May 31 - August 3 @ Union Station)
Union Station's huge summer market is back with a season of special programming like movies and music, plus lots of yummy bites and local brews.
Summer at Ontario Place (May 31 - September 23 @ Ontario Place)
Ontario Place is ready to kick off a summer of free activities for everyone to enjoy, with yoga, live music, life-sized games and more.
The Funhouse (June 1 - September 22 @ The Funhouse)
The Funhouse is finally ready to launch and it promises an interactive and immersive art maze experience featuring works by local artists.
Steve Aoki (June 2 @ Cabana Pool Bar)
Part of Cabana's grand opening weekend, the legendary DJ and producer Steve Aoki is dropping by for a day of poolside beats.
Raptors Tailgate Party (June 2 @ Maple Leaf Square)
Plan ahead for a day of fan festivities in the Square as the Raps continue the NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors.
Promise Cherry Beach (June 2 @ Cherry Beach)
Promise is back and ready to take over Cherry Beach with a season of techno, house and electro beats courtesy of local and international DJs.
HungaroFest (May 31 - June 2 @ Budapest Park)
A day of Hungarian cultural celebrations is on at this big, three-day festival with traditional dance, food, music, art and products the country has to offer.
Wallace Emerson Block Party (June 1 @ Hale Coffee Company)
Bring your pals, special other and dog to this neighbourhood block party with a day of food, games, music, art, prizes and a foosball tournament.
Riverdale ArtWalk (June 1-2 @ Jimmie Simpson Park)
Take a stroll through an art paradise as this big annual art festival returns with two days of works by local and regional artists, food, drink and more.
Food Truck'N Friday (May 31 @ Parking lot at Bloor Street West and Resurrection Road)
Alijandro's Kitchen, Dover Boys, Crepe Street and Eva's are just some of the food trucks pulling up to this week's edition of this mini street food festival.
Riverside Eats & Beats (June 1 @ Multiple Venues)
It's all going down on the east side this weekend with a full day of festivities along Queen Street that includes food, drinks, music and more.
Brunch Fest (June 1-2 @ Grounds of Hotel X)
Get your fill of brunch food all day, for three days, at this big festival dedicated to pancakes, mimosas, eggs benny and all the best brunch goodies.
Wild Things Festival (June 2 @ Junction Craft Brewing)
Wild Things is back for a second year to feature a day dedicated to the art of fermentation with wild beers and low-intervention wines.
Tash Sultana (May 31 @ RBC Echo Beach)
Get ready to lose yourself in the psychedelic grooves of Australia's Tash Sultana as she drops by to rock the stage again this weekend.
Grapetooth (June 1 @ Velvet Underground)
Chicago's new wave duo Grapetooth have a sound that fluctuates between upbeat and slow, playing off of many different musical influences.
Cosmo MusicFEST (June 1 @ Cosmo Music)
A full day of music is on at this massive annual festival with performances, an instrument expo, shopping, kids zone, food trucks and a beer garden
Dennis Lloyd (June 2 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
After a recent appearance at Coachella and on Jimmy Kimmel, indie synth-pop singer and musician Dennis Lloyd has been blowing up ever since.
Friday Night Live (May 31 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
Party it up inside the museum at this edition of #FNL that pays tribute to Dutch masters like Rembrandt, plus music, food, drinks and performances.
Summerdaze Season Opener (June 1 @ 45 Fraser Ave)
Summerdaze is back for a new season of comic beats and dreamlike vibes with a curated production of decor, sound, vendors and special surprises.
Freedom Party (June 1 @ Museum of Contemporary Art)
Pride Month kicks off with a big party inside the newly relocated MOCA, featuring a night of special festivities in support of Rainbow Railroad.
Box of Secrets (June 2 @ Palais Royale)
Box of Kittens and Secret Society are teaming up for an afternoon of beachside beats with local and international DJs dropping by to spin.
Toronto Flower Market (June 1 @ CAMH)
Back again is this big flower market with local growers from all over the region selling fresh-cut flowers, handmade bouquets and home decor.
The Annex Spring Craft Market (May 31 @ Tranzac Club)
Bringing together local artists, crafters and makers, this pop-up market has unique items for sale and doubles as a fundraiser for local programming.
The Come Up Market (June 1 @ Northern Contemporary Gallery)
Local up-and-coming artists and fashion designers are selling a huge range of goods and services like streetwear, hairstyling, art and accessories.
The Citizens Collective (June 1-2 @ 146 Ossington Avenue)
Over 55 local makers, designers, artists and creatives are on hand for this big market featuring skin and body care, home decor, clothing, plants and more.
Cactus & Succulent Club Show and Sale (June 1-2 @ Allan Garden Children’s Conservatory)
You can pick up a new plant pal at this big annual cactus and succulent show and sale featuring a big variety of hard-to-kill plants.
Kensington Flea Market (June 1 - September 7 @ Kensington Market)
Handmade crafts, jewellery, vintage clothing, records, antiques and other recycled and repurposed treasures can be found at this big Saturday market.
Etsy Summer Market (June 2 @ The Great Hall)
Handmade creation of all kinds by local markers can be found at this big market where online goodies can be bought in real life.
HideSeek (March 30 - June 2 @ 1305 Dundas Street West)
There's still time to get your fill of childhood nostalgia at this immersive pop-up that features a glow-in-the-dark star room and pool noodle maze.
Inside Out (May 23 - June 2 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
It's the last weekend to check out the work of local and international queer filmmakers among panels, events and parties.
Sing! Toronto (May 24 - June 2 @ Multiple Venues)
The final weekend to catch performances and workshops that focus on the vocal arts is on as Sing! Toronto wraps up for another year.
ReelAbilities Film Festival (May 24 - June 2 @ Multiple Venues)
Screenings, performances, Q&A's, workshops and more are all part of the final weekend of this film festival dedicated to Deaf and disability cultures.
Jewish Music Week (May 26 - June 2 @ Multiple Venues)
Jewish Music Week is ready to wrap up for another year but not before a final weekend of music and performances happening all over.
by Lisa Power via blogTO