After not having much winter at all, it’s hard to believe that the May long weekend, which marks the official start of summer for many, is just over a month away. If you are not cottage bound, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite things to do Victoria Day weekend in Toronto 2016.
Selena Gomez at Air Canada Centre
If you want to catch a concert on the May long weekend in Toronto 2016, Justin Bieber’s ex performs at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, May 22, 2016 on her “Revival Tour.” Gomez will be highlighting songs from her latest album, Revival, which include “Hands To Myself,” “Good For You,” and “Same Old Love,” as well as others. Tickets for Selena Gomez at Ticketmaster are $50.50, $70.50, $90.50 and $126 plus Ticketmaster fees.
Browse among the 75 artisans at Artfest Ontario at the Distillery District on the May long weekend for graduation gifts, shower gifts or something for yourself. Artisans will feature handmade items including jewelry, pottery, glass, textiles, paintings and gourmet food. Enjoy live music in the Distillery District during the festival. Artfest Ontario takes place May 21-23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the Lower Ossington Theatre
The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in North American history and will be performed at The Lower Ossington Theatre from May 5 to June 12, 2016 with performances on the Victoria Day weekend on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.99 and $59.99 and can be purchased online, at the Lower Ossington Theatre box office or by calling 416-908-0468 (Visa or MasterCard). The Lower Ossington Theatre is located at 100A Ossington Avenue. Call 416-915-6747 for general inquiries.
The TD Echo Beach Spring Market
The TD Echo Beach Spring Market returns for its second year on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ontario Place. Visit over 100 vintage, craft and specialty food vendors selling handmade craft items, vintage clothing, records, collectibles, antiques and more. Some of the vendors include Turkish lamps and tribal jewelry from Vintern; furniture from Junction Wood & Metal Co.; Outpost Vintage & Thrift from Guelph; leather goods from Kensington Market’s Sole Survivor and male grooming products from Bearded Nomad. Enjoy busker performances and refreshments from good trucks including Poutine Supreme, Chimney Stax and CornEHcopea. Free admission. Echo Beach is located on the East Island of Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West.
Veggielicious takes place May 6-22, 2016 across the GTA. Restaurants will be offering vegan, prix-fixe meals. Some of the restaurants include Rawlicious, Bangkok Garden, Doug’s Public Kitchen, Kupfert & Kim, Hotel Gelato, B.Good, Tabule, Harvest Kitchen, The Social Gardener, Grasshopper Restaurant, Vegetarian Haven, Grains Grains Grains, Bombay Palace and Cardinal Rule.
Spring Sessions Festival of Beer
Enjoy beer tasting from 20 breweries and food vendors at the Spring Sessions Festival of Beer at Sherbourne Common which takes place on the May long weekend on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Some of the breweries participating include Beau’s All Natural Brewing, High Park Brewery, Mill St. Brewery, Granville Island Brewing, Steam Whistle Brewing, Sawdust City Brewing Co., Brickworks Ciderhouse and Creemore Springs Brewery. Tickets for Spring Sessions Festival of Beer are $30 and include five sampling tickets and a Festival mug and can be purchased online. Sherbourne Commons is located at 61 Dockside Drive.
Italian Food Tour of Toronto
Enjoy a walking tour of Little Italy and sample some of the best Italian food from pizza shops, delicatessens and bakeries that are over 100 years old at this Toronto May long weekend event. The Italian Food Tour of Toronto takes place Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll learn about the historic landmarks in the neighbourhood that defined the Italian immigrant experience in early 1900s Toronto. All food is included with a four-course lunch on the go. There is a capacity of 20 persons per tour guide. Cost is $65.27 per person. Reserve online at Eventbrite.
- Trattoria Tavernitti
- Riviera Bakery
- Empire Espresso
- Hey Meatball!
Learn about the history of North Rosedale in a walking tour of the area on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. North Rosedale was home to a golf course and lacrosse grounds in the early 1900s. The Lieutenant Governors and many well-known citizens lived in houses in North Rosedale, which were built in various architectural styles. Tours are open to all at no charge, but donations of $5-$10 are encouraged. Meet at southeast corner of Beaumont Road and Glen Road, Toronto. Tour ends at Highland Avenue and Glen Road.
Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay Park
If you are looking for fireworks in Toronto on Victoria Day 2016, Ashbridge’s Bay Park is the only game in town. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2016 at Ashbridge’s Bay Park, located at Coxwell Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. East. The 14-minute fireworks display will take place rain or shine.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Enjoy some music from the 60s during the May long weekend in Toronto. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the singing group that Jersey Boys was based on, performs at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8 p.m. Enjoy the group’s hits including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Rag Doll” and “Grease.” Tickets are $95.39-$168.39 plus service fees and can be purchased online.
These are just some ideas for things to do Victoria Day weekend in Toronto 2016. Whatever you end up doing, have a wonderful May long weekend!