7 of the best events in Toronto happening this weekend

Another weekend has rolled around and with it, a whole new crop of things to do in the city. As the weather slowly continues to warm up, take advantage of a few days off by checking out some of the best events and activities happening across Toronto, from an eco-themed market to an epic food and drink festival.

Take your pooch to the Barket Market

Pamper your pup this weekend with a trip to the Barket Market happening on Saturday at Parkdale Hall. Shop over 35 local vendors selling pet-centric goodies, from treats to toys to collars. The market is free to attend and the first 20 attendees get a free swag bag (doors open at noon).

Shop green at the Toronto Botanical Garden Eco-Market

Make your way to the Toronto Botanical Garden this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a spring pop-up market in celebration of Earth Day. Local vendors will be showcasing nature-inspired, eco-friendly and botanical themed products, while the Garden Shop will be stocked with sustainable products along with ethically-sourced plants, seeds and bulbs just in time for the start of planting season.

Fill up at the T.O. Food & Drink Fest

Canada’s largest food and drink festival is happening this weekend (Friday through Sunday) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Eat and sip your way through various offerings from some of the best local chefs, restaurants, winemakers, spirit, beer and cider companies. In addition to a wide range of exhibitors, you can also look forward to food trucks, live cooking demos, hands-on mixology classes and more.

Take in the TIFF Next Wave Festival

TIFF Bell Lightbox will be home to the TIFF Next Wave Festival this weekend (Friday through Sunday) and the best part is, some of the films are free to anyone under 25. This year’s fest will feature a wide range or screenings, workshops and film talks, as well as an In Conversation With… Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the Mississauga-born star of the Mindy Kaling-produced show, Never Have I Ever.

See Cirque du Soleil

If you’ve ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show, you know you’re going to be in for something totally unique and often mind-bending. Running through May 23 at Ontario Place is Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, a production that is sure to amaze whether you’ve experienced a Cirque production or not. Expect otherworldly characters and a lot of gravity-defying acrobatics weaved through the show’s 120-minute run time.

Check out the Artist Project

The Artist Project  is happening through Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place with the aim of connecting art lovers with creators. So not only do you have the chance to  check out original artworks from over 200 contemporary artists, you can also meet and buy art directly from the artists. This year’s programming will also include interactive installations, an Emerging Artist Competition and an Untapped People’s Choice Award you can vote for at the fair.

Pick up locally-made goods at the Leslieville Flea

This Sunday is the perfect day to shop local, which can easily be done at the Leslieville Flea, happening at The Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be over 50 vendors, artists and makers selling vintage, sustainable and handcrafted goods ranging from clothing to jewellery to furniture.

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