The Easter parade in the Beaches is one of the best events in Toronto this weekend

8 of the best events happening in Toronto this long weekend

It’s the fist long weekend of the spring season and that means there’s plenty to do across the city, from immersive theatre to a spring marketplace at the Toronto Zoo. If you’re on the hunt for a few fun events to add to your schedule over the next few days, here are seven of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.

Attend an immersive theatre experience

Running through April 17 at The Great Hall, Transcen|Dance Project’s latest creation, A Grimm Night is an immersive theatre experience inspired by the Brothers Grimm stories. The unique and interactive production is all about audience participation – don a masquerade mask and explore all four floors of The Great Hall as you investigate your surroundings and interact with the cast, including legendary prima ballerina and Canadian Walk of Fame inductee, Evelyn Hart.

Visit the Canadian Pet Expo

If you’re looking for one of the best events for your furry friend this weekend in Toronto, why not head to the Canadian Pet Expo, running Friday to Sunday at The International Centre. There will be trainers on site to answer any pet-related questions you have, a canine fun zone, a cat show featuring some of the most unique breeds, a canine circus, celebrity pet appearances and over 300 market booths to shop for cool gear for your pet.

Get some home décor inspiration at the National Home Show

Tackling home upgrades both large and small can be intimidating for some, but the National Home Show offers everything you need to improve your space. Running from April 15-24 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, visitors can expect expert talks, workshops where you can make and take away your own craft project, food and entertaining seminars, a DIY centre where you can try new hands-on skills, as well as many vendors on site covering everything from outdoor living to home décor.

Check out the Toronto Zoo Spring Marketplace

Starting this Friday (and running all weekend), the Toronto Zoo’s front courtyard will be transformed into the first ever Spring Marketplace. Get some fresh air and (hopefully) sunshine while shopping a variety of local vendors selling everything from handmade crafts to jewellery to tasty treats. There will be 15 vendors on site, with the roster changing each day of the marketplace.

Learn to create your own vintage wood sign

Anyone feeling crafty this weekend might want to check out the DIY vintage wood sign workshop happening on Saturday between 8 and 11 p.m. at Paint Cabin in the east end. The price includes instruction and all the materials you’ll need (stencil, premium pine wood, oil stains, nails, paint colours, etc.) to create your very own vintage wood sign. Beer, wine, cider and cocktails are available for purchase while you work. Paint Cabin has been one of the best spots for arts and crafts events in Toronto for a while now, so you won’t want to miss out!

Go on an Easter club crawl

Celebrate the long weekend with a club crawl along King Street this Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Your VIP wristband gets you free cover at four different clubs, speedy entry and the chance to win some giveaways at the last stop. Stops along the club crawl include Door Three, Love Child, Juliet and Arcane.

Take in a documentary

Add a dose of culture to your weekend itinerary with a documentary exploring the themes of Blaxploitation in 1970s films, including Blacula, Coffy and Shaft, as well as films that have been influenced by the genre (like Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown). The film, from director and visual artist Isaac Julien, is screening on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and features interviews with Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Richard Roundtree the Melvin Van Peebles.

Watch an Easter parade

The Beaches Easter weekend celebration is back and better than ever! After it was cancelled in 2020 and turned into a drive-through version in 2021, this year it’ll be in-person in all its glory. Enjoy the famous Easter parade this Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. with family. The parade starts on Queen Street at Munro Park and ends after turning onto Woodbine Avenue, so grab your kids and set up early for all the fun!

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