The Victoria Day long weekend is upon us, which means there’s lots happening across Toronto, from food and drink festivals to markets and live music. there’s bound to be an event (or two) that piques your interest.
Have a drink at FizzFest
What better way to celebrate the long weekend in Toronto than with a fizzy beverage or two? Happening Saturday and Sunday at Fort York Garrison Commons is FizzFest Toronto, Canada’s first event dedicated to premixed cocktails, hard sodas, seltzers, ciders, mixed drinks, wines and more. In addition to all the bubbly booze on offer there will also be live entertainment both days and food on site courtesy of Poutine Supreme, Hotdog Al, Meltwich and Oyster Boy.
Enjoy some ribs and craft beer
Make your way to Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend (Friday through Sunday) for the chance to fill up good old fashioned BBQ and craft beer. When you’re not sampling your way through the ribs and other grilled goodies, make your way to the Beer Market featuring local top brewers from across Ontario. There will also be live entertainment all three days of the festival, as well as giant yard games and classic carnival treats.
Shop the Asian Heritage Night Market
If you’re looking for something to do on Friday, Stackt Market will be hosting their very own Asian night market to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. The entire site will be filled with an Asian-owned small business vendor market, food and beverage specials, games and a lineup of DJs. The market is free to attend and runs from 4 to 11 p.m.
See some fireworks at Wonderland
If you happen to be at Canada’s Wonderland on Sunday, you can cap off your day of rides and roller coasters with a massive fireworks display. Weather permitting, when the park closes at 10 p.m., the 15-minute show begins featuring more than 6,000 colourful explosions that reach heights of over 800 feet. If you’re looking for fireworks closer to the city, you can head to Ashbridges Bay for 10 p.m.
Head to the Street Eats Festival in Scarborough
Hungry and looking for a fun place to fill up? Head to Scarborough for the Street Eats Festival happening May 20 to 23 at Scarborough Town Centre from noon to 8 p.m. Take your pick from over 150 menu items from local vendors including Rebozos Taqueria, Jerk Brothers, Beignet Shoppe, Ihalo Krunch, Made By Fire Pizza and many more. There will also be activities for kids like free face painting and a bouncy castle.
Check out Electric Island
You can celebrate 10 years of Electric Island on Sunday at Ontario Place on the west island. There will be music to groove to on three stages featuring international house and techno artists, along with some of Canada’s top electronic music talent. When you need to refuel, there will be a variety of food trucks to choose from on site.
Dance the night away at Sunnyside
Back after more than two years, the summertime staple of Sunnyside Pavilion’s roster of music events is back with Sunnyside 24. The fun is happening on Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. and the star of the night is Derrick Carter, known for house music as well as soul, jazz and old-school disco. So don your best dancing shoes and get moving by the lake.
See a baseball movie classic
Any fans of the 1992 classic A League of Their Own starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Lori Petty and more can catch a celebratory screening of the iconic film this long weekend at Toronto’s Paradise Theatre on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Hit up a farmers’ market
This Monday, May 23 marks the first outdoor Sorauren Farmers’ Market, running from 3 to 7 p.m. Pack a reusable shopping bag or two and cap off your long weekend by stocking up on some mid-spring produce and locally made goodies.