Here are the May events and important dates every Torontonian needs to know

It’s finally May! Arguably one of the best months of the year, and also the time when the city really comes back to life in full force after winter hibernation. Nowhere is that more clear than the laundry list of events happening throughout the city this month. From fashion shows to the Juno Awards to flower markets, you can definitely keep yourself busy this month in Toronto!

Important May events and festivals in Toronto


Month of May: Asian Heritage Month

Month of May: Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 2: Eid ul Fitr

May 2-8: Mental Health Week in Canada

May 3: World Press Freedom Day

May 3: Teacher Appreciation Day

May 4: Star Wars Day

May 4-8: Fleurs de Villes FEMMES

May 4-7: Spring Antique & Vintage Glass Lovers Show and Sale

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

May 5: World premiere of Toronto Operetta Theatre’s A Northern Lights Dream

May 6-8: Fashion Art Toronto’s runway show and INLAND’s design show

May 6: Stars on Ice begins at Scotiabank Arena

May 6: National Women’s Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

May 6-15: Toronto International Story Festival

May 7: Toronto Flower Market is back after two years

May 8: Mother’s Day

May 8: Toronto Artisan Market at Trinity Bellwoods

May 12: International Nurses Day

May 12: Canada’s Largest Indigenous Youth Performance

May 12-13: Techspo Toronto

May 12-15: Lift & Co. Expo, Canada’s #1 Cannabis Conference and Trade Show

May 13-23: Canadian Tulip Festival

May 15: International Day of Families

May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day

May 15: The Juno Awards

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

May 19-20: The Pop-up Chapel at Evergreen Brickworks

May 20: Bike to Work Day

May 20: World Bee Day

May 23: World Turtle Day

May 24-25: Jann Arden at Massey Hall

May 25: National Wine Day

May 26-June 5: Inside Out 2022

May 28-29: Doors Open 2022

May 28: World Hunger Day

May 29: First Pedestrian Sunday of 2022 at Kensington Market

May 31: World No-Tobacco Day

Some important historical dates to know in May


May 2 (1967): The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup

May 6 (1973): Conductor, composer, organist and writer Sir Ernest MacMillan dies

May 7 (1950): 18,000 fans braved the wintry conditions to watch the Maple Leafs make history by playing in Toronto’s first ever professional sporting event to take place on a Sunday

May 10 (1903): King Edward Hotel opens

May 18 (1975): The First Canadian Place opens as the tallest building in the Commonwealth of Nations

May 22 (1971): Ontario Place opens

May 23 (1981): Canada’s Wonderland officially opens

May 23 (1967): Go Transit opens

May 30 (1849): King’s College is renamed as the University of Toronto