6 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend

Weekends in Toronto are always filled with activities, and this one is no exception. If you’re looking for things to do, there’s an Asian-focused pop-up market, an outdoor book festival and more!

Enjoy an Asian Heritage Month pop-up market

With Asian Heritage Month coming to an end, Todotoronto is hosting its first Asian-focused vendor market pop-up at Chefs Hall this Saturday. Support Asian-owned small businesses, including handmade goods, jewelry and accessories, clothing, skincare and more, plus entertainment, a networking event and some food and drinks to enjoy!

See a new film at the Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival

Beginning this Thursday and running until June 4, the Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival is back in Toronto and there are some amazing movies to see. The opening gala on Friday is the premiere of French film Passages at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the RE:Focus gala on Saturday is a screening of Kokomo City, following the stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. Canadian films include Toronto’s own Luis De Filippis’ Something You Said Last Night and V.T. Nayani’s This Place (which was a big hit at 2022’s TIFF).

Go to Anime North

Toronto’s anime convention is happening this weekend from Friday to Sunday, and it’s celebrating anime, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese culture! Enjoy performances from Japanese artists and comedians, incredible anime cosplayers, panels with YouTube creators and more. You can buy admission for a single day or for the whole weekend if you choose.

Explore the city with Doors Open

Doors Open is back this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, giving you a chance to explore the city for free! Buildings such as The Second City, Toronto’s First Post Office, the Aga Khan Museum, City Hall and more will be open to the public, allowing you to learn about the inner workings of some of the city’s most iconic buildings. Plan your weekend around which buildings you want to see most!

Buy a book (or four) at The Word on the Street

It looks like The Word on the Street has found a new home at Queen’s Park circle, and while we’ll certainly miss the Harbourfront location, it’s fun to get great deals on Canadian literature and hear from amazing authors anywhere! On Saturday and Sunday, the book and magazine festival will be running, and featured guests include Cherie Dimaline, Zoe Whittall, Catherine Hernandez and more.

Take a stroll in Kensington for the city’s first Pedestrian Sunday of 2023

A favourite in the city, Pedestrian Sundays are back beginning this Sunday and running the last Sunday of every month until Oct. 29! Enjoy a car-free, pollution-free stroll through Kensington Market – the area truly comes alive without cars in the way!

For more events happening this month, click here.