What to do in Toronto: May Long Weekend Edition

While this might not technically be the first long weekend of the year, it is certainly the long weekend we all look forward to most of all. The long weekend in May kicks off the warm weather, gardening season, patio season, picnic in the park season and we are almost at summer season. It feels like this weekend has been a long time coming. If you are wondering what to do in Toronto this weekend, we’ve put together a list of events and activities taking place around the city.

What to do in Toronto: May Long Weekend Edition

Fireworks: “The 24th of May is firecracker day”…that’s the saying I remember from childhood. It wouldn’t be the 24th of May without attending a fireworks display. The annual tradition continues at Ashbridges Bay, with the show kicking off at around 9:45pm. Taking transit is your best choice, parking can be hard to find for this super popular event. Another Victoria Day weekend tradition is the Canada’s Wonderland fireworks display. With over 6000 explosions and coordinated to a soundtrack of music, this display is sure to be rockin’.


what to do in torontoHigh Park Cherry Blossoms: The High Park Sakura cherry trees are blooming right now. Enjoy the spectacular flowering trees before the petals fall and are gone for another whole year. The trees are located along the hillside garden, which is south of the Grenadier Restaurant. Don’t forget to visit the baby reindeer calf in the High Park zoo.


Artfest at the Distillery: The Distillery District will be hosting Artfest at the Distillery, a weekend long art and craft show. 85 of the top artists and artisans from across Canada will be exhibiting their jewelry, pottery, paintings, gourmet food and much more. Admission is free, so bring the entire family and make a day of it.


international circus festivalToronto International Circus Festival: Did you ever want to run away with the circus? Run down to Harbourfront Centre this weekend and get swept up in all the circus activities. Performers from the Zero Gravity Circus troop will be performing a Bollywood inspired show daily. Circus shows and hands on activities will be taking place all weekend long.


Victoria Day at Fort York: Take a step back in time this Victoria Day weekend at Fort York. Kids will enjoy hands on activities, learning about Georgian-era cooking techniques and watching soldiers’ drills. What better way to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday weekend.


loblaws home collectionDo a little summer decor shopping: Now is the perfect time to stock up on bright and beautiful summer indoor and outdoor decor items. It’s as simple as heading to your local Real Canadian Superstore, where you will find the PC Home collection. The Summer 2014 Collection includes both modern and traditional designs. The durable melamine dishes are not only beautiful, they are practical for busy families too.


What are your plans for the Victoria Day long weekend? Be sure to check out Toronto Mom Now on Instagram to see what we get up to this long weekend.

Jen Farr

In my "previous life" I was a mental health professional...in my current life I'm a stay-at-home mom with 2 beautifully adventurous kids. I share everything that lands on my kitchen counter over on my blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Swing by and learn how we are greening their lives; what we are crafting; what we are cooking and what we are reading. While you will often find the girls and I inside the kitchen, you will also find us out and about getting our hands dirty, exploring and learning outdoors.

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