May 23, 2013
Toronto Festivals & Events
We celebrated Victoria Day last weekend when in fact, her birthday is this weekend! Also, for our neighbours just south of us, they have a long weekend coming up, celebrating Memorial Day.
Here in Toronto, we have a few free events happening in town this weekend. The Doors Open event is a crowd pleaser, so for some of the buildings, you may experience long line-ups to enter - go prepared weatherwise!
Many of the Farmers Markets have already begun, but there are many more that will start in June. Unfortunately, the outdoor public swimming pools don't look to be opening until June - something that would be a blessing with this weather! :(
At a glance...this weekend
- CraveTO (1-night only)
- Carassauga Festival of Cultures
- Doors Open (Toronto)
- What We are Saying (last performance)
- 9th Annual Barrie Waterfront Festival (Out of Town)
- HERE IS WHERE: “POP UP” Gallery (last weekend)
...and next week/weekend
- Riesling & Co. World Tour
- Swing Into Spring (charity event)
- Waterloo Air Show (out of town)
- Waterfront Blues Festival
Film Festival Listings
Festivals Toronto will no longer be listing/updating film festivals. Instead, we're compiling a section for the many food/drink festivals and events. These are also very popular and we hope that once we have our new site up and running, it'll be very easy to search for your fav type of festival!! We are also breaking the Consumer Shows into their own link too - so please be patient whilst we re-work them.
ROM Friday Night Live
Fridays, May 3 – June 21 (7-11 PM)
Returning this year to the ROM, "FNL" is sure to be a big hit this year as it was last!
For $12 (Adults), $10 (Students) and Members Free, you will be dancing, celebrating and exploring the Museum in a way you'd never imagine. There will also be themed Events throughout the Museum on the night. Drink and food tickets available onsite starting at $6 and Don't forget your ID! Here's the Schedule.
Canadian Opera Company
Until June 2013: Interested in listening to some great music during your lunch hour? Then you'll appreciate the Canadian Opera Company's FREE concert series.
- Series: Vocal, Piano Virtuoso, Jazz, Chamber Music and Dance
- Time: Noon-1pm
- When: Select days - check schedule
- Where: Four Seasons Centre, (Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre), 145 Queen Street West [TTC: Osgoode Hall Stn]
Tickets are given on a "First come First Served" basis, so the earlier you go, the better the chances! Doors open 30 mins before. Here's the SCHEDULE [pdf] if you're interested.
Toronto Zoo was the proud recipient of two beautiful pandas from China.
Exhibit is opening this week ~ May 18, 2013
These cute lil furry ones (Da Mao and Er Shun - boy and girl) are going to be at the Toront Zoo for the next 5 years, so no need to rush to see them!
The following are the revised rates for this season - May-October 2013 - no surprise here - the entrance did go up.
- General Admission: $28 (ages 13 - 64)
- Senior (ages 65+): $23
- Child (ages 3-12): $18
- Child (ages 2 & younger): FREE
Now this kind of sport doesn't happen much here in Toronto...
If you're from out of town, want to access Google Maps, etc to help you find your way quickly around Toronto, then head over to the Square as they are now offering FREE Wi-Fi compliments of Wireless Toronto. Not a bad way to spend a summer evening either if you can grab one of the chairs there!! Oh, and you can also pick up your concert or show tickets from there too via the "TO Tix" booth.
I am keeping this information on the front page as I believe it's definitely worth checking out, especially when weather's not so good. Now in the Guiness World Record book, this underground heaven is busy throughout the year.
During the summer, using the PATH is a great way to keep cool whilst checking out the numerous stores hidden under the downtown core of Toronto and during the winter, you stay warm and dry. And if you're in the downtown core (financial district at King/Bay area) and it appears to be kinda quiet on the streets during the week, just head underground and you'll find everyone there.
Remember, if you feel lost (and it's so easy to do on the PATH! - just ask, hopefully you'll ask a local!!