Things to Do in Toronto on the May 24 Weekend


We all know that Victoria Day weekend signals the beginning of the summer season, with many Toronto residents heading up north to open their cottages. This year, the “May 24” weekend takes place May 17-19, 2014. If you’re staying in the city for the May long weekend or perhaps visiting Toronto, you’ll find many things to do in Toronto to enjoy. You may also want to take in Victoria Day fireworks in the GTA.

Jelani Remy as Simba in The Lion King National Tour c Disney, photo credit Joan Marcus
Jelani Remy as Simba in The Lion King National Tour c Disney, photo credit Joan Marcus

The Lion King at Princess of Wales Theatre

Catch The Lion King at the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, with performances on the Victoria Day weekend on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $59, $89, $112, $135 and $180.

Royal Wood at Winter Garden Theatre

Royal Wood performs at the Winter Garden Theatre on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8 p.m. Special guest is Peter Katz. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50.

Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls at BMO Field

The Toronto FC play the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field during the May long weekend on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $22, $65, $72, $212, $228, $311 and $334.

Artfest at the Distillery

Artfest at the Distillery Spring Art and Craft Show takes place May 17-19, 2014 with more than 85 artists selling original works including glass, pottery, jewellery, paintings, clothing, scarves, hats, handbags, photography, skincare products, cards and gourmet foods. The show will run each day of the May long weekend from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

Loofah slices from Inspired Soap Works, $5
Loofah slices from Inspired Soap Works at Artfest, $5

The Sweet Variety of Circus at Harbourfront

Harbourfront Centre will host HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival on the Victoria Day weekend, which features the Zero Gravity Circus of world-class acrobats, fire-eaters, stilt walkers, jugglers and clowns who will perform on the WestJet Stage, as well as roam throughout the Harbourfront grounds. Sat., May 19 to Mon., May 21, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park

Catch the only fireworks display in Toronto during the May 24 weekend at Ashbridges Bay Park at Coxwell Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. East on Monday, May 19, 2013 beginning at 9:45 p.m. The 14-minute event is rain or shine. Take the Queen Street East streetcar or the Bloor-Danforth subway and exit at Coxwell subway stop and take the 22A, Main subway stop and take the 64 or Woodbine subway stop and take Woodbine South 92A to get to the park.

Second City Toronto

Second City Toronto at 51 Mercer Street performs “Sixteen Scandals,” a series of comedy sketches lampooning our obsession with political and celebrity meltdowns, and “The Best of the Second City” during the May Victoria Day weekend. “Sixteen Scandals” is performed on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sun., May 18 at 7:30 p.m while “The Best of The Second City” is performed on Sunday, May 18 at 10 p.m. and Monday, May 19 at 8 p.m. . You can opt for a special dinner/theatre package with dinner at Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant next door. Tickets are $29 for the play only and can be purchased online or by calling 416-343-0011.


Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty continues at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Jerusalem continues at the Ontario Science Centre‘s OMNIXMAX Theatre.

Avenue Q continues at the Lower Ossington Theatre.

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