Things to Do Victoria Day Weekend in Toronto 2016

RAW Eco Jewellery at Artfest Ontario is one of the best things to do Victoria Day Weekend in Toronto 2016
RAW Eco Jewellery at Artfest Ontario

After not having much winter at all, it’s hard to believe that the May long weekend, which marks the official start of summer for many, is just over a month away. If you are not cottage bound, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite things to do Victoria Day weekend in Toronto 2016.

Selena Gomez at Air Canada Centre

If you want to catch a concert on the May long weekend in Toronto 2016, Justin Bieber’s ex performs at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, May 22, 2016 on her “Revival Tour.” Gomez will be highlighting songs from her latest album, Revival, which include “Hands To Myself,” “Good For You,” and “Same Old Love,” as well as others. Tickets for Selena Gomez at Ticketmaster are $50.50, $70.50, $90.50 and $126 plus Ticketmaster fees.

RAW Eco Jewellery at Artfest Ontario is one of the best things to do Victoria Day Weekend in Toronto 2016
RAW Eco Jewellery at Artfest Ontario

Artfest Ontario at the Distillery District

Browse among the 75 artisans at Artfest Ontario at the Distillery District on the May long weekend for graduation gifts, shower gifts or something for yourself. Artisans will feature handmade items including jewelry, pottery, glass, textiles, paintings and gourmet food. Enjoy live music in the Distillery District during the festival. Artfest Ontario takes place May 21-23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at the Lower Ossington Theatre

The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in North American history and will be performed at The Lower Ossington Theatre from May 5 to June 12, 2016 with performances on the Victoria Day weekend on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.99 and $59.99 and can be purchased online, at the Lower Ossington Theatre box office or by calling 416-908-0468 (Visa or MasterCard). The Lower Ossington Theatre is located at 100A Ossington Avenue. Call 416-915-6747 for general inquiries.

The TD Echo Beach Spring Market

The TD Echo Beach Spring Market returns for its second year on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ontario Place. Visit over 100 vintage, craft and specialty food vendors selling handmade craft items, vintage clothing, records, collectibles, antiques and more. Some of the vendors include Turkish lamps and tribal jewelry from Vintern; furniture from Junction Wood & Metal Co.; Outpost Vintage & Thrift from Guelph; leather goods from Kensington Market’s Sole Survivor and male grooming products from Bearded Nomad. Enjoy busker performances and refreshments from good trucks including Poutine Supreme, Chimney Stax and CornEHcopea. Free admission. Echo Beach is located on the East Island of Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West.

Falafel is part of the K&K Paleo dish at Kupfert & Kim at Richmond and Spadina in Toronto.
The falafel is what totally made the K&K Paleo a winner.


Veggielicious takes place May 6-22, 2016 across the GTA. Restaurants will be offering vegan, prix-fixe meals. Some of the restaurants include Rawlicious, Bangkok Garden, Doug’s Public Kitchen, Kupfert & Kim, Hotel Gelato, B.Good, Tabule, Harvest Kitchen, The Social Gardener, Grasshopper Restaurant, Vegetarian Haven, Grains Grains Grains, Bombay Palace and Cardinal Rule.

Spring Sessions Festival of Beer

Enjoy beer tasting from 20 breweries and food vendors at the Spring Sessions Festival of Beer at Sherbourne Common which takes place on the May long weekend on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Some of the breweries participating include Beau’s All Natural Brewing, High Park Brewery, Mill St. Brewery, Granville Island Brewing, Steam Whistle Brewing, Sawdust City Brewing Co., Brickworks Ciderhouse and Creemore Springs Brewery. Tickets for Spring Sessions Festival of Beer are $30 and include five sampling tickets and a Festival mug and can be purchased online. Sherbourne Commons is located at 61 Dockside Drive.

Italian Food Tour of Toronto

Enjoy a walking tour of Little Italy and sample some of the best Italian food from pizza shops, delicatessens and bakeries that are over 100 years old at this Toronto May long weekend event. The Italian Food Tour of Toronto takes place Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll learn about the historic landmarks in the neighbourhood that defined the Italian immigrant experience in early 1900s Toronto. All food is included with a four-course lunch on the go. There is a capacity of 20 persons per tour guide. Cost is $65.27 per person. Reserve online at Eventbrite.


  • Trattoria Tavernitti
  • Riviera Bakery
  • Empire Espresso
  • Hey Meatball!

Hidden Treasures of North Rosedale

Learn about the history of North Rosedale in a walking tour of the area on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. North Rosedale was home to a golf course and lacrosse grounds in the early 1900s. The Lieutenant Governors and many well-known citizens lived in houses in North Rosedale, which were built in various architectural styles. Tours are open to all at no charge, but donations of $5-$10 are encouraged. Meet at southeast corner of Beaumont Road and Glen Road, Toronto. Tour ends at Highland Avenue and Glen Road.

Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay Park

If you are looking for fireworks in Toronto on Victoria Day 2016, Ashbridge’s Bay Park is the only game in town. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2016 at Ashbridge’s Bay Park, located at Coxwell Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. East. The 14-minute fireworks display will take place rain or shine.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Enjoy some music from the 60s during the May long weekend in Toronto. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the singing group that Jersey Boys was based on, performs at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8 p.m. Enjoy the group’s hits including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Rag Doll” and “Grease.” Tickets are $95.39-$168.39 plus service fees and can be purchased online.

These are just some ideas for things to do Victoria Day weekend in Toronto 2016. Whatever you end up doing, have a wonderful May long weekend!


  1. I have never been to Toronto, but these look like some great events that I will have to keep in my mind for next year as I plan my yearly girl trips.

  2. I never been to Canada but me and my husband are planning to explore Canada these year. And from your post i am excited to visit as soon as i can. I would love to visit art fest Ontario and spring market.

  3. I love when I am able to travel to Canada! I had not heard of Victoria weekend before!! Looks like some great events are going on to attend and do with family and friends for the weekend.

  4. Very cool! May 24 is always one of those hoildays I forget about until it is here! Nice to know there is so much going on in TO!!

  5. It sounds like there is a lot of great stuff to do out there. I have never visited Toronto before but would love to explore with m whole family. I think we would enjoy doing some of these things but mostly just taking in the scenery, Canada looks so beautiful from what I have seen.

  6. I would totally do the Italian food tour. That sounds right up my alley! Although I’ve never been to Canada, I’ve often talked about it with my husband.

  7. Wow, it looks like I may be one of very few Canadians commenting here! I’m from the Rockies, and haven’t spent much time in Toronto. It looks like there are some incredible events happening Victoria weekend! I’d love to try out the Italian Food tour.

  8. I have never been to Canada, but Toronto is only a few hours drive from me – maybe I’ll try to plan a girls’ outing to come check out all this cool stuff! I would love to experience the Italian food tour. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  9. we just moved to Michigan at the end of February and its a little ridiculous how excited I am about visiting Canada! We are only about 30 minutes from the bridge, but I can’t visit until I get my passport. If you know of anything I should check out near the Windsor area, I’d love to know!

    • Hi Jamie, I’m excited for you! There is a casino in Windsor that is supposed to be good. I haven’t been there. I’m not super familiar with Windsor, having been there only once. Toronto is about four hours from Windsor. London is a great city to visit and it’s two hours from Windsor. If you enjoy camping, I definitely recommend Pinery Provincial Park on the border of Lake Huron. It’s a two hour drive from Windsor. You can also stay in a motel if you prefer. There are also other resort towns e.g. Sauble Beach on Lake Huron that are north of Pinery Provincial Park. Hope you get your passport soon! Cheers, Lori

  10. No way would my kids let me get away without seeing Selena Gomez. LOL Although the fireworks would be great too!

  11. I was actually planning a little getaway with the girls on that weekend and we were thinking of going to Florida or Atlanta. We can’t seem to find the right times/price on flights so we might just not go. Toronto is only 3 hours away and is sounding enticing right now actually. I love the Distillery district so that would be my first stop!

  12. I had never heard of this before but this all looks like so much fun to participate in! I love Selena!

  13. I heard a lot of good stuff in Toronto. Most of my relative are from Oakville or Alberta and they really want to go to Toronto every vacation they have, hopefully someday I can join them. Thank you for this wonderful tip going to share it with them so that they’ll know more on what to do best during their vacation.

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