April showers, bring May flowers and in case you have a short memory April in Toronto wasn’t a great month, so we’re hoping the old adage stays true and May turns out to be beautiful.
As the weather begins to heat up, there are plenty of great activities you can do in the city. It’s time to grab your friends and family, head outside and take in some of the amazing events happening in our city.
Star Wars Day Toronto – May 4
May the Fourth be with you! If you’re Stars Wars fan like me, you probably already know May 4th is international Star Wars day. Join other fans as they celebrate one of the biggest movie franchise in pop-culture history! Fans will meet at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown where there will be Trivia Game show and a costume contest! Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Maybe you’ll get to see Darth Vader dance like these fans…
Cinco De Mayo – May 5
Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) has become a “holiday” observed by North American’s similarly to St.Patrick’s day. Barely anyone knows the reason for the celebration and it’s really just an excuse to party with your crew. If you work downtown but still want to enjoy the festivities why not check out Valdez. This Latina Street food spot if the perfect place to celebrate Mexican Culture. Valdez boast one of the better Patio’s in Toronto and really embraces the street party vibe! Kick off the summer proper with some tunes by DJ Grouch and enjoy some delicious cocktails. If you’re interested in checking out the event, head over to Eventbrite and get a ticket.
BLOSSOM AND BLOOM – May 6 to 7
Check out this open concept market brought to you by Blossom and Bloom. The market plays host to a variety of Art installations, live music, craft workshops and creative interventions. It’s all about being communal at Blossom and Bloom, creating a platform for creative to share their ideas with the community. Get event details here.
Toronto Green Market – May 8
Toronto’s Green rush has hit us at full speed. With dispensaries popping up in every neighbourhood and the liberals declaring legalization by spring/summer 2017, the weed movement is in full effect. Toronto’s Green Market promises to be the best market for all things pot-related (sorry, no bud). But you will be able to find crafted well by local artisans. Check out the event details here!
Food Nook Tours: A Guided Food Tour through Roncesvalles – May 8 to July 9
Looking for something different to do this mother’s day? Why not go on a lovely food tour with your mom in Roncesvalles. The tour’s start at 2:30 last around 1.5 – 2hrs and will carry through to July. Perfect afternoon activity that still leaves you plenty of time to just relax! The neighbour has traditionally been Polish but recent diversification has created one of Toronto’s top up and coming neighbourhood.
Market Fresh: Stand Up & Dance – May 13
Amateur or pro it doesn’t matter these guys will make you laugh. Join Andrew Harris for some laughs and dancing as he hosts’ Market Fresh’s – Stand Up & Dance. Hosted at Kensington Market’s SUPERMARKET. Get event details here.
Pizza Libs Pizza Making Competition – May 16
Think you have the skills to slang that doh? Get your crew together and join Pizza Libs Pizza Making Competition. This is the second competition this year, and with be hosted by Queen Margherita Pizza (QMP) and presented by Samuel Adams. Five teams of four will compete in an exclusive hands-on pizza making competition. Remember filling out mad libs as a Kid? Well in this competition each group will be presented with a Pizza Libs sheet where they will fill in the blanks with their selected toppings. You will work together to prepare your pizza and at the end of the night after drinks and apps the head chef of QMP will announce the winner. Get the full slice here.
Brewers Plate – May 18
Local chefs, local beer – a match made in heaven. Enjoy the unlimited (yes, you read that right) sumptuous offerings of these local rock star chefs, paired with Ontario beer! Now in its 9th year, Brewers plate has become one of the more fun and enjoyable charity events to attend. Proceeds go to WarChild Canada. For good beer and a good cause. Get event details here.
Operanation: Queen of the Night – May 19
Drake Paint Night – May 19
Get those creative juices going and paint to your hearts content with the ladies from Paint Space. Relax and groove out while you’re painting and listening to the 6 God! If this sounds like something you’d be into, get event details here.
Boozaar Vintage Night Market – May 31
Get your swerve on with some of Toronto’s thriftiest vintage collectors at the Gladstone Hotel. The Boozaar Vintage Night Market is just the right mix of, music, booze and of course clothes! The Gladstone is the perfect location to capture the faded beauty of the clothing. Stalk through mounds of vintage & retro pieces and find that one piece that makes your wardrobe pop from 7pm to 11pm. Get event details here.
Electric Island Opener – May 23
Aye, y’all heard about the good news? Electric Island is back for the first long weekend of summer. Rage on the island as the sun sets across the lake. Good tunes, drinks and the sunshine are never a bad thing. If you’ve never been, it’s definitely a good time. Music is pretty chill during the day with the party picking up as the sun sets and the moon rises. The first weekend will feature acts such as SVEN VTH, Jamie Jones, DJ Tennis, Job Jobse.
A Paintlounge Paint Party – May 20
Hmmm, Dance then paint or… Paint then dance… Maybe both at the same time! Either way, you’re bound to live, love and laugh at the Paintlounge’s Paint Party. Paint parties are no longer just for kids, get out there and feel the rhythm while you paint. And if you don’t know how to paint, no biggie, Paint lounge’s wonderful staff will help you out!
Woofstock – May 28 to 29
Where My dogs at? Even if you’re not a dog/pet owner Woofstock is a howl of a good time! Woodstock has become the premier dog festivals, with over 150,000 dogs appearing and over 200 vendors. Dog owners (parents to some of you) come from all over Ontario to attend the event. If you’ve attended the last couple of years, why not volunteer. You’re bound to get some great experience as well as hang out with some of the cutest dogs and puppies around! Get event details here.
Golden Flamingo Revue, Paris Casino Edition – May 27
It’s showtime! The Golden Flamingo Revue, Paris Casino Edition will be a sultry show of classic European decadence. Enjoy Casino Games with Prizes, Showgirls, and their Electro Swing After Party! Think Casino Royal mixed with Moulin Rouge and you’ve got one of a heck of a night ahead of you. Get event details here