The Victoria Day long weekend is almost here, and if you’re not leaving the city for a mini-vacation, here is what Toronto has in store for you during the extra time off:

Fireworks

Always reliable, Ashbridge’s Bay Park will again bring a fireworks display to the water at Woodbine beach. It’s free, and the sparks start flying at 10pm sharp on Monday, May 23rd.

Canada’s Wonderland

The return of warm weather means the amusement park is opening back up for the summer season. While you get your first fix of rollercoasters in, you can also enjoy their Victoria Day fireworks display happening Sunday, May 22nd at 10pm.

Rib Fest

Yonge & Dundas Square will be packed with all the best BBQ chefs from across Canada, cooking up ribs alongside everything else you would want to find at a BBQ party. Entry is free, and it takes place on Saturday, May 21st from 10:30am until 10pm.  

Dog Show

Giving your dog a chance to get out and have some fun, Ultimutts will have a free stunt dog show running over the weekend. Featuring rescue dogs performing a circus style show at Purina Pawsway, it runs from May 21- 23rd, at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm.

Nordstrom Warehouse Sale

Grab your family and get your shop on at the Nordstrom Warehouse Sale in Markham. The sale has been extended, restocked, refolded and will reopen Thursday, May 19th to Monday, May 23rd or while quantities last. Prices have been slashed and Nordstrom private and designer labels will be up to 90% off. Get full sale details here.

Fort York Victoria Day

Celebrate the Queen where it all began for Toronto – at Fort York. With demonstrations of Georgian era cooking, English country dancing, and soldier drills, it’s a fun way to escape modern life for a day. Tickets are $8 for adults (and $5 for youth and seniors), and it goes down on Monday, May 23rd from 10am until 6pm.

Toronto Festival Of Beer: Spring Sessions

While not specifically associated with Victoria Day, the Toronto Festival Of Beer has expanded to include Spring Sessions this year, happening May 21 – 22nd, from 12pm to 7pm. If trying all the local breweries out in one go is your idea of a great long weekend, tickets are available for $30.

Rogue Fireworks

If large crowds intimidate you, and you’d rather celebrate the holiday from your balcony, you can still take in small fireworks displays happening around the city all weekend long, care of your fellow Torontonians. Expect to hear random loud bangs going off sporadically the entire weekend. If you get outside fast enough you might be able to spot a few sparks before it’s over.

What else is there to do over Victoria Day weekend in Toronto? Share your ideas with us!

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