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Best for Family Fun

Cherry Blossoms in High Park: Late April – Early May

Enjoy the iconic High Park cherry blossoms in full bloom this spring. This breathtaking experience attracts hundreds of people, who take pictures with the beautiful sakura trees and enjoy the awakening of the nature after a long winter. Don’t forget to jump on the High Park Trackless Train, which will take you around the park’s destinations like High Park Zoo, Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, and Grenadier Pond.

Kensington Market: May

Have you heard of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market? The market is known for its vibrant culture and diversity of restaurants, shops and bars. However, on the last Sunday of every spring month, the streets close to vehicles and the market becomes a real cultural hub full of music, artists, street performers, food vendors and other fun activities and events.

Black Creek Pioneer Village: this spring season

Discover how people lived and worked in mid-19th century rural Ontario; Black Creek Pioneer Village brings the past to life with events that appeal to both kids and adults like historical reenactments, textile shows, Canada Day celebrations and more.

‘Spring into Parkdale’ Sidewalk Festival and Night Market: May 11

Spend the weekend at  the ‘Spring into Parkdale’ Sidewalk Festival, featuring live music, food vendors, games, family-friendly activities and local goods for sale. The Night Market is a big outdoor food market that turns into a patio with a DJ at night. You can taste cuisines from all around the world while enjoying a warm night.

Events at Indigo Stores: this spring season 

Visit Toronto Indigo stores to discover awesome events and experiences for adults and kids every week.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival: May 11 – May 12

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns to Toronto this spring at the Toronto Public Library. The  exhibition features hundreds of comics creators from around the world, with readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more.

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Best for Feasting Foodies

Veggielicious Toronto: this spring season

Veggielicious is a plant-based culinary festival that features mouth-watering meals and great deals at restaurants, cafés, and bakeries in the GTA this spring. Check out the list of participating restaurants to find the best vegan specials.

Poutine Fest – Toronto: May 24 – May 26

Poutine Fest: Come to Yonge and Dundas to try some of Canada’s best gourmet poutine meals from poutineries such as The North Eats, Charlie’s Shack, The Lobster Limo and many more.

Tastemaker Toronto: May 10 – May 12

Tastemaker Toronto transforms the Evergreen Brickworksin to a foodie wonderland for two days. During this bountiful food market and can’t-miss culinary festival, Toronto’s superstar chefs prepare their masterpiece dishes and share their secret recipes with the visitors.

Taste of China Food Tour: this spring season

Taste of China: Explore the diverse food, history and culture of Old Chinatown while indulging in Northern-style dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, sweet and savory pastries, and more.

Photo by Mirvish Theatre

Best for Art and Theatre Fans

Documentaries festival: April 25 – May 5

Hot Docs is one of North America’s largest documentary festivals, presenting hundreds of films from all around the world.

Come from Away: this spring season

Come from Away is one of the fastest-sold-out shows in Toronto and it is back on stage until it heads to Broadway. This remarkable musical received hundreds of positive reviews and is a must-watch experience for Toronto visitors and locals.

Friday Nights at the ROM: this spring season

Friday Nights at the ROM is a great way to party while still learning about art and culture. How? Between hitting the dance floor and trying cocktails at the bar, you can check out the ROM’s special exhibitions, including Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.

Best for Sports Seekers

There’s always a game going on in the spring. Check out the games schedule for the Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors

Best for Music Maestros

The Toronto area has no shortage of amazing concert venues. This spring you can catch the following artists at some of our favorite venues.

Muse World Tour: Mar 28 Scoatiabank Arena
Ariana Grande: April 3 Scotiabank Arena
Alkaline Live: April 12 Rebel Toronto
Sik-K: April 18 Danforth Music Hall
Jai Wolf: April 19 Phoenix Music Theater
Cher: Here we go again. World Tour April 22 Scoatiabank Arena
Kodak Black: World Tour April 23 Rebel
The Maestro’s Gala: April 30 Casa Loma
Julia Michaels: May 14 Scotiabank Arena
Pink: Beautiful Trauma World Tour: May 14 Scotiabank Arena

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