We’re more than halfway through April, which means the countdown to cottage season is officially on. Until we’re sipping cold ones in our Muskoka chairs, though, there are plenty of things to do in Toronto this week that are just as great. Hit up the Raptors tailgate party in Jurassic Park, or head under the Big Top for a dazzling night of Cirque du Soleil. Whatever you choose to do, this list will help you make it memorable!

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week.

Raptors Tailgate

To kick off the Toronto Raptors’ first series of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, a giant tailgate party will be held this week to celebrate the start of the season and watch the game on the big screen. Fans in attendance will enjoy giveaways, fun activations, special guests, and a live DJ. However, unlike in previous years, fans will have to register for free mobile passes in advance to join the party.

When: April 20, 2022, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Maple Leaf Square, Lake Shore Blvd West & Bay St

Cirque du Soleil

After a long hiatus, Cirque du Soleil has brought its iconic Big Top back to Toronto for a breathtaking performance. For the next several weeks, the city will be treated to Cirque du Soleil’s most critically acclaimed show, called KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities. The performers are hitting the stage this week for a “mind-boggling” limited series of shows that combine acrobatics with art, poetry, and humour.

Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: Multiple dates

Filipino Restaurant Month

A brand new nationwide event is happening in the city and it’s a celebration of Filipino cuisine. Diners can try everything related to Filipino cuisine by ordering from prix fixe menus, including traditional dishes like Adobo, and dining experiences like the Kamayan finger food feast. There are so many restaurants participating around Toronto and if you love to explore the city through its cuisine, this event is not one to miss.

Where: Various locations
When: April 1 — April 30, 2022

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Immersive Frida Kahlo

A new show titled Frida: Immersive Dream, covering the life and work of Frida Kahlo, is now open to the public. The 500,000 cubic feet of exhibit space at 1 Yonge Street will be transformed into an immersive art wonderland. The immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit in Toronto will allow guests to see the artist’s work brought to life in a whole new way, through projections, photography, drawings, and iconography.

When: April 2022
Where: 1 Yonge Street Toronto, ON, M5E 1W7

Outside the Palace of Me

A unique exhibition is on display at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum this month. Canadian visual artist Shary Boyle is putting on a major showcase, described as “a multi-sensory installation including drawings, ceramic sculpture, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, coin-operated sculpture, and an interactive score.” If you’ve been itching for an opportunity to see incredible local art, this exhibition is a must!

Where: 111 Queens Park
When: Until May 15, 2022

ROOM

The bestselling novel turned Academy Award-winning film has been adapted into a theatre production on the Mirvish stage this month. Room showcases the harrowing story of a kidnapped woman and her son, who escape from the garden of their captor and venture out into the world beyond the room.

Where: Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St West
When: Multiple dates

Candlelight Symphony at the Castle

An intimate concert bathed in candlelight at Toronto’s historic castle — has anything ever sounded more romantic? Until early May, Casa Loma is hosting live symphony shows in a dreamy setting. Travel down an 800 ft tunnel below Austin Terrace to the castle’s Carriage Room for a one-of-a-kind performance.

Where: 1 Austin Terrace
When: Until May 1, 2022

 

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Score some happy hour deals

After a long workday, nothing feels better than a round of cheap drinks with friends. Thankfully, there are plenty of bars and restos with happy hour deals in Toronto that are sure to put a smile on your face after a hard day’s work. From half-priced wings at The Pint Public House to $2.75 drinks at Wide Open, these daily specials are guaranteed to satisfy (and offset your guilt about that overpriced salad you ordered for lunch).

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60 WORKS / 60 YEARS

Experience the evolution of our city through the eyes of Toronto’s emerging artists. The art gallery at the St. Lawrence Market is now showcasing 60 artworks acquired by the City from the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair over the past six decades. Do a little shopping at the market and then head upstairs to this FREE show and explore the ever-changing geographical and cultural landscape of our city.

Where: The Market Gallery, 95 Front St E
When: Until April 17th, 2022

ArtworxTO

Art enthusiasts, this one’s for you. A year-long celebration of exceptional art, called ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art, is bringing all kinds of FREE public exhibits, installations, and displays to the city at various ArtworxTO Hubs. The displays you’ll get to see are contemporary works by local and international artists. Opening in early March is the I am land installation at Union Station, and HOME(LAND) at Cloverdale Common. Each of the installations has its own unique theme and message.

WhereVarious locations
When: Until Fall 2022