Another great week is on tap for us here in Toronto. The season of outdoor events is just beginning, and there are several to look forward to this week, as well as tons of incredible concerts, parties, live shows, and experiences.

There are so many things to do in Toronto this week, so let’s dive right into the very best of them.

ROM After Dark: Force of Nature

The ROM’s monthly after-dark party is taking place this Friday and this event’s theme is all about celebrating our environment.

Get ready for a night full of “environmentally conscious artists, local food and drink, thrilling DJ sets and live performances, large projections, an interactive game,” and so much more.

When: April 21st, 2023
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto Maple Leafs Tailgate

As the Maple Leafs snag a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, fans can cheer on their favourite team at tailgate parties coming back to Maple Leaf Square this April.

The round one, game two tailgate party will take place outside of Gate 6 at Scotiabank Arena this Thursday.

Fans can expect on-stage programming with special guests, a massive screen to catch the game, giveaways, a live DJ and so much more. Remember to secure your free ticket in advance online!

When: April 20th, 2023
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Gate 6

Sponsored Pick: Casa Loma: State of Mind – The Illusion of Choice

Get ready for the ultimate mind-boggling experience at Casa Lama this April. You can attend the Illusion of Choice show that will take you on a wild ride through the depths of human consciousness in two interactive and unique performances. Famed mentalist Lawrence Larouche’s will take you through a world of tantalizing mysteries while world-renowned magician Jeff Kaylor’s fast-paced illusions will leave you pleasantly pondering what just happened.

April 6 – 30, 2023 | Thursday – Sunday
Doors open at 6 pm | Showtimes at 6:30 pm, 7 pm, 7:30 pm
Where: Casa Lama, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
Cost: $80 – $275

Tokyo Smoke 4/20 at RendezViews

This Thursday is 4/20 and Tokyo Smoke is hosting its annual cannabis-themed bash at Toronto’s RendezViews patio.

Celebrate cannabis culture, jam out to live music, munch out, and enjoy some fun-filled activities including a retro arcade, t-shirt printing, and lawn games.

Oh, and did we mention giveaways?

Where: RendezViews, 229 Richmond Street West

Aly & AJ: With Love From

Nostalgic pop duo Aly & AJ are hitting the stage in Toronto this week!

The sisters have remained popular since way back in the early 2000s, and those who grew up listening to their music are in for a treat on Monday.

When: April 17th, 2023
Where: History

Snakehips: Never Worry Album Tour – North America 2023

Ready for an EDM show like no other? British electronic music duo Snakehips will be throwing a wild show at The Danforth Music Hall on Friday.

What better way to kick off the weekend than with a live music dance party?

When: April 21st, 2023
Where: The Danforth Music Hall

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Free Third Tuesdays at The ROM

Bring your friends and fam to The ROM on the third Tuesday night of each month for a free museum visit! This monthly offer includes free access to all of the galleries and exhibitions at the museum.

Advanced tickets are not required and it’s first come, first served, so be sure to arrive on time for a guaranteed spot!

When: April 18th, 2023
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park

Public Sweat

Described as “a fusion of art, sauna culture, and sweat bathing,” Public Sweat welcomes all to explore its “sauna village” where attendees can explore five sweat bathing structures over the course of two hours – hot spaces and cold showers.

You’re more than welcome to bounce between the hot and cold spaces at your own pace and once you’re done, hang out in the indoor lounge area to eat, drink, and connect with others.

When: Until April 23rd, 2023
Where: North East Grounds of Harbourfront Centre, 225 Queens Quay West

Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA

The Big Top is officially back. Cirque du Soleil has returned to Toronto with one of its most successful touring shows, called KOOZA.

KOOZA “combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition, and power,” according to the description.

The highlights of the show include Hoops Manipulation, Double Highwire, the Skeleton Dance, and the famous Wheel of Death, an “enormous spinning contraption” that always has the audience on the edge of their seats.

When: Until June 18th, 2023
Where: Under the Big Top – 2150 Lake Shore Blvd West, Etobicoke

Stranger Things: The Experience

Are you ready to enter the Upside Down? A Stranger Things experience has arrived in Toronto and it’ll transport you to Hawkins in the year 1986.

Fans will have access to the show’s most iconic settings on an “intimate guided new adventure” alongside their favourite characters, plus eat, drink, and hang out like they’re part of the crew.

Once you’ve had your fair share of adventure, you can head over to Scoops Ahoy for a USS Butterscotch sundae or Surfer Boy Pizza for a tasty slice.

The experience will also be home to the first-ever Stranger Things-themed bar where you can sip unique cocktails inspired by the show.

When: Various dates in April 2023
Where: Cinespace Marine Terminal Studio, 8 Unwin Avenue

There you have it — the best things to do in Toronto this week. Now get out there and make it count!