One more work week to go until the long weekend! Thankfully, the next few days have many exciting things in store that’ll make the countdown fly by. From a street food celebration to the start of a 100-day floating festival, there’s no shortage of fun to be had even before Victoria Day weekend rolls around.

Here are some of the best things to do in Toronto this week to make it the perfect prelude to our upcoming holiday.

100 Days of Summer by Art & Water

Toronto’s waterfront has released its jam-packed summer programming and kicking things off is Canada’s first and only floating arts and culture festival running from May 20 to September 5. “Performances will bring together songwriters, musicians, and other artists from all walks of life to deliver art and culture into the daily lives of Torontonians,” the description says. It’s not one to miss!

Where: 585 Queens Quay West & 1 Queens Quay West
When: May 20, 2022

Street Eats Festival

Take a bite into the finest street eats around the GTA at this FREE spring food festival. This event is the first of many food festivals happening this year at Street Eats Market. Being Canada’s largest launchpad of its kind for emerging independent street food businesses, you could be among the first to taste the next big thing in Toronto street cuisine.

When: May 20, 2022
Where: 500 Progress Ave

Toronto Ribfest

Ribfest is back, baby! Starting this Friday in Yonge-Dundas Square, you’ll get to chow down on “mouth-waterin’, finger-lickin’, belly-rubbin’, good BBQ.” Live bands will provide the soundtrack as you explore the festival, play classic carnival games and yard games, and most importantly, eat and drink like there’s no tomorrow. The best part? Admission is FREE!

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: May 20, 2022

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Superfresh Night Market

We hope you’re hungry, Toronto! A brand new Asian night market called Superfresh has taken over the Annex with 4,000 square feet of delicious eats, live entertainment, and special surprises.

Superfresh showcases “Asian-led and owned businesses across the city combining food, drinks, live entertainment, a bodega and other planned secret events under one roof—making it the ultimate experience, no matter what time of day you decide to stop by,” the description says.

Where: 384 Bloor St W
When: Opens 12 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays

Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition

Fans of Princess Diana can experience a photography and art exhibit in Toronto this month. Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition will be at Casa Loma, and will run until June. According to the iconic castle, this is a first-ever walk-thru documentary, and it tells the untold story of how the Princess changed the world.

Where: Casa Loma
When: Until June 12

Rhythm & Blooms Pop-up

Celebrate springtime in the speakeasy era at this new pop-up. The St. Regis Toronto has opened its new Rhythm & Blooms experience in its Astor Lounge, serving prohibition-era style ‘iced’ teapot cocktails, delicious bites, and cocktails in an enchanting setting.

You’ll be treated to the sounds of live jazz on Friday evenings as you sip among the pink canopies of cherry blossom trees and floral decor.

Where: 325 Bay St
When: Until July 31, 2022

Gnocchi Thursdays

Pasta lovers, this is not a drill. Eataly Toronto has launched a new “Gnocchi Thursdays” menu and it’s a cheesy feast like no other. Both gnocchi dishes on the menu are served tableside straight out of a delicious parmesan wheel!

The Gnocchi Thursdays menu is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eataly’s dine-in restaurant La Pizza e La Pasta. Thursdays only, of course. Buon appetito!

Where: Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St West
When: Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hit up Toronto’s best patios

The weather is warm and the patios are popping in Toronto. This city loves its outdoor dining and there are infinite options for every mood, from laid-back pubs to upscale vibes and everything in between. Whether you’re meeting the crew, impressing your S/O, or taking yourself on a date, these patios in Toronto are among the best that the city has to offer.

Where: See Toronto’s top patios here

The Wizard’s Den

A mystical cocktail experience called The Wizard’s Den is happening at a secret location this month that will put your spell-casting and sorcery skills to the test. “Get ready to unleash your inner magical being as you brew potions, cast spells, and drink more mead than you can shake a wand at,” says the description. You’ll get to create a variety of concoctions for good and evil with the help of a potions master in your 90-minute session.

Where: Secret location
When: May 4-29, 2022

Cirque du Soleil

After a long hiatus, Cirque du Soleil has finally brought its iconic Big Top back to Toronto for a breathtaking performance. Until May 23, the city will be treated to Cirque du Soleil’s most critically acclaimed show, called KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities. The performers will take the stage at Ontario Place 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: Until May 23, 2022