It’s the first week of May and we’re off to a hot start! There’s practically no limit to the things you can see, do, and experience in Toronto this week, from art exhibitions to circus shows to incredible warehouse sales and rollercoaster rides and more. It’s warm and sunny out there, and the city seems to be busier than ever. We love to see it!

Here’s a list of the best things to do in Toronto this week so you know where you need to be after the work day ends.

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

Herschel Supply Co. Sample Sale

Got some summer shopping to do? You can get up to 70% off Herschel Supply Co. products at this warehouse sale near Dufferin St and Glencairn Ave, plus deep discounts on BN3TH underwear.

Where: 111 Tycos Dr, Unit #111
When: April 27 — May 7, 2022

Hot Docs Festival

This city-wide festival will be screening documentaries at theatres all over Toronto this week, as well as a selection of films you can screen on Hot Docs at Home. Prepare to see some of the world’s best documentaries at this annual spring festival and attend some in-person Q&As with the directors, then cast your vote for the Hot Docs Audience Award and Rogers Audience Award.

Where: Various locations
When: Until May 8, 2022

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Photography enthusiasts, this one’s for you. Until the end of May, Canadian and international artists will showcase their work through exhibitions, installations, and commissioned projects at museums, galleries, and public spaces across Toronto. You’ll get to discover both acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists at this annual event.

WhereVarious locations
When: May 1-31, 2022

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 12. 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

Fashion Art Toronto: Fashion Week 2022

Fashion enthusiasts, you don’t need to head to Paris or Milan to get your front-row fix. Toronto’s Fashion Week starts this Friday with 40 runway shows to attend, all of which will showcase Canadian designers. Some events are ticketed while others are free to attend, and there will be a spring pop-up retail event presented by INLAND where you can buy looks straight off the runway.

Where: Various locations
When: May 6-8, 2022

Lisa’s Cosmetics Brand Name Spring Warehouse Sale

This popular sale event is back with deep discounts on well-known cosmetics, fragrances, and skincare brands like Elizabeth Arden, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Gucci, Burberry, and many more. Plus, you’ll get to shop for designer purses, sunglasses, fine chocolate, nail care, and professional hair care.

Where: 135 Commerce Valley Dr East, Markham
When: May 6-9, 2022

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


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The Wizard’s Den

A mystical cocktail experience called The Wizard’s Den is coming to a secret location in the city this May 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 a description of the experience. 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

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s premier amusement park has now reopened for the season with new attractions, restaurants, and entertainment for visitors to enjoy. Wonderland’s world-class coasters will be open to the public all season long, with fireworks on Victoria Day weekend and the opening of Wonderland’s 20-acre waterpark Splash Works to follow in late May.

Where: Canada’s Wonderland
When: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.