The long weekend may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. In fact, it’s just getting started! There are so many incredible things to do in Toronto this week, and we’ve rounded up the very best of them.

It’s going to be an exciting and (hopefully) sunny week here in our city, so let’s make the most of it, shall we?

Here are the best things to do in Toronto this week — now get out there and enjoy it, friends!

Anime North 2023

The popular anime convention we know and love is coming back to our city this week.

This weekend-long event is a celebration of anime, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese Culture.

When: May 26th to 28th, 2023
Where: Toronto Congress Centre, Delta Hotel Airport & Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel

AGO Friday Nights

After-dark parties at the gallery are making a comeback this Friday.

This event features a and DJ , as well as curated selection of works from AGO Library and Archives.

This month’s edition is all about spotlighting new exhibitions and artists at the gallery, including Sunday School storytellers, Naudline Pierre, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

When: May 26th, 2023
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario

Sponsored Pick — InnerGenerational Presents: Becoming Ancestors

Join InnerGenerational in celebrating Asian Heritage Month with their performance event Becoming Ancestors on May 27th at 6 PM at 918 Bathurst Street. 

InnerGenerational: Becoming Ancestors showcases the Asian-Canadian journey through intergenerational trauma, our own individualized healing and beginning to create space for the next generation through music, poetry and storytelling.

For more information, check out their website

Janet Jackson at Budweiser Stage

The season of outdoor concerts is back at Budweiser Stage!

Hitting the amphitheatre this month are some pretty major performers, including Janet Jackson who will rock the stage on Monday.

When: May 23rd, 2023
Where: Budweiser Stage

Fiesta De Mayo

Starting this Friday, you can look forward to a weekend-long festival that celebrates the culture and diversity of our great city.

Fiesta de Mayo will feature tribal drums, colourful street dancing, and a wide variety of delicious food and drinks. A dream combination, if you ask us!

When: May 26th to 28th, 2023
Where: Street Eats Market, 500 Progress Avenue, Scarborough

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The Bentway Opening

Toronto’s beloved outdoor hub below the Gardiner Expressway is reopening this Friday with a new season of programming, called Beyond Concrete.

In celebration of its opening weekend, visitors can attend free talks, tours, and workshops.

Plus, there are several installations that the public can enjoy for free throughout the season.

That includes a special live art performance on May 27th and 28th.

When: Starting on May 26th, 2023
Where: 250 Fort York Boulevard

Be Leaf Plant Sore Pop-Up

Calling all plant lovers! Get ready to stock your home with some fresh greens at this pop-up plant store in Toronto.

At the pop-up, there will be plants of all shapes and sizes starting at just $5.

You’ll get to shop for greenery of all kinds, including succulents, tropical plants, foliage, flowering plants, and giant palms.

The first pop-up will be held from May 26th to 28th at Hale Coffee, located at 300 Campbell Avenue in the Junction.

When: May 26th to June 30th, 2023
Where: 300 Campbell Avenue, 706 Queen Street West & TD Commons Park

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

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The month-long photography showcase that Toronto looks forward to every year is continuing this week.

This festival gives a platform for Canadian and international photographers to showcase their work and provides opportunities for collaborations and engagement among curators, partner organizations, and audiences.

When: May 2023
WhereSee all exhibitions

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: May 24th to 26th, 2023
Where: Cinespace Marine Terminal Studio, 8 Unwin Avenue