It’s the long weekend and the sun is shining, so needless to say, we’re all smiles! And it just so happens that there are tons of fun things to do in Toronto this weekend to help us make the most of it.

From parades to markets to scavenger hunts and more, here are the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.

Happy Easter to all of those celebrating!

Beaches Easter Parade Toronto

The Beaches Easter Parade is returning to the east end this Easter Sunday and it’s a free neighbourhood-wide tradition that the city looks forward to each spring.

This event is said to be the largest and longest-running Easter parade in the world, drawing 50,000 visitors per year.

The annual parade will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, April 9th just north of the shoreline along Queen Street East.

When: Sunday, April 9th, 2023 at 2 PM
Where: Queen Street East, Munro Park to Woodbine Avenue

Go for Easter brunch

The long weekend is finally here and what better way to enjoy it than with loved ones and a delicious mid-day meal?

There is no shortage of fantastic choices for Easter brunch in Toronto and some restaurants are serving it up from Friday to Sunday.

From Easter smash eggs filled with confectionary to opulent brunch buffets, you simply can’t go wrong with any of these spots.

Where: See Toronto’s best Easter brunch spots here

Sponsored Pick: The Rose Brampton

April is here, Spring is around the corner, and Performing Arts  Brampton has some epic events lined up for the month. What more could we ask for? Whether you’re into rocking out and jammin’ to amazing tunes, putting on your dancing shoes, or feeling like a good laugh, there’s something for everyone.

When: weekly events all throughout the month
Where: The Rose Brampton (1 Theatre Ln, Brampton) & LBP Brampton (150 Central Park Dr, Brampton)
Cost: click here for April’s full event lineup & tickets!

Toronto Zoo Spring Marketplace

Pick up some locally-made essentials for spring from over 50 artisan vendors at The Toronto Zoo’s annual indoor-outdoor marketplace.

Snack on some seasonal food and beverages, stroll through Rouge National Urban Park and pay a visit to the animals at Toronto’s world-class zoo.

Admission to the market is free with your Toronto Zoo ticket.

When: April 7th to 9th, 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: Special Events Centre, The Toronto Zoo

Easter Fun Fest

An indoor and outdoor family-friendly festival is coming our way this long weekend.

There is so much fun to be had for the whole fam at this jam-packed fair.

The highlights include jumping castles, a kiddie midway, pony rides, arcade games, mini putt, easter egg hunts, live entertainment, and much more.

When: April 7th to 10th, 2023
Where: Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Road, Markham

Kensington Market Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

The Easter Bunny needs your help this April long weekend! Wander your way through Toronto’s most eccentric neighbourhood while solving clues and doing some window shopping along the way.

This fun-filled event is suitable for people of all ages with will feature games, challenges, and of course, chocolate.

Plus, you’ll be given a prize for completing the hunt and you’ll even be entered into a draw for a goodie basket from local Kensington shops.

When: April 8th, 2023, 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: Kensington Market

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Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA

The Big Top is officially making a comeback. Cirque du Soleil will return to Toronto this April long weekend 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: April 7th, 2023 to 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

Easter Fun For Everyone

Round up your family and friends for some wholesome Easter-themed fun in the west end.

Kingsway BIA will be hosting a fun event for all ages this long weekend, featuring a giant colouring wall, giveaways, face painting, photo ops with the Easter bunny, and more.

When: April 8th, 2023, 10 AM to 2 PM
Where: Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor Street West

Lumière: The Art of Light

An illuminated experience has arrived in our city and it’s completely free to enjoy. Lumière: The Art of Light at Ontario Place is lighting up the waterfront with incredible works of art.

Formerly named the Winter Light Exhibition, this event will take over Trillium Park until May.

“Utilizing innovation, light and discovery, Lumière encourages Ontario artists and creators to ‘illuminate’ the park,” the description says.

When: Until May 7th, 2023
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West