Calling all pranksters! It’s the start of April this weekend, which means it’s time to start plotting your April Fools Day schemes. But, that’s definitely not the only thing we have to look forward to. There are so many things to do in Toronto this weekend, including a pillow fight and a real-life treasure hunt.
Here are the 10 very best things to do in Toronto this weekend. Now let’s go have some fun, shall we?
Toronto Vintage Show
The Toronto Vintage Show is returning this weekend and it’s the largest clothing sale of its kind in Canada.
This annual event is described as a “vintage lover’s paradise that features Canada’s largest sale of vintage clothing along with loads of vintage décor.”
The two-day event will span 40,000 square feet at Exhibition Place and will feature 125 vendors.
Among them is The Ian Drummond Collection, which is a major Toronto-based supplier of wardrobe for the most popular movies and television shows.
When: April 1st, 10 AM to 6 PM & April 2nd, 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 180 Princes’ Blvd
Cost: $15 per person
Pillow Fight 2023
Pillows at the ready, warriors! This fun annual tradition takes place this Saturday, April 1st at Nathan Phillips Square.
“Thousands of pillow warriors gather in city squares to fight each other and have a great time,” the description says. Apparently, this tradition is over 100 years old!
The forecast for Saturday is showing rain, so if the weather is not good, the fight will be postponed to Sunday.
When: April 1st, 2023 at 2 PM (weather permitting)
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Sponsored Pick: T.O. Food & Drink Fest
Experience the best of Toronto’s culinary scene with local and celebrity chefs cooking demonstrations, incredible tastings, hands-on classes, live DJs, and lots of sampling opportunities to try out food & drinks from the very best restos in the city. Plus, most dishes range between $4-$6!
When: Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2, 2023
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre – 255 Front St W, Toronto
Cost: Tickets start at $18. Use promo code NOMNOM23 for 20% off!
One Of A Kind Spring Show
Toronto’s popular seasonal craft show is taking place this weekend, showcasing the work of hundreds of talented makers, artisans, and vendors all under one roof.
This event is described as a gathering place for “like-minded individuals to exchange ideas, stories and objects through the culture of craft,” according to its website.
Get ready to explore, get inspired, meet new people, and most importantly, stock up on beautiful items for the season ahead.
When: March 29th to April 2nd, 2023
Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Boulevarde
Sponsored Pick: Check out the DUER pop-up & snag some free pants
Listen up denim lovers, a DUER pop-up is opening in Mississauga this weekend! Boasting the world’s most comfortable pants, this Vancouver-born brand simplifies getting dressed so you can get on with the more meaningful things in life.
All weekend long you can expect giveaways from local brands and partners, DJ sets, and a whole lot of celebrating. And best of all, DUER is giving out free pants to the first 30 customers on Saturday & Sunday before noon to celebrate the opening!
When: Saturday, April 1, 2023 & Sunday, April 2, 2023
Where: Square One Mississauga, 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga
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The Grand Hunt
Get your thinking caps on, friends! Beloved Toronto bakery, The Grand Order Of Divine Sweets, is hosting its second annual treasure hunt this weekend and there are some epic prizes to be won.
This Saturday, April 1st, the bakery will be hiding 10 mini treasure chests at accessible outdoor locations around Toronto.
The grand prize is a gigantic Fabergé-inspired chocolate egg stuffed with $1,000 cash!
Plus, there are hundreds of prizes up for grabs in-store this Saturday.
When: April 1st to April 5th, 2023, 10 AM to 5 PM Daily
Where: The Grand Order Of Divine Sweets, 1162 Queen Street West
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 Avenu
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
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
Filipino Restaurant Month
After a successful debut last year, the second annual Filipino Restaurant Month will kick off this Saturday, April 1st, featuring local restaurants across the country serving up the best in Filipino cuisine.
Throughout the month of April, restaurants will participate and offer prix fixe menus that “highlight the unique variety of Filipino food and ingredients and the talent of Filipino chefs throughout Canada.”
There are many Ontario restaurants participating, and you can see the full list of them here.
When: April 2023
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