We’ve got so many reasons to smile this weekend, Toronto. The sun is shining, outdoor festival season is starting, and there are endless options of incredible things to do in Toronto this weekend.

Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or simply the gorgeous weather, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s dive into the very best things to do in Toronto this weekend.

Portugal the Festa

In celebration of 70 years of Portuguese immigration to Canada, a free festival is coming to Nathan Phillips Square.

Spend the day enjoying authentic Portuguese food, live music, entertainment, local vendor shopping, and good vibes.

When: May 14th, 2023 at 11 AM
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Beaches Artisan Market

This beloved market is making a comeback this weekend at Queen Street Marketplace, featuring handcrafted works of over 50 independent artists, artisans, makers, and designers.

While admission is free for everyone, kids get an extra treat with free face painting.

When: May 14th, 2023
Where: 2075 Queen Street East

Sponsored Pick: Kayak, Canoe & Paddleboard on the Humber River with Toronto Adventures

Good news for the adventure seekers- Toronto Adventures is now OPEN for the season and ready to take you on all kinds of water activities on the Humber River. Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding, they’ve got it! Plus, all the equipment you’ll need is provided with your booking. 

When: May-October, Wednesdays to Sundays – click here to see the Events Calendar for available time slots
Where: Down the “Discovery Walks” Road, 9 Old Mill Rd, Etobicoke
Cost: $35-70

Mother’s Day High Tea at the Castle

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, and what better way to celebrate mom than with an elegant afternoon tea experience in a real-life castle?

Casa Loma is hosting its traditional Edwardian high tea on Mother’s Day weekend, complete with “premium teas, scones, gourmet pastries and tea sandwiches in the majestic ambiance of the Castle.”

All guests will also have access to the castle grounds, so you can explore after your seating.

When: May 13th & 14th, 2023
Where: Casa Loma

The Toronto Flower Market

It’s time to stock up on spring blooms! The Toronto Flower Market has announced its dates for the 2023 season.

This annual outdoor market is Toronto’s first event of its kind, with a wide variety of Ontario-grown plants and flowers ready to be taken home and enjoyed.

The market will return with its first event of the season on Saturday, May 13th.

When: May 13th, 2023, 10 AM to 3 PM.
Where: 1001 Queen Street West at CAMH

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Nostalgic Market

A pop-up market for all things Y2K nostalgia is coming our way!

You’ll get to shop for one-of-a-kind throwback memerobilia, vintage items, artwork, and so much more at this pet-friendly market.

The best part is that admission is free!

When: May 13th and 14th, 2023
Where: 1153 Queen Street West

Enjoy blooming tulips in Toronto

As spring paints our city in vibrant colours, now is perfect the time to enjoy nature’s canvas.

It’s peak tulip season right now, and you simply have to make your way to these gardens and parks to see breathtaking blooms in Toronto. You won’t regret it!

Where: See Toronto’s best tulip viewing spots here

Toronto Mape Leafs Tailgate

It’s an exciting time to be a hockey fan in Toronto! Maple Leafs tailgate parties are giving more fans the chance to enjoy the action as the team battles it out in round two of the NHL playoffs.

Fans can expect on-stage programming with special guests, a massive screen to catch the game, giveaways, a live DJ, and all of the wild playoff energy that you can handle.

Be sure to snag your free mobile tickets on the Maple Leafs app starting at 1 PM on Thursday, May 11th.

WhenMay 12th, 2023
Where: Maple Leaf Square, Scotiabank Arena

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

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s premier amusement park is now open for the season and there will soon be new rides and entertainment for visitors to enjoy.

This season, visitors will get to experience the gravity-defying rollercoaster, Tundra Twister, for the first time.

Also new to Wonderland this year is the new launch coaster called Snoopy’s Racing Railway, and it’ll take riders on a wild adventure.

Where: Canada’s Wonderland