It’s shaping up to be an exciting weekend in our city! There are so many events to celebrate, from the royal coronation to the Kentucky Derby to the Leafs round two playoff run. All of this means that there are some pretty epic things to do in Toronto this weekend.
So what’re you waiting for? Round up the squad and take your pick of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.
We’ll see you out there, friends!
Coronation Celebration: A Fun Royal Fair
Toronto is going all in for King Charles III’s Coronation this weekend, full of free food, carnival rides, and live entertainment.
On May 6th, the Ontario government is taking over the Queen’s Park south lawn and throwing a party – ‘Coronation Celebration: A Fun Royal Fair’.
Enjoy free family fun activities, complimentary food, and drinks courtesy of ‘Taste of Ontario’.
The party will kick off following a flag-raising ceremony, a 21-gun salute, and a drum circle at 11:15 AM.
When: May 6th, 2023, 12 PM to 6 PM
Where: Queen’s Park
Canada’s premier amusement park is reopening on Friday with 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.
When: May 5th, 2023
Royal Coronation Tea Party at Le Dolci
This magical coronation viewing party is as authentic as it gets. Every guest will be given a fabulous fascinator to wear by the renowned Milliner David Dunkley.
“The tea party will be a showcase of the best tea and delicacies from across the kingdom, prepared by the finest pastry chefs in Toronto,” the description says.
The event will take place on the morning of the coronation, so be prepared to wake up early for the occasion!
When: May 6th, 2023, 6 AM to 8 PM
Where: 12 Sousa Mendes, Toronto
Cost: $40 per guest
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 as of 1 PM on Saturday, May 6th.
When: May 7th, 2023, 6:30 PM
Where: Maple Leaf Square, Scotiabank Arena
Toronto Botanical Garden Plant Sale
The annual Toronto Botanical Garden Plant Sale is returning just in time for the warmer months.
This weekend-long sale is “filled with a thoughtful selection of top-performing and ethically sourced plants from reliable growers,” says a description by TBG.
Shop among a large variety of flowering annuals, herbaceous perennials, pollinator plants, small trees, shrubs, and so much more.
When: May 6th and 7th, 2023, 10 AM to 5 PM (members only on May 5th)
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East
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Toronto Beach Club: Derby Day Soirée
It’s Kentucky Derby Day at the Beach Club this Saturday!
The party starts at 2 PM with an a la carte lunch followed by a viewing party featuring live music and race commentary, complimentary Mint Juleps, live horse betting games, best-dressed awards, and more.
Dress in your finest Kentucky-chic attire while you catch all the action from multiple screens.
When: May 6th, 2023, 2 PM to 7 PM
Where: Toronto Beach Club, 1681 Lake Shore Boulevard East
Hot Docs Festival
Toronto’s beloved documentary film festival is back for its 30th year.
Hot Docs showcases thought-provoking films made by Canadian and international documentary filmmakers. If you love powerful storytelling and breathtaking cinematics, this event is not one to miss.
When: Until May 7th, 2023
Where: Multiple venues
A Celebration of Kentucky’s Annual Big Race at LOUIX LOUIS
Celebrate Derby Day in style at the opulent St. Regis Toronto restaurant, LOUIX LOUIS.
Dress to impress in big hats and bold colours while you enjoy a Maker’s Mark Bourbon tasting, Kentucky-style canapes, live jazz, and of course, the derby!
Best-dressed guests will receive an incredible prize, and everyone in attendance will get a complimentary Marker’s Mark Mint Julep cup.
When: May 6th, 2023 at 5 PM
Where: LOUIX LOUIS, St. Regis Toronto, 325 Bay Street
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
Coronation Afternoon Tea at Windsor Arms
The elegant Windsor Arms Hotel is hosting an afternoon tea party fit for a king, and you’re invited.
This “royally enhanced” afternoon tea experience will take place in the courtyard ballroom, with the coronation playing in the background and a London-themed photobooth experience to add to the fun.
Plus, every guest will be given a fun souvenir to take home as a keepsake.
When: May 6th, 2023, 1:30 PM to 2 PM arrival
Where: The Windsor Arms Hotel, Courtyard Ballroom
Cost: $150 per person (plus 18% gratuity & HST)
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