It’s spring in the GTA! Now that the deep freeze has ended, the birds are singing and the blooms are starting to appear, get outside and enjoy quality time with the family, friends, or that significant other. Here are some highlights of what’s happening in the GTA during April, May and June.
Parks and Recreation
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has a wide variety of hikes, guided walks and planting events at its 40,000+ acres of land across the GTA. Wildflower planting, tours, hikes and bird walks are just some of the outings available for everyone.
They may not be around long, but the Cherry Blossoms are worth dealing with the large crowds that converge on High Park for those few fleeting days. They haven’t appeared yet, but you can check their website daily for updates.
May brings the always exciting Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park, Toronto’s only fireworks show for the holiday weekend. Get there early and have a picnic on the beach before the annual display lights up the sky.
Arts, Culture and Festivals
It’s a wonderful time of year for music lovers, with Canadian Music Week, NXNE, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and the launch of Vaughan Concerts in the Park. Added to the mix this year is the First Annual Spirit of Yorkville Festival, a celebration of Yorkville’s vibrant music scene in the 1960s.
Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, returns for its 22nd year with over 200 films from 45 countries. Luminato is one of North America’s premier arts festivals, with 10 days of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, film, literature and other art from around the world.
Doors Open Toronto is back for its 16th year, offering free and rare access to over 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially important buildings across the city. The Redpath Waterfront Festival has something for the entire family. A waterfront parade kicks it off on the Friday night, and the weekend includes music, food, an artisan market, nautical programs, entertainment, and fun for both the kids and your four-legged pals.
Caledon Day celebrates the heritage, history and diversity of Caledon with a one-day community festival. Enjoy live music, a car and motorcycle show, petting zoo, food vendors, a beer garden, and a fireworks show.
The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day, when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books for free to everyone who stops by. If you’re a comic book lover, or just curious, there are several locations across the GTA where you can take part.
Pride Week in Toronto is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, with an estimated attendance of over 1.2 million people. This arts and cultural festival celebrating Toronto’s LGBT community includes concerts, a street fair, and of course, the parade.
Take me out to the ballgame! The Toronto Blue Jays baseball season has started, and Junior Jays Saturdays are back at the Rogers Centre. Kids can visit the Junior Jays zones for fun activities, specially priced tickets, and the chance to run the bases just like the pros.
If you enjoy the roar of engines and the smell of burning rubber, the Honda Indy is back in June with a weekend of racecars, food, drink and more.
Food and Drink
The Toronto Festival of Beer Spring Sessions are two days of craft brews, delicious food and live music at Sherbourne Common, one of Toronto’s newest waterfront destinations. The Beach BBQ and Brews Festival at Woodbine Park is fun for the entire family on Father’s Day Weekend. BBQ, grilling demos, craft vendors, a selection of beverages, live Music, and the children’s area are just a taste of what’s in store for this year.
The first ever Toronto Mac’n Cheese Festival debuts this June at Liberty Market. Admission is free to this celebration of mac and cheese. Relax on one of the patios, enjoy a drink or two, check out some of the street performers and live music, and of course, indulge in some mac and cheese.