A list of Victoria day fireworks and May long weekend family fun events in Toronto & GTA.
- GTA Victoria Day Fireworks – 2017
- May Long Weekend Family Activities – May 19 – 22, 2017
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For a rainy day:
I. Victoria Day Fireworks
1. Ashbridges Bay Park | Toronto
Come enjoy the end of the first long weekend of summer at Ashbridges Bay Park. Celebrate Victoria Day with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics that will definitely impress. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks, with a spectacular finale. Details
Victoria Day Monday | ~ 10:00 PM
Ashbridge’s Bay Park
View from full length of the eastern beaches from Ashbridges Bay to the RC Harris Water Treatment Plant.
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2. Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland | Vaughan
Join us for a brilliant fireworks display throughout the season! Spend your day playing on over 200 awesome rides, coasters and attractions, including Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. Then round out your day with an action-packed fireworks display over Wonder Mountain. Details
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 10:00 PM
Canada’s Wonderland, 9580 Jane St, Vaughan.
Regular Park Admission
3. Victoria Day SpeedFest | Clarington
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 2017 major events kick off with Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest, featuring the NASCAR Pinty’s Series with the Can-Am 200 and all classes of the Pirelli World Challenge Series. Three Canadian series – the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and the Nissan Micra Cup Series – will round out the weekend of exciting on-track racing action. The weekend’s main attraction is the on-track competition, but there are plenty of other things for you to see and do as well. Be sure to visit the team paddock areas, located on the circuit infield at the north end near the start/finish straight. Details
May 19 to 21, 2017
Fireworks on Saturday, May 20, 2017 | Dusk
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Concession Road 10, Bowmanville
$20 to $35
Under 16 – Free
4. Fireworks & Family Fun Night | Milton
Come out and enjoy a night of live music, entertainment, horse racing, the NEW KIDSFEST Zone and fireworks at the end of the night! Details
May 20 | Doors Open at 5:00PM
Kidsfest Zone 6:00PM – 10PM
Live Music 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Life-sized Games – available all night
Fireworks: 10:30 PM
Mohawk Racetrack, 9430 Guelph Line, Campbelleville
5. Fireworks & Family Fun | Stouffville
Spectacular fireworks display, food, and fun for the whole family! Details
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fireworks begin at Dusk ~09:30 PM
Memorial Park, Whitchurch-Stouffville
6. Victoria Day | Nobleton
The Township of King presents the Victoria Day Fair, the first kickoff celebration to our summer season. Bring the family and join us for a great event featuring a fantastic selection of food, vendors, entertainment, vintage cars, games, and fireworks to complete the day. Details
Monday, May 22, 2017 | Noon to 07:00 PM
Fireworks begin at Dusk
Dr. William Laceby Arena, 15 Old King Rd, Nobleton
7. Victoria Day Fireworks | Hamilton
Presented by The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and City of Hamilton. Live music and food trucks will be on site. Details
Sunday, May 21 2017 | 06:00 PM
Fireworks – 09:30 PM.
Rain date – May 22, 2017
Dundas Driving Park, 71 Cross St., Dundas, Hamilton
Free, donations to the Rotary club appreciated.
II. Family Activities
1. HarbourKIDS: Circus | Toronto
Come experience the magic of the circus this Victoria Day weekend. Discover acrobats and jugglers, comedians and clowns. Take a turn at tumbling and tour the site aboard the HarbourKIDS Express. This weekend is all about you, so bring your sense of adventure! Details
May 19 – 22, 2017
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
2. Culinary Ontario Festival | Toronto
The Culinary Ontario festival at Ontario Place, a celebration of the province’s 150th anniversary. 4-day festival will showcase Ontario’s diverse culinary culture amidst a variety of activities and entertainment. Join us Victoria Day long weekend for a taste of Ontario’s best in food and drink. Details
May 19 to 22, 2017
Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto
3. National Pizza Party Day | Mississauga
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! We will be celebrating #NationalPizzaPartyDay presented by #Panago. Come hungry friends because along with pizza crafts and a one of a kind twister game, we will also be serving up some of the best pizza in town. Grab a slice and hang out on one of our pizza blankets or get some practice tossing pizza with one of our pizza shaped Frisbees. Details
Friday, May 19, 2017 | 4 PM – 6 PM
Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
4. Victorian Tea Party | Toronto
Come for an afternoon Victorian Tea Party! Tea and cake will be served the way they were more than 100 years ago and there are sure to be some chocolate treats included. Quilts, crafts, wood working and tea related items including mugs, cookies and tea will be available for purchase. Details
May 20, 21 & 22 | 02:00 PM
Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville
No reservations required and no charge other than the regular park admission.
$17 per vehicle
5. Rib & Craft Beer Fest | Toronto
Rib & Craft Beer Fest at Yonge & Dundas Square will feature the Best Tib teams in Canada along with bbq foods from many of the cities different cultures and along with amazing craft beer vendors! Details
May 18 – 21, 2017
Yonge & Dundas Square – 1 Dundas St E, Toronto
6. Pirates and Princesses | Toronto
Three days of family fairytale fun! Bring your eye patches and tiaras. Celebrate stories such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Peter Pan. Enjoy interactive entertainment, prince and princess lessons, Village wide treasure hunts and more. Details
May 20 – 22, 2017
Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto
7. Halal Food Fest | Mississauga
Mississauga Halal Food Fest brings together a variety of Halal food from a wide range of suppliers offering information about and awareness of the benefits of Halal products. There will be inflatable rides for the children to enjoy, and a mixture of traditional and current musical entertainment performed by local and international artists that will cater to the older and younger generations alike. Details
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 12:00PM – 11:00PM
The International Centre – 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
General Admission: $5.00
Seniors 65+ and Children/Youth below the age of 16 are free.
8. Dream Catcher workshop | Whitchurch-Stouffville
A craft workshop where participants get to create their own dream catchers as well as learn its importance. Workshop includes: Smudge, Eagle Feather Introductions, Ojibway Welcoming Song, Story of the Dream Catcher, Make Dream Catchers, Ojibway Travelling Song. Details
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre
14732 Woodbine Avenue, Gormley
$20.00 per person
9. The Waterfront Artisan Market | Toronto
Toronto’s Waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Shop for finely-crafted jewellery, unique art, delicious food and artisanal gifts including custom wood watches and sunglasses by G Fox & Co.; upcycled, hand-made, hypoallergenic sterling silver jewellery by Spirit of Vera; henna art from Nasrin’s Henna Design; drinking glasses, platters, planters, and more at Reciclar Factory; Spanish extra virgin olive oil, Peruvian dark chocolate and more from Menos. Details
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue, Toronto
10. Victoria Day | Unionville
Enjoy two days full of live music and complimentary horse & carriage rides! Details
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Main Street Unionville, Markham
11. Victoria Day Weekend with the Ultimutts | Toronto
The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is a very popular, interactive pet performance! This unique circus style show is jam packed with non-stop incredible tricks to wow the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats. Comprised of rescued animals, these dogs love to work and perform –and it shows! Details
May 20 – 22, 2017 | Shows at 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM
Purina Pawsway, 245 Queens Quay West, Toronto
12. Fort York Victoria Day | Toronto
What better way to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday than to visit the birthplace of Toronto? Enjoy kids’ activities such as soldier’s drill, demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto, English country dancing and tours. Details
Monday May 22, 2017 | 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto
Adults: $7.96, Seniors /Youth: $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax). Children 5 and under are free – Regular admission applies.
13. Victoria Day Tea & Tour | Toronto
Celebrate Victoria Day with an afternoon tea fit for a Queen. Price includes a complimentary guided tour of the Museum. All ages are welcome. First come, first served. Details
Sunday May 21, 2017 | 01:00 PM-4:00 PM
Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W, Toronto
$7 plus tax.
14. Pep Rally | Mississauga
Imagination comes to life this Victoria Day at Celebration Square. Kids of all ages can live out their wildest dreams at this larger-than-life event for the whole family.Don’t miss our delicious line-up of food trucks serving tasty treats all afternoon long. Details
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
15. Spring Tyme on the Farm | Oakville
Experience historical demonstrations, hands-on activities, Victorian games, farm animals and more! Enjoy a full day of fun at the park by packing a picnic lunch and taking a morning walk along the Trillium Trail to see the spring wildflowers. Children 10 and under will not want to leave the park without a visit to the Children’s Farm and Playbarn. Details
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Spruce Lane Farmhouse, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville
$17.00 per vehicle
16. Waterdown Arts & Music Street Fest | Hamilton
The award winning Arts and Music festival features craft vendors, food trucks, family zone, beer and wine garden, roaming buskers, dance groups and an eclectic combination of emerging artists, blasts from the past and current performers. Details
Friday, May 19, 2017 | 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Park, Waterdown – Hamilton
$10.00 per person per day
Children 10 and under are free
17. Disney’s The Little Mermaid | Oshawa
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. Details
May 18, 19, 20, 21, 25,26, 27, 2017
Oshawa Little Theatre
62 Russett Avenue, Oshawa
$15 to $28
18. International Museum’s Day | Whitchurch-Stouffville
Celebrate International Museum’s Day with FREE admission to the museum! Explore the log cabin, heritage schoolhouse, Victorian farmhouse, community centre and more as you learn what your museum has to offer! Details
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre, 14732 Woodbine Avenue, Gormley
19. Artfest | Toronto
Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Details
Friday, May 20 – Monday, May 22, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily
Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.
20. Victoria Day Brunch Cruise | Toronto
Enjoy our Victoria Day Brunch Cruise this May long weekend aboard Jubilee Queen as you taken on a leisurely tour through the canals and water ways of the Toronto Islands, and past the serenity of the natural beauty of the Toronto Island Parklands. Details
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Jubilee Queen, 539 Queens Quay, Toronto
29.95 (Child) – 54.95 (Adult)
21. Canada’s Wonderland’s 35th Birthday | Vaughan
Come celebrate our 36th birthday for a day of FUN and THRILLS including street performers and a PEANUTS Dance Party inside the Front Gate on International Street! Details
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan
22. World Turtle Weekend | Toronto
Turtles around the world are threatened with extinction, but they are also some of the most honoured and celebrated creatures on earth! Join Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme for a fun filled day at the Zoo where your family will discover the diversity of turtles; how conservationists are helping to save turtles globally; and how you can protect these amazing animals here in Ontario. Details
Sunday May 21, and Monday May 22, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (verify whether the zoo is open before travelling)
Americas Wetlands, Indo-Malaya Pavilion and the Americas Pavilion
Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Scarborough
23. City of Toronto Recreation
Toronto’s five municipal golf courses are located on beautiful parklands and offer early-bird rates. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily, including Victoria Day.
All public tennis courts will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the Victoria Day weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public.
Splash pads will begin to operate across the city on Saturday, May 20, with a few exceptions at sites under repair or located on outdoor pool decks. Splash pads operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are activated with push-button features.
Riverdale Farm is representative of a 19th-century Ontario farm and is home to heritage breeds such as Shorthorn cows, Tamworth pigs and Cotswold sheep. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. On Saturday, May 20 the farm will offer a free sheep-shearing demonstration between 11.30 a.m. and noon.
High Park Zoo
Victoria Day is a great time to see the High Park Zoo‘s spring babies, including Bonnie and Clyde’s three capybara babies. This attraction is open daily, year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is .
Flowers are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.). Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.
Bike and skate parks
The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, including the new Sunnyside Bike Park. .
Two of the City’s 10 historic sites, Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum, will offer activities and tours on Victoria Day, Monday, May 22. The remaining sites will be closed. All of the historic sites will be open over the Victoria Day weekend, except for the Market Gallery, which will be closed on Sunday. Admission fees and activities vary by location.
3D TORONTO Sign
The 3D TORONTO Sign in Nathan Phillips Square will take part in the City’s “TO Canada with Love” celebrations to honour Canada’s 150th birthday. Starting on May 22, the seven 3D letters and Maple Leaf will be animated by a two-minute light sequence at the top of the hour between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly for the remainder of 2017.
City of Toronto Archives
The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will be closed on May 22.
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