Things to do in Toronto this Weekend

Weekend Activities & Events in Toronto

Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5, 2016

A weekly digest of What’s on in Toronto this weekend: Activities, Exhibitions, Live Music, Live Theatre & Performances, Sports  and Festivals in Toronto. Few GTA events are also listed.

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I. Live Music & Concerts

1. Music Festivals this Week

Music Festivals

FT_2016_ALLARTISTS1. Field Trip Music and Arts Festival: Internationally acclaimed artists will perform for thousands of Toronto festival goers as they enjoy diverse culinary dishes and art exhibits. The 2016 edition will unfold across two days, programmed far beyond music to focus on highlighting the community’s best culinary offerings, as well as collaborative explorations on the themes of art, photography, technology, fashion and more. Details

Field Trip 2016 will be headlined by internationally celebrated acts THE NATIONAL and ROBYN.


June 4- 6, 2016 | 1:00 PM to end of day @ Fort York and Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Rd, Toronto | $75.00 – $125, Under 12 – Free


2. Lulaworld festival: The annual Lulaworld festival brings together Toronto’s finest world, jazz and Latin musicians presenting their latest compositions and projects and collaborating with celebrated international guests.


June 1 – 11, 2016 @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas West, Toronto | $10 & up.


3. Muhtadi International Drumming Festival: The festival celebrates the drum and its universality as an art form. 30+ Local and nationally touring Master Drummers and Drum Groups on 2 Stages, including Main Stage acts. 20+ International Food trucks and vendors, Arts, Crafts and Drum booths, Childrens Area, Drum Clinics & more!


June 4 & 5, 2016 @ Woodbine Park, Toronto. | Free


4. Jewish Music Week: Jewish Music Week in Toronto is an exciting week of concerts, recitals and musical events throughout the GTA. 2016 marks the sixth year of this festival that celebrates Jewish music, as well as the Jewish contribution to genres of music not generally thought of as Jewish.


May 29 – June 5, 2016 @ Various Venues, Toronto | Free & Ticketed events.


5. Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival: 14th Annual Festival. 5 stages, 80 acts & Free. Details


June 2 – 5 @ Downtown  Orangeville | Free
Week Day Concerts

Symphony in the Gardens: 
Casa Loma will play host to the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion. Tuesday evenings, May 31st – August 30th (except July 12)| 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM @ Casa Loma | $25

2. Tamara Gverdtsiteli

Tamara Gverdtsiteli, a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, is a classically trained vocalist, renowned for her magnificent voice and unique timbre. A recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Ms. Gverdtsiteli has performed on some of the world’s most coveted stages, including San Remo, Italy; the Kremlin Palace in Moscow; Carnegie Hall in New York City; and the Olympia Hall in Paris. Ms. Gverdtsiteli has been recognized as one of the most popular Russian performers in the world, earning accolades from The New York Times calling her ‘the Russian Edit Piaf’. Details


Friday, June 03, 2016 | 07:30 PM


Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto


$55 – $150


3. Ebi

Ebrahim Hamedi, known better by his stage name Ebi (ابی), is an Iranian singer widely known for his vocal range.  Details


 Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 8:00PM


Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto


$50 -$200 plus applicable service fees


4. East Meets West

ORIANA looks forward to sharing the stage with Toronto-based east-west fusion trio Autorickshaw at this concert. Autorickshaw features vocalist Suba Sankaran, tabla player Ed Hanley, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Bell. This Juno-nominated ensemble is praised for its unique blend of Indian folk music, jazz, and funk. Details


Saturday, June 04, 2016 | 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM


$10 – $25


Grace Church on-the-Hill – 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto

For night life events & concerts this weekend, see Section V : Food events, Dinner theatre, and Nightlife

5. An American in Paris

Come savour a galaxy of the most popular and most engaging American classical music! It embraces everything from Copland’s visionary fanfare and lively cowboy songs to a pair of works by Gershwin, the original crossover artist: Rhapsody in Blue, with its scintillating mash-up of 1920s jazz and classical piano fireworks, and An American in Paris, the rollicking, bluesy souvenir of the vibrant sights and sounds of the French capital.  Details


June 4 & 5, 2016


Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe St, Toronto


$29.50 & up


6. Meat Loaf

Some people think big. Some people think huge. And then there’s Meat Loaf. For the past 40 years, he has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell transformed this former stage actor into one of the great American rock ‘n’ roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 44 million albums worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums in the world to date. Details


Saturday, May 28, 2016 | 07:30 PM


Massey Hall, Toronto


$59.50 – $199.50


June 3: Bryson Tiller @ TD Echo Beach

June 7: Twenty One Pilots @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

June 9: Kenny Chesney: Spread the Love Tour @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

June 10: Florence and the Machine: How Beautiful Tour @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

June 13: Mumford & Sons @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

June 15: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis @ TD Echo Beach

June 19: Ellie Goulding @ Air Canada Centre.

June 17 & 18: City & Colour @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

June 21 & 22: Dixie Chicks – DCX MMXVI World Tour @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre


Free Music & Movies

Free Music and Movies this Summer in Toronto 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison. & Blandine  | 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM @ City Hall,100 Queen Street West, Rotunda – Live from Toronto City Hall Music Series

The Holy Gasp | 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM @ St. James Park, Toronto – Part of Music in St James Park

The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2 | 08:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Celebration Square, Mississauga – Part of Movie Nights Mississauga

E.T. | 08:00 PM @ Garden Square, Brampton – Part of Thursday Flicks
Friday, June 3, 2016
Gladstone Avenue Duo | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM @ Village of Yorkville Park – Bellair St. and Cumberland St. – Summer Music in the Bloor-Yorkville Park
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Attila Fias Trio | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM @ Village of Yorkville Park – Bellair St. and Cumberland St. – Summer Music in the Bloor-Yorkville Park

Kaia Kater | 2:00 PM & Hare Brain | 4:00 PM @ Distillery District – Part of Music City Summer Series

5PM Despicable Me 2 | 8PM 50 First Dates @ Garden Square, Brampton – Part of Family Favourites

II. Theatre & Other Events

1. Performing Arts Events

Performing Arts & Theatre in June

A TAPESTRY OPERA PRODUCTION The World Premiere of ROCKING HORSE WINNEREvents this week include

Red Bull BC One @ District 28, 28 Logan Avenue, Toronto

Instructions @ The Coal Mine Theatre

Forever Plaid @ Panasonic Theatre

Return to Grace @ Ed Mirvish Theatre

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Lower Ossington Theatre

Le Petit Prince @ Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Rocking Horse Winner  @ Berkeley Street Theatre

The Hotline Always Blinks Twice @  Second City Theatre

The Odd Couple; The Testament of [email protected] Centre for the Performing Arts

The Heidi Chronicles @ Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap @ Lower Ossington Theatre

Calendar Girls @The Scarborough Village Community Centre

BODY POLITIC @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

STOMP: Urban Dance Competition/Showcase @ Sony Centre


2. Play Reading Week

See the latest works from Tarragon Playwright-in-Residence Erin Shields (co-written with comedian Rob Baker), RBC Emerging Playwright’s Competition winner Cliff Cardinal, celebrated actor and playwright Rick Roberts, and the Tarragon Playwrights Unit: Donald Woo, Jenna Harris, Philip McKee, David S. Craig, and Step Taylor. Details


May 24 to June 04, 2016


Tarragon Theatre – 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto


Admission is free, and no reservations are taken.


3. Film Festivals this Week

Film Festivals

aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival: Vibrant and diverse culture showcasing Latin American and Latin Canadian best of contemporary cinema and media arts.


June 1-5, 2016 @ Various Venues, Toronto


Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival: Scarborough Film Festival is an annual celebration showcasing local, Canadian and world cinema.


June 2 – 11, 2016 @ Various Venues, Scarborough | Free & ticketed events ($8 – $15).


Inside Out: LGBT Film Festival


May 26 to June 5, 2016 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street W, Toronto | $8.00 – $77.00. Few events are free.


4. Arts & Theatre Festivals this Week

Arts Festivals

COMBUSTION festival: This week-long comedy party will bring together some of the most exciting, talented, boundary-pushing, genre-bending, industry-leading improvisers in North America and beyond.


May 30 – June 4, 2016 @ Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor St. W., Toronto | $5.00 & up
Festival Pass: $75.00


InspiraTO Festival:  Ten-minute play festival.


June 2 – 11, 2016 @ Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St, Toronto | Free & ticketed events.

III. Sports & Related Events

1. Toronto Blue Jays


vs. New York Yankees on May 30 – June 1, 2016 


Rogers Centre, Toronto



2. Canada’s Women’s National Team


vs Brazil
Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 04:00 PM


BMO Field, Toronto



3. Toronto Marlies


vs. Hershey Bears
Thursday, June 2, 2016 | 07:30 PM


Ricoh Coliseum Toronto



4. Runs & Walks

TORONTO Walk to Fight Arthritis

Funds raised from the Walk to Fight Arthritis are directed toward research to find breakthroughs in the treatment and diagnosis of arthritis, free educational materials and events for those living with arthritis. There will be live musicians (Tia Brazda & The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival), free bandanas, a Kids’ Zone, photo booth, and plenty of prizes. Register


Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ Woodbine Park | Donation or registration fee


Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart

Imagine you’re riding down the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway in Toronto. There’s not a vehicle in sight and all you can see are 15,000 other Riders around you. Or picture yourself running or walking down the traffic-free Gardiner, surrounded by others who share your goal. It’s an incredible feeling. Especially knowing your fundraising is supporting life-saving work. 


Sunday, June 05, 2016 | 06:00 AM – 12:30 PM @ Exhibition Place. Details

IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

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1. Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

 Celebrate Science & Innovation! Spend the day exploring the heritage, culture, and community of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Each attraction will offer a unique experience. Participate in behind-the-scenes tours, activities and more. Details


Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM


Various locations around Whitchurch-Stouffville



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2. Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Fest

The Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Festival is fun for the whole family! Since 1973 our festival has been held annually on the first weekend in June in the Village of Streetsville. From carnival rides and face painting to live music and ice cold beer, this Bread and Honey will be one for the books. Details


June 3 – 5, 2016


Memorial Park, 335 Church Street, Mississauga


$2 – $5


3. 50+ Festival

From presentations on how to transform ourselves through learning, theatre, and mindfulness, to a candid conversation about the challenges faced by the sandwich generation, this year’s 50+ Festival offers an impressive line-up of sessions that encourage the discovery of new possibilities.  Details


June 1 – 4, 2016


Ryerson University Campus
350 Victoria St, Toronto.


 Free & ticketed events


4. DiversityFest

DiversityFest is the celebration of Canada’s cultural kaleidoscope presenting an array of entertaining arts and culture performances.  Enjoy a whole day of fun and entertainment with Food and market vendors, free activities, gifts, lucky draws and much more! Details


Sunday, June 5, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Yonge-Dundas Square, Downtown Toronto




5. Downtown Milton Street Festival

Concerts, Kids Zone, Vendors & more! Details


Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM


Downtown Milton – Main Street between Brown Street and Fulton Street.




6. Burlington Kite Festival

Join us for Burlington’s 25th annual Kite Festival. Build a kite or bring your own and help fill the sky with colour. Join us for some free family fun, entertainment and vendors. Kite building materials are available, while supplies last.  Details


Sunday, June 5, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM


Brant Hills Park
2300 Duncaster Dr., Burlington




7. Unionville Festival

47th annual Unionville Festival. Events include Family Fun Day in the Park on June 5, the Saturday morning Parade, the Fun Zone for kids, music everywhere, the Funky 5K race, the York-Durham heritage train, music everywhere and plenty of vendors – including, of course, the unique shops of Unionville. Details


June 4 – 5, 2016


 Main Street Unionville




8. Aurora Chamber Street Festival

The Aurora Chamber Street Festival is a fun-filled family event for all ages with over 500 vendors, fantastic “Street Performers”, music, food galore and so much more.   Details


Sunday, June 5, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 05:00 PM


Yonge Street, Aurora




9.Military Day Georgina

See Military Vehicles, Re-enactments, BBQ, Facepainting for kids and more! Details

Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM


Georgina Military Museum, Keswick




10. Art Walk & StreetFest

 Businesses, storefronts and community centres will be showcasing different local and Toronto-based artists while offering special promotions and entertainment for the day!  Details


Saturday, June 4th 2016 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Kingston Road Village – along Kingston Road, from Main St. to Henley Gardens, Toronto




11. The Fair Trade Show

The Fair Trade Show is Canada’s leading consumer show dedicated to fair trade, ethical sourcing and social enterprises. We believe that our purchasing decisions have the power to change the world around us. Shop for unique products and create a lasting impact. Our exhibitors work with under-privileged communities world wide and bring you a selection of unique, diversified and beautiful products ranging from housewares, olive oil, bananas, coffee, apparel and accessories. We celebrate businesses that change the world!  Details


June 4th and 5th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM


Heritage Court: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place


Adult: $13; Youth: $10
Student: $10; Child: Free
Senior: $10


12. Anniversary Garden Party

Join us at Gibson House Museum as we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Museum’s opening. Learn about what is being planted in the heritage garden and take in a container garden demonstration. Make ice cream on the porch and watch heritage demonstrations in the historic house. Visit the Collection and Conservation Unit’s Pop Up Museum to see some rarely-seen objects from the City of Toronto’s collection.   Details


Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Gibson House Museum,  5172 Yonge St Toronto


FREE, donations gratefully accepted.


13. Pride Month

Canada’s first-ever Pride Month will launch on June 1, 2016, featuring extended programming and provocative events throughout the city, culminating with the 10-day Pride Toronto festival, Pride Month will begin with its inaugural city proclamation and the raising of the Rainbow flag at Toronto City Hall, set to occur for the first-time at the beginning of June.   Details


June 1 – July 3, 2016

10-day Pride Toronto festival, June 24 – July 3


Various Venues, Toronto


Varies- free & ticketed


14. From the Heart through the Hands

Early Canadian women produced many items for their family members and for their homes. Some practical, some more ornamental. Experience the unique beauty of handcrafted pieces from the Museum’s collection.  Details


June 4th to September 17th | 12:00 PM -5:00 PM


Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum, 14732 Woodbine Ave, Gormley


Adults – $6 plus tax, Seniors/Students – $5 plus tax, Children (3-12) – $4 plus tax

15. Tours & Walks

Explore Toronto through speciality guided tours & Scavenger Hunts!

1.Tasty Tours: Tasty Tours offers a variety of Sweets Tours along Toronto’s eclectic multicultural neighbourhoods.

2. Murder at the ROM: A murder mystery scavenger hunt! A curator has been murdered and you must follow the clues through the museum collections to solve whodunit. Other Urban Capers Events.

V. Food Festivals /Night Life / Dinner Theatre

1. Mac and Cheese Festival

We will be teaming up with the best chefs in the 6ix to re-open the West Island at Ontario Place and serve up Canada’s favorite comfort food: mac and cheese!!! We’re featuring a wide selection of craft beer and cider (it’s like having a free admission craft beer festival), an outdoor cinema under the stars, a carnival with a huge ferris wheel, tasty food trucks, an artisanal market, a cooking stage by Dairy Farmers of Canada and Metro, and a ton more suprises! Details


June 3 – 5, 2016


Ontario Place – 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto




2. Rib Fests

Rib Fests in GTA

1. Rotary Ribfest – Pickering: Great entertainment, world-class ribs and food vendors, and a licensed park.


Friday June 3, 2016 | Noon – 11:00 PM
Saturday June 4, 2016 | Noon – 11:00 PM
Sunday June 5, 2016 | Noon – 11:00 PM


The Esplanade Park, 1 The Esplanade, Pickering


Free Admission & parking


3. Toronto Craft Brew Cruise

Join the third annual Toronto Craft Brew Cruise aboard The River Gambler on the harbourfront. This session style event is positioned as a premier beer event for the true craft connoisseur.  Details


Saturday, June 04, 2016 | 2:00 PM & 07:00 PM


The RiverGambler, 333 Lakeshore Blvd East, Toronto




4. Mississauga Halal Food Fest

Mississauga Halal Food Fest will bring together a variety of Halal food from a wide range of suppliers, who will provide information, education, and awareness of the benefits of Halal products. There will be inflatable rides for the children to enjoy, local and international performers, a mixture of both traditional and current musical entertainment that will cater to the older and younger generations alike. Details


Saturday, June 04, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM


Mississauga Celebration Square




5. Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest

Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Riverside’s 10 vibrant blocks. Riverside will be hosting their annual Street Festival, showcasing Riverside’s family friendly food outlets. The Riverside District is renowned for its home design shops, heritage architecture, cafes, pubs and popular contemporary restaurants. Local eateries will be opening their doors serving tasting plates and musical entertainment. There will be a variety of destination points at four street closures with live music, and entertainment and, of course, mouthwatering Riverside tasters. Details


Saturday, June 04, 2016 | 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Riverside District – DVP to just past Degrassi Street along Queen Street East.




6. Club Events / Nightlife

Friday, June 3, 2016

Red Bull BC One @ District 28, 28 Logan Avenue, Toronto

Friday Night Live @ ROM  

Mother Earth @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Classic with Mark Oliver @ Uniun Nightclub

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Red Bull BC One @ District 28, 28 Logan Avenue, Toronto

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Mother Earth @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Lynch Mob @  The Rockpile West

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Steve Angello @ Cabana Pool Bar | 12:00 PM

Before You Exit – The All The Lights Tour @ Mod Club Theatre 

6. Dinner Theatre / Music Events

1. Famous Players – Shows
2. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Shows
3. Mysteriously Yours Dinner TheatreShows
4. The Second City – Shows
5. Comedy Bar Shows

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VI. Shopping Promotions & Related events

1. Toronto Eaton Centre – Promotions
2. Scarborough Town Centre – Promotions
3. Sherway Gardens Promotions
4. Yorkdale – Promotions
5. Fair view mall – Promotions
6. TBG Organic Farmers Market , Thursdays at Toronto Botanical gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave E , North York

We do try to make the listings as accurate as possible, but mistakes may happen. Please verify all details from concerned Event Websites/officials.
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Things to do in Toronto this Weekend
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    1. Pirate Captain
      Pirate Captain

      Avast Mateys’ what about the pirate crew?
      The Island Rogue of Centre Island has it’s maiden voyage this weekend as we search for sunken treasure!
      A family adventure theatre and cruise!
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      May 17, 2015 at 6:47 AM
    2. Milli

      Where is the list of fireworks around the GTA or better across a Golden horseshoe?

      August 31, 2015 at 9:21 PM
      1. todocanada
        todocanada (Listing owner)
        December 20, 2015 at 9:28 PM
    3. Steve

      You can also try Archery Dodgeball – where you can use Bows and foam arrows to shoot at your friends and throw battle axes at them. It is a mixture of Paintball, Dodgeball and Archery all-in-on without the paint and pain.

      September 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM
    4. Adrian

      The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is pleased to announce that its annual celebration of Music Technology event, IMSTA FESTA, will be returning to Toronto. Hosted by RYERSON UNIVERSITY, the event is set to take place on October the 17th!
      Attendance is FREE at

      October 16, 2015 at 8:27 AM
    5. Jim

      Anyone can come over to my place, for some netflix and chill. Saturday nights. I’ll make bruschetta.

      January 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM
    6. Lesley

      Dear Jim- is there a seniors discount and can I bring 3 cats?

      February 20, 2016 at 2:37 PM
    7. Rowen

      Leslie, for the last time, please return my cats.

      February 28, 2016 at 9:46 AM
    8. canadanac

      Jim, Lesley, and Rowen…I definitely want to hang out with you guys.

      March 2, 2016 at 7:36 PM
    9. SPiN Toronto
      SPiN Toronto

      Looking to get serious about ping pong or just want to play some casual matches? Every Sunday SPiN Toronto holds The League where players of all skill levels battle it out on the courts.

      April 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM
    10. Bob

      Hi in town for the weekend and looking for some great things to do on saturdaynignt. Got any suggestions? Bob

      May 14, 2016 at 4:53 PM

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