100 Things to do during Spring in Toronto

Easter Flower Show, Allan Gardens Conservatory

A list of 100 things to do in and around Toronto during Spring: March 20 to June 20, 2018.

Activities 

  1. Celebrate spring’s arrival with a visit to High Park and view cherry blossoms.
  2. Visit Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatory  to enjoy multitudes of primula, cineraria, schizanthus, calceolaria and aquile during The 2018 Spring Flower Show (February 25th to  April 29th, 2018) and masses of various hydrangeas, Easter lilies and bulbs are in full bloom beginning Palm Sunday for the Easter Flower Show (begins March 25th for four weeks).
  3. Trek to Oshawa and see multitudes of peony’s at annual Peony Festival at Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens on June 9 and 10,  2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  4. Plan a day trip to see waterfalls around Toronto.
  5. Participate in Easter egg hunts or celebrate Easter in Toronto.
  6. See the buildings featuring historic cinemas, film and television studios, post-production houses, digital media studios, artist-run centres as well as buildings that have been featured in film and television, many of which are not always open to the public during Doors Open Toronto –  Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018 or plan a day trip/weekend getaway across Ontario and discover hidden gems for free.
  7. Celebrate Victoria Day and enjoy fireworks.
  8. Celebrate Mom and Dad!
  9. Enjoy a broadway show/ballet/theatre.
  10. Rock out with famous artists visiting Toronto.  Artists include Celtic Woman, Luke Byan, Bon Jovi  and more!
  11. Visit Toronto Zoo to see Spring babies!
  12. Visit Tommy Thompson Park for the  Spring Bird Festival to learn about the amazing phenomenon of migration and the importance of bird conservation on Saturday, May 12, 2018 or head to Point Pelee National Park during the first weeks of May for the annual Festival of Birds.

Food & Drink Events and Festivals During Spring

  1. The best sign of summer? The harvesting of Maple Syrup! Taste sweet liquid gold at Maple Syrup Festivals.
  2. Are you a beer drinking lady? Then round up your besties or head out alone to Society of Beer Drinking Ladies – Double Tap Takeover where where Oast House Brewery and Haliburton Highlands Brewing will be teaming up, facing off and bringing you a line up of craft beers you won’t want to miss.
  3. Get to Kensington Market to satisfy all their waffle cravings. Whether you like your waffles savoury or sweet, there will be options for all foodies with do-it-yourself waffle building stations and over-the-top toppings of all kinds at this pop market held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 12:30pm – 3:00pm
  4. Paired with local food and shopping during Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest held from Tuesday, April 03 to Saturday, April 07, 2018.
  5. Taste a Toffle™ aka the Toronto Truffle, a unique Toronto treat that’s a decadent mix between a maple butter tart and a chocolate truffle on a Tasty Tour!
  6. Experience signature bites, cocktails and entertainment. including global cuisines from Toronto’s top chefs on Saturday, April 7  at Assemble Chef’s Hall.
  7. Try and Buy many of Prince Edward Countys most spectacular wines, while they are available in Toronto for one night only at Berkeley Church , 315 Queen St East, Toronto on Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 5:00PM-9:00PM
  8. Take your date out for a murder mystery dinner raising funds for Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke, a community-based organization providing vital support to women and their dependents who are survivors of violence and poverty at Amsterdam Brewery on Friday, April 13th.
  9. Celebrating Toronto’s extraordinary coffee & tea culture at Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo on April 14 and 15, 2018 at Evergreen Brickworks
  10. From May 4th to 21st, 2018, over 40 participating GTA locations will feature exclusive vegetarian and vegan prix-fixe menus and other specials to tickle the taste buds. Veggielicious features vegan bakeries, veg restaurants, and other locations with delectable veggie options.
  11. Enjoy a dynamite lineup of Ontario breweries on Victoria day at Evergreen Brick Works.
  12. Visit Fork York: Garrison Common on the May long weekend for the fifth annual Spring Sessions of Toronto’s most iconic beer festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer.
  13. Grab some BBQ and head over to the one of a kind Craft Beer Market at Rib & Craft Beer Fest held during Victoria Day Weekend!
  14. Discover the best of  local eateries, browse through artisan markets, join for Culinary demos, workshops, and entertainment with free live music ranging from Samba, Indigenous music, New Orleans-style Jazz, Roots/Rock and Children’s entertainment at Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest.
  15. Escape the ordinary aboard Canada’s largest passenger sailing ship, the Tallship: Empire Sandy on Saturday, June 9, 2018 for a Sunset Dinner Cruise! Enjoy breathtaking views, delectable cuisine and exceptional service along with the unique experience of sailing aboard an authentic Tallship.
  16. Enjoy this free event showcasing the best that Lakeshore Village has to offer. The Grilled Cheese Challenge features dozens of vendors and exhibitors, food and drink, beer gardens, car show, a midway for the kids, and of course – The Grilled Cheese Challenge!
  17. Savour scrumptious dishes from 50 top chefs, a startling array of beverages and breathtaking lakeside views. Best of all, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of helping those in need by supporting Second Harvest’s food rescue program  on Sunday, June 3, 2018 | 6:00 PM.
  18. Try over 100 different beers and enjoy amazing foods, beer education and live entertainment in downtown Toronto on Saturday, June 9, 2018 during Session Toronto!
  19. Caledon’s rolling hills and surrounding areas are famous for farming, artisan food producers, and the emerging cider, beer, wine and spirits production. Head to Caledon to taste the best of locally produced spirits with live performances, demonstrations, and a made-local flair.
  20. Enjoy great BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, Grilling Demonstrations, Craft Vendors and of course the Beer and Beverage vendors during Beach BBQ & Brews Festival.
  21. Enjoy live entertainment and food bonanza from area restaurants during Taste of Little Italy.

Exhibitions and Events during Spring 2018

  1. Cheer Blue Jays during Honda Opening Weekend as Blue Jays face  New York Yankees on March 29, 2018.
  2. Attend free Yoga classes during YogaFit’s Mind Body Fitness Conference.
  3. Visit Aga Khan Museum to see the exhibition The World of the Fatimids that sheds light on one of history’s most intriguing and vibrant civilizations, which at its height in the 10th and 11th centuries influenced thought and life throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Europe, and the Near East – yet is little known in North America.
  4. Discover every conceivable type of vintage printed material, all under one roof. Collectors and dealers in old paper, ephemera and vintage books get together for the biggest one-day vintage-print sale of the year at Artscape Wychwood Barns on Sunday, March 25, 2018  | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
  5. Discover the best in Canadian Handmade at One of a Kind Show and Sale on March 28 to April 1, 2018
  6. See the three-part installation by Yoko Ono entitled THE RIVERBED at Gardiner Museum! Yoko Ono is a forerunner of Conceptual art who frequently involves collaboration, audience participation, and social activism in her artwork.
  7. Celebrate all things Scottish in recognition of National Tartan Day! Sample traditional treats on your tour of Mr. Gibson’s farmhouse. Enjoy Scottish dance demonstrations and bagpipe music.
  8. Enjoy a free movie screening during National Canadian Film Day at select locations on April 18.  Montgomery’s Inn will be screening Maudie, the 2016 English-language biographical film directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
  9. Honour the 205th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813 and visit Fort York National Historic Site on April 28 and 29, 2018. The fort comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers’ Quarters kitchen, site tours and period animation. Kids can try “falling-in” for 1812-era soldiering drill!
  10. Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ — in Concert at Sony Centre.
  11. Taste the best in local food and wine, discover thousands of eco-friendly products, drive the latest green cars, experience interactive exhibits, enjoy inspirational speakers and so much more at The Green Living Show on April 6 to 8, 2018 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
  12. Can you conquer the 1,776 stairs of Toronto’s tallest tower?  Climb  CN Tower steps solo or with a group of neighbours, family and friends on April 7, 2018 in support of WWF.
  13. See this unique five-day exhibition that blends fashion design and fresh blooms with bespoke floral-dressed mannequins and a pop-up fresh flower market at Vaughan Mills.
  14. Pitch in to support Toronto’s homeless youth! Hosted by TSN’s Cabral “Cabbie” Richards and presented by Tangerine, the 5th annual street-inspired Cover Me Urban fundraiser celebrates the sights, sounds and flavours of our city as Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods come to life under one roof.
  15. See what is the latest at TECHSPO Toronto 2018 —  a two day technology expo taking place May 17th to 18th, 2018. TECHSPO Toronto brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology.
  16. Celebrate science during Science Rendezvous events across GTA on May 12, 2018.
  17. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists at  Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto during Victoria day Weekend!
  18. Celebrate anime, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese Culture during Anime North: May 25 – 27.
  19. The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) takes place May 31 – June 3, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre, presenting the most distinct and progressive Indigenous artists working in fashion, textiles and craft. IFWTO launches with runway showcases, a curated exhibition, panels and lectures, hands-on workshops, and a market place, including works by 75% Indigenous women artists and a Far North Spotlight with delegations travelling from Nunavut and Greenland.
  20. Prevent & recover from heart disease and join for the 34th Walk of Life on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Ontario Science Centre! Take part in any 1km, 3km & 5km walk; 5km & 10km run; chair exercises for seniors and kids fun run!
  21. Help to raise $2 million to invest in cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy, and innovative solutions, which will benefit more than 6 million Canadians affected with arthritis by joining for  the Arthritis Society’s 9th annual Walk for Arthritis. 
  22. Ride, Run or Walk traffic-free Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway in support of Heart & Stroke Foundation and be part of the 30th Anniversary Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart on June 3, 2018
  23. Join for Divas Half Marathon & 5K Series, a fun and glam women’s half marathon series in Canada on Sunday, June 10, 2018 | 10:00 AM at Toronto Islands.
  24. Cheer on Cancer survivors, or walk the track during Relay For Life on June 15, 2018.
  25. Walk along the red carpet to get up close with some of the best examples of automotive design from around the world during Yorkville Exotic Car Show on June 18, 2017
  26. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend when Pirates and princesses take over Black Creek Village during Victoria day Weekend!

Participate in one of the festivals happening during spring in and around Toronto

  1. Canadian Film Fest on March 20-24, 2018 @ Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
  2. The Banff Mountain Festival World Tour on March 23 to 25, 2018 @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
  3. Ergo Pink Fest on March  23 to 25, 2018 @ Small World Music Centre
  4. Human Rights Watch Festival on April 18 – 25, 2018 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox
  5. Water Docs Film Festival on April 10 & 12 to 15, 2018  @ Various Venues, Toronto
  6. Silent Film Festival on April 6 – 9, 2018 @ Various Venues, Toronto
  7. ICFF Junior on April 13-19, 2018  @ Various Venues, GTA
  8. Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival on April 6-8, 2018 @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton
  9. Canadian Music Week on May 7 to 13, 2018 @ Various Venues, Toronto
  10. Fashion Art Toronto on April 17-21, 2018  @ Daniels Spectrum
  11. Images Festival on April 12-20, 2018  @ Multiple venues, Toronto
  12. Digifest on April 26 to 28, 2018 @ Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive,Toronto
  13. Hot Docs Film Festival on  April 26 – May 6, 2018 @ Downtown Toronto
  14. Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival during May 2018 @ Various Venues
  15. Toronto Jewish Film Festival on May 3 – 13, 2018 @ Downtown Toronto
  16. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 12 to 13, 2018  @ Toronto Reference Library
  17. Jewish Music Week on May 27 – June 3, 2018 @ Various Venues, Toronto
  18. SING! Vocal Arts Festival on May 23 – June 3, 2018 @ Various Venues, Toronto
  19.  21C Music Festival on May 23 – 27, 2018 @ Telus Centre for Performing Arts
  20. Paprika Festival  on May 14 to 20, 2018 @ Aki Studio, 250-585 Dundas Street East Toronto
  21.  T.O. Webfest on May 25 – 26, 2018 @ Various Venues, Toronto
  22. CBCMusic.ca Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ Echo Beach
  23. Toronto Festival of Clowns on May 30 – June 3, 2018  @Various Venues, Toronto
  24.  InspiraTO Festival  on June 7 – 16, 2018 @ Alumnae Theatre
  25. Desifest on June 2, 2018 @ Yonge Dundas Square
  26. Dundas West Fest on June 1 & 2, 2018 @ Dundas Street West between Ossington Avenue & Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto
  27. Field Trip Festival on June 2- 3, 2018 @ Fort York and Garrison Common
  28. Lulaworld festival on June @ Lula Lounge
  29. Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Fest on June 1 – 3, 2018 @ Memorial Park, 335 Church Street, Mississauga
  30. Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO on Saturday, June 02, 2018  @ Cosmo Music – The Musical Instrument Superstore – 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill
  31. aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival on June 2018, Dates TBA  @ Various Venues, Toronto
  32. Luminato Festival on June 6 to 24, 2018 @ Various Venues, Toronto
  33. Toronto True Crime Film Festival on June 8 & 9, 2018 @ The Royal, College Street, Toronto
  34.  Japanese Film Festival on June 7 – 26, 2018  @ Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
  35. Toronto Tango Festival on June 7 – 10, 2018  @Lithuanian Hall
  36. NXNE on June 8-17, 2018 @ Various Venues, Downtown Toronto
  37. Open Tuning on June 9, 2018 @  Seaton Village, Toronto
  38. Roncy Rocks Music & Arts Fest on Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
  39. Italian Contemporary Film Festival on June 14 to 22, 2018 @ TIFF Bell Light Box & Colossus Vaughan Cinema
  40. Dragon Boat Race Festival on June 16th & 17th, 2018 @ Toronto Islands
  41. Mississauga Waterfront Festival on June 15 to 17, 2018 @ Memorial Park, 355 Church Street, Port Credit, Mississauga
  42. Markham Village Music Festival on June 15 – 16, 2018 @ Main Street Markham

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