A list of Victoria day fireworks and May long weekend family fun events in Toronto & GTA 2018.
- GTA Victoria Day Fireworks –
- May Long Weekend Family Activities & Festivals – May 18 – 21, 2018
Live Music, Performing Arts, Exhibitions in Toronto (Events include Electric Island, Scotiabank Photography Festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions, Taste Maker Toronto, Brewer’s Backyard and many more!)
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I. Greater Toronto Area Victoria Day Fireworks
City of Toronto bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in any City of Toronto park.
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 20, 2018 | 10:00 PM
Canada’s Wonderland, 9580 Jane St, Vaughan.
Regular Park Admission
3. Victoria Day SpeedFest | Clarington
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 2018 major events kick off with the Victoria Day SpeedFest, featuring the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Series.. 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 18 to 20, 2018
Fireworks on Saturday, May 19, 2018 | Dusk
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Concession Road 10, Bowmanville
$30 to $35
Under 16 – Free
5. Fireworks & Family Fun | Stouffville
Spectacular fireworks display, food, and fun for the whole family! Details
Sunday, May 20, 2018 | 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Fireworks begin at Dusk ~09:30 PM
Ballantrae Community Centre at 5592 Aurora Road, 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 21 | 12 PM – 4 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 20 2018 | 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Fireworks ~ 09:30 PM.
Rain date – May 21, 2018
Dundas Driving Park, 71 Cross St., Dundas, Hamilton
Free, donations to the Rotary club appreciated.
II. Family Activities
1. Junior – International Children’s Festival | Toronto
May 19 to 25, 2018
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Free & ticketed events
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Toronto
Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ — in Concert.
Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra and choir as Harry soars across the big screen. Details
May 16-18, 2018
Sony Centre For The Performing Arts – 1 Front St. E., Toronto
$49 – $99
Public Playground for Urban Culture & Creativity is a large-scale free outdoor celebration of creativity and local talent. For its first edition, the event will take over Nathan Phillips Square with live music, art installations, fashion talks, squads and shows, design workshops, as well as a vibrant selection of pop-up shops and food trucks. Details
May 17 to 19, 2018
Nathan Philips Square, Toronto
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 19 & 20 | 12PM & 2PM
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 17 to 20, 2018
Yonge & Dundas Square – 1 Dundas St E, Toronto
6. Pirates and Princesses | Toronto
Pirates and princesses take over Black Creek! Join us for three days of family fairy tale fun! Bring your eye patches and tiaras. Enjoy interactive characters, pirate school, a Village-wide treasure hunt and more! Details
May 20 – 21, 2018
Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto
7. 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. Details
May 19 & 20, 2018
HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, between Rees Street and Lower Spadina Avenue, Toronto
8. Victoria Day | Unionville
Enjoy live entertainment and shopping in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Details
Monday, May 22, 2018 | 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Main Street Unionville, Markham
9. Toronto Blue Jays | Toronto
vs. Oakland Athletics Details
May 17 to 20, 2018
$17.5 & up
10. 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 21, 2018 | 10:00 AM to 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.
11. 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.
12. Pep Rally | Mississauga
Let’s get excited for summer! Kicking things off, experience a dinosaur, robot, confetti dance party (bet you’ve never been to one of those before). Throw on your dancing shoes as DJ Andre 905 live spins all day. Bust a move with the MCS Robot and the one and only Russel T. Wrecks, a life size dinosaur and his two raptor friends. Details
Monday, May 21, 2018 | 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
13. 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 21, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Spruce Lane Farmhouse, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville
$17.00 per vehicle
14. Bring it On | Oshawa
Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey that is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. Details
May 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2018
Oshawa Little Theatre
62 Russett Avenue, Oshawa
$15 to $28
15. 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 19, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre, 14732 Woodbine Avenue, Gormley
16. Artfest | Toronto
Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Artfest Kids: free art workshops all weekend. Details
May 19-21, 2018 | 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily
Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.
17. 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 20, 2018 | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Jubilee Queen, 539 Queens Quay, Toronto
$29.95 (Child) – $57.95 (Adult)
18. World Turtle Day | Toronto
Visit the Americas Wetland to learn how to identify all eight of Ontario’s turtles, help Ontario turtles through our Turtle Tally citizen science programme’s improved online form and new app, and play turtle themed games with kid-friendly prizes! Details
Turtle Tots Parent & Tot Program on May 19 & 20
Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 10 AM to 4 PM
Americas Wetlands, Indo-Malaya Pavilion and the Americas Pavilion
Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Scarborough
19. WeeFestival | Toronto
Festival features a balanced menu of international and Canadian work created especially for children 0-5 years including the premiere of two new works by local artists as well as works in development. Details
May 11 to 21, 2018
Various venues, Toronto
~ $12 to $25
20. Summer @ Ontario Place | Toronto
The summer of 2018 at Ontario Place will usher in an era of ‘fun in the sun’. Toronto’s favourite destination for exploration and leisure activities is bringing its A-Game this summer with a variety of sport and recreational activities.Details
Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018
Ontario Place – 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto
21. Moonlight Movies | Newmarket
Enjoy an outdoor movie on a huge inflatable screen under the stars. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair, blanket and snack to enjoy during the movie. Free popcorn will be provided by the Newmarket Scouts.Details
Sunday, May 20, 2018 | 8:45 PM
Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive
22.Trek for Teens Day | Toronto
Trek for Teens Day is an annual event which includes an “Amazing Race” style team challenge, a by-donation fitness bootcamp. and a fair with games , food, and performances. Details
Sunday, May 19, 2018 | 9:00 AM to 09:00 PM
81 Saint Mary Street, Toronto
23. 37th Birthday Celebration | Vaughan
Join Canada’s Wonderland as they celebrate their 37th birthday with FUN and THRILLS, including amazing street performers and a PEANUTS Dance Party inside the Front Gate on International Street. Who doesn’t love a good dance party? And don’t miss the in-park specials on some of your favourite treats! There will be more food and live entertainment for guests, they’ll start to think that it’s THEIR birthday! Details
Monday, May 21, 2018 | 10 AM -8PM
Canada’s Wonderland 9580 Jane St, Vaughan
$39.99 & up
24. CITY OF TORONTO — VICTORIA DAY SERVICES
- All other TTC service will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday, May 21.
- Golf: 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.
- Tennis courts: 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: Splash pads will begin to operate across the city on Saturday, May 19, 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: 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.
- High Park Zoo: Victoria Day is a great time to see the High Park Zoo’s spring babies, including a new bison calf. This attraction is open daily, year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk.
- Toronto Island Park: Beginning on Wednesday, May 16, the City will switch to its summer ferry schedule, offering trips to the islands every 15 minutes
- Conservatories: 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.
- Historic sites: Two of the City’s 10 historic sites, Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum, will offer activities and tours on Monday, May 21. 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.
- Other municipal facilities and services: City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child care centres and Children’s Services district offices will be closed on Monday, May 21.