The Victoria Day long weekend is fast approaching, and if you don’t have a cottage, chances are you’re stuck in town. But fear not! Vogue thinks we have one of the trendiest neighbourhoods on Earth, so there must be something cool going on. To help get your May two-four (or May one-eight, as it seems) sorted, here are the best events over the long weekend.
Friday Night Live at the ROM
Wanna drink with dinosaurs? Better buy your tickets now. Friday Night Live at the ROM is always a success and it’s a fab way to kick off your long weekend.
Electric Island at Hanlan’s Point
Looking to dance? Hop on the ferry for Hanlan’s Point on Monday for Electric Island, a massive concert and picnic featuring some of the best in electronic music. Headliners for the concert include Steve Lawler, Pan-Pot, Lee Burridge and many more. Don’t forget to bring your friends, a blanket and your best dancing shoes.
Free movies at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
If you’re a film junkie who loves a good deal, check out the TIFF Bell Lightbox. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all regular film screenings will be absolutely free. Sweet, right? Screenings include shorts, TIFF Kids films and a potpourri of programs fit for all ages.
Jubilee Queen Victoria Day Cruise
There’s no better way to watch the fireworks than right on the water. On Sunday, Jubilee Queen Cruises will offer a sunset dinner cruise with a million-dollar view. The evening runs from 7 to 11 p.m. and costs $72 per person. If you’re not free Sunday, consider Monday afternoon for lunch on the lake.
Victoria Day Tea at Montgomery’s Inn
Calling all tea aficionados! Looking to get a little cultured? Montgomery Inn’s Victoria Day celebration is the answer you’ve been looking for. Stop by Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. for a guided tour of the museum.
For all you history geeks, learn a little more about Toronto’s storied past at Fort York. From guided tours and Georgian-era cooking lessons to English country-dancing, Fort York is the perfect excuse to show off everything (or anything?) you remember from history class.
Toronto International Circus Festival
Cotton candy, anyone? This Victoria Day weekend, Harbour Kids will be throwing a circus festival for all ages — including food.
As is the tradition, Wonderland will host a fireworks extravaganza at 10 p.m. Sunday. The show also includes admission to the park, which means you can spend all day being Drop-Zoned until it’s time to watch the sky light up.
Featuring more than 2,000 fireworks and a grand finale of pyrotechnic splendour, it’s safe to say Ashbridge’s Bay is one of the biggest fireworks shows in town. But it gets crowded fast, so go early (with a blanket) to snag a sweet spot.
Keep an eye on this space as we fill it with more cool events.
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