Happy Victoria Day, friends! What are you doing to celebrate? Not sure yet? Don’t sweat it! There are plenty of things to do in Toronto on Victoria Day that offer a little something for everyone, from kid-friendly amusement park rides to a mouthwatering food festival to arts, culture, and music festivals that’ll make you want to get up and dance.
Check out this list of the 10 best things to do this Victoria Day in Toronto and beyond to help you make the most of your holiday.
Cirque du Soleil
After a long hiatus, Cirque du Soleil has finally brought its iconic Big Top back to Toronto for a breathtaking performance. This Victoria Day, the city will be treated to Cirque du Soleil’s most critically acclaimed show, called KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities. The performers will take the stage at Ontario Place for a “mind-boggling” limited series of shows that combine acrobatics with art, poetry, and humour.
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: May 23, 2022, 1pm & 5pm
Reebok Warehouse Sale
Treat yourself to some summer shopping this Victoria Day and get a great bargain while you’re at it. Every item is under $40 at this giant sale, including shoes, men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel.
Where: The International Centre, Hall 1, 6900 Airport Rd
When: May 31, 2022, 10 am to 5 pm
Street Eats Festival
Take a bite into the finest street eats around the GTA at this FREE spring food festival. This event is the first of many food festivals happening this year at Street Eats Market. Being Canada’s largest launchpad of its kind for emerging independent street food businesses, you could be among the first to taste the next big thing in Toronto street cuisine.
When: May 23, 2022
Where: 500 Progress Avenue
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Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition
Fans of Princess Diana can experience a photography and art exhibit in Toronto this month. Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition will be at Casa Loma, and will run until June. According to the iconic castle, this is a first-ever walk-thru documentary, and it tells the untold story of how the Princess changed the world.
Where: Casa Loma
When: Until June 12
Lula World 2022
You’ll want to put on your dancing shoes for this one! This Victoria Day is the last official day of Lulaworld, a music festival that celebrates cultures all over the world including salsa, Indigenous throat singing, Arabic roots, jazz, Jamaican dancehall and reggae, funk, soul, Turkish pop, and more.
Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St West
When: Until May 23, 2022
Centerville Amusement Park
Island lovers in Toronto, listen up! Center Island’s iconic Centerville Amusement Park is open this Victoria Day. If you’ve never been, Centerville is a ferry ride away from downtown Toronto and has over 30 rides and attractions for the family. It also has several food outlets and is surrounded by 600 acres of parkland.
Whether you’re spinning in the Twirling Tea Cups, or bouncing around in Bumper Boats and Bumper Cars, the fun doesn’t stop, especially on those perfect warm weekends in Toronto.
where: 9 Queens Quay W
When: May 23, 2022
Take a $10 day trip to the Falls
Quick trip to the falls anyone? In an effort to inspire transit riders to explore Ontario, GO Transit introduced a brand new deal that allows you to go from Toronto’s Union Station to as far as Niagara Falls for just $10. The deal is available this Victoria Day, so if you’re in the mood for a spontaneous day trip, you can do it cheaply by hopping on the GO train.
where: Get it online
Visit Toronto’s best parks and gardens
Sometimes we all need an escape from the hustle and bustle and if you want to feel like you’re a world away from Toronto without leaving the city’s borders, this is the list for you. There are so many lush gardens in Toronto just waiting to be explored. So pack up a picnic basket because we’re going garden hopping.
where: See them here
100 Days of Summer by Art & Water
Toronto’s waterfront has released its jam-packed summer programming and kicking things off is Canada’s first and only floating arts and culture festival running from May 20 to September 5. “Performances will bring together songwriters, musicians, and other artists from all walks of life to deliver art and culture into the daily lives of Torontonians,” the description says. It’s not one to miss!
Where: 585 Queens Quay West & 1 Queens Quay West
When: May 23, 2022
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Photography enthusiasts, this one’s for you. All month long, Canadian and international artists are showcasing their work through exhibitions, installations, and commissioned projects at museums, galleries, and public spaces across Toronto. You’ll get to discover both acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists at this annual event.
where: Various locations
When: May 1-31, 2022