Best Things to do on Victoria Day Weekend

Northern Heat Rib Series at Yonge-Dundas Square

Summer doesn't start until June, but families can celebrate the unofficial start of the warm-weather season in Toronto and the GTA over Victoria Day Weekend. 

Here's what's on our radar for Victoria Day long weekend...

Treasures of a Desert Kingdom at the ROM
Explore the spectacular royal arts of one of India’s greatest former kingdoms, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Alluring jewellery, lavish tents and canopies, vibrant paintings, and opulent decorative arts tell stories of kingship, strategic alliances, the role of women and life at court. More

CBC Kids Studio Tour
May 17, 2019
Join your favourite CBC Kids Pals Tony and Janaye in Studio K! Tour the vibrant, 360 degree, public-access studio that has been outfitted for fun! Free. More

Washed Ashore-Art To Save The Sea at Toronto Zoo
Opens May 18, 2019
An aesthetically powerful art installation that is built completely from plastics found in oceans and waterways around the world. More

Inventorium 2.0 at the Ontario Science Centre!
Bring your imagination to life through a range of hands-on activities, including coding, lasering, making and weaving. More

Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island
Open Weekends in May
Centreville is the ultimate summer destination for families with young children. With over 30 rides and attractions this theme park offers up a full day of family fun. Getting to Centreville is almost as exciting as the park itself. Everyone will enjoy the scenic ride on the ferry. More

The Moon: A Voyage Through Time at Aga Khan Museum
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing The Moon: A Voyage Through Time explores our enduring fascination with this enchanting orb in the sky and looks at the role it has played in faith, science, and the arts across the Muslim world and beyond. More

Pirate Ship Adventure
Join the crew in search of sunken treasure! Become a pirate with our crew, dress in costume, face paint tattoos and pirate names. Climb aboard the island rogue, a 50 ft pirate ship and sail along Toronto’s harbour. More

Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur at the ROM
Closes May 20, 2019
Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur takes you on a hands-on, interactive journey into Zuul’s world; from its discovery in 2014 and the fascinating research being done to further our understanding of these powerful animals. More

The WeeFestival
Until May 20, 2019
In addition to engaging theatre productions, the festival will offer a range of multi-disciplinary programming designed to engage little ones and their parents. More

Uptown International Children’s Festival at Toronto Centre for the Arts
May 16, 2019 to May 19, 2019
An action-packed and fun-filled weekend where children of all ages and their families can experience live theatrical performances, participate in sing-alongs, explore worlds of wonder, and create new and lasting memories. Free + Ticketed Events. More

Northern Heat Rib Series
May 16, 2019 to May 19, 2019
Northern Heat Rib Series is Canada’s largest Rib & Craft Beer Series featuring some of the best rib teams in North America. This Rib Fest takes place at Yonge-Dundas Square. More

Little Tikes World's Biggest Play Date at Toronto Zoo
May 18, 2019
Celebrate Little Tikes’ 50th Anniversary by participating in the World’s Biggest Play Date. There will be tons of fun activities for kids and parents to play together for the day. More

Weekend Nature Play in The Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brickworks
Every weekend visitors will have access to sand and water play, loose parts, greenhouse and urban agriculture zones, or can just enjoy family-friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook or Nature ID guide! More

International Museum Day at Markham Museum
May 18, 2019
Celebrate International Museum Day with free admission at Markham Museum! Families will explore Markham Museum on a GeoTour and participate in a special International Museum Day themed Scavenger Hunt. Free. More

Pirates and Princesses at Black Creek Pioneer Village
May 18, 2019 to May 20, 2019
Princes and princesses, pirates and villains take over Black Creek Pioneer Village! It's three whole days of family fairytale fun! More

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop
May 18, 2019
Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with Shakespeare, particularly the themes, rhythm and use of language. More

The WoofJocks Canine All Stars at Canada's Wonderland
Until June 16, 2019
The WoofJocks Canine All Stars are back! Don’t miss these amazing dogs and their feats of athleticism as they perform and splash around the dock and pool. One of the best Toronto-area dog shows you’ll ever see. More

Junior at Harbourfront
May 18, 2019 to May 24, 2019
Harbourfront Centre’s international children’s festival brings leading contemporary artists together to animate young minds. Free + Ticketed events. More

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Spring Art & Craft Show
May 19, 2019
The show focuses on fine art and craft with a splash of gourmet food. A curated selection of 80 artists from across Ontario, Quebec and beyond will be exhibiting their art and craft throughout the Historic Distillery District. Free admission. More

Toronto Slime Palooza
May 19, 2019
It's squishy, stretchy, ooey gooey bliss! Buy slime, make slime, trade slime! It's all about slime! Kids will have a chance to make slime with the purchase of a Slime Making ticket. More

Fireworks at Canada's Wonderland
May 19, 2019
For approximately 15 minutes, you’ll witness over 6,000 colourful explosions, reaching heights of over 800 feet, which is sure to ignite thrills for guests of all ages. More

Victoria Day at Fort York
May 20, 2019
Take a guided tour, take part in soldier's drills or watch historic cooking demonstrations in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto. Stop by the Fort York Visitor Centre and explore immersive and interactive exhibits on the history of Toronto and the Fort. More

Summer Kick-Off at Celebration Square
May 20, 2019
With a Mini Lion's Club Farmer's Market, food trucks and dazzling performances at Make Believe Theatre, and many more activities, the Summer Kick-Off is a true a taste of what to expect this season at the Square. Free. More

Canada's Wonderland 38th Birthday Celebration
May 20, 2019
On Monday, May 20, Wonderland celebrates its 38th 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? More

Victoria Weekend at Westfield Heritage Village
May 20, 2019
Enjoy live music, a children’s craft, learn about Victorian foods and take your photograph with Queen Victoria. More

Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
Monday, May 20, 2019
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 is free and begins at dusk. Free. More

This page will be updated so check back regularly. Our calendar also gets updated. CLICK HERE for a complete list of Victoria Day Events.

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