May 19, 2017

Victoria Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer. With summer, fully upon on us many people are looking to have some fun in the sun; this official holiday is marked with parades, festivals, BBQ, family events and fireworks. There are so many events happening this weekend and it will give you lots of reasons to celebrate. Here is the list of things you can do to beat boredom on this weekend in Toronto.
Find more festivals happening in your city this week here!

The Rib & Craft Beer Fest | May 18 – 21 | 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The Rib & Craft Beer Fest, on at Yonge & Dundas Square will feature the best rib teams in Canada along with amazing craft beer vendors. Celebrate this weekend and the beginning of summer by enjoying the best BBQ in the city in the heart of downtown.
Ribbers: Kentucky Smokehouse, New York BBQ, Oak & Barrel, Louisiana BBQ
Craft Brewers: Flying Monkeys, Barnstormer Brewing, Iconic Brewing, Highlander Brewing, Naughty Otter |
Foods: Funnel Cakes, Blooming Onions, Ice Cream, Poutine, Burgers/Sausages, Deep Fried Treats, Jerk Brothers, Jolly Rancher Slushies, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade & more
Live music all weekend as well as line dancing lessons, cooking lessons, contest and face painting.

Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer | May20-21
The most iconic beer festival is celebrating their fourth year this weekend at Fort York, by featuring cottage theme, Campfire Sessions, tons of entertainment, BBQ, games, and beer.

Artfest Toronto | May20 -22 |11-6pm
Artfest for the 11th year will showcase the work of local artists in the beautiful Distillery District this weekend. Come out and enjoy thousands of art pieces such as painting, photography, sculptures, fine crafts and live music.

Electric Island| May 22 | 1pm- 11pm
The Victoria Day edition has been relocated to Woodbine Park this year. Due the flooding, the city canceled all the Toronto Island Park permits until June 30th.
Line Up: Ben Klock, Eats Everything, Bedouin, Red Axes and more

HarbourKIDS: Circus festival | May 20 -22 |
For the second year Harbourfront center will host an awe-inspiring mix of circus performances. This event is for all ages and free.

Waterfront Artisan Market | May20
This Saturday is the start of Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM), presented by the Waterfront BIA. The open air market will take place over six weekend at Harbourfront Park and will feature mix of 75 local, upcoming artisans, crafters, chefs, bakers.

National Pizza Party Day | May 19 | 4PM – 6PM
Mississauga Celebration Square will celebrate #NationalPizzaPartyDay by Panago. Come and grab a slice of a tasty pizza and play games.

Victoria Day fireworks is always unique, loud and colourful.
Here is the list of top places to watch fireworks on Victoria Day in the city:

Ashbridges Bay Park | Toronto |10PM
Boardwalk Place| May 22 | 10PM
Canada’s Wonderland | Vaughan | 10PM
Memorial Park | Stouffville | 8PM- 10PM
The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club| Hamilton | 9:30PM

Find fun events happening in your city here!

“Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Following the death of Queen Victoria, 24 May was decreed as Empire Day across the British Empire. Today, Canada is the only country who still has a holiday on the day. On Victoria Day, all city, state, and government offices are closed. Schools, post offices, banks, and libraries are also closed. Public transport will run on a reduced holiday schedule.”

By: Shab.Gh

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