It’s the first week of May and we’re off to a great start! There’s virtually no limit to the things you can see, do and experience in Toronto this week, from art exhibits and circus performances to incredible warehouse sales and roller coaster rides and more. . It’s warm and sunny there, and the city seems to be busier than ever. We love to see it!
Here’s a list of the best things to do in Toronto this week so you know where you need to be after the workday is over.
Circus of the sun
After a long hiatus, Cirque du Soleil has finally brought its iconic marquee back to Toronto for a jaw-dropping show. Until May 23, 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 limited series of “stunning” performances that combine acrobatics, artistry, poetry and humour.
Or: Place de l’Ontario, 955, boul. Lake Shore West
When: Until May 23, 2022
Do you have summer shopping to do? You can get up to 70% off Herschel Supply Co. products at this warehouse sale near Dufferin St and Glencairn Ave, plus deep discounts on BN3TH underwear.
Or: 111 Tycos Drive, Unit 111
When: April 27 — May 7, 2022
This city-wide festival will screen documentaries in theaters across Toronto this week, as well as a selection of films you can screen on Hot Docs at Home. Get ready to see some of the world’s best documentaries at this annual spring festival and attend in-person Q&As with the directors, then vote for the Hot Docs People’s Choice Award and the Rogers People’s Choice Award.
Or: Various locations
When: Until May 8, 2022
Ontario’s breathtaking red rock badlands are open for the season
Canada’s First-Ever Floating Festival and “Smoke Sculpture” Comes to Toronto
Photography enthusiasts, this one is for you. Until the end of May, Canadian and international artists will present their work through exhibitions, installations and commissioned projects in museums, galleries and public spaces in Toronto. You’ll discover acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers and photojournalists at this annual event.
Or: Various places
When: May 1-31, 2022
Princess Diana fans can check out a photography and art exhibit in Toronto this month. Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition will be at Casa Loma and will run until June 12. According to the iconic castle, this is a first-ever walking documentary, and it tells the untold story of how the princess changed the world.
Or: Casa Loma
When: Until June 12
Passionate about fashion, you don’t need to go to Paris or Milan to get your top-notch fix. Toronto Fashion Week kicks off this Friday with 40 shows to attend, all of which will feature Canadian designers. Some events are ticketed while others are free, and there will be a spring retail event presented by INLAND where you can purchase looks right on the runway.
Or: Various locations
When: May 6-8, 2022
This popular sale event is back with deep discounts on well-known cosmetics, fragrance and skincare brands like Elizabeth Arden, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Gucci, Burberry and many more. In addition, you will be able to buy designer handbags, sunglasses, fine chocolate, nail care and professional hair care.
Or: 135 Commerce Valley Drive East, Markham
When: May 6-9, 2022
Rhythm & Blooms pop-up
Celebrate spring in the era of speakeasy in this new pop-up. The St. Regis Toronto has opened its new Rhythm & Blooms experience in its Astor Lounge, serving Prohibition-era “frozen” teapot cocktails, delicious bites and cocktails in an enchanting setting. You’ll be treated to the sounds of live jazz on Friday nights as you sip among pink canopies of cherry blossoms and floral decor.
Or: 325 Bay Street
When: Until July 31, 2022
A mystical cocktail experience called The Wizard’s Den is coming to a secret location in town in May that will test your spellcasting and sorcery skills. “Prepare to unleash your inner magical being by brewing potions, casting spells, and drinking more mead than you can shake a wand,” reads a description of the experience. You’ll have the opportunity to create a variety of concoctions for good and evil with the help of a potions master during your 90-minute session.
Or: secret location
When: May 4-29, 2022
Canada’s first amusement park has now reopened for the season with new attractions, restaurants and entertainment for visitors to enjoy. Wonderland’s world-class roller coaster will be open to the public throughout the season, with fireworks over Victoria Day weekend and Wonderland’s Splash Works water park opening in late May.
Or: Canada’s Wonderland
When: Every day, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.