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Last-Minute Plan Ideas for Victoria Day Long Weekend in Toronto


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So it’s the Thursday before the long weekend and you’re still unsure about what to do. Luckily, there are all kinds of things going on in Toronto and the GTA to take advantage of. If you’re planning to just kick back and wind down with some alone time, that’s fine – but here’s a list of things you can do this weekend:




Artfest at the Distillery

The 11th annual Artfest in the Distillery District runs from Saturday to Monday and admission is free. It features painting, photography, sculptures, crafts and more from local artists. There will be live music to enjoy on the main stage throughout the weekend.


Yonge-Dundas Rib & Craft Beer Fest

This free event is right in the heart of downtown and runs from Thursday to Sunday. Go and try some of the best ribs and craft beers Canada has to offer. There will also be your typical ribfest options like blooming onions, funnel cakes and other deep fried treats – and live music.


HarbourKIDS: Circus

The Femmes De Feu curated event is back for a second year in a row. Admission is free and it runs from Saturday to Monday. The Harbourfront Centre will be filled with various circus acts and acrobatic shows. Be sure to check show times and dates to catch whatever you’re most interested in. For example, Mighty Mike will only be there on Sunday.


Culinary Ontario Festival @ Ontario Place

This event is also free and will be running from Friday to Monday. It’s part of Ontario 150 celebrations and will feature a slew of different activities for everyone, all to highlight Ontario’s best food and drink.

Bonus: If you’re looking for a cool and sustainable alternative to fireworks, stick around Saturday evening to catch the Canadian-themed drone light show.




Mohawk Racetrack Fireworks & Family Fun Night

Head over to Mohawk Racetrack in Milton this Saturday to enjoy a free night out with the family. The event starts at 5:00 PM and there will be live music, activities and horse racing for everyone to enjoy. Fireworks start at 10:30 PM.


Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland has some of the most brilliant fireworks displays in the country. They are certainly worth a watch if you haven’t seen them before. And because you have no plans this weekend, now’s your chance! Spend the day there on Sunday to enjoy some rides and games, and stick around for the fireworks at 10:00 PM.

Don’t feel like paying for admission just to see the fireworks? They’re fairly visible from many surrounding areas. Just find a comfortable place to park and enjoy.


Ashbridges Bay Fireworks

The Ashbridges Bay fireworks are arguably the most famous in Toronto. They’re also the most watched, so the surrounding area crowds up fairly quickly. Head down to the park early on Victoria Day Monday and have a picnic, walk along the trails and skip some rocks. The show starts at around 9:45 PM.

There are plenty of things going on this weekend inside and outside of the city, and most of them are free! Regardless of what you end up doing, be sure to have some fun and enjoy your long weekend.


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David is a Marketing Communications Coordinator here at 411.ca. He loves all things sports, technology, video games, and of course, helping small businesses grow.