Spring has sprung and Toronto is starting to get a lot more fun with festivals, spectacles and other diversions to enjoy this month, so go out and have a blast!
Doors Open Toronto
The 20th annual Doors Open Toronto will let you see inside some of Toronto’s historically important, architecturally interesting, socially significant and other fascinating buildings, many of which aren’t normally open to the public.
May 25 and 26, various locations
This year sees in the 73rd edition of Mayfair, Rosedale’s annual get-together and fundraiser, and it once again features rides, food, bingo, contests, a beer tent and bands. Have a lovely day in the park! Take sunscreen!
May 10 and 11, Rosedale Park
Toronto Rib and Craft Beer Fest
The Northern Heat Rib Series promises some of the best rib teams in North America along with free admission, live music, a kids’ zone, backyard BBQ games and more.
May 18 to 20, Yonge Dundas Square
Canadian Music Week
One of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences, Canadian Music Week is a week-long program of performances and talks. This year’s not-to-miss acts are Danko Jones, Born Ruffians, Azealia Banks, The Dandy Warhols (bring it on, bring it on, yeah) and Perturbator, a French synthwave musician from Paris.
May 6 to 12, various venues
Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in
celebration of the best queer films from Canada and around the world, with the goal of
challenging attitudes and changing lives.
May 23 to June 2, various venues
CONTACT Photography Festival
The largest photography festival in the world, CONTACT brings photography from all over the globe to Toronto for the whole month of May. The work is shown in spaces ranging from major public museums to private galleries, and uses billboards and the facades of buildings to showcase brilliance.
May 1 to 31, various locations
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Taking place at the Toronto Reference Library and other venues in the Bloor/Yonge neighbourhood, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival is a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators. It includes a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comic creators from around the world.
May 11 and 12, Yonge and Bloor