416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Mar.29 – Mar.31)

Easter Parade at the BeachIt’s Easter Weekend and even if you’re not religious it’s a happy time for all. First long weekend in Spring, and whether you’re celebrating Easter or just enjoying the extra free day, there is lots to do in the city. Here’s my TOP5.

Toronto Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade – The Easter Bunny is coming back to the Beaches neighbourhood! The parade is taking over Queen Street East this Sunday beginning at 2:00pm, inviting residents and visitors of all faiths to enjoy displays by local companies and charities. As in past years, you can expect to see musicians, cheerleaders, decorative floats, possible appearances by Toronto public figures, neighbourhood organizations and even the Easter Bunny himself in the two-hour parade. It begins at Munro Park and Queen Street and proceeds west on Queen in the direction of Woodbine Avenue.

One of a KindOne of a Kind Show – This semi-annual showcase of all things artisanal has a new feature – an Etsy marketplace where 40 predominantly online retailers flog their wares in the flesh. As always, the show takes place in Direct Energy Centre and offers mix of handmade clothing, art, jewellery, food, beauty products, toys and assorted knick-knacks. For more information on hours and tickets check out the website.

Toronto Zoo Annual Easter Egg Hunt – The Zoo’s annual Easter weekend festivities include special keeper talks and an Easter parade. There’s an Easter egg hunt where children follow clues along the Zoo trails, leading to exotic animal eggs rather than the standard chocolate variety. Although the real-life pandas are still in quarantine, Panda mascots Er Shun and Da Mao are dressed in their best Easter attire for a photo op at the Front Entrance Courtyard Stage. For further info check out the website.

border_collie_puppiesAll About Pets Show – This popular event, in it’s 20th year, showcases the best in Ontario pets, and tonnes of vendors showcasing their products and services. This year’s event takes place at the International Centre and features The Wellness Centre, where guests can find all their naturopathic, holistic, organic and herbal pet  product needs, and Ontario’s Mane Event, an equestrian showcase with daily demos. There are expert guest speakers, including vets, trainers, and television personalities to answer questions about our furry friends.

Easter Brunch at Le Select – Easter Brunch in Toronto is a great excuse to get together with friends and family for an elevated brunch experience. You know, something more than the standard bacon and eggs or the like. This holiday, the idea is to take things slow, eat a bit more than usual and linger at the table after the meal. Secular or religious, it’s a pretty good way to spend a day, especially if you add a few beverages to the mix. Brunch at Le Select feels a bit like Paris and their special three course Easter Brunch menu ($35) makes for a relaxing way to spend Good Friday or Easter Sunday. And with one of the city’s best wine cellars, it’s a great excuse to relax and settle in for the afternoon.

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