416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (May3 – May5)

Cinco de MayoOk folks, here we go! Patio season is here, and I must admit if I could rent out a table so that I could sit and soak in the warm sun all day, I would. Hm…maybe I can talk to someone about that. If that’s what you’ve been doing all day, and now want to go out and explore the city for the rest of the weekend, here’s this weekend’s TOP5. Enjoy!

Drake’s day of ¡Olé! – Cinco de Mayo is widely touted as a Mexican festival celebrating heritage, culture and the arts. It’s also a close second to Saint Patrick’s day when it comes to holidays most likely to be exploited via misappropriated cultural tropes and binge drinking. That aside, we’re all looking for a reason to party, and if you’re looking for excuses to absorb record-breaking amounts of tequila, this one’s for you. This Sunday starting at noon, The Drake is hosting a fiesta complete with $5 tacos, tequila cocktails and a Sky Yard party on the rooftop where you can dance all day to the sounds of DJ Soul Proprietor.

Streetcar501 Streetcar Food Tour – This Sunday, travel on the 501 Queen Streetcar, and connect with your inner foodie. Foodies On Foot has put together a food tour with the beloved 501 as the centrepiece. For about four hours, this guided tour will travel almost 25 kilometres, and make six stops along the way in six unique neighbourhoods, where you will experience some great tastes of Toronto. It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than on Queen Street enjoying Queen Street eats. Check out the website for more details.

Jane’s Walk along The Waterfront – Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours taking place throughout the city, which encourage people to learn more about where they live and each other. Each walk is organized by locals in participating neighbourhoods. The walks are in remembrance of Jane Jacobs, an urban thinker, writer and activist. Born in 1916, her work discussed a community-based approach to city building, and saw cities as ecosystems. This Saturday join the Queens Quay walk beginning at the Spadina WaveDeck at 1pm moving east and learn about the visionary design for Queens Quay from Waterfront Toronto’s Vice-President of Planning and Design, Christopher Glaisek and West 8 and  DTAH landscape architect, Jelle Therry.

ContactCONTACT Photography Festival – It is the world’s largest photography festival, and an annual event in Toronto. The theme of this year’s festival is Field of Vision, and it includes public installations on city streets and subway stations, as well as museums and galleries. The show runs until May 31 but with so much that’s included, why not get started this weekend. For locations and more info visit the event website.

Spring Awakening – This weekend is a time for awakening over at the Gardiner MuseumSpring Awakening: Gardiner in Bloom sees spectacular floral installations inspired by permanent pieces in the Gardiner’s collection by 10 of Toronto’s top floral designers on display throughout the museum to celebrate the arrival of spring in the city. These displays will be on display to general public for three days only, so don’t miss it.

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