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What to do Victoria Day weekend: the most fun for the lowest cost in the Greater Toronto Area

It’s time to get out and have a thrill this Victoria Day!

 

We’ve all been waiting for that first big, warm weekend of the year — Victorial Day. Schools are closed, and many people have extra time off work, and we’re primed and ready to go after all the rain and cool weather this spring. With summer beginning, and a long, celebratory weekend ahead, it is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and spend time with friends and family. What is there to do in the Toronto Area this Victoria Day weekend? As it turns out, there is plenty to do on any budget.

 

Ashbridges Bay Park

 

Ashbridges Bay Park: sailing, fishing, birdwatching and fireworks

Ashbridges Bay Park is a beautiful setting for such holiday celebrations. Enjoy quiet, peaceful activities such as sailing, fishing, birdwatching, or taking a stroll through the park’s trails. A breathtaking fireworks display will begin between 9:45 and 10:00 PM. The fireworks will be deployed from a barge stationed in the water. Admission to this event is free.

 

Canada’s Wonderland is always a fun weekend idea, but on Victoria Day enjoy spectacular fireworks.

 

Other fireworks events

Many other venues are hosting pyrotechnic displays. Canada’s Wonderland, for example, will put on a firework show on Sunday, May 21st, with regular park admission. The Mohawk Racetrack will be hosting an event on May 20, 2017. The event is free, and doors will open at 5 PM. The event will include a Kidsfest Zone, live music, and life-sized games throughout the night. The fireworks presentation will commence at 10:30 PM. Ballantrae Community Park will also hold a free event on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 8 – 10 PM, with fireworks set to begin at dusk (around 9 PM). While the event itself is free, food and merchandise will be available for purchase.

 

Spectacular fireworks shows are a famous feature at Canada’s Wonderland on Victoria Day.

 

Artfest — Distillery District heats up

Another event is Artfest, which takes place at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. Admission is free, though there is paid parking. It is accessible by public transport as well. The Spring Art & Craft Show will take place May 20 – 22, 2017 from 11 AM until 6 PM. Gaze upon the brilliant works of a variety of artists. The show will feature a wide range of styles and mediums, from jewelry to sculptures and paintings. A few of my personal favorites include Robert’s wood works, Mac Osborne’s metal sculptures, and Judi Miller’s embroidered portraits.

 

The Distillery District.

 

Culinary Ontario Festival — can’t beat free

The Culinary Ontario Festival is a free, four-day event held between May 19th and 22nd at Ontario Place. The festival marks the province’s 150th anniversary. Enjoy a wide range of activities while sampling a variety of foods showcasing Ontario’s diverse culinary culture. Other activities include: Cedar Market, Children’s Cooking Competition, Best of Ontario Talent, Drone Night Show, and so much more. This will be a truly amazing event, so do not miss out! More information>>

Feeling crafty? Dream Catcher Workshop in Stouffville

The Dream Catcher Workshop will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 1 – 3 PM at Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre. The cost for this event is $20 per person ($16 for Museum Members) and offers free parking. Participants will be able to create their own dream catchers. The workshop includes Smudge, Story of the Dream Catcher, Ojibway Traveling Song, and more.

Little Mermaid for the little ones

Your little ones will be astounded by The Little Mermaid, a performance of the Disney version of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a beautiful mermaid who fell in love with a human prince. This family-friendly event starts May 18th and ends May 27th. Tickets are available for $15 for children and students and $28 for adults. You can purchase these tickets online or in person at the Box Office.

 

Oshawa Little Theatre Youth Group is putting on The Little Mermaid.

 

HarbourKIDS Circus!

The HarbourKIDS Circus will take place from May 19th until May 22nd, and admission is free. Enjoy everything a circus has to offer, from acrobats and jugglers to comedians and clowns. Children and children-at-heart alike will be delighted as they watch the performers put on a spectacular show.

As you can see, there is so much to do in the Greater Toronto Area this Victoria Day Long Weekend. Whether you are looking for some family fun, children’s events, or great food and beverages, you are bound to find plenty of leisurely activities that will bring out your adventurous side regardless of your schedule and budget. Get out there and have fun. You deserve it!

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