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Recommended Events for the week of May 19 – 26, 2017

1. The Rib & Craft Beer Festival

May 18 – 21, 10am – 11pm

Yonge & Dundas Square hosts the best rib teams in Canada along with amazing craft beer vendors with a massive Backyard BBQ Rib Fest. Ribbers include Kentucky Smokehouse, New York BBQ, Oak & Barrel, and Louisiana BBQ. Craft Brewers include Flying Monkeys, Barnstormer Brewing, Iconic Brewing, Highlander Brewing, Naughty Otter and more.

Food vendors will be on the premises as well, including Funnel Cakes, Blooming Onions, Ice Cream, Poutine, Burgers/Sausages, Deep Fried Treats, Jerk Brothers, Jolly Rancher Slushies, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and more.

Live music all weekend as well as line dancing lessons, cooking lessons, contest and face painting.

Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East, Toronto

2. Culinary Ontario Festival

May 19 – 22, 3- 11pm

A celebration of food, drink, culture, music, art and nature. Many great activities are planned in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Ontario.

Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto

Please visit the website here.

3. Artfest Toronto

May 20 – 22, 11am – 6pm

Artfest Toronto showcases the work of local artists and artisans, with painting, photography, sculptures, fine crafts and more. The event is now in its 11th year at the Distillery District, with two annual shows: a spring show on Victoria Day weekend and a fall show on Labour Day weekend.

For more information click here.

4. Waterfront Artisan Market

Saturday, May 20, 11am – 8pm (every Saturday until October 7)

Toronto’s waterfront comes alive every Saturday starting this weekend until October near Harbourfront Centre. Presented by The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA) and operated by Scadding Court Community Centre, Toronto’s waterfront open-air market features a carefully curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers.

For more information click here.

HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay W, Toronto

5. HarbourKIDS: Circus Festival

May 20 – 22, 2017

Harbourfront Centre’s annual HarbourKIDS: Circus festival returns to bring a weekend of an awe-inspiring mix of circus artists to consider and play with the concept of flight, acceleration, and momentum.

For the second year in a row, Femmes de Feu’s Holly Treddenick and Adam Lazarus curate the event, filling Harbourfront Centre with contemporary circus acts that will have audiences gasping in awe and doubling over with laughter.

For more information click here.

Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

6. The Toronto Beer Festival – Spring Edition

Saturday & Sunday, May 20-21, 2017

The fourth annual Spring Sessions of Toronto’s most iconic beer festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer, returns to the historic Fork York: Garrison Common on the May long weekend. New to the festival this year is their Campfire Sessions, which feature live performances by the Juno Award winning trio, Elliott BROOD on May 20th and Toronto-based rockers, The Trews on May 21st.

The festival will be celebrating the cottage theme with more games, entertainment, BBQ and beer than ever before.

Early bird tickets priced at $30.00. Regular tickets priced from $35.00.

For more information click here.

Fort York: Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto

7. Final show at Hard Rock Cafe
Saturday, May 20, 5pm

The Hard Rock Cafe, which has been at the heart of Yonge and Dundas streets since 1978, is set to close its doors on Sunday to make way for a Shoppers Drug Mart.

A final show will be held on Saturday night at the restaurant before it closes at 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Partial proceeds from the show will go to support Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl Canada. Admission is limited to those 19-year-old and over.

Hard Rock Café, 279 Yonge Street, Toronto

8. Victoria Day Fireworks – Different locations

Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22

Toronto’s main event are the Victoria Day Fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay, Monday, May 22, starting at 9:45pm. The annual favourite features over 2,000 fireworks and closing with a grand finale of pyrotechnic wonders. Guests are encouraged to take public transit; the TTC runs increased streetcar service along Queen East for the event. Ashbridge’s Bay, 1561 Lake Shore Blvd East.

Other locations include:

Canada’s Wonderland fireworks, May 21 at 10pm

Boardwalk Place at Woodbine Beach, May 22 at 10pm

Stoufville Fireworks & Family Fun, Sunday May 21, 8-10pm, with fireworks at dusk (around 9pm). Activities include food, ice cream, balloon twisting and merchandise for sale. Ballantrae Community Park, 5592 Aurora Road, Witchurch-Stoufville

Fireworks & Family Nigh Fun in Milton, Saturday, May 20, 5-10:30pm. Enjoy live music, entertainment, horse racing, a KIDSFEST zone, life sized games and fireworks at 10:30pm. Mohawk Racetrack, 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville.

9. Beth David Synagogue Celebrates Yom Yerushalayim with the Shinshinim

Wednesday, May 24, 6-8pm

All are welcome and admission is FREE. Featuring Israeli food, games, and music. Please register here.

Helene Jacobs, 55 Yeomans Road, Toronto

10. Songs of Leonard Cohen at Jewish Music Week

Thursday, May 25, 12pm

A FREE event. Songs of Leonard Cohen with Micah Barnes is part of Jewish Music Week in Toronto, comprising of free and tickets events. Songs of Leonard Cohen is a free event by singer-songwriter Micah Barnes, faculty professor at Seneca College for the Performing Singer Songwriter program, and currently on tour for his newest chart-topping album New York Stories. This event is free but tickets are required. For tickets click here.

Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto

Other events include Amy Sky (Victoria Day, 8pm), 100 Years of Jewish Hollywood, Yom Yerushalaim in Music, 60 Years of westside Story, Sephardic Music: Medieval Roots, and free films including Israel Rocks (Victoria Day, 12pm)

For information about Jewish Music Week and for schedules, click here.

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