Five things to do in Toronto on the long weekend May 18-20
In this edition of The Long Weekender, Ashbridge’s Bay fireworks, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony and three more things to do in Toronto.
Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay (FREE!)
The annual fireworks display in the city’s east end lights up the sky with over 2000 pyrotechnic wonders. The night is supposed to be clear and the temperature could hit 20 degrees Celsius. One tip: walk or take the TTC (big crowds make traffic and parking a nightmare). May 20. Ashbridges Bay Park, 30 Ashbridges Bay Park Road
Toronto International Circus Festival (FREE!)
Harbour Kids is hosting a three-day showcase of acrobats, daredevils, buskers and more at the Harbourfront Centre. There’s a shadow puppet workshop, a boulevard of magic and the main event—The Big Show on the Big Stage with Canada’s Got Talent finalist and contortionist Aygul Memet, former Olympian and Cirque du Soleil aerialist Mary Sanders and acrobat Jen Georgopoulos. May 18-20. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids/
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
George Daugherty’s popular concert piece returns after a sold out run in 2011. The Kitchen-Waterloo Symphony performs Carl Stalling’s original scores live, while Bugs Bunny cartoons play on the screen. $44-77. May 18. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street E., 1-855-872-7669, sonycentre.ca
A combination of 1950s English comedy and a classic Christie murder-mystery, the Agatha Christie play is often credited as the world’s longest running. This is the last weekend to see the production. $40-50. April 25-May 19. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 A Ossington Ave., 416-915-6747, lowerossingtontheatre.com
MEC Bikefest (FREE!)
Mountain Equipment Co-op hosts its national celebration for bike aficionados in 14 cities across the country. The Toronto festival is at Trinity Bellwoods Park with skill clinics, demos and workshops, as well as bikes and new gear for sale from Toronto shops. Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St. W., 416-340-2667, events.mec.ca
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HD video of Victoria Day Fireworks: https://vimeo.com/66618035
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