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10 Things to Do Over Easter Weekend 2017 in Toronto

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Updated: 12 March 2017
For Torontonians, Easter isn’t just a much-needed four-day weekend – it also represents an unofficial and long-awaited start to spring. Whether you celebrate the holiday’s traditions or not, there is a wide variety of events and celebrations happening across the city from April 14–17, 2017. Here are 10 suggestions to give you a head start on your long weekend plans.
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Visit the Toronto Zoo

With warmer weather on its way, the Toronto Zoo is a great place for families to welcome the coming of spring. Over the Easter weekend, the Toronto Zoo will be hosting Jump into Spring-themed modules for its Connecting With Wildlife Conservation program. In particular, you can connect with wildlife conservation at the interactive and interpretive stations at the Gorilla, Americas, and Indo-Malaya Pavilions.

Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, Canada, +1 416 392 5929

See a comedy show

There are a number of comedy shows, including open mic nights and improv events, happening across the city over the weekend. Check out American Heretics at the infamous Yuk Yuks, or head over to the World’s Biggest Improv Tournament at the Social Capital Theatre on Easter Monday.

Comedy show venues in Toronto, ON, Canada

Watch the Easter Parade

On Easter Sunday, the Toronto Beaches Lions Annual Easter Parade will celebrate over 50 years of bringing color, music, fun, and entertainment to the Beaches neighborhood. Head over to the city’s east side and get your hands on some free chocolate – along with the 50,000 folks that attend the event annually.

Play ball!

If pro sports is your thing, check the schedules of the Raptors, Marlies, and the Leafs for the games leading up to and following the Easter holiday weekend.

The Air Canada Centre | © Figure8/ WikiCommons
The Air Canada Centre | © Figure8/ WikiCommons
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Watch the Toronto Passion Play

The popular Toronto Passion Play will celebrate its 26th anniversary this Easter weekend, complete with a re-envisioned script that rings in a new era for this two-hour song-and-drama of the Easter Story. Put on by the Christian Performing Arts Centre in Etobicoke, over 15,000 people attend this musical production annually.

Christian Performing Arts Centre, 1536 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, +1 416 255 0141

See a different kind of play

If the Easter Story isn’t your thing, you can still get your theater fix at Toronto’s numerous venues over the long weekend. In particular, be sure to check out the Distillery District’s Soulpepper Theatre, where the one-woman show Crawlspace is a must-see. Lower Ossington Theatre will be showing Little Shop of Horrors through Easter Weekend, and it’s a great chance to see one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time.

Theater venues in Toronto, ON, Canada

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Visit the Royal Ontario Museum

There’s always something fascinating happening at the ROM, and Easter weekend is no exception. You can take the opportunity of the discounted admission for Spring Fridays to visit the amazing new Blue Whale Story exhibition, or partake in the kid-friendly Wildzone Workshops or the Animal Explorers scavenger hunt, or Meet the Aquarium Keeper.

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 586 8000

Great Blue Whale skeleton on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature | © D. Gordon E. Robertson

Great Blue Whale skeleton on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature | © D. Gordon E. Robertson / WikiCommons

Listen to Easter-themed music

There are plenty of renowned choral and classical productions happening through the city over Easter weekend. For example, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will be performing at St. Paul’s Basilica, and at the Metropolitan United Church, you can catch Grace of Mourning, a traditional Good Friday concert.

Listen to Easter-themed music in Toronto, ON, Canada

Party to live music

Not into traditional Easter music? No problem. Over the weekend, most of the city’s music venues will be operating with business as usual. Events at The Baby G & the Drake Underground guarantee a fun night out, and if you’re interested in kicking it up a notch, you also check out Easter-themed events at some of Toronto’s trendiest nightclubs.

Live music venues in Toronto, ON, Canada

Dancing at a nightclub | © Kimmo Palosaari / WikiCommons
Dancing at a nightclub | © Kimmo Palosaari / WikiCommons
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See a film

For another family-friendly way to enjoy the Easter long weekend, TIFF Kids International Film Festival is running from April 7–23, 2017. Interactive activities include digiPlaySpace, Saturday morning classic cartoons with pancakes and waffles, and Canadian and international films for the youngest film lovers. Films include Smurfs: The Lost Village, Rock Dog, Heartstrings, Whale Rider, and others.

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 599 8433