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What's On In Toronto | Weekend May 13–15, 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
It’s the weekend… it’s spring… so, make the most of it, Toronto. We have you covered with the classic standbys: where to imbibe this Saturday, veggie-friendly eats, and spring plant sales. But be sure to check out Toronto’s quirkier offerings this weekend: from a gallery take-over at the mall, to a ‘Downton Abbey’ etiquette tour, get planning your Friday–Sunday itinerary.

FRIDAY

FOOD | Veggielicious

Celebrate all things vegan and delicious with Veggielicious: 16 days of prix-fixe vegan menus from restaurants, bakeries, and cafés across the GTA.

Raw Vegan Patty | © Nuagecafe/Wikicommons
Raw Vegan Patty | © Nuagecafe/Wikicommons

ART | Gallery Galleria

The Galleria Shopping Centre – one of Toronto’s first enclosed malls – transforms into bustling gallery this weekend with Gallery Galleria. Head to their opening night celebration Friday night between 6pm and 8pm. After all, art > shopping.

SATURDAY

OUTDOORS | Spring Art Sale

Get everything you need to make your garden grow from those in the know at the Spring Plant Sale at Toronto Botanical Garden. From perennials, to vegetables, to succulents and vines – you’ll find everything you need (plus expert advice).

Little Green Plants For Sale | © Ken Kistler / Public Domain Pictures
Little Green Plants For Sale | © Ken Kistler / Public Domain Pictures

MUSIC | Peter and the Wolf

Toronto Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Magic Circle Mime Company for a family performance of the beloved musical tale, ‘Peter and the Wolf.’ Watch – and listen – as musicians and the conductor’s assistant work to outwit that pesky wolf.

Magic Circle Mime Company | Courtesy of Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Magic Circle Mime Company | Courtesy of Toronto Symphony Orchestra

DRINKS | Imbibe in Yorkville

Uncover the secret to a great night out with any of these eight bars in Yorkville – whether you’re feeling like a British or Kiwi pub, or something swankier, this Toronto ‘hood has it all.

Rum, Manhattan, Tequila, Old Fashioned | © Marler / WikiCommons
Rum, Manhattan, Tequila, Old Fashioned | © Marler / WikiCommons

SUNDAY

HISTORY TOUR | The Etiquette of Downton Abbey

Channel your inner Lady Mary or Matthew Crawley at ‘Toronto’s Downton Abbey‘ – Spadina Museum – and brush up on your 1920s etiquette on this tour which takes you everywhere from the simple servant’s quarters, to opulent drawing rooms.

Downton Abbey | © ITV
Downton Abbey | © ITV

COMICS | Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Toronto Comic Arts Festival – or, TCAF – celebrates all things sequential arts. Head to the Toronto Reference Library to take part in this annual festival this weekend.

TCAF - by Toronto Public Library | Courtesy of Christopher Butcher, Director of TCAF
TCAF – by Toronto Public Library | Courtesy of Christopher Butcher, Director of TCAF

PHOTOGRAPHY | CONTACT Photography Festival

Each May, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival transforms Toronto into a photo-lover’s dream. From street installations to gallery exhibitions, CONTACT connects people and images in new, surprising way. Check out their Festival Planner to make the most of this month-long festival.

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