CraveTO Food Festival

Weekend events in Toronto: May 24-26, 2013

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this May 24-26, 2013.


Doors Open
Architecturally, historically and culturally interesting buildings in Toronto open their doors to the public for this weekend only during Doors Open. The 14th annual Doors Open Toronto will explore the theme of "Creators, Makers and Innovators", focusing on older buildings that have undergone renovations in order to house the creatives that work within them. Unsure of which doors you want to walk through? Check out our guide to the newest participants in this year's Doors Open.
Various locations, May 25-26, 2013, Free


Anime North
Toronto's most popular convention for the celebration of Japanese pop culture, from animation and dramas to video games and music. Check out the link above for a full breakdown of what to expect at this year's event. Prepare for cosplay!
Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Road) and Doubletree Hilton (655 Dixon Road)

Toronto On The Water Exhibit
Archival images of Toronto's waterfront throughout the 20th century will be on display at Toronto On The Water at Queens Quay Terminal this weekend. Opening Friday night, this exhibit spans the history of our waterfront, from Sunnyside Amusement Park to Centre Island's Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Over 100 images on loan from The Toronto Star, Toronto Port Authority, City of Toronto Archives and Queen's Quay Terminal will be on display at this show. The exhibit launches as part of Doors Open Toronto and is open to the public for free until September 2nd.
Queens Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West), May 24-September 2, 2013, Free


CraveTO is a food and craft beer event for foodies to sample the city's premier street food (in Toronto, there's such a thing). Vendors like Jumbo Empanadas, This is How I Roll, Rome'n Chariot and Food Dudes will be at the Brick Works along with craft beer brewers like Hogtown Brewers, Cameron's Brewing, Black Oak Brewing and Kensington. So here's how it works: buy an advanced ticket to get in the door and once inside, each vendor will be selling their food or drink for $5 or less. Complimentary shuttle buses will travel between Broadview station and the Brick Works all night long and UBER black cars are available for new customers thanks to event sponsors. Come satisfy your cravings with street meat that's the real deal.
Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), May 24, 2013, 5PM $16.75

Taste of the Food Terminal
Ok, the name doesn't sound like the most appealing but the Ontario Food Terminal imports some of the freshest fruits and vegetables into the city and is Canada's only wholesale food market. Opening to the public this Saturday only, Taste of the Food Terminal is an event that helps locals understand how businesses big and small get their fresh products in store. The event will be raising funds for FoodShare Toronto and offers a full farmers' market, tours and kid-friendly activities.
Ontario Food Terminal (165 The Queensway), May 25, 2013, 11AM $10

For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events listings.


Local designers, artists and vintage collectors gather for the third Midnight MRKT this Friday night at 2nd Floor on King West. Street food, jewelry, posters, clothing and more will be on sale with vendors like Shoppalu, Vitaly Design and CMP Originals added to this month's market. $5 gets you in for shopping experience and after-party with DJ Johnny Hockin and Lucie Tic spinning. Despite the name, the party goes until last call.
2nd Floor (461 King Street West), May 24, 2013, 8PM $5

For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion listings.


Friday Night Live ROMic-con
Friday Night Live at the ROM gets comical in more ways than one. A tribute to comics will play out on the ROM big screen with a superhero retrospective and the Second City improv troupe will provide the comedy. Superhero-centric activities will continue throughout the night alongside the normal festivities (DJs, live music, boozing, etc.). Exhibits featuring ancient "superheroes" and cartoonist designs will also play a part in the evening. Tickets are available through the ROM website or at the door but since this event always sells out, try to buy beforehand.
Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen's Park), May 24, 2013, 7PM $12 general, $10 students, Free for members


Steam Whistle Unsigned #25
Six years and running, Steam Whistle Unsigned #25 brings on a new crew of indie musicians to perform for a Friday night crowd at the brewery headquarters. Dreampop band Beliefs, punk rockers Hussy and indie pop rockers The C'mons, who draw comparisons to early No Doubt, are part of the anniversary line-up. Proceeds of ticket sales will go to Artists Health Alliance and keep an ear out for the series' expansion across Canada. Drink and listen to merry music for just $5 this May 2-4 Friday!
Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard), May 24, 2013, 8PM $5

Toronto Mid-Town Record Show
Vinyl collectors, make yourselves available to head north this Sunday for the Toronto Mid-Town Record Show, which happens early in the morn at Greenwood College. Over 30,000 LPs will be for sale at this show with a free vinyl pile of 2000 LPs. No frills or gimmicks with this show, just get there early to dig for goodies.
Greenwood College (443 Mount Pleasant Road), May 26, 2013, 10AM Free

For more music listings, check out our May Concerts and This Week in Music listings.


How does a photographer build their identity when they are hidden behind the lens? This is the question that is answered in the works of seven photographers in Anonyma, the latest exhibit to open at Goodfellas Gallery. The struggle between a visible identity and the loss of identity when placed behind the lens is an apparent theme in this exhibit, which has been curated by Hello Foto Inc. The seven photographers will be present for this Saturday evening's opening reception.
Goodfellas Gallery (1266 Queen Street West), May 25, 2013, 5PM Free

CONTACT Photography Festival
This is the last weekend to check out many CONTACT exhibits across the city. Check out the above link for recommended shows, but also consider the recently opened Arts & Crafts photo exhibit featuring the work of Norman Wong as part of the label's 10th Anniversary celebrations.
Citywide May 1-31


2013 Yard Sale for the Cure at Trinity Bellwoods Park
Pack a picnic basket, bring the young ones and head out to Trinity Bellwoods this weekend for a slew of events happening in and around the park. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will be hosting a large yard sale in the park with everything from furniture to food to knick knacks available for sale. Various vendors will sell vintage and used goods and if that's not your thing, then check out the kids' hockey and baseball games happening just behind the sale. Whatever you enjoy doing on your Saturday, it will be happening at the park this weekend.
Trinity Bellwoods Park (790 Queen Street West), May 25, 2013, 10AM Free


Toronto Love Bluth: An Arrested Development Party
Arrested Development will be released on Netflix on Sunday so this Friday night is really your last chance at having a social life. The Office Pub is hosting an Arrested Development theme party as a final countdown to the release of the new episodes with trivia competitions, costume contests and by airing classic episodes of the show. Swing by for a quick "annyong" and a frozen banana before retiring to your laptop to watch the entire fourth season in one sitting.
The Office Pub (117 John Street), May 24, 2013, 7:30PM $5

For more theatre listings, check out This Week in Theatre.

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