It’s officially April which means spring is here and hibernation season is finally over. If you need an excuse to leave the house, look no further than our round-up of 7 of the best events in Toronto this spring that you won’t want to miss! From food festivals to fundraisers and the best in local shopping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy whether you’re heading out on your own, on a date or with your girlfriends.
Keep reading for 7 events in Toronto you’re going to want to attend this spring!
Toronto culinary festival, Giro d’Italia, returns this year from April 4th to 14th for one of the best (and most affordable) celebrations of Italian cuisine. 20 of Toronto’s best Italian restaurants will be offering prix fixe dining menus which represent different regions of Italy. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a 4-course regional dinner for $52 (or a 3-course lunch menu for $32 at select restaurants) from hot spots like Campagnolo, Enoteca Sociale, and Ufficio. For the full list of participating restaurants, visit GiroToronto.ca.
From 8 a.m. onwards on Ontario Pay Equity Day (a.k.a. April 9) the Bumble Bizz team will be driving their Brewed Awakening Coffee Truck to locations across the Financial District to raise awareness about pay inequality. You’ll be able to purchase coffee by donation at the market price of $1 for men and $0.88 for women. All proceeds will be given to Plan International Canada’s Because I Am A Girl campaign. Follow @bumble_canada on Instagram to find the truck’s locations on the day of!
AGO Massive Party
The annual AGO Massive returns on April 11th and the Art Gallery of Ontario will be celebrating the fundraiser’s 15th anniversary with a crystal-themed bash created in collaboration with non other than Director X. This is one of the most popular fundraisers in the city which brings together immersive art installations, performances from some of Toronto’s most promising creators, DJ’s as well as food and drink. Make sure to purchase your tickets before it’s too late!
Grow Op is a four-day art and environment festival that features over 30 installations celebrating innovative ideas and responses to environmental sustainability, landscape design and urbanism. The Gladstone Hotel will hosting the exhibition’s 7th year, taking place from April 17th to 21st. For any plant enthusiasts out there, expect to find all four floors taken over with plants, bamboo, birds, hemp and much more. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance, General Admission starts at just $10 with pricing reduced to $5 for students, and $25 for families of four (with children 12 and under).
Coco Con is back for its second instalment of the leadership series on April 25th. Expect to sit-in on a discussion between Coco Con co-founders, Catriona Smart and Halla Rafati, with the multi-award winning journalist and Editor-In-Chief of Elle Canada, Vanessa Craft. The event offers insight on tools and lessons to advance careers among a community of women transforming industries through leadership. There will be noteworthy discussions focusing on the current media landscape as it relates to the digital age and the intersection of various themes like social media and influencer marketing. Make sure to buy your tickets here!
If you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe this spring, Inland is the best two-day shopping event to attend and the next one is coming up on May 3rd and 4th. As Canada’s leading fashion pop-up destination, they offer a curated mix of emerging clothing and accessory brands that make it easier to buy better. This is your chance to discover, meet, and shop directly from independent makers and designers who produce clothing and accessories that are all made in Canada.
Between May 10th to 12th, you can attend The Tastemaker Tour for the ultimate culinary house party hosted at Evergreen Brick Works. This 19+ event in Toronto gives you an all-inclusive experience where you can enjoy food, drink and everything else offered from some of the city’s best chefs, restaurants, mixologists and producers. This epic “party” will give you the chance to interact and taste food by some of the city’s hottest chefs like La Banane’s Brandon Olsen and Alo’s Patrick Kriss. Grab your all-inclusive tickets before it’s too late.
See you there!
(Story by Contributing Editor, Christina Tourloukis)