25 Toronto events worth checking out this April
You can kick off the new season by checking out some of the amazing events happening in the city this month.
From outdoor activities to concerts, festivals and cultural events, we’ve rounded up everything you need for an action-packed month.
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What: The viral sensation known as cheesecake-on-a-stick is popping up downtown for a limited time. The popular dessert from Heirloom Toronto will be available inside Pokito storefront. It goes without saying, this makes for the easiest post-poké dessert-choice ever.
When: On now until April 7
When: 11:30 am to 10 pm
Where: 420 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Pay for what you eat
What: Dinner with a View attendees will dine in heated, clear and frameless domes that offer a gorgeous view of the city around them. And your surroundings aren’t the only thing that’ll be beautifully designed: menus have been created by Chef René Rodriguez, Top Chef Canada Season 4 Winner. You’ll have the chance to choose from three blind menu categories – meat, fish or vegan – and from there, the adventure is a delicious surprise.
When: On now until May 2
Where: The Bentway
Time: Depends on booking
Admission: Tickets are available online
What: You can awaken your inner child at Toronto’s brand new and unforgettable pop-up, HideSeek this spring. Occupying a 7,000-sq-ft vacant retail space in the Dundas West neighbourhood, the pop-up invites you to escape reality and relive the days of childhood. Explore multi-sensory elements throughout the space and marvel at epic floor-to-ceiling installations.
When: March 30 to June 2
Time: Thursday and Friday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Dundas West neighbourhood — 1305 Dundas Street West
Price: $25 (plus taxes and service fees) — Tickets available online
What: Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s most influential living artists and human rights activists, is bringing a collection of his ceramic works to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Called Unbroken, the exhibit will present an array of Ai’s ceramic works while highlighting “urgent global issues.”
When: On now until June 9
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
Admission: $15 for adults
What: International pop star Ariana Grande is back on the road for her biggest tour yet and is stopping in Toronto this Wednesday. Grande is on tour supporting her latest album Sweetener, with this being her first time on the road since The Dangerous Woman Tour back in 2017.
When: April 3
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Tickets: From $262
What: Stop by this afternoon event to get a taste of delicious Afghan food in buffet-format, and explore a market that will showcase sewing work, jewelry and more.
When: April 4
Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm
Where: 555 Dundas Street East
What: Toronto’s top Italian restaurants are joining forces for a 10-day celebration of the regional cuisine of Italy. This delicious event showcases cuisine from different regions of Italy via multi-course prezzo fisso (prix fixe) menus priced at $49.
When: April 4 to 14
Time: Varies by location
Where: Participating restaurants across Toronto
What: Sometimes, all you need at the end of a long day is a classic Margherita. Learn the from-scratch how-to, so that when the craving strikes, you can satisfy it with the taste of authenticity.
When: April 6
Time: 1 am to 1 pm
Where: Kitchen 24 – 100 Marmora Street
What: This show will be popping up at Revival Bar early this month, and with it comes plenty of art, booze, and free pancakes. Visual arts, photography, jewelry and music will all be on display for you to enjoy while filling up on sweet flapjacks.
When: April 6
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Revival Bar – 783 College Street
Price: $14.45 (with service fee)
What: Kick off the new season at the Toronto Art Crawl spring pop up taking place at the Great Hall this Sunday. Shop directly from 60 incredibly talented local artists and designers that specialize in original art, fashion, jewellery, home decor, vintage, photography, body care and more.
When: April 7
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Admission: $10 at the door
What: Learn from Magdaline Dontsos, former faculty of the Food and Nutrition Management program at Centennial College, about modern-day adjustments possible to make food production more sustainable. Plus, try bites made from “recovered food waste.”
When: April 10
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: George Brown College, Hospitality and Tourism Campus – 300 Adelaide Street East, Room 252
What: If you’ve never eaten a bug before, you’ll have the chance to experience a whole meal infused with them at an upcoming dinner service, hosted by Cookie Martinez. Don’t fear. If sustainability is the name, eating insects is the game. Open your mind! You like crunchy food, right?
When: April 10
Time: From 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 1565 Dupont Street
What: Look forward to okra, crab, shrimp and grits as your tastebuds take a deep dive into the highlights of down-south eats. Each plate will be paired with a bourbon-based Southern-inspired cocktail at this comfort-food pop-up.
When: April 10
Time: 7 pm
Where: Death & Taxes – 1154 Queen Street West
Price: $95 per person (includes gratuity)
What: If you’ve been considering starting your own business, but you aren’t sure where to begin, this spring you can join other female entrepreneurs who are also learning how to cultivate success on their own non-negotiable terms. During the event, attendees will hear intimate stories of tragedy and resilience from a number of entrepreneurs that will leave them feeling inspired.
When: April 11
Time: 6:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Albany Club, 91 King Street East, Toronto
What: Now in its 15th year, this massive contemporary art party will transform the art gallery into an epic maze filled with immersive performances and installations from the city’s most promising creators and DJs that will get you moving and delicious food and drinks.
When: April 11
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario
Tickets: Available online, starting at $200
What: Images Festival features a series of independent artists, photographers, and filmmakers as they showcase their screenings, exhibitions, and performances at venues across the city.
When: April 11 to 18
Time: Various times each day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by event
What: Now in its third year, Scruff Social celebrates, supports, and pays tribute to all of the happy dogs in their forever homes and those that have yet to come into Sabe Our Scruff’s care. Guests can look forward to cocktails, live entertainment, SOS interactive stations, and most importantly a chance to interact with SOS Scruffs.
When: April 13
Time: 8 pm to 1 am
Where: District 28, 28 Logan Avenue
Wood-Burning Oven Baking
What: Pizza, focaccia, sourdough… it seems all the best glutenous substances call for a wood-burning oven. Guess that means you’ve got to know how to use one. Learn the methods of indoor and outdoor cooking with serious heat at this educational event.
When: April 20
Time: 9:30 am
Where: Montgomery’s Inn – 4709 Dundas Street West
What: You’ll be seeing stars at this event that combines gin and tonics with natal chart readings. Whether you follow astrology in your day-to-day or not, a drink or two will make a believer out of you. Aren’t you curious what the rest of the year has in store?
When: April 24
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: 110 Charles Street East
What: This five-day showcase features art-influenced fashion presentations, performances, multidisciplinary art installations, photography, and short films.
When: April 24 to 28
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
Price: General admission $45
What: “The Empire Strips Back” has launched a Death Star-sized North American tour, which includes an astral arrival in Canada for the first time. This adult-only take on Star Wars brings everything you know and love about the iconic franchise and strips its clothes off (and puts Yoda on the guitar).
When: April 25
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: $75 – $247, available online
What: This three-day digital festival brings together tech leaders and innovators in the world of media and gaming to Toronto for programming, activities, and discussions.
When: April 25 to 27
Time: Doors open at 8 am
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive
Price: Tickets range from $39 to $149 and are available online
What: North America’s largest documentary festival returns to Toronto this month bringing an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences.
When: April 25 to May 5
Time: Various screenings each day
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: Tickets vary by screening
What: This magical event will take over a haunting venue in the heart of the city in late April. Don’t miss the chance to channel your favourite witch or wizard and feast on a delightful meal, just like they do at Hogwarts. At this meal, you’re sure to be entertained.
When: April 27
Time: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm for brunch; 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner
Where: 7 Hart House Circle
Price: $95-$159; buy online
What: Macarons are delicious and terrifying. Exponentially more intimidating than your average cookie, these babies are a special-occasion, french-bakery-indulgence. Or they were. Show up for this hands-on class to change your mind. Learn the techniques for no-fail macarons and impress your loved ones (and yourself) with your baking skills.
When: April 28
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: The Kitchen at St. Lawrence Market – 93 Front Street East