Featured Events & Exhibitions

Spring starts here!

It’s time for renewal and Toronto is the place to recharge and try something new. Take in an award-winning film, get swept up as the Jays start their season and the Raptors make a run for the playoffs or explore a month-long photography festival all across the city. For a full range of goings on, check out our calendar of Toronto events. ShareThis

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 1 to 31.

A month-long festival of photography with over 1,000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area each May.

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Inside Out Film Festival

May 26 to June 5.

From humble beginnings, the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival has since grown to become the largest film event of its kind in Canada.


May 27 to 29.

The world in a weekend: The annual Festival of Cultures showcases 70 countries represented at 28 pavilion locations throughout Mississauga.

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Doors Open Toronto

May 28 & 29.

Take a peek behind the doors of more than 100 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

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Pride Month

June 1 to July 3

Canada’s first-ever Pride Month will feature extended programming and provocative events throughout the city, culminating in an epic weekend of parades and parties July 1 to 3.

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June 10 to 26

Each June the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to play, share and create.

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Toronto Zoo

Giant Pandas

For only the second time ever, two giant pandas (named Er Shun and Da Mao) are exhibited in Canada. See the pandas now at the Zoo!

UPDATE: Meet the Panda Cubs!

Er Shun, the Zoo’s female giant panda, gave birth to twins in the fall of 2015. The cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, are now bigger and stronger and on display daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.). Visit TorontoZoo.com for details. #TOPandaCubs.

Art Gallery of Ontario

Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s

March 12 to May 29, 2016.

Harnessing the descriptive and expressive capacities of photography and film, the artists in this remarkable exhibition all participated in changing the image of American life. See stirring photos by Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Gordon Parks and Garry Winogrand.

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Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard

On now to July 17, 2016.

Transforming the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery into a series of snaking walkways and small rooms reminiscent of Beijing’s traditional communal living spaces, the exhibition Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard invites visitors to lose themselves inside a unique installation of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors.

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Ontario Science Centre

Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

On now. Through exciting hands-on displays, including fossils and life-sized replicas, learn how researchers use cutting-edge science and technology to excavate and analyze tusks, teeth, skin, hair and stomach contents to learn more about mammoths and mastodons, mighty creatures who roamed the northern hemisphere during the last Ice Age.

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The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not

May 20 to September 5, 2016. The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not®. Follow your natural interest and curiosity in the unusual and remarkable as you explore the real science behind the unbelievable.

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Royal Ontario Museum

Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

On now to September 5, 2016. Explore the 5,000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing at this showcase of the visual history of body art and markings. Ancient tools and specially-commissioned silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world, are all part of the exhibition. Experience Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

ROM Friday Night Live

Toronto’s most unique social destination is back for a new season of drinks, food and live music. Dance among the fossils and rub elbows with history at ROM Friday Night Live.

Aga Khan Museum

Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art

On now to September 11, 2016.

Real and mythical creatures leap off the pages of legends, tales and fables in Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Urdu in a new family-friendly exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum. Originally organized by the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art has been expanded to include key works from the Aga Khan Museum and other international private and public collections.

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Casa Loma: Toronto’s Majestic Castle

Escape Casa Loma!

Three incredible and immersive escape experiences.

The Casa Loma Escape Series blends fact with fiction and theatre with gaming. Experience Casa Loma like never before. Escape From the Tower, King of the Bootleggers, and the new game Station M are on now and booking up fast!

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Gardiner Museum

Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, Gold and Ceramics in Ancient Panama

On now to May 29, 2016.

For more than a thousand years, a cemetery on the banks of the Rio Grande Coclé in Panama lay undisturbed until the river flooded in 1927, scattering beads of gold along its banks. In 1940, a Penn Museum team excavated at the cemetery, unearthing spectacular finds—large golden plaques and pendants with animal-human motifs, precious and semi-precious stone, ivory, and animal bone ornaments, and literally tons of detail-rich painted ceramics. It was extraordinary evidence of a sophisticated Precolumbian people, the Coclé, who lived, died, and painstakingly buried their dead long ago.

See the art and artifacts at the Gardiner Museum beginning this February: Beneath the Surface.

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