May is one of my favourite months in Toronto: Spring officially springs, the temperatures are comfortable and nature-lovers bust out of the house to check out the growing gardens. It’s also the start of the warm-weather tourism season, making it a busy and exciting time for visitors and venues alike. So, enjoy the festivities with our May Event Guide for Toronto and the GTA!

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May Event Guide — Starting

Toronto History Museums (Ongoing from May 1)
To provide everyone with the opportunity to fully participate in cultural heritage and spaces, the City of Toronto has recently announced that all 10 Toronto History Museums are now open with FREE general admission!

Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival (May 1)
Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival celebrates spring’s bright yellow flowering shrubs with a neighbourhood parade and park activities.

Magic, Mystery and Wonder: A Family-Friendly Magic Show (May 1)
This family-friendly magic show by magicians David Pack and Phil Pivnick brings fun, laughter and wonderment. What’s more, Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.

Fleurs de Villes FEMMES (May 4—8)
Fleurs de Villes brings floral installations to Bloor-Yorkville celebrating historically significant women, including a free self-quided tour and pop-up events over Mother’s Day weekend.

Young People’s Theatre’s “Russell’s World” (Starts May 5)

YPT’s “Russell’s World” is a heartwarming play for on-demand viewing about a lonely child who finds refuge in a make-believe world.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” In Concert (May 5—7)
Rediscover the magic and experience the music of the Harry Potter film series, screened in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing Alexandre Desplat’s magical score.

York-Durham Heritage Railway (Spring/Summer 2022 Season begins May 6)
Ride the rails with York-Durham Heritage Railway this month on themed train trips, such as the Mother’s Day Tea, Brunch Buffet and Bippity Boppity Princess Tea Party.

The National Women’s Show (May 6—8)
The National Women’s Show returns to Toronto where you can shop, sample food and wine, indulge in free mini-makeovers, and much more.

Stars On Ice (May 6—8)
Stars On Ice makes three stops in Ontario over the Mother’s Day weekend after missing two seasons due to the pandemic, featuring Canadian and international champions.

Toronto International Storytelling Festival (May 6—15)
Toronto International Storytelling Festival features free family programming, taking place in the morning on both festival weekends.

Free Comic Book Day (May 7)
Rejoice, comic book nerds! Free Comic Book Day always offers new titles to try out, plus plenty of established favourites, from superheroes to anime.

Centreville Amusement Park Opening Weekend and Mother’s Day (May 7—8)
Centreville Amusement Park kicks off the 2022 season with its Opening Weekend, plus to also celebrate Mother’s Day, moms ride free!

Free Family Fishing Weekends (May 7—8)
On Mother’s Day weekend, why not get hooked on a new family activity together? Go fishing without a license during Ontario Free Family Fishing Weekends.

Outside Looking In (May 12)
This Indigenous youth program presents their annual dance showcase with more than 100 young performers, plus live music by Snotty Nose Rez Kids and DJ Shub.

Rapunzel the Musical (Starts May 13)
Rapunzel the Musical lets down her hair again this spring! It’s a magical experience for the whole family from TYT Theatre. Have all the fun of a classic panto but with a modern twist!

The Spring Baby Show (May 14—15)
The Spring Baby Show is Canada’s leading pregnancy, baby and toddler event for the modern parent, with over 150 brands represented.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s “mad.sad.glad” (May 15)
TSO’s “mad.sad.glad” showcases how music expresses a range of emotions and experiences, including pieces by Tchaikovsky, John Williams and more.

The Bentway’s STREET (Starts May 26)
The Bentway presents this series of free art installations and roving performances on Toronto’s roads and public spaces, including roller skating, free workshops and a block party.

Party 4 Paws Pet Fair (May 28, Rain date May 29)
This free, family-friendly and fully accessible event in Trinity-Bellwoods Park is a great spot to start your animal adoption journey, support local businesses by shopping for your pets, and meet celebrity pets. All donations go towards helping animals in need.

Doors Open Toronto (May 28—29)
Doors Open Toronto lets you explore more than 100 of Toronto’s most notable buildings and rediscover our city in a new way, all for FREE.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” (Starting May 31)
This highly anticipated theatrical event flies into Toronto at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, packed with stage magic and electrifying storytelling.

May Event Guide — Continuing

Canada’s Wonderland Spring Festivals
Canada’s Wonderland is reopening for the 2022 season on the April 30-May 1 weekend with exciting events and festivals happening throughout the spring months.

Casa Loma Princess Diana Exhibition
Casa Loma presents the Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition, a walk-thru documentary detailing how a Princess changed the world.

Chotto Matte Jungle Brunch
At the multi-sensory Chotto Matte Jungle Brunch, Peruvian-Japanese cuisine is served alongside performances by acrobats and aerialists.

Cineplex Cinemas Family Favourites
Cineplex Cinemas’ Family Favourites program is returning with fun and affordable movies on Saturday mornings for only $2.99 each.

Cirque du Soleil
For high-flying action, Cirque du Soleil brings their proudly Canadian circus troupe back to Toronto at Ontario Place’s Big Top with “Kurios — Cabinet of Curiosities”.

Immersive Frida
Immersive Frida bring Frida Kahlo’s work to life on a grand scale along with the people, events, and obstacles that shaped her life.

NERF Challenge at GYGO! (“Get Your Game On!”)
GYGO! (“Get Your Game On!”) is a new family entertainment centre at Square One in Mississauga, plus it also hosts the Canadian debut of NERF Challenge!

Toronto Public Library’s Stan Lee Exhibit
Excelsior! The Toronto Public Library’s Lillian H. Smith branch hosts the free exhibit “A Marvel-ous Century of Stan Lee” about the Marvel Comics mastermind.

May Event Guide — Ending 

Casa Loma Candlelight Symphony (Ends May 8)
Experience live music in a new light at the Casa Loma Candlelight Symphony at the Castle, with concerts and also a pre-show dining option.

Family Fun Toronto Guides

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Toronto
Toronto is obsessed with cherry blossoms, which bloom from late April to early May. Don’t miss out, so see our list of spots to visit!

Guide to Camping in and around the Greater Toronto Area *Updated for 2022*
Feel like you’re away from it all, but still within a two-hour drive of downtown! Pitch a tent in our Guide to Camping in and around the Greater Toronto Area.

Guide to Go-Karts in the GTA and Southern Ontario
Satisfy your family’s need for speed by zooming into our Guide to Go-Karts, perfect for a fun springtime day trip!

The Best Paths and Parkways for Hiking
Toronto and the GTA has a plethora of beautiful trails in case you need to sow your wild oats!

Winter Farmers Markets
Meanwhile, you can also enjoy fresh food from farmers markets while supporting local businesses in and around Toronto. Stay tuned for an updated Spring/Summer market list as they’re reopening outdoors soon!

Public Indoor Pools
Indoor pools in Toronto are a perfect way to have fun and get some exercise, any time of year! (And it’s also handy to help pretend you’re down south at a resort…)

But Wait… There’s More!

On the other hand, are you looking for tips on how to keep your kids occupied without attending in-person events? In that case, find our best ideas, activities and inspiration here!

For a complete listing of all the best events around Toronto, click on our Calendar and stay tuned to all the best local family events through our Facebook and Instagram. Also, don’t forget to sign up below for our monthly e-newsletter.

Furthermore, you can submit your family-friendly event to us! Fill out the form with your event details and send us a photo. Then we’ll do our best to get your event added to our events calendar.