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May in Toronto

Festivals, Holidays, Trade Shows and Other Special Events


Updated May 02, 2013

From film festivals to the first long weekend of the summer season, see what's happening in Toronto in May 2013.

All of May
Contact Toronto Photography Festival
Lectures, workshops and numerous exhibitions take place all over the city. The theme for 2013 is "Field of Vision".

Thursday April 25 - Sunday May 5, 2013
HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Festival
A large festival screening documentaries and hosting various industry events.

Wednesday May 1 - Wednesday May 15, 2013
Mayworks - Festival of Working People and the Arts
This annual arts festival celebrates working class culture through spoken word, dance, storytelling, visual arts, theatre, music and more.

Friday May 3 - Sunday May 5, 2013
Jane's Walk
Guided tours and other events "encourage walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy and cities planned for people" in memory of Jane Jacobs.

Saturday May 11 - Sunday May 12, 2013
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
The weekend festival is a free event at the Toronto Reference Library, but there are a variety of related events around the city. Check the website for the up-to-date list of festival guests and other events.

Sunday May 12, 2013
Mother's Day
A chance to say thanks for all moms do.

Wednesday May 15 and Thursday May 16, 2013
ALOUD and the Forest of Reading Festival at Harbourfront
Young adult and children's books are celebrated in award ceremonies and author readings at Harbourfront Centre.

Thursday May 23 - Sunday June 2, 2013
Inside Out Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival
Features and shorts by and about LGBT people.

Saturday May 18 - Monday May 20, 2013
HarbourKIDS: Circus
Harbourfront Centre and Zero Gravity Circus offers a free weekend of circus-themed programming for kids aged 5 to 12 and their families. Featuring the Toronto International Circus Festival.

Saturday May 18 - Monday May 20, 2013
Victoria Day Long Weekend
The unofficial start of summer brings camping, gardening, fireworks and more.

Saturday May 18 - Monday May 20, 2013
Artfest at the Distillery - Spring Art and Craft Show
Visit the Distillery District for this outdoor show and see what various artisans have to offer.

Friday May 24 - Sunday May 26, 2013
Anime North
A fan-run anime convention at the Toronto Congress Center.

Saturday May 25 - Sunday May 26, 2013
Doors Open Toronto
Over 100 buildings around the city offer free admission so you can explore architecture and behind-the-scenes action in Toronto.

Sunday May 26, 2013
Great Strides: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis
The Toronto event for this annual, national fundraising walk to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada takes place at the Toronto Zoo.

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