8 fantastic things to do in Toronto this week: May 2 to May 8

Looking for things to do in Toronto this week?

Dress up and attend a fashion show that showcases the work of Canadian fashion designers. There is also a women’s parade and a vintage market if you feel like shopping.

As for the music, John Mayer is in town performing on May 3. As for Harry Potter fans, you simply can’t miss the month-long pop-up that lets you mix your own potions, plus a live show with music from Harry Potter and the Hollows of Death.

See John Mayer in concert

What: John Mayer’s rescheduled Sob Rock Tour will finally take place this Tuesday (it was originally scheduled for February). His album 2021 bloody rock has major ’80s vibes, especially songs like “New Light” and “Last Train Home.”

When: May 3

Weather: 7:30 p.m.

Or: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street

Price: From $105

Learn the art of making potions

What: Put on your best robes and head to The Wizard’s Den, a secret place where witches and wizards can sip mead and “experience the ancient art of potion-making.” The 90-minute experience includes an IPA or mulled wine and two alcoholic potions. The event is strictly for ages 19 and up, but there are family-friendly sessions for underage wizards and witches. Book your place here.

When: May 4 to 29

Or: A secret place

Price: $45

City Flowers

flower city exhibit

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What: Fleurs de Villes Femmes is a series of installations that can be found in the Bloor-Yorkville district. Just in time for Mother’s Day, this year’s pop-up floral theme celebrates the remarkable women of history with installations by some of the GTA’s finest florists. See the facilities map here.

When: May 4 to 8

Weather: Open-air facilities open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Or: Various places

Attend a magical concert

What: Relive the best moments from the film with live music during the Harry Potter and the Holland of Death: Part 1 concert. An orchestral performance is paired with visual media for an evening of magic and music. Buy your tickets here.

When: May 5 to 7

Weather: 7:30 p.m.

Or: Meridian Room, 1 Front Street East

Price: From $55

Get ready for terrace season

What: The colorful and hugely popular RendezViews patio opens this Thursday, kicking off the Cinco de Mayo celebrations. With a view of the CN Tower and amazing beer, cocktails and food, it’s no wonder it’s become a favorite spot. Book a table here.

When: May 5

Weather: Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m.

Or: RendezViews, 229 Richmond St.

Experience the ultimate girls’ day out

What: Shop fashion, beauty, interior design, food and more during the National Women’s Show. The event will feature over 500 exhibitors and will include parades, as well as performances by Big City Lights and Coty Robinson.

When: May 6 to 8

Weather: Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Or: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building (Halls A and B), 255 Front Street West

Price: $15

Fashion Art Fair

What: Forty Canadian fashion designers will showcase their work at the Fashion Art Show, Toronto’s longest-running fashion week. The event will include art installations and shopping.

When: May 6 to 8

Weather: Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Or: Design Exchange, 234 Bay St.

Price: VIP pass $275, weekend pass $150, day pass $75, day pass (front row) $115, single show $40

Buy unique vintage pieces

What: If you’re looking for unique home decor or something fabulous to add to your wardrobe, head to the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show for a wide selection of curated pieces from different eras.

When: May 7 to 8

Weather: Saturday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Or: Queen Elizabeth building, exhibition venue, 180, boulevard des Princes

Price: $12. Sign up for the email newsletter for a $2 admission discount

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