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What's On in Markham - May 11th - 17th

This week we have a very long list of events in and around Markham for you! Mother’s Day is here and so we have lots of family-focused things to do this weekend. In addition, there are offerings from the theatre, visual arts,  gardening, nature, animals, history, fishing, music, magic, comedy, trivia, and cinema – so much to do! I hope you find this list of  What’s On in Markham – May 11th – 17th useful. Have a great week everyone!

Opening Reception - Longing Belonging, 100 Years 100 Stories - Varley Art Gallery - May 13th - 2pm

Come out to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham on Saturday, May 13, and celebrate the opening of Longing Belonging,100 Years 100 Stories curated by Long Time No See. This free public event will feature a ceremonial lion dance performance, artist tours, refreshments, and more.

Long Time No See is a collective of friends, artists and educators, is very interested in the untold stories of identity, place, traditions and people in community. Central to our work is the notion of Belonging. Centred in Toronto, we strive to honour our ancestors by sharing and teaching the stories of how Chinatown came to be, the histories that have been erased, and our responsibilities to act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.

Over the last few decades immigration has increased to suburban areas: Scarborough, Markham, Richmond Hill, while bypassing the older downtown Chinatowns. How have diasporic communities shaped their sense of belonging in these newer communities?

Presented by the Varley Art Gallery of Markham in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, and the City of Markham.

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

How My Garden Grows - Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum - May 13th - 12.30pm - 2pm

Explore the Museum’s gardens and try some planting of your own! This staff-led program includes garden-themed crafts and tours.

Who is it for?

Family & kids – Aged 3-12

For more details click here. Price $10


Flato Markham Theatre presents....

Danny Zzzz Extreme Magic & Escape Show - May 15th - 7.30pm

Danny Zzzz is the definition of magic. His life transformed from a homeless teen into a true world-class entertainer. He has dazzled audiences on stage and television and around the world including Canada, the United States, Italy, Australia, Britain, The UK, Spain and Germany. 

You have no doubt seen him as a finalist on America’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent Extreme, Italy’s Got Talent, Canada’s Got Talent, Germany’s Got Talent, Australia’s Got Talent, Got Talent All Stars, Dragons Den, Jay Leno, Chris Angel’s Phenomenon or at one of more than 4,000 shows across North America. His new show “Extreme-Magic and Escape will take his ‘MAGIC’ to a whole new level. 

For more details click here. Price: from $39.78

Sweet Soul Music - A Tribute to the Soul Music of the 60's, 70's and 80's - May 13th - 8pm

With an all star group of musicians and vocalists, you will enjoy the timeless classics from Sam Cooke, Arthur Conley, Otis Redding, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Solomon Burke and more music from the powerhouses of soul.  

This show will have you dancing in the aisles, moving your lips and hips with one hit after another.
We challenge you to sit still in your seats.

For more details click here. Price: from $60

Darrin Rose - Family Pains - May 14th - 7.30pm

Clean comedy from one of Canada’s most popular comedians, Darrin Rosebrings his Family Pains stand-up show to the Flato Markham Theatre. Rose discusses love, marriage and being a dad, and further adventures dealing with his wild mom, stoic dad and tough guy brother. TV Guide called him “hilarious,” GQ magazine called him “one of the hottest comics in Canada.” 

From HBOmax, The Late Late Show on CBS, Mr. D, Letterkenny and Match Game, Darrin Rose is an award-winning comedian and a favourite at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Rose discusses love, marriage and being a dad, and further adventures dealing with his wild mom, stoic dad and tough guy brother. TV Guide called him “hilarious,” GQ magazine called him “one of the hottest comics in Canada.” Clean comedy from one of Canada’s most popular comedians!

For more details click here. Price: from $35

Ray on My Mind - May 12th - 8pm

This concert/theatre work brings the music and the story of the great Ray Charles to vivid life! Portraying Ray, master pianist/vocalist Kenny Brawner leads his 11-piece orchestra and three sultry vocalists (a la the Raelettees), performing this American legend’s most popular hits, “What’d I Say?” “I Got a Woman,” “Mess Around,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and a blazing hot duet on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and many more! The music is interwoven with monologues depicting how gospel, blues, jazz, and country influenced Ray’s style, while also reflecting on American social history, his epic battle with drugs, and his triumphant return home to Georgia.

For more details click here. Price: from $15 – $79.10

Markham Centre Trails Grand Opening - May 13th - 10am - 12pm

The City of Markham is thrilled to invite the public to the official opening of the Markham Centre Trails on May 13, 2023.

This marks an exciting milestone for our city as we continue to invest in our community’s health and well-being by providing accessible outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Plus, there will be free activities for the entire family, including air brushing tattoos, ice cream truck and much more!

Date: Saturday, May 13

Time: 10 AM to Noon

Location: Birchmount Rd. & Rougeside Promenade (south of Highway 7)

This event is an opportunity to connect with your community, enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the positive changes taking place in Markham.

For more details click here. Price: FREE


The Ultimate Mother's Day Sip & Shop - Derrick Details - May 12th - 4pm-9pm

Wine, treats and prizes top off a delightful evening of shopping for unique gifts in appreciation for the amazing mothers in our lives!

Join us for an exclusive evening of shopping, sipping, and style as we celebrate Mother’s Day at Derrick Details – your ultimate destination for elegant furniture and charming home décor!

📍 Store Location: 234 Copper Creek Drive Markham, Ontario L6B1N6

What to Expect?

Complimentary Wine + Treats – Sip on divine wine selections while satisfying your taste buds with delectable snacks.

Special Offers & Discounts – Enjoy a generous 15% off all purchases during the event!

Special offering from Zuhoor Floral & Plant Boutique .

Get your special gifts wrapped with our complimentary gift wrapping service.


Mother’s Day Weekend Event Exclusives

Need help finding the perfect gift? – Our friendly staff is here to assist you.

Be one of our lucky winners and take home a fabulous Style Box – 3 amazing giveaways to give your space the ultimate refresh!

Explore our gorgeous Spring Collection and get an exclusive sneak peek of our upcoming Summer Collection.


Spaces are limited, so RSVP today to reserve your spot! Invite your friends and spend a delightful evening shopping for unique gifts to show your appreciation for the amazing mothers in your life.

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Cineplex Family Favourites - Cineplex VIP Cinemas Downtown Markham - The Wolf and the Lion - May 13th - 11am

After her grandfather’s death, 20-year-old Alma decides to go back to her childhood home — a little island in the heart of a majestic forest. While there, she rescues two helpless cubs: a wolf and a lion. They forge an inseparable bond, but their world soon collapses when a forest ranger discovers the animals and takes them away. The two cubs must now embark on a treacherous journey across the wilderness to reunite with each other and Alma.

For more details click here. Price: $2.99

Markham Public Library Events

What's On in Markham - Public Library Events

Here is a list of all the events going on at Markham Library branches this week. Scroll down for the link to the rest of the details on the Markham Library site. You can filter down to your choice of nearby libraries, type of event etc to find the events that suit you!

  • Storytime
  • Outdoor Storytime
  • Baby & Books
  • Reading Buddies
  • Chair Yoga
  • Yoga for Older Adults
  • Laughing Yoga
  • Flex & Stretch Yoga
  • Meditation
  • English Conversation Circle (Virtual & in person)
  • Homeschoolers Weekly Meet-Up
  • Minds in Motion: A programme for Mandarin speaking seniors
  • Walk in Counselling Sessions
  • Mental Health Matters – Understanding Mental Illness (in Cantonese)
  • 7 Ways to Learn English at the Library
  • Discover Seneca Mircocredentials – Short Courses to boost your skills
  • ‘Sounds like a Cult’ podcast discussion
  • Playing the Short Game – How to Market & Sell Short Fiction
  • How to Use the Digital Library
  • Making Sense of Mental Health
  • Markham Village Indigenous Nature Walk
  • Asian Heritage Month Dance Performance & Less
  • Group Bicycle Ride
  • Chess in the Library Drop In
  • PALS (Pet Assisted Literacy Support) in the library
  • Plain tea and Murruku
  • Parent and Baby Yoga and Fun
  • Tips & Fun with Math (Grades 1-2 / 7&8)
  • Healthy Hearing
  • Film Club
  • Employment Insurance & Types of Federal Leave
  • Book Club Discussion – Lessons in Chemistry
  • French Reading Club (4-8 / 9-15)
  • Travels to Japan Fundamentals (Ages 4-9)
  • How to make a Vinyl Sticker with Cricut
  • How to feel self love

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Trivia Night - Rouge River Brewery - May 17th - 6.30pm

What's On in Markham - June 1st - June 7th

Test your pop-culture, focusing on music, movies and television shows. Prizes will be awarded for the winning team. Maximum teams of 6

For more details click here. Price: $6

Main St Markham Farmers Market 2023 Season - from May 13th - Oct 17th

Are you ready for an unforgettable Saturday morning experience? The Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market is back and better than ever for the 2023 season!

Join us every Saturday, 9am-1pm from May 13th – October 7th, rain or shine, for an amazing selection of locally-sourced, fresh, and handcrafted quality goods. With 30 weekly vendors, including farmers, local honey producers, artisans, skin and haircare experts, baked goods connoisseurs, and much more, there’s something for everyone at the Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market.

But wait, there’s more! Not only will you be able to browse the incredible selection of vendors, but you can also enjoy weekly live music, exciting activities for the whole family, and even the chance to win some amazing giveaways!

Located along Robinson Street between Main and Water Street, at the intersection of Main Street Markham & Robinson Street, the market is the perfect way to start your weekend off right. Come for the incredible selection of goods, stay to explore the charming Main Street Markham area and all it has to offer.

Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of the Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market – see you there!

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Letting Out the Cows! - Uxbridge - May 14th - 1pm

We’re kicking off the visiting season and celebrating Mother’s Day with the BEST event of the whole year – letting out the cows! This special day only comes once a year, and you do not want to miss out on this incredible experience. The cows have been in the barnyard all winter long waiting for the grass to finally grow long enough for them to graze on. In previous years, they have been known to run, dance, and jump all the way out into the field when they are finally let out.

Not only will we be letting out the cows, but we will also have:

  • Veggie boxes for visitors to feed the animals
  • Incredible vegan food from Sausage Party Toronto
  • Vegan baked goods for sale
  • Kids play area
  • Merch sales
  • And more
Venue: Farmhouse Garden Animal Home – Scugog Line 12 – Uxbridge
For more details click here.  For tickets click here. Price from $16.29 Kids under 10 free. 

Doors Open Richmond Hill - May 13th - 10am - 4pm

This year we’re celebrating Richmond Hill’s 150th anniversary!

Doors Open Richmond Hill is an event that supports cultural sites in the community to open their doors to everyone. This free event is part of Doors Open Ontario, launched in 2002 by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

This year is a reason to celebrate! We are offering Doors Open Richmond Hill for the first time in three years and we are celebrating Richmond Hill’s 150th birthday! 

2023 Featured Sites
Thomas Boynton House Art Exhibition Space
The Burr House Spinners and Weavers Guild
St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church
Richmond Hill Hindu Temple
Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church
St. Mary’s Anglican Church
Phyllis Rawlinson Park
Richmond Hill Heritage Centre (Amos Wright House)
Artifact Collections Storage Operations Centre
Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory

For more details click here. Price: FREE 


Science Rendezvous at Main St Markham - May 13th - 10am - 3pm

132 Robinson St. at Main Street North, two lights north of Hwy. 7

Join us at the Farmers’ Market on OPENING day for Ontario’s largest public science festival!!

Activity highlights include:
Fire and ice stage demonstrations
Chemistry magic show, Vortex smoke demonstration, Whoosh
experiment, DNA extraction, and more!

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Ontario Family Fishing - May 13th & 14th

Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. New this year, the Ontario Government has designated four periods throughout the year as license-free:

February 18-20, 2023 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Monday)
May 13 & 14, 2023 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday)
June 17 & 18, 2023 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday)
July 1-9, 2023 (12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday).

During all other time periods, Canadian residents between the ages of 18 and 64 years must purchase a valid fishing license to legally fish in Ontario.

There has never been a better time to introduce a friend to fishing!

Participants fishing without a license must fish under the Conservation fishing license limits which are set out in the current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. With the exception of the licensing requirement, Ontario fishing regulations, fees, and limits continue to apply during license-free days. Printed copies of the summary are available at license issuers and Service Ontario Centres.

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Mother's Day Tea at Brooks Farms - May 13th & 14th

Celebrate MOM and join us for a Mother’s Day Tea in our beautiful New Event Barn

This special event will be held on Saturday, May 13th, and Sunday, May 14th, and promises to be a delightful time filled with scrumptious treats and lovely company. *Admission to this event includes all day admission to our Barnyard Playland.

Our freshly brewed tea and delectable selection of pastries, sandwiches, and sweets will surely delight your taste buds. Children are able to participate in a decorate your own donut station and create a special Mother’s Day Card for Mom in our Barnyard Playland!


  • An Assortment of Finger Sandwiches, Decadent Cakes, Muffins and Cookies. Juice Boxes for the Children, an array of Tea for Mom and more!

After your meal, explore the farm’s activities with the whole family. An afternoon of farm animals, wagon rides, jumping pillows and play structures!

For more details click here. Price: from $12.99

LRCSS Autism Funfair - Whitby - May 13th - 11am - 5pm

Join us for a fun day of family fun including carnival games, activities and food provided by Gangsta Cheese Food Truck all in support of Durham Region’s autistic and intellectually disabled community.

Donations welcome and all proceeds will go towards the #ABAforAll campaign to build capacity to serve underfunded children, youth and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities in need of ABA therapy.

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Nature in your Neighbourhood - TRCA Webinar - May 11th - 6.30pm

How well do you know your local wildlife? You don’t have to leave the city to experience some of the incredible wildlife living nearby!

Learn about the unique traits and adaptations of animals living in and around urban spaces. We’ll also explore some of the clues wildlife leaves behind!

This event is intended for Ages 6+:

  • Beginner level information
  • Activities and concepts that are friendly for all ages
  • The intended audience includes children, youth, and adults

This event is taking place via Zoom. After registration, you will be emailed a link to join the webinar.

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Mothers Day at Toronto Zoo - May 14th

Celebrate Mother’s Day in the wildest way possible at the Toronto Zoo! Join us on Sunday, May 14, for an unforgettable day with over 3,000 animals representing over 324 species.

Bring your mom to celebrate some of our amazing animal zoo moms, including Sekali, the orangutan mother to Wali, Aurora, the polar bear mom to Hudson, and Emarah, the cheetah, mother to Toulouse, Berlioz and Marie.

After visiting with our animal moms, why not take a break and enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day lunch at our beautiful Tundra Trek Restaurant, offering stunning views of the Arctic wolves and polar bears.

Make this Mother’s Day a truly wild and wonderful experience at the Toronto Zoo! We can’t wait to see you there!

For more details click here. Price: Admission from $7.45 – $24.50

Guided Experiences at the Village - Black Creek Pioneer Village - May 13th & 14th

Want to add a special experience to your Village visit? Set your pocket watch to adventure and take part in one of our Guided Experiences.

Enjoy the fun, flavours, challenges, and rewards of 19th-century living, as costumed historians guide you through unique activities during each 90-minute program.

Village admission is complementary on the day of the program.

Saturday 13th May 

Cookies in the Cabin – 11.30 – 1pm

Time Travellers Boot Camp – 2pm – 3.30pm

Sunday 14th May 

Hot off the Press – 11.30am – 1pm

Classic Candles – 2pm – 3.30pm

For more details click here. Price from $91.58

Mother's Day Tea Box - until May 14th

Support the York Region Food Network by purchasing a Spring into Flavour Mother’s Day Tea Box!

Food insecurity is a serious issue impacting 1 in 11 people in our community. The York Region Food Network (YRFN) provides programs and services where residents can access healthy foods, and build social networks and confidence through community meals, cooking and gardening programs. Our programs provide residents with reliable services and friendly conversations in times of turbulence and uncertainty. With the rising cost of living, our programs are needed more than ever.

Support our work with the purchase of a Spring into Flavour Mother’s Day Tea Box and a Mother’s Day card!

Each tea box will include a delicious quiche made by Chef Maxine, along with a vibrant seasonal salad, tea, Fatima’s Samosas, Croce’s Chocolates, homemade buttertarts and cookies, and other tasty savoury and sweet treats. 100% of proceeds will go towards YRFN’s community food programs.

The Spring into Flavour Tea Boxes will be available for pick up on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th, just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day!

Thanks for your support!

For more details click here. Price: from $4.53