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What's On in Markham - May 18th - 24th

As we head into the Victoria Day long weekend, your events list this week has fireworks, art, music, film, museums and racing cars! Lots to choose from in and around the area so scroll down to find out what’s on in Markham – May 18th – 24th!

North End Girls Art Show - until May 21st - MacKay Art Centre - Unionville

View a collection of artwork from the North End Girls, an artist collective of 8 female artists. Original paintings, drawings and sculptures to admire and purchase. 

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

School of Rock Open Jam - Rouge River Brewery - May 21st

All ages are welcome to come sing your heart out or rock. Sign up starts at 4:30 PM

For more details click here. Price: FREE

Cineplex Family Favourites - Puss in Boots: The Last Wish - May 20th - 12pm

Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll when he learns that he has burnt through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

For more details click here.  Price: $2.99

Victoria Day Fireworks - Memorial Park - Stouffville - May 19th - 8pm

Victoria Day Fireworks is the kickoff of the Town’s summer events. Come join us to celebrate Victoria Day in Memorial Park.  Enjoy food trucks, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show. Memorial Park is at Burkholder Street and Park Drive. This accessible event has plenty of parking available in nearby parking lots at the Leisure Centre and Across from Latcham Hall. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

International Museum Day Open House - Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum - May 20th - 12pm-4pm

Come and discover what’s new at your Museum as we explore and celebrate Stouffville’s local heritage at this FREE event in celebration of International Museum Day.

For more details click here. Price: FREE 

Markham Public Library Events

What's On in Markham - Public Library Events

Here is a sample list of just some of the events provided by Markham Libraries, 

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 

Kindred Spirits Orchestra presents: Fervoir, Flair & Fandango - Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts - May 20th - 8pm

Join Maestro Kristian Alexander as he leads the KSO through a spirited journey of musical passion and panache. Master Russian orchestrator Rimsky-Korsakov brings Spanish flair to his musical travelogue filled with fun and fandango: Capriccio Espagnol. Composing out of pure inner-compulsion, and wherever his travels took him (Berlin, Paris, Rome and Russia) Tchaikovsky brings ingenuity and innovation to his virtuosic and unorthodox Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2. Bruckner’sdistinctive gradual-build of intensity, exuberant climaxes and powerful sudden pauses of silence is showcased in his Symphony No. 2 – the beginning of what audiences now call “Bruckneresque”. Kristian Alexander | conductor Michael Berkovsky | pianist Daniel Vnukowski | host

7:10 p.m. Prélude: pre-concert recital. Sophia Wang, violinist

7:20 p.m. Pre-concert talk. Rodney Gray, KSO Principal Flutist.

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Michael Berkovsky and The Classical 96.3 FM radio personality

Daniel Vnukowski.

For more details click here. Price: from $15


Canada's Wonderland Victoria Day Fireworks - May 21st - 10pm

Canada’s Wonderland will present its spectacular fireworks display when the Park closes at 10:00 PM (weather permitting). Spend your day enjoying our 200 attractions, including our 18 roller coasters and then settle in for an explosive fireworks display.

Each of our fireworks shows has a unique, custom-design set to an original soundtrack that you won’t find anywhere else in Toronto! It’s a great way to end a fun day at the park.

More than 375 people-hours go into designing and mounting the show, with 11 separate firing positions and 1,800 firing cues creating a spectacular display above the park skyline and our iconic Wonder Mountain.

For approximately 15 minutes, you’ll witness more than 6,000 colourful explosions, reaching heights of over 800 feet, which is sure to ignite thrills for guests of all ages.

Please note that the fireworks start at approximately 10:00 PM. Certain rides are subject to close early on these dates.

For more details click here. Price: free with admission.

Victoria Day Speedfest - Canadian Tire Motosport Park - Bowmanville - May 19th-21st

The Castrol Victoria Day SpeedFest kicks-off Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 2023 major event season with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series featured on track and fireworks lighting up the sky at this holiday weekend classic.

The schedule includes races in the Sports Car Championship Canada presented by Michelin, Emzone Radical Cup Canada presented by Michelin, and the Super Production Challenge.

The featured eBay Motors 200, round two of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, goes Sunday afternoon.

There’s plenty of off-track excitement for race fans of all ages to enjoy, including interactive displays, vendors, food, the Beer Garden, and live music Saturday night in the CTMP Marketplace, while the Canadian Tire Fun Zone serves up fun activities for families with younger kids.

The CTMP Merchandise Trailer, located near the paddock restaurant area, is THE place to get your officially licensed CTMP gear and other must-have merchandise and souvenirs.

Don’t miss the race team paddock, located in the infield. This is your chance to get up close to all the team transporters, races cars, crews and drivers when they’re not on track competing. Watch and listen for announcements about driver autograph sessions held by some of the series.

Access to the CTMP Marketplace, The Canadian Tire Fun Zone and the race team paddock is all included with your event ticket purchase.

A special highlight is our traditional Victoria Day fireworks display Saturday night. Launched at dusk from Corner 1, the fireworks show is a spectacular celebration for your first long weekend of the summer.

For more details click here. Price from $35.40

Once Upon A Time - Black Creek Pioneer Village - May 20th- 21st

Once Upon a Time…

Black Creek Pioneer Village transformed into a fantasyland of magic, wonder, and excitement. Be transported to a storybook realm, with adventure around every corner. Meet colourful characters and take part in fairy-tale fun. Dance at a fairytale ball, and then stumble into a swashbuckling pirate adventure.

Explore the royal castle and become a knight of the realm, then test your skills at our Wonderland Carnival Games. Be entranced by lively storytelling and a traditional puppet show.

Get creative with whimsical crafts; then, at the Academy of Fairies, learn all about making dreams come true!

For more details click here. Price: from $12

Summer Fun at Pickering Museum Village

There are over 19 heritage buildings from 1810-1920, charming gardens, and orchards in the village — it is like stepping into a time machine but with a quirky twist!

If this is your first time, you can explore the village on a self-guided tour using the booklet or downloading audio tours.

There are two incredible options for your audio tour. Strap on your headphones and embark on a self-guided audio adventure to the Roaring 1920s. Learn about Pickering’s jamming music scene and how prohibition created a thriving bootlegging business. It’s like being in The Great Gatsby, minus the drama and flapper dresses.

Prefer a different era? Join Nellie, the ultimate time-travelling companion, as she transports you back 170 years to Pickering’s 1850s Boom.

If you are a frequent visitor, here’s a rundown of all the experiences offered this summer:

  • Bootlegger’s Escape: Uncover the secrets of an illegal speakeasy at the Brougham Hotel. Grab your detective team and find the hidden moonshine before time runs out. It’s like time travel to the prohibition era, perfect for families, couples, and friends. Difficulty levels available for all, from very hard to medium/easy.
  • Churn it up! Learn about food production and churn your own butter while exploring the past. Get your hands dirty, flavor your butter with garden herbs, and milk a replica cow. No drop-off program, so don’t leave your kids behind!
  • Escape the Forest: Become detectives and solve the mystery of the missing head scientist. Explore the abandoned campsite, gather clues, and unravel the truth. A thrilling escape room experience for groups of up to 6. Levels of difficulty to choose from, so pick your challenge.
  • Father’s Day Blacksmith Program: Forge a bond with your father-figure and learn the blacksmith trade. Craft a handmade bottle opener and impress your dad. This heritage program led by a professional blacksmith is the perfect Father’s Day gift.
  • Garden Gnomes & Fairy Homes: Embark on a magical adventure in the gardens. Hunt for elf doors, dig for fairy treasure, and explore gnome homes. Get your hands dirty in the community garden and milk a replica cow. Fun for the whole family!
  • Ice Cream Social: Travel back to the 1950s and make your own ice cream. Jazz up your creation at the sundae bar and explore the museum’s exhibits. A cool treat for all ages, but remember, this is not a drop-off program.
  • Izzy’s Mystery Adventure: Join junior detective Izzy on an exciting in-person adventure. Solve the mystery, find suspects, and overcome challenges. Teamwork and quick thinking are key. One ticket for the whole family, no need to register individually.
  • Junior Blacksmith: Discover your inner blacksmith and create a metal dinner triangle. Learn about the community’s history while having hands-on fun. Explore interactive exhibits in the Greenwood Blacksmith Shop. A creative and educational experience for kids.
  • Junior Carriage Painter: Unleash your artistic side and become an apprentice carriage painter. Mix paint colors, make a stencil, and take home your masterpiece. Explore interactive exhibits in the Greenwood Blacksmith Shop. Artistic fun for the whole family.

Another incredible tour offered by the museum staff is the Waterfront Ghost Walk where ghost ships, true crime stories, and supernatural encounters await. Led by expert guides, this eerie tour will leave you with goosebumps and maybe a fear of the dark.

For more details click here. Price: from $7.50