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The Toronto International Boat Show enthralls maritime enthusiasts and novices alike with more than 1,000 sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and cruisers on display and a plethora of attractions. Requiring six days of construction, an indoor lake grants attendees free inflatable and paddleboat rides atop more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water. Five thousand gallons of water and native aquatic Ontarian critters occupy the 40-foot long Great Canadian Fish Tank, and Duma, a 6-year-old Jack Russell terrier, enchants onlookers by waterskiing, steering a boat, and emitting a series of sacred barks that summon Poseidon from the rippling waves below. Seafarers such as Zac Sunderland, the youngest person to circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean solo at age 16, discuss their travels and experiences at more than 140 enrapturing seminars. Toronto International Boat Show’s Discover Boating Centre stays staffed throughout the event’s duration with experts that can help spectators traverse their way through the show, answer boating-related queries, and dispense tips on which brand of pipe cleaners makes the most convincing catfish masks.

14 McEwan Dr W
Bolton,
ON
CA

In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.

The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.

181 University Ave.
Toronto,
ON
CA

Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.

1 Front Street East
Toronto,
ON
CA

The largest soft-seat theatre in Canada, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is perhaps most famous for its overhanging marquee outside. The diagonal canopy and its snake-like rows of lights were restored to their original form in 2010, along with the facility?s wood, brass, and marble accents. Inside the lobby, York Wilson?s mural, The Seven Lively Arts, fills eyes with fractured, panoramic representations of various artistic media, from slanted musical staffs to menacing Greek theatre masks.

1 Front St. E
Toronto,
ON
CA

Lights stream down from all directions onto the stage at Sound Academy as audience members stand transfixed. Heightening the kaleidoscope, the crystal-clear sound system allows concertgoers to hear even the most subtle hiccups of the performers.

11 Polson Street
Toronto,
ON
CA

The 16th-annual festival celebrates Canada's rich brewing history and features more than 60 brewers from around the globe pouring 120+ brands of the barley-pop onsite for your tasting enjoyment. All manner of brews will be displayed, with everything from pale ales, stouts, fruit-based beers, and gluten-free gulps. Foods such as oysters, poutine, and burgers will be available for purchase to soak up the belly-dwelling brews. You can find a full list of exhibitors here.

210 Princes' Boulevard
Toronto,
ON
CA