Fridays in the Spring and Fall, the ROM stays open on Friday nights for Friday Night Live; local food vendors, bars and musical artists are spread around the museum, and all the dinos are backlit for dramatic effect. Adam, my brother Will, his girlfriend Sam and I hit it up last Friday and we loved it. We bought tickets in advance (highly recommended, the Need Em line was almost around the block before the doors opened), and came right when the doors opened.
Not only was wandering around museum at night with a beer (or soft drink) in hand strangely exhilarating, the musical stages, food vendors and interactive stations were great. We left before the mainstage artists got started, but the music we did catch we really enjoyed. It was also a great people watching venue; lots of first dates, groups of singles looking to meet each other, older couples, people dressed way up, or people (like us) in jeans and T’s. Overall, super fun and we all would recommend it and go back.
On a more sentimental note, both my brothers moved to Toronto in the past 3 months and I just love it. I know it can be rare for siblings to grow up to be as tight as we are, and also end up geographically close, so I feel incredibly lucky. Whenever I get to casually see them, or get an email saying if I need someone to deliver ice cream, just give them a call, it’s special, and something I will never take for granted.
ROM’s Friday Night Live series runs every Friday until June 27. It looks like there are still advance tickets available for all the dates. Programming for each week and tickets can be found here.