416 Weekend: Things to Do in Toronto (Jun.7th – Jun.9th)

WoofstockIt’s that time agin – two days of alarm clock free mornings and guilt-free late nights. If you can’t wait to get out there and do something fun, there’s plenty going on in the city this weekend. I’ve got something fun for every member of the family, even our furry friends. Here’s my TOP5 things to do this weekend in Toronto. Have fun!

Woofstock – It’s that time of the year again, time to let the dogs out! This free outdoor festival for dogs and their overly adoring owners takes place at the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood and features trick competitions, doggie foods and canine fashion. Prepare for a whole weekend dedicated to dogs, dog owners and doggone fun. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Raw FoodToronto Vegan/Raw Food Festival – The vegan lifestyle may be the way of the future, as humanity finds new ways to live without harming the environment. This Saturday and Sunday 918 Bathurst Street hosts the Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival featuring all you need to learn about adopting a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle and diet. In addition to the many vendors offering raw and vegan foods for sale, the festival includes live entertainment, seminars, and ethical clothing and cosmetics. Among this year’s speakers are: Tim Van Orden, the Running Raw Man; Natasha Kyssa, from Ottawa’s SimplyRaw; and via Skype, Dave Conrardy and Gina Silvestri.

Gladstone Flea – Flea markets are popping-up all over the city neighbourhoods, but it’s not what you think? These flea markets are not filled with cheap dollar store goods that may or may not have fallen off the truck. So if you have the itch to shop for great vintage finds but hate the idea of spending the weekend knee-deep in thrift store piles, you’ll love this. The Gladstone Hotel has teamed up with Anita Clarke of I want I got and Jen McNeely of She Does the City to bring you an organized, handpicked, marketplace. Packed with purpose, artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, design, jewelry, clothing, and more, Gladstone Flea curates the market to help save you from the thrift store itch. Get your shop on this Saturday starting 10:00am until 4 pm.

Dundas WestDundas West Fest – With great restaurants and shops popping up all over the street this neighbourhood is quickly becoming one of the trendiest in the city. This Saturday Dundas West takes on the street! From Ossington Ave. to Bathurst St., enjoy a full day of arts, music, kids’ activities, food, drink and shopping. If you live in the neighbourhood you don’t have to go far for a day of fun. But if you’ve never been to this great pocket of our city, this is a great opportunity to discover it. Remember that Dundas West will be closed so take the transit as parking may be limited.

A Century of Chinese Cinema – Film can be essential to our understanding of culture, and TIFF’s latest exhibition lets Torontonians explore the history of Chinese cinema. Viewers will see a massive retrospective of over 80 films covering a wide range of genres and eras, from the Golden Age to New Wave. Some of the screened films include In The Mood For Love, Police Story, Infernal Affairs, The Goddess and A Better Tomorrow. For full schedule go to TIFF website.

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