416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Aug.10 – Aug.11)

Taste of the DanforthLong weekends are great but it seems that the week that follows has us working harder to make up for that extra day of slacking off. But we can all exhale and relax because the weekend is here again and there are plenty of events planned in the city for the next few days, so I hope you take advantages and have some fun. Here are my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend. Oh, and bring your appetite. Opa!

Taste of the Danforth – Greek Town shuts down the streets this weekend for the 20th annual Taste of the Danforth, so prepare for huge lines as the annual frenzy gets underway between Broadview and Jones. You can expect lots of food on sticks, plenty of dancing, entertainment for kids, and fun for all. The festival runs all day Saturday and Sunday between 12:00pm and 8:00pm.

Food TrucksRoundhouse Craft Beer Festival – Summers in the city are all about good beer and food truck taste tests. If you haven’t done it yet, head down to Roundhouse Park this weekend for this low-key affair that brings Ontario craft brews and food trucks together in perfect harmony for your palate-pleasing consumption. Buying a $10 – $15 sampling glass is required, but it only costs $2 to fill it.

Fortune Cooking at Harbourfront – If you prefer South Asian food over chicken souvlaki or a square of moussaka, head down to Harbourfront this weekend for Fortune Cooking. The best of Southeast and South Asian food will be served at the festival’s World Café and Lakeview Market. Local ramen experts will compete in Ramen Runoff to see who makes Toronto’s best noodles. The festival includes performances by bands from all over Asia and Canada, with events scattered throughout the weekend.

border_collie_puppiesRare Breed Dog Show – Do you secretly watch the Westminster Show on a Sunday afternoon? Do you find yourself baby-talking to cuddly dogs while walking to your neighbourhood coffee spot? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. This weekend head to a parade of unusual pooches at the headquarters of PawsWay, a group of animal lovers who hold regular exhibits for pet education and appreciation. If your kids didn’t want a dog before, they certainly will now. 

Toronto Jerk Festival – If that all-inclusive vacation just didn’t work out this summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in the island vibes right here in the city. Head down to Centennial Park this weekend to celebrate the famed ‘island’ cuisine, get anything and everything jerked to perfection while watching live performances and entertainment and enjoying some great outdoor vibes, even if it’s just for the weekend.


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