416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Aug.23 – Aug.25)

BuskerfestOne of the things I love about Toronto is that even if there’s a group of guys walking down Bay Street dressed as the Justice League, no one bats an eye…Fan Expo or not. Had to share that. So here we are again, Friday, and if you’re at the office today, I bet you’re counting down. Lot’s a great things happening around the city, so if you’re in town this weekend, I hope you’ll take advantage of this beautiful weather and all the fun events. Here are my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend. Get out there and do something fun!

BuskerFest – This year, North America’s largest street performance festival abandons its usual spot outside St. Lawrence Market for a long stretch of Yonge Street south of College. More than 50 beatboxers, knife-tossers and other performers will descend on the area in hopes of leaving an impression and making a buck. Admission is pay-what-you-can, with proceeds going to Epilepsy Toronto.

ci-fanexpochaos26Fan Expo 2013 – The Canadian Fan Expo celebrates all things comic, anime, sci-fi, horror and gaming in its annual appearance at the Convention Centre. Take on other fans at a gaming tournament, take your own art portfolio in for review or dress up as your favourite character. Retailers are also on hand selling popular and rare art and gaming equipment that sometimes can’t be found anywhere else. This year’s guests include original Star Trek‘s George Takei and Nichelle Nichols, Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus and Laurie Holden, former Superman Dean Cain, Princess Leia herself Carrie Fisher and more.

Wild Blueberry Festival – This Sunday The Brick Works pays homage to a cottage country classic with a day of workshops, bake-offs, and more. Learn to plant and cultivate your own crop of berries, then watch some of the city’s most respected bakers go head-to-head in a blueberry pie bake-off. Throw in live music and a selection of Ontario wines and you have a perfect summer. 

Taiwan FestTaiwanFest – Harbourfront Centre is celebrating culture of Taiwan with this free event featuring a wide array of cooking demonstrations from The Brave Chef and live music from some of Taiwan’s top musicians such as Sunny Raynn, with events happening at Lake View Market and World Cafe. It’s one of many weekend festivals taking place at Harbourfront Centre over the summer months, celebrating culture from all around the globe.

Home of the Brave – If you’re craving comfort food this weekend come by this new addition to the King West neighbourhood. The people behind La Carnita have wowed us again with the opening of Home of the Brave, an ode to Americana on King West. Serving up American comfort food, this place feels like an updated diner with retro orange booths, graffiti wall art and touches of vintage Americana. A small front patio overlooks King Street if you like a bit of people watching.

 

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