416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (May31 – June 1)

Beer tastingThis weekend we say goodbye to Spring and say hello to Summer…meteorologically speaking, anyway. Meteorologists define the summer season as the three warmest months of the year (June, July and August), so the meteorological summer season starts at the beginning of the month, instead of the middle (June 20th). Just a piece of useless knowledge to use in conversation this weekend and see if you get an awkward pause. In the spirit of Summer, this weekend is full of outdoor events – beerfests, burgerfests and even bikefests. Here’s the TOP5 for the weekend. Enjoy the sun!

Beerfest at The Only Cafe – This festival’s 25 taps and tasting booths can draw some long lines, especially with all the different beers on offer, so if you have one particular you want to try, get in line early and make sure you’ve got enough tickets! Tickets are $1 each, and each ticket gets you a 5oz sample. A 16oz cup will set you back 4 tickets.  And of course, there will be music and awesome food offerings to go with all that beer. Saturday, sun, patio and thirst quenching bevy – do I really need to say anything else?

PicnicMEC Bikefest – Mountain Equipment Co-op celebrates cyclists and bikes this Saturday in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Supporting the cycling community and recognizing their role on Toronto’s roads, there will be bike seminars and clinics staged throughout the day on Saturday along with demos as well as bikes, and new gear available by local vendors from the community. Group rides around Toronto are also planned for attendees who want to participate. All events are free and start at 11:00am.

Bellwoods Bock Party – If you can’t make it to the park this Saturday, come on over this Sunday. Rain or shine, this Sunday Trinity Bellwoods marks the first block party of the summer. Much like last year, the event is expected to become a monthly thing with a focus on the many possibilities that arrive when melding Toronto’s forces of creativity. There’s going to be a market element as well as art and design, and best of all a big, fun party.

Burger Day – The Grid’s annual meat-on-a-bun celebration returns this Sunday at Fort York National Historic Site for a third year. Dozens of restaurants from across the city will be offering up creative sliders topped with everything from kimchi to Nutella. Lines can grow punishingly long as the day wears on, but there are always at least a few standout items to make the waits worthwhile.

In Conversation With…Ethan Hawke – Actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke sits down at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this Sunday to discuss his decade-spanning career. Hawke has appeared in blockbusters such as Dead Poets Society, Gattaca and Training Day, as well as the critically acclaimed indie films in the Before trilogy – Before Sunset, Before Sunrise and Before Midnight. He cowrote the screenplay for Before Midnight, earning him an Oscar nomination, and he’ll be reteaming with director Richard Linklater for the upcoming film Boyhood. Advance tickets are sold out, but there will be a rush line.



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