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The top outdoor art fairs in Toronto this summer

Outdoor art fairs in Toronto this summer are open-air venues that showcase painters, photographers, jewellers and other local artists. From Bloorcourt to Bellwoods, Nathan Phillips Square to Cabbagetown, art fairs and crawls peacefully take over parks and neighbourhoods with plenty of original work to help you decorate your home.

Here's a rundown of outdoor art fairs in Toronto this summer.

No. 9 photography exhibit and fundraiser (every Saturday and Sunday in June)
The No. 9 Art Sale and Fundraiser happens every weekend in June at the Evergreen Brick Works from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse the grounds and check out photography from five documentary photographers. Check the official site for more information on the sale and the No. 9 project.

Kensington Market Art Fair (Every last sunday from June 26- October 30)
The curated art fair happens alongside every Pedestrian Sunday until October from 12-7 p.m. Wade your way through the crowds to 77 Nassau Street and check out dozens professional and student art works.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (July 8-10)
This outdoor art fair is sort of the beast of all outdoor art fairs in TO. From July 8 to 10 Nathan Phillips Square is invaded by booths and packed with all kinds of artwork from some of the city's best. This fair has been going since 1961, and was the first-ever outdoor event held at the Square and now boasts over 350 artists' works.

Entertainment District Art Crawl (July 8)
Art in the Entertainment District? This art crawl might be confusing at first, but know this: it happens for one day only from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at David Pecaut Square. Admission is free and there are over 60 artists showing their stuff, plus food trucks and DJs all day.

Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair (August 27)
Local residents and small businesses all pitch in to create this street side, community art fair. From 12-10 p.m. at Bloor St. W. from Dufferin St. to Montrose Ave. there's a ton of local crafts, clothing, jewelry and artwork.

Distillery Fall Fine Arts and Craft Show (September 2-5)
Admission is free to this arts and crafts show on the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery District. From 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Labour Day Weekend, check out a dizzying amount of artisan works from across Ontario. You can bet there will also be loads of food and drink options.

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts (September 10-11)
This arts and crafts show features works from 180 Ontario and Quebec artists and happens at the same time as Cabbagetown Festival and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival. It's like a festival of festivals! The art sale all goes down at 375 Sumach Street between Winchester and Carlton.

Danforth East Arts Fair (September 17-18)
Just off the hot streets in the lovely East Lynn Park (south side of the Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine) is the Danforth East Arts Fair. Dozens of artists and hundreds of neighbours stroll their way into the outdoor local art mecca. The artist and entertainment list has yet to be released for 2016, but check back on their official site for announcements.

Queen West Art Crawl (Oct 1-2)
This is technically a fall fair but is hands down my favourite in the city. When the weather cooperates (y'all know how those puddles can get in Bellwoods), it's just the most laid back and unique art crawl we've got. The food vendors are always delicious and the art just seems to be a bit edgier. Grab a coffee from the new Sam James location or White Squirrel and walk it out.

Did I miss an outdoor art fair in your community? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition by Chung Ho Leung from the blogTO Flickr pool.


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