kensington market pedestrian sundays

Toronto came out in droves for Kensington Market's first Pedestrian Sunday of 2022

Kensington Market's beloved Pedestrian Sundays event came back with a bang this weekend after a painful public health-induced hiatus, and the people of Toronto didn't waste a single second of 2022 getting back into the car-free groove.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysFirst organized in 2004, Pedestrian Sundays are unique on the Toronto event scene not only for their longevity, but for their vibrance, originality and true community roots.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysFrom live bands and free food samples to one-of-a-kind artisan goods, there's not shortage of things to do during Kensington Market's monthly street festival.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysThe event is always held on the last Sunday of every (warm) month and involves closing off all of Kensington Market's major streets to motor vehicle traffic.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysThis year, the first Pedestrian Sunday of 2022 fell on May 29 amid gorgeous weather conditions, with nothing but sun in the sky and even relatively low (for Toronto) humidity levels.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysAlso known as "PS Kensington," the series is described by the Kensignton Market BIA as a "monthly community street festival" — but it's so much more than that.

kensington market pedestrian sundays

Without cars in the mix, visitors and residents of the famously diverse neighbourhood can roam the streets with joy and confidence.

pedestrian sundays

Local artisans can set up shop outdoors to introduce their wares to a wider audience.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysBusiness owners get the chance to host sidewalk sales and take advantage of significantly increased foot traffic.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysArtists abound, offering visitors plenty of different opportunities to interact and try something new.

kensington market pedestrian sundays

From live painting demos...

kensington market pedestrian sundaysTo custom portraits, created on the spot.
kensington market pedestrian sundaysBut, like on any other day in Kensington Market, what many people come to Pedestrian Sundays for (aside from the dancing and friendly ambiance) is food. 

kensington market pedestrian sundays

Some of Toronto's finest cusines can be found in the market, with even more representation apparent when restaurant owners can take their delicious snacks out into the streets.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysYou'll find plenty of hand-held, easy-to-walk with treats at Kensington Market on the last Sunday of every month (or pretty much any time, really).

kensington market pedestrian sundaysAnd the prices are notoriously nice, when contrasted against other parts of the city. 

kensington market pedestrian sundays"The streets of Kensington Market are yours and open in celebration throughout the market," reads the BIA's description of the event series. "Human beings feel at their best in vibrant, human-scale, friendly environments. Pedestrian Sundays allows us all to flourish in just such a space."

kensington market pedestrian sundaysPeople really do seem to flourish on warm, sunny, car-free days in the market neighbourhood, found between College and Dundas Streets just west of Spadina.

kensington market pedestrian sundays"While Pedestrian Sundays don't permanently change the streets, they will forever change the way you perceive them!" say organizers, who boast that the monthly festival is about "celebrating community, culture and ecology."

kensington market pedestrian sundaysIt's a fantastic place to be for fans of free live music and dancing in the streets.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysNot to mention the many local musicians who come to enterain guaranteed crowds.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysWhile the first Pedestrian Sunday of 2022 has come and gone, there are at least five left this year for your perusing pleasure.

kensington market pedestrian sundaysThe schedule for this year's remaining monthly Kensington Market street festival is as follows:

  • Sunday, June 26, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 28, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 25, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 30, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

kensington market pedestrian sundays

Don't forget to bring some sun protection, an appetite, shoes you can dance in and an open mind — there are so many cool things to explore in this unique corner of the city, especially when cars can't invade the space.

Photos by

Fareen Karim

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