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Weekend events in Toronto: July 5-7, 2013

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this July 5-7, 2013.


Toronto Chinatown Night Market
Finally: Chinatown gets a proper night market with lion dances, kung fu demos, cultural games and food stalls. Beginning this weekend and running on Saturdays throughout the summer, Chinatown will be open late on Huron Street with performances happening on the stage facing Dundas at D'Arcy. Check out the schedule of events at
Huron Street (between Dundas West and D'Arcy), Saturdays from July 6-August 17, 2013, 12:30PM Free


25th Annual Afrofest 2013
Musicians from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Nigeria and more gather at Woodbine Park this Saturday and Sunday for the 25th annual Afrofest. Toronto's largest celebration of African music and culture will feature dance performances and songs by artists using traditional instruments. Children's entertainment will be available in a separate part of the park with educational workshops and activities and the African Marketplace will offer plenty of food and crafts for purchase. The festival runs rain or shine!
Woodbine Park (Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue), July 6-7, 2013, 1PM Free

Corso Italia Annual Street Festival
St. Clair West shuts down this weekend for the annual Corso Italia festival, where Italian food and arts pour out of storefronts and into street stalls. Performances by Juno Award-winning artists like JRDN and Neverest will take place throughout the weekend alongside dance teams and street performers but the food is the real attraction here. Stuff your face with sfogliatelle, pizza, gelato and cannoli while shopping the boutiques and drinking. The festival runs until late all weekend.
St. Clair West (between Dufferin and Lansdowne), July 5-7, 2013, 10AM Free

Taste of Lawrence
This annual street festival takes over Lawrence East between Warden and Birchmount Road from Friday, July 5th to Sunday the 7th. The east end street party will feature live entertainment, a midway and food from local businesses and vendors.


Fringe Festival
Theatre kids, you have one week left. This weekend is the high noon of the Fringe Festival and there are so many good shows worthy of your attention. If you're looking for the festival's latest this weekend, try Drowning in Wasabi, Kill, Sister, Kill or The Hystericon. Still not sure what's right for you? Check out our handy guide of 15 shows we're eager to see.
Various locations across Toronto, July 3-14, 2013

For more theatre listings, check out our This Week in Theatre post.


Christie Pits Film Festival
Free Sunday evening films in Christie Pits park are an annual summer thing and this weekend is the beginning of the weekly event. Screening That Thing You Do!, this no frills event is a simple screening when the sun goes down. No activities, food trucks or performances, this is a film festival for cinephiles and those who can stand the mosquitoes. Bring a chair or just lie out on the grass to watch this 1996 Tom Hanks directed film.
Christie Pits Park (750 Bloor Street West), July 7, 2013, 9PM Free

For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.


The city's best restaurants open their doors a bit wider by offering affordable prix fixe menus to the public during Summerlicious. With lunches priced from $15-$25 and dinners from $25-$45, high-end restaurants are within reach for foodies on a tight budget. Beginning this weekend, Summerlicious runs until July 21st with restaurants now taking reservations. Call ahead and call soon as ideal dining times are already being snapped up. If you're going, don't forget to submit your Summerlicious photos to our photo contest.
Participating restaurants across Toronto, July 5-21, 2013

For more food listings, check out our weekly food events post.


Vans Warped Tour
Vans Warped Tour rolls into town this Friday for a one-day show at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Bands like Grizzly, Architects, Run DMT, Citizen and The Used perform at this festival-style event, which runs from morning until night. Beginning in the early morning and running until late, the schedule includes almost 100 bands, autograph signings and tons of free swag. Check out the Warped Tour website for the full schedule and details on the day's events. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore Boulevard West), July 5, 2013, 11:30AM $62

Toronto Urban Roots Festival
TURF got underway yesterday, but there's lots and lots of good stuff left to come fromt the inaugural edition of the festival. Have a look at our full preview for the all the details.

For more music listings, check out our This Week in Music and July Concerts posts.


Vitaly Design Pop-Up Shop
The boys behind Toronto's most personable jewelry brand are at it again. Following the success of their first pop-up, Vitaly Design previews their latest collection with heavy discounts on their regular merchandise at their latest pop-up/party at Oz Studios this weekend. Running until Monday, the show will feature other local brands like Keyway Designs, Monte & Coe, Varsity Brown and more. Performances by b-boy crew Aeon will take place on Saturday night along with DJ/Producer Cosella spinning. With support from Sapporo, this pop-up will turn into a nighttime destination so stop in to say hello if you're in the neighbourhood!
Oz Studios (134 Ossington Avenue), July 5-9, 2013, 12PM Free

For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.


Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
It's the 52 annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, which takes place at Nathan Phillips Square, complete with Ai Weiwei sculptures. You can't buy those, of course, but there's plenty on offer from local artists. And while the quality tends to vary quite a bit, there's always some hidden gems to be found — and at prices that are typically well below what you'll find at a gallery.
Nathan Phillips Square, July 5-7, 10:30am-7:30pm (Fri/Sat), 10:30-6:30pm (Sun)

Cheeky Girl Launch Party
Fashion and travel photographer Jared S. Rosenbaum premieres Cheeky Girl, a collection of intimate portraits of women and their figures, at 2186dundas this Friday night. On display at the gallery until Monday, the 13 photographs of women are what the American Apparel photographer classifies as tasteful erotica. The show will include sales of original Polaroid photos and a book of Rosenbaum's works for purchase. Swing by for a cheap drink and to see what's happening in the west end's art community this weekend.
2186dundas (2186 Dundas Street West), July 5-9, 2013, 8PM Free


Gladstone Flea: July Edition
The Gladstone Flea picks up where it left off in June with the July edition taking place on Saturday. With market fares including vintage finds of the fashion, craft and knick knack variety, everything that is set out to sell at the Gladstone Flea is hand-picked by flea "curators" like organizer Laura Hopf, Worn Fashion Journal's Haley Mlotek and Meg Sinclair of Muttonhead. The flea runs until 4PM but, be serious, the good stuff goes early.
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), July 6, 2013, 10AM Free

The Sassy Little Craft Show
Sassy little things of Toronto, there's a new craft show in town and it's not your grandmother's kind of party. The Sassy Little Craft Show launches on Sunday afternoon at The Central, just behind Honest Ed's, with crafts by local vendors and vintage pickers and collectors, but the difference with this show is that there's a patio to sip your drinks on. The bar will be open and the outdoor patio will be fair game. Support local independent artists and spend the day craft-picking outdoors with a drink in your hand. Nothing sassier than that.
The Central (603 Markham Street), July 7, 2013, 2PM Free

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