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The top weekend events in Toronto: June 5-7 2015

The top weekend events in Toronto will a have you doing everything from devouring copious amounts of mac and cheese to supporting the work of local artists. There are street fests, music fests and design shows all happening between Friday and Sunday. Get ready for one heck of a weekend as soon as you clock out of work.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto June 5-7, 2015.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section.

MOVIES

Scarborough Film Festival (June 2-7)
Head out to the city's east end to catch the final days of the Scarborough film festival. The celebration has brought movies from five continents to multiple locations across Scarborough.

Breakthroughs Film Festival (June 5-6)
The Breakthrough Film Festival features a number of short films brought together by the theme of identity. A two night festival pass is only twenty bucks, so this event is really a no-brainer if you're into cinema.

MUSIC

Field Trip (June 6-7)
Arts & Crafts' family-friendly Field Trip to Fort York returns for year three. Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket top the bill, with Arkells, Father John Misty, Purity Ring, and more spread over two stages and two days. Food, local vendors, bouncy castles for the kids: there's something for everyone.

Summerdaze Season Opening Weekender (June 6-7)
Summerdaze is back for a new season with a new beachfront location. Head to Gibraltar Point to see Bedouin, Jon Charnis, Sonny Fodera, and many more take the stage.

FOOD

Mac & Cheese Festival (June 5-7)
If you need a dose of comfort food this weekend, you're in luck. Liberty Market will be filled with the sweet scent of mac and cheese from as the city's first ever Mac and Cheese Festival takes over. The long list of participants includes Cheesewerks, Fonda Lola, and Cardinal Rule. And, good news, there are no entrance fees so you can reserve all your funds for food.

The Toronto Raw Vegan Festival (June 6-7)
If Mac & Cheese seems a little too damaging to your health, head to the Toronto Raw Vegan Festival to give your body a break. Over 60 vendors will be on the scene serving up plant-based eats. There will also be ethical clothing, cruelty-free cosmetics, and a number of other items up for sale.

Toronto Taste (June 7)
50 top chefs will be showcasing some of their best dishes at Toronto Taste. Tickets may cost an arm and a leg ($250, with $125 being tax-deductible) but each ticket helps cartable organization Second Harvest rescue and deliver food for 500 meals.

ENTERTAINMENT

Stage Select Gaming Expo (June 6)
If you're a gamer, this one's for you. Talks by game industry professionals, interactive digital game art installations, game-themed musical performances and more are on this Saturday's roster.

Canadian Furniture Show (June 7)
Whether you're on the market for some new home decor or you just have a penchant for interior decoration, the CFS is a great way to spend your Sunday. Browse everything from armoires to area rugs and see all the things that you'll never see at Ikea.

COMMUNITY

100In1Day (June 6)
Feel like making a change? 100In1Day encourages small community-driven action across the city. This Saturday, in the hopes of making Toronto a better place, 100 different initiatives will be happening around the GTA.

Dundas West Fest (June 6)
The Dundas West Fest is back again this year and is promising a day of everything from comedic performances to dance lessons. There will be plenty of food, drinks and general merriment to take part in as the fest lasts the entire day.

Riverdale Art Walk (June 6-7)
Stroll along Queen East and see 170 local artists exhibit their work, everything from photography to sculpture. In usual street fest fashion, there will be food vendors and music on the scene.

Really Really Free Market (June 6)
Everything is up for grabs at the Really Really Free Market; no strings attached. Do some spring cleaning of your own and donate all your excess bits and bobs. Free vegan food will also be served on site by Food Not Bombs.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section. Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit it for free using this form.

Contributions by Matthew Forsythe

Field Trip photo by Roger Cullman


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