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The top weekend events in Toronto: August 7-9 2015

Weekend events in Toronto will have your camera roll filled with food photos. With your plate full of food events like the Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival and Jerk Fest, you're bound to snap and sample plenty of Instagrammable eats. Once you've gotten your fill of food, head over to one of the many SummerWorks venues for a show.

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FESTIVALS

Kultura (August 5-9)
Kultura is a can't miss celebration of Filipino arts. On Friday and Saturday head to the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture for the PSL showcase and a weaving workshop. The big event happens Sunday, when Dundas Square is taken over by street eat vendors, dancers, musicians and much more.

SummerWorks (August 6-16)
This eleven-day Canadian cultural festival focuses on theatre, dance, music, and live art. Tickets are already on sale, and you can view the full list of performances here.

North York Festival (August 7)
Mel Lastman Square is hosting two events this Friday: the North York Festival and the 2015 Diaspora Book Festival. Pick up some new lit from Canadian and International authors and then head over to the North York Festival for live entertainment, food and more.

PANAMANIA (August 7-12)
PANAMANIA returns this weekend and the fun and free events are back. This week see Chromeo (August 7), The Roots (August 8), Janelle Monae (August 9) tons of world music artists and lots more -- all for free at Nathan Phillips Square. Check the schedule and show up early.

FOOD & DRINK

Taste of the Danforth (August 7-9)
Taste of the Danforth is one of the city's most popular street festivals. The food is plentiful, with more souvlaki than anyone can handle. There's dancing, music, and lots of live entertainment. Be warned though: the festival is this popular for a reason, so the crowds are massive.

Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival (August 8)
Celebrate the best of Toronto's vegan dining scene along with plenty of beer, wine and live music at Garrison Common in historic Fort York on August 8. General admission is $10, or $20 including three drink tickets.

Feast in the East (August 8)
Head to The Jam Factory to attend this months' installment of Feast in the East. You'll find all the makings of a good Saturday: music, food, art installations, and plenty of people.

Live Green Toronto Lovin' Local Food Fest (August 8)
Head to Dundas Square this Saturday for a free fest. You may have to spend a couple bucks to indulge in some eats, but music and entertainment is 100% cost-free. Look forward to Heirloom Toronto, Vertical Restaurant, Bindia Indian Bistro, and more will be serving up food at the event.

Jerk Fest (August 8-9)
If you find yourself dining at The Real Jerk on a weekly basis, this one's for you. The fest will fill Centennial Park with the sweet scent of Caribbean food for two full days. Head down to sample everything from classic jerk chicken to alligator.

Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest (August 8-9)
Offering beers from the Ontario Craft Brewers, this festival at Roundhouse Park is still a relatively casual affair. Expect to find over 30 breweries and tons of local gourmet food trucks serving up food and drink on the scene. A bonus, any beer tokens you have from the Winter Craft Beer Fest or last year's summer Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest can be used at this event. A ticket will set you back $20 (or $25 at the door).

MUSIC

Boots and Hearts (August 6-9)
If your idea of a good time is sliding on your cowboy boots and listening to some Brad Paisley, you're in luck. Boots and Hearts is happening this weekend on the same grounds as Wayhome and the line-up includes everyone from Florida Georgia Line to Eric Church. You'll have to turn to StubHub if your grabbing your tickets late in the game.

Van Halen (August 7)
Tired of all the EDM festivals? Get your 70's/80's rock fix this weekend when Van Halen takes to the stage at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Caribou (August 8)
Not into Van Halen? No problem. Caribou and Egyptrixx will be performing at Danforth Music Hall this Saturday night. Look forward to a night of indie electronica that won't disappoint.

Questlove (August 8)
Questlove, acclaimed member of The Roots, will be taking the stage at Wrongbar on Saturday night. If tickets sell out before you can snag some, you can catch Questlove with The Roots at their PANAMANIA concert for free.

MOVIES

TIFF in Your Park: Beyond the Lights (August 7)
This week's installment of TIFF in Your Park will be held at Maidavale Park this Friday. It will feature Beyond the Lights, a romantic flick about a musician who falls in love with the officer assigned to protect her.

Toronto Palestine Film Festival Outdoor Screening (August 7)
Head to Christie Pits Park for a free screening of When I Saw You (check out the trailer for the film here). You'll want to show up early if you want to grab a good viewing spot.

Lost Episode Festival Toronto (August 7-9)
LEFT is a 3-day horror, sci-fi, and fan film fest at Carlton Cinemas. Packed with all the gore-filled and gruesome flicks you could ever want, this fest is a must for those who want to scare themselves silly.

7th Annual Queer West Film Festival (August 7-9)
The Queer West Film Fest showcases LGBTQ feature length films, shorts, and documentaries over the course of three days. Check out the full schedule on their website.

ENTERTAINMENT

Uma Nota Summer Block Party (August 9)
Summer isn't summer without a block party. Luckily, there's one on this weekend at the Clay & Paper Theatre. Expect to find it buzzing with live music and DJs, an artist marketplace, food vendors and more.

SPORTS

Rogers Cup 2015
Let's face it, we can't all make it to Wimbledon. But we've got the next best thing right here in the city thanks to the Rogers Cup, kicking off this Saturday. See everyone from Serena to Eugenie take to the courts. The qualifying rounds begin this weekend.

MARKETS

Toronto Flower Market (August 8)
Celebrate local florists and growers at the Toronto Flower Market. Get your hands on some new arrangements or do a little window shopping.

Parkdale Flea (August 9)
Embrace the warm weather by rummaging around the Parkdale Flea for some vintage treasures. Bring your appetite because savoury and sweet bites will being served on the scene.

Etsy Market at Evergreen Brickworks (August 9)
Head to the Evergreen Brickworks to experience the joys of Etsy offline. More than 30 vendors will be selling their one-of-a-kind, vintage, and handmade pieces. Expect to find everything from bohemian jewelry to 100% Canadian soy candles.

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