Weekend events in Toronto June 3-5 2016
Weekend events in Toronto will keep your belly full and your dancing feet busy. It's the second Mac and Cheese Fest, but this time it's at Ontario Place, which will hopefully help to address kinks experienced last year. Field Trip also goes down this weekend with Robyn at centre stage. Get out those dancing shoes that you don't mind getting a little dusty.
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Kampai Toronto (June 3)
This is Toronto's one-day Sake festival featuring 150 varieties of rice wine from Japan and North America. It all goes down at the Distillery District from 6 to 10 p.m.
Empanadas Festival (June 4)
There will be empanadas galore from Maryu on St Clair West. There will also be music and drinks and admission is free.
Mac and Cheese Festival (June 3-5)
Don't worry everyone! Mac and Cheese fest is going to avoid the horror that was last year's event by holding the competitive gooey food fest on the Ontario Place West Island grounds. It's the first time an event is happening here since it closed five years ago. Over 75 food, drink and artisanal vendors will be spread out over three days and 600,000 square feet.
1 in 100 Day (June 4)
This is a really cool idea. A city-wide do-it-yourself type fest that asks people and small organizations to make their communities a better place, by doing something good. Events include a queer foodie event at Fabarnak, a Pape Avenue park and playtime intervention and a Graffiti Alley party. Check out all the urban interventions on the official website.
Field Trip (June 4-5)
Robyn and The National headline this laid back, early-summer music fest at For York. The grass is still green at this point, the crowd is friendly and there's lots of food and art vendors. Here's what it looked like last year.
Riverside Eats and Beats Fest (June 4)
10 city blocks are closed down for a day of non-stop music and food. The area extends from the DVP to just past Degrassi Street along Queen East.
Fair Trade Show (June 4-5)
This show gives a voice to ethical sourcing and social enterprises. Vendors specialize in things like housewares, olive oil, bananas, coffee, apparel and accessories. A basic ticket is $10, but there are more pricing options on their website.
DiversityFest (June 5)
From 1p.m. to 10p.m. celebrate what it means to live in the most diverse city in the world at Yonge and Dundas Square with music and shows highlighting South Asian, Chinese, Filipino and Arab arts and cultures.
Toronto Smartphone Festival (June 3-4)
Now in its 5th year, this is the largest smartphone festival in Canada and received over 217 film submissions from 34 different countries. Here's praying they don't play all of them or no one will ever go home.
Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart (June 5)
I'm mentioning this massive bike ride for a cause because it's a special one. 15,000 riders take over the Gardiner Expressway and the DVP, car-free, to help raise money and also completely mess-up downtown weekend traffic, which is great. There's also a run/walk at the same time down the Gardiner.
Chroma Lives (June 3-30)
Both an art exhibit and archival project, this art instillation beast explores Toronto's 1983 exhibition Chromaliving: New Designs for Living through the eyes of 150 artists. Part art show, part performance and part history hub, check this strange and wonderful thing out.
Riverdale Art Walk (June 4-5)
Starting at Jimmie Simpson Park (Queen Street East at Booth Ave), from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. join over 170 artists as they display their finest works for sale. This is one of the first major outdoor art shows of the season and also features a guided art tour along Queen East, indoor booths in the Jimmy Simpson Community Centre, food and drinks along the way.
Stars Wars burlesque tribute (June 4)
Probably the closest thing to a reenactment of that super hot Star Wars p0rn I saw a few months back, this is a Stars Wars themed burlesque show starring some of city's best like Betty Quirk, Dr. Orifice and Delicia Pastiche.
Yas Kween (June 5)
The first Sunday of every month, Yas Kween happens. It's a night of stand up, improv, and sketch featuring funny women of colour. The cost is $10 and it starts at 9:30p.m.
Toronto Monologue Slam (June 5)
This is basically a unique way to watch real actors at their finest - delivering monologues on a stage to a small audience. 12 locals pros give it everything they've got starting at 6 p.m.
With the exception of bad ass Bryson Tiller, this weekend's music pack is heavy on the rock side.
I unofficially declare this weekend, Robyn dance weekend! Not only will I be dancing to her many amazing albums in my kitchen starting tomorrow night, there's also a Robyn dance party at the new Velvet Underground in advance of her Field Trip show on Sunday.
Photo of Field Trip by Matt Forsythe.
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