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Weekend events in Toronto August 12-14 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will keep you good and sweaty if you aren't one of the lucky few to escape to someone's dock. For those soaking up the heat of the city, there's tons that'll keep you entertained as we ride out another heatwave and absorb as much summer weather as possible.

FOOD & DRINK

Vegan Food and Drink Festival (Fork York)
All vegan comfort food, craft brews, wines and spirits alongside two stages of entertainment. Meet fellow vegans in their natural habitat. Vendors include some of our faves like Doomies, Doug McNish and Goose Island beer.

Pan American Food Festival (August 13, Yonge-Dundas Square)
Free admission to this global food fest featuring 41 different food vendors. This year's host country is Ecuador, who if you didn't know is one of the global leaders in chocolate making. Admission is free, and there will be food demos and other fun.

Roundhouse Summer Craft Beer Fest (Steam Whistle Brewery)
Sample Ontario's finest craft beer and ciders with the bonus of food trucks underneath the CN Tower. Check out their FB page for a full (and impressive!) list of beer vendors and go pig out from noon to 6 p.m. both days.

FESTIVALS

Wheels on the Danforth (August 12-13, Danforth Avenue)
Not only will there naturally be loads of classic cars on display at Danforth Ave and Danforth Road, there will also be a Xtreme BMX & skateboard stunt demonstrations, live music, and a free movie screening in Oakridge Park.

Habari Africa Festival (August 12-14, Harbourfront Centre)
There will be three days of rich African culture down by the water. Food, dance, signing, workshops, discussions, visual art, fashion and dancing are all on tap. I don't know about you, but that is an equation for an amazing summer weekend to me. Their Facebook page has all the details.

York-Eglinton International Street Festival (Eglinton Avenue West)
Caribbean, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin communities come together for this lively street fest along Eglinton Avenue West from Marlee Avenue to Dufferin Street in North York. Musical performances are the highlight, food and other kinds of family fun are just details.

Feast of St. Lawrence Festival (St. Lawrence Market)
The Market's first-ever neighbourhood festival features outdoor food stalls and seating areas, farm fresh produce, canning sessions in the Market Kitchen, extended patios at Market Street restaurants and live entertainment from the Beatles cover band The Rattles.

DesignFest (Tract 9)
A full day celebrating the massive world of design at Tract 9 on Dufferin. Designers and lovers of design are welcome to bring their laptops and portfolios to collaborate, show off and potentially meet their next client. There's also a live, head-to-head design tournament.

FILM

Queer West Film Festival (August 12-14)
Toronto is so gay we have our own film festival in the West End! It all takes place at Innis Town Hall with 24 queer films never before screened in Canada.There's a different theme each night of the fest and films start at 6:30 p.m.

Screen Queens presents: Heathers (August 14, The Royal Cinema)
What better way to spend a Sunday night now that our girl Winona Ryder's comeback is in full swing!? This movie night is a combo of Mystery Science Theatre + Drunk History + Elvira. Pre-show fun starts at 8:45 p.m.

Christie Pits Film Fest (Christie Pits Park)
Get a blanket and install yourself on the hill for a screening of Meek's Cutoff, an ill-fated pioneer journey film. Early shows and snacks start at 6 p.m. movie at sundown.

MUSIC

Genene Haile at the Africa Festival(August 12-1, Harbourfront Centre)
Hailed as the rising star of East Africa, this guy is a musician worth checking out during the weekend-long Habari African cultural fest down on the water.

PERFORMANCE

Fables for the Future (August 12-21)
Performance theatre in Dufferin Grove Park! Fables for the Future incorporates giant puppets, mask, original and vibrant design, live music, dance, a robot and shows are at 7 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

That's My Drag Xtravaganza (August 12, Mod Club)
A "professional" travelling Drag Show that originates in Guelph starring drag performers from all across the province. It also features Rupaul's Drag Race star Kennedy Davenport. Tickets at $35, show is at 9 p.m.

YouTube Fan Fest (August 13, Molson Amphitheatre)
Check out 17 of your favourite YouTubers in the flesh at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. This is a free event and we made a list of who not to miss to help guide you.

Toronto Jewish Comedy Festival presents: Jews on the Roof (August 14, Regent Theatre)
They can't promise this show will be kosher, but they can pretty much promise laughs. Join a stellar Canadian and US Jewish comics and let them entertain you. Show is at 8 p.m.

DANCING

Chronologic 9 Year Anniversary (The Garrison)
Probably Toronto's most enduring dance party, the Goin' Steady DJs spin hits from 1890 all the way to summer 2016. Celebrate nine years of this time-travelling party.

Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit your own listing to the blogTO Toronto events section and have a great weekend!

Photo of last year's Vegan Food Fest.


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