Summer is almost here! We wait all year for just a few short months of summer bliss. After a cottage getaway and afternoons spent at the Rogers Centre cheering on the Jays, we’ll be breaking out the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to make the most of every weekend. There’s nothing like wandering around the city and stumbling upon a festival you didn’t know was happening. Here is a list of 6 lesser known festivals you might not have known were happening around the city this summer!
So...we just passed 40,000 people attending on Facebook. I guess we'll need a few more forks and spoons :S pic.twitter.com/PwewiG5AyQ— MAC & CHEESE FEST (@macncheesefst) May 6, 2015
Kraft Dinner connoisseurs unite! Vendors from across the city gather to reinvent the classic Mac and Cheese. Admission to this Liberty Village event is free and there will be plenty of entertainment, drinks and performers. Make sure to wear your stretchy pants.
If Mac and Cheese isn’t your style, perhaps the Toronto Raw/Vegan festival can satisfy those taste buds. Again, admission is free and includes demonstrations and guest speakers. Try some new vegan super foods and check out cruelty-free cosmetics and ethical clothing.
#3. Toronto Festival of ClownsJune 10th- 14th
Help spread the good word of clown in Toronto and Canada! This festival is 10 years strong and people need to know! http://t.co/wWqRm8HGYB— TOfestivalofclowns (@FestivalofClown) May 6, 2015
Seriously, this is a thing. I know a lot of people have a strange fear of clowns but this summer, conquer that fear and have some laughs at the Factory Theatre. There will be theatrical demonstrations staring clowns of all sorts!
#4. DJ Deep Fried FridaysFriday July 3rd- Sept 4th
Stop by the Habourfront Centre for your fill of calories and heart pounding beats. Spend the night dancing those donuts away. Check out the Habourfront Centre website for the lineup of DJs.
#5. 1000 Islands Pirate DaysJuly 10th - 12th
Ever wanted to see if the pirate life really is for you? It’s not quite Neverland but 1000 Islands seems pretty close. Just three 3 hours north of the city, you can catch a pirate parade, live music, tarot card reading and sword fighting demonstrations. Just watch out for Captain Hook.
#6. Toronto’s Festival of BeerJuly 24th-26th
Okay, so I know this isn’t an unusual event but how could I possibly leave it out. If you’re anything like me, The Festival of Beer is basically Christmas in July. Vendors sampling every type of beer you could imagine. Food trucks. Live music. What more could you as for? The Spring Festival of Beer back in April was an awesome taste of what’s to come for the main event.
Break out those calendars you guys and get ready to eat, drink and dance up a storm this summer!