There's always something happening in Toronto, especially during the summer months. Here are a few of my picks for this weekend.
It's going to be hot, hot, hot this weekend, but there's so much to do in the great outdoors. Just be sure to stay hydrated. Don't forget your hat, sunscreen, and water bottle!
Beaches International Jazz Festival has had a number of events already this month, and now it's time for the main event. The excitement at Woodbine Park begins tonight at 5pm, and runs through Sunday at 8pm, while the StreetFest is on now and runs til 11pm on Saturday, with more than 45 bands! Queen St. E. will be closed from Woodbine to Beech during the Streetfest. All events are free, so come on out and enjoy some great music. Check out the website for the full schedule.
In Scarborough? Scarborough Centre MPP, Brad Duguid, and MP, Salma Zahid are hosting Community BBQ events on Saturday, July 23, in Birkdale Park (1299 Ellesmere Rd.) There'll be food, fun, and family entertainment. Salma Zahid's event is scheduled 12:00-3:00pm, and Brad Duguid's is 12:00-2:00pm. These events are free.
There's also Taste of the Woods, taking place on Saturday from 12:00-5:00pm at the Warden Woods Community Centre (Warden Ave/Danforth Rd.) This annual event will feature live performances, a talent show, a multicultural fashion show, crafts, exotic animals, vendors, and games for all ages! The theme this year is "Inspire Health and Wellness." Event is free. Food will be available for purchase at $2/plate.
For the West End folks, head to the BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture, Saturday and Sunday, for live performances, food, vendors, games, interactive exhibits, and tons of fun. It takes place on Bloor St. W., between Dufferin and Landsdowne. Saturday 1:00pm-midnight and Sunday noon-6:00pm.
You can celebrate Youth Day Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, Sunday from 11:00am-11:00pm. This free family festival celebrates young, aspiring artists, showcasing their music, dance, art, photography, fashion and film. There will be two stages for live entertainment, an art tent, vendor market, and more.
But, if the stifling heat is too much for you to take, consider heading indoors -
Optical Illusions runs July 23 at 1:30 p.m., and July 24 at 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Hosts will demonstrate and discuss amazing illusions in these interactive sessions. Kids will have fun as they experience the battle between their brain and their eyes as they try to interpret what they see before them.
Whatever you do, enjoy the weekend!