Friday, July 29, 2016

What's Happening this Weekend - July 29-Aug 1

Summer seems to be flying by, and I'm not liking that much. But let's soak up all the fun we can while it lasts, hey?  This weekend my favourite Scarborough summer event is happening, And I plan to be there on Sunday. And maybe Monday as well. Saturday I'll be spending in the car for the most part, as I drive Boo to camp. I'm planning on stopping for a little visit at a friend's cottage though, so that will break up the drive.

If you'll be in the East end this weekend, be sure to plan for some time at the Scarborough Rib Fest. It runs from Friday at 11am to Monday at 8pm, at Thompson Memorial Park (Lawrence E & Brimley). There's a midway, vendors, tons of live entertainment, a beer garden, and of course - ribs. SO many ribs. And corn bread, and roasted corn, and BBQ chicken. I'm hungry just thinking about it. 2016 Ribbers include: Camp 31, Bibbs BBQ, Crabby's BBQ, Gator BBQ, Hawgs Gone Wild, Jack the Ribberl Blazin BBQ, Texas Rangers, Horn Dawgs BBQ, Sticky Fingers. Oh! And there are karaoke competitions at the start of every day. Event entry and parking are free.

Competing for my tastebuds' attention this weekend is the Toronto Food Truck Festival, running July 29-31 in Woodbine Park. Admission is free, although a donation to Sick Kids Hospital is appreciated. More than 30 food trucks will be in attendance, including two of my faves - Fidel Gastros and Bacon Nation.

Saturday evening, from 7-9pm you can catch a free Movie in the Square at the Shops at Don Mills. This week's feature is Zootopia. Pack up the kids and head on over! Parking at the Shops is also free.

Saturday also features the Second Annual Aloha Fest, a Celebration of Polynesian Culture, happening in Nathan Philips Square, 11am-7pm. Admission is free.

Sunday, check out local artists at the Kensington Market Art Fair, from 12-7pm at 77 Nassau St. You could find your next favourite piece for your home!

And of course we can't forget the biggest event of the weekend - The Toronto Caribbean Carnival. This annual celebration of the artistic heritage and ethno-cultural traditions of the Caribbean and its Diaspora, is actually a 3 week long series of events that started on July 5. But the King & Queen were crowned on July 28, and the jewel in the crown, the Grand Parade, happens this Saturday, starting at 10am at the Exhibition Grounds. Mas bands, incredible costumes, fabulous music and evergy will keep the party going until 8pm. Visit the website for tickets. Also, on Friday night, you can take in Pan Alive, the steel pan drum competition, from 5pm-2am at Lamport Stadium. On Sunday, head to Historic Fort York for the family-friendly Carnival in the Fort, from 12-8pm. Steel pan, Calypso, and Soca performers, and delicious Caribbean food vendors will fill the day with fun.

Maybe it's because it's the long weekend, but wow there seems to be a lot going on! Whatever you do, have fun, be safe, be happy!

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