Parliament & Carlton Street Fair, Art & Crafts Sale, Short Film & Video Fest, Great Food, Yard Sales Galore, Riverdale Farm Fest, Walking Tours, Live Music, Contemporary Dance, Theatrical Performances
The annual Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts is back for its 37th edition. Presented by the Cabbagetown BIA, Toronto’s longest running community festival will take place from Thursday, September 5, through Sunday, September 8, 2013 with a full schedule of activities throughout the Cabbagetown community that has something for everyone.
“What I have always loved about this festival,” said Frank Bernardo, Chairman for the Cabbagetown Business Improvement Area (BIA), “is that there is something for everyone and the sheer diversity of the festival speaks to the diversity of Cabbagetown. It exemplifies what makes Cabbagetown unique and why it is a great destination for families, tourists and business.”
Highlights of the 2013 Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts
One Night in Cabbagetown Dining Experience – Now in it’s third year this event has proven a crowd favourite. Experience Cabbagetown’s restaurants and pubs. A $10 ticket gets you four tasty and delicious samples at your choice of participating venues. Date: Thursday, Sept. 5, 7pm until closing time. Participating venues and event details available August 12.
The 22nd Annual Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival – Films from around the world and around the corner. Purchase tickets early, it always sells out! Date: Friday, Sept. 6, 7pm. Location: Toronto Dance Theatre. For details.
Blair’s Run – The 34th annual mini-marathon kicks off the Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts activities with an early morning run to raise funds in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre. Registration starts at 8:30 am; race time is 9:45am. Date: Saturday, September 7.
Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts
Parliament St. from Wellesley St. south to Gerrard St. East will be closed both days with vendors, artists, performers, buskers, and delicious food. Carlton St. from Parliament to Berkeley will also be closed both days to host our live entertainment TD Main Stage. We will be offering a strong line-up of Toronto’s finest talent and invite everyone to dance in the streets with us. Our Community stage on Parliament at the ESSO station (Amelia Street) will also host live entertainment throughout the weekend. Date: Saturday, Sept. 7 (10am – 7pm) and Sunday, Sept. 8 (11am – 6pm).
Kidz Korner – A special place just for kids – to have fun and express their creativity, returns to Parliament and Gerrard after its successful inaugural year. With the help of our neighbourhood community groups, sponsored by Daniels Corp., we are once again excited to host this family-friendly play area where kidz can play all day for free. Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8 from 10am to 6pm.
Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Sale – The juried Arts and Crafts Show returns for its 25th edition to Riverdale Park. For complete details visit: www.cabbagetownartandcrafts.org. Date: Friday, Sept 6, 12-7:00pm, Saturday Sept. 7 & Sunday Sept. 8 10:00am – 6:00pm.
Yard Sales Galore! – Visitors will enjoy an age-old Cabbagetown tradition held each year during the festival as Cabbagetown residents present their wares in over 200 yard sales on the historic tree-lined streets of Cabbagetown. A must for shoppers and browsers, this is one of the most extensive garage sale opportunities of the year. Date: Saturday Sept. 7, and Sunday Sept. 8.
The Riverdale Farm Fall Harvest Festival – From a day–long corn roast to a big city barn dance, enjoy the delights of the Riverdale Farm on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. For details.
Cabbagetown Theatre Company – Live theatre for families of all ages staged in the beautiful chapel at the Necropolis, on Winchester Street across from Riverdale Park. Date: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. For information on this year’s show: www.cabbagetowntheatre.com.
Walking Tours of Historic Cabbagetown – Take a 45–minute walking tour conducted by the ROM and the Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA). Awaiting info from CPA – Tours leave from the corner of Sumach and Winchester streets. For further information.
The St. James Town Artist’s Network – The Artist’s Network began as an attempt to reach out to and recognize St. James Town artists and to make the neighbourhood more welcoming. The resulting art on murals, banners and painted ‘Bell Boxes’ will be on display and is a must-see at this year’s Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts. For further information.
Sprucecourt School – More arts and crafts booths to explore, located in a more informal space at the corner of Carlton and Sumach Streets. Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8.
Dance in Cabbagetown – Toronto Dance Theatre www.tdt.org, The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre www.ccdt.org/contact.php and the Cabbagetown Youth Centre www.cabbagetownyouth.ca will all be offering various performances throughout the weekend. Full details will follow in a Festival arts and music release in mid-August.
Sponsors of The Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts – The BIA is pleased to welcome back their loyal group of sponsors from last year. TD Bank Group is the Festival’s main sponsor and the TD Main Stage (corner of Carlton Street and Berkeley Street) will be the site of great music and entertainment throughout the weekend. The Daniels Corporation is also back and once again will present the free children’s area Kidz Korner (Parliament Street and Gerrard Street) that was such a hit last year. The other local sponsors contributing with their generous support are Mill Street Brewery, Porter Air, NOW magazine, TABIA, City of Toronto and Green P Parking.
Vendor opportunities – Parliament Street: Vendors (artistic, not–for–profit and private) are invited to sell their wares on Saturday, September 7, 10am – 7pm, and Sunday, September 8, 11am – 6pm, on Parliament Street between Wellesley and Gerrard streets & Carlton Street (Parliament and Berkeley streets).