A long weekend is never enough to squeeze in all the relaxation and fun, so this weekend is a continuation of that serenity and amusement. Below is a selection of some events to help you plan out your weekend.
If you are driving into town or taking the TTC, there are closures to keep in mind. Scroll below for a list.
If you are looking to adopt a pooch or surround yourself with puppy love, then Woodbine Park is the place to be on Saturday for Paws in the Park. The event helps to raise money for the Toronto Humane Society. If you are thinking of getting another dog, bring your canine best friend along to meet the new family member. Those attending with their pup can check out the yummy human and dog treats, pose at the photo booth, participate in some training sessions, or take part in a fundraising walk. The four-kilometre walk starts at Woodbine Park and travels through Ashbridge’s Bay along the Martin Goodman Trail.
Lanterns light up the waterfront
A sea of lanterns will dance across Port Credit River and light up the evening sky on Saturday at the Water Lantern Festival, which is taking place at Port Credit Memorial Park in Mississauga. Starting at 6 p.m., relax at the water while you listen to music and munch on snacks from food trucks. Then, decorate your lantern with messages of hope and love, and share your dreams and peace with others, as you launch your lantern on the water. The lanterns will be launched from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are required to the event — the ticket includes the lantern decor and launch, and a commemorative drawstring bag. Bring some money with you for food purchases.
Get wild over blueberries
Not all blueberries are created alike. The low bush wild blueberry, which grows in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec, has nearly twice as many antioxidants as the larger, cultivated ones. Learn more about the super fruit at the Wild Blueberry Festival at Evergreen Brick Works on Sunday, as you make your own blueberry treats at the fire pit. Munch on your own concoctions or sample of the baked treats, as you try the “Too Wild to be Blue” alcoholic cider — a blend of apples, blueberries and rosehips. More than 20 vendors that includes bakers and chefs will also be showcasing their blueberry products at the food court.
Go Greek on the Danforth
Eat, drink and be merry at the Taste of the Danforth, on from Friday until Sunday. Stroll the stretch of the Danforth, check out the food vendors, listen to music and watch dances at three stages, smash plates, and learn the dances from around the world. There will also be a sports and kids fun zone for families to enjoy.
Summer fun at the market
Market Street in the heart of the St. Lawrence Market will be a hub of summer fun on Saturday for the Feast of St. Lawrence. Devour the food dished out by outdoor stalls and pick up some fresh farm food, check out the chef on stilts and other buskers, watch magic unravel with an illusionist, listen to live musical performances, and let the kids have more fun with games and other activities. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival also includes the ticketed Dinner Under the Stars on Friday evening.
TTC riders will have to deal with two subway issues on Line 1 this weekend due to signal work. On Saturday, subway service will start at noon between Bloor-Yonge and Osgoode stations. Then on Sunday, trains won’t be running all day between St. Clair West and King stations. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running on both days. For Sunday’s shutdown, riders who require an elevator should exit at Queen Station.
Taste of the Danforth (Thursday to Monday closure): Starting at 3 p.m. Thursday and until 4 a.m. Monday, Logan Avenue to about one block north of Danforth Avenue will be closed. Then at 10 a.m. on Friday, Danforth Avenue from Broadview to Jones avenues will be closed and this closure will last until 4 a.m. on Monday. Also, Pape Avenue from Lipton to Hazelwood avenues will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.
Feast of St. Lawrence (Friday to Saturday closure): Front Street East from Scott to Church streets will be closed from 9 a.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. Market Street from Front to Wilton streets will closed from 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival (Friday to Sunday closure): Marine Parade Drive will be closed from Lake Shore Boulevard West to Waterfront Drive, and Waterfront will be closed from Marine Parade to Palace Pier Court from 10 p.m. on Friday to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.