The 40th Annual Cabbagetown Festival is coming up on the weekend of Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11, and it looks to be a great time. The Cabbagetown BIA organizes the festival, and there are a number of events that take place around the same time but are put on by other community groups. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening:
The Cabbagetown Festival (cabbagetownto.com)
The festival takes over Parliament Street from Wellesley south to Gerrard, and Carlton Street from Berkeley to Parliament. Festivities begin Saturday at 11 a.m. and continue until 10 p.m. The fun returns Sunday at 11 a.m., winding down at 7 p.m. There will be local (and pop-up) food and vendors along the streets, with events such as the Kids’ Zone, musical performances and other entertainment to keep you amused as you nosh. Community groups will also be in attendance so you can catch up with everyone. If you cycle to the event, there is even going to be “valet parking”. The BIA has also commissioned a mural to commemorate the 40th anniversary, and you can follow its progress on the south wall of the LCBO on Parliament Street.
If you would like to volunteer to help at the festival (and be entered into a draw to win $1000 – that’s a LOT of cabbage!), there are still opportunities to do so. The Cabbagetown Festival is one of the nominees for the “Best Neighbourhood Festival” in this year’s Now Readers’ Choice Awards, so if you feel so inclined – do give them a vote!
– Cabbagetown Short Film Festival will be held on Wednesday September 7.
– Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Fair will begin on Friday September 9 at 1 p.m. and run through the weekend.
– Riverdale Farm is having a Fall Festival on the Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
– Cabbagetown Theatre Company will present The Sleeping Beauty during the afternoon on the Saturday and Sunday.
– Cabbagetown Boxing Club is having free training and sparring from 12 – 2 p.m. on the Saturday.
– Cabbagetown Preservation Association will conduct historical walks in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday.
– Community Yard Sales are held throughout the neighbourhood on the Saturday and Sunday.
– Blair’s Run was reported earlier to be cancelled for 2016, but Doug Fisher reported in his September 1 Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review that it *will* be held. You can register for the Fun Run here.