We’ve waited all winter for spring weather to arrive and on Sunday May 6 we will welcome the season with open arms as neighbours gather to celebrate at the 47th Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival at Wellesley Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This annual Cabbagetown tradition has not only grown in enthusiasm over the years, it has grown in size. We are happy to welcome new sponsors MWM Fish Co., which will be setting up an oyster table in the beer garden. Please check out our complete list of sponsors, without whom the Festival would not be possible.
Buds & Blossoms will be setting up a glitter tattoo station and Blooming Planter will be setting up a flower crown-making station. Do come to the festival hungry, as well as thirsty. Our Gold Sponsors Mark Michelin from St. Jamestown Steak and Chops will be there barbecuing his signature burgers (beef and portobello mushroom) and Erin Gamelin from Stout Irish Pub will be on hand to pour you some of her quality craft beer. (And yes, wine will be back!)
The festival will be full of free activities for kids of all ages: there is face painting, a craft station, bean bag toss, parachute game, piñatas, Pizza Pizza bouncing castle, Cycle Solutions bike tune-up station, photo booth, dangling doughnuts, and more.
Back by popular demand is magician Scott Dietrich, who will be holding court with his magic show at noon. While at the festival, do follow the line of green bins to our newest attraction: The Mechanical Raccoon. You read that correctly. You will have a chance to take on Toronto’s unofficial mascot by riding on the back of a mechanical raccoon. Be sure to have your photo taken after and hashtag your friends and family: #Forsythiaraccoon2018
Do bring your refillable water bottles as the City of Toronto’s H2OtoGo will be onsite to supply drinking water. Don’t forget that we now accept credit cards for purchase of food and drink.
Be sure to join us for the Forsythia parade through the neighbourhood before the festivities at Wellesley Park begin. We gather at the corner of Sumac and Winchester streets, starting at 10 a.m. Yellow poms will be handed out and we encourage everyone (pets included) to dress in their best in the colour yellow! Parade will depart at 10:30 a.m., led by the amazing Heavyweights Brass Band, loop around the block, and end at the park.
Come one, come all … the festival is free for everyone to attend and it really wouldn’t be the same without you there. Think Spring!