Forsythia Festival 2017

About the Forsythia Festival

Every May, Cabbagetown residents gather at Wellesley Park to celebrate the official welcoming of Spring. Mark your calendars for 2018: the Cabbagetown Residents Association is pleased to be hosting the 47th annual Forsythia Festival on Sunday May 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stay tuned for more details as they are confirmed!

Volunteers needed for 2018 Festival: We need you to help supervise various activity stations at Wellesley Park on the day of the festival. Volunteer shifts are kept short to allow you enough time to enjoy some of the festival with your own family.

We need more than 100 individuals to do everything from face paint, to assist at the food and beverage area, to tie doughnuts to tree branches (which is way more fun than you might think.) We need people to help set up and take down all the tents and activity stations. We even need people to help as marshalls for our Festival-opening neighbourhood parade. If you would like to volunteer, we’d love to have you! Please contact us at for more details.

Read about our 2017 Forsythia Festival  – no rain or snow!

Parade: We gather at the corner of Sumach and Winchester Streets at 10 a.m. on the day of the festival and march through the neighbourhood. Stay tuned to learn which band will lead the way!

Dress code: Yellow! Dress your strollers, your kids, your pets and yourselves in yellow. Be creative.

Festival at Wellesley Park: The parade ends at Wellesley Park and that’s were the serious fun begins. After a short official opening ceremony and welcoming of Spring, activities will begin. Previous years have featured dangling doughnuts, bouncy castle, face painting, parachute game, photo booth, crafts, bubbles, bean bags and a magic show by Scott Dietrich.

Food and beverages: Our 2017 partners were local butcher Mark from St. James Town Steak and Chops and the beer tent was sponsored by local Stout Irish Pub.

Bicycle Tune Up Shop: Another new addition to the 2017 Forsythia Festival was a “Pop Up Spring Tune Up Shop” sponsored by Cycle Solutions.

Prizes: There are always plenty of prizes available from our generous donors and businesses around Cabbagetown.

Festival Queen and King
Each year, two residents are recognized for their community spirit by being named the Forsythia Festival Queen and King. Their Majesties lead the parade (dressed in yellow of course!) and act as ambassadors at the post-parade event in Wellesley Park.

In 2017,  Trish and Andrew Finkelstein were our Festival Queen and King. We received multiple nominations for Trish and Andrew with most lauding Trish’s work as a previous board director of the Residents Association and her role as chair of the Forsythia Festival Committee for the past five years before leaving the board in June 2016. Andrew provided enthusiastic support to Trish and the festival by participating in many of the organizing functions and was nominated to be the “power behind the throne”.

And remember…. The festival happens rain or shine.

History of the Forsythia Festival

The Forsythia Festival was founded in 1971 by the late Tony Brady (1935-1991). Tony was a Cabbagetown resident renowned for his community spirit and love of entertaining young people. The Forsythia Festival was his pride and joy and he can be credited with popularizing it as an annual event in Cabbagetown.

The Forsythia Festival is Cabbagetown’s official welcoming of spring. The festival is organized by a committee of volunteer Cabbagetown residents and is made possible by the generous support of our local businesses.

About Wellesley Park

Wellesley Park plays host to the main Forsythia Festival activities each year. The park is situated at the eastern most end of Wellesley Street in Cabbagetown. It is approximately two hectares in size and boasts a wonderful array of trees, large grassy areas, a splash pad for children in the summer and a kids playground that was redesigned by the City in 2005 and embellished with Terry’s Gate in 2007; a memorial erected to commemorate the late Terry Michelin who was a much-loved business owner in Cabbagetown.