We’ve waited all winter for spring weather to arrive and this Sunday, May 6, we will welcome the season with open arms as neighbours gather to celebrate at the 47th Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival.

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. who will be setting up an oyster table in the beer garden, Buds & Blossoms, who will be setting up a glitter tattoo station and Blooming Planter, who will be setting up a flower-crown-making station.

Do come to the festival hungry as well as thirsty. Mark from Steak and Chops will be there barbecuing his signature burgers and Erin 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 activities for kids of all ages: Face painting, craft station, bean bag toss, parachute game, piñatas, Pizza Pizza Jumping Castle, Cycle Solutions bike check 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 “Un-official Mascot” by riding on the back of a mechanical raccoon, sponsored by F’Amelia. Be sure to have your photo taken after and hashtag your friends and family @cabbagetowner #Forsythiaraccoon2018!

Do bring your refillable water bottles as The City of Toronto’s H2OtoGo will be on site to supply drinking water and don’t forget that we now accept credit cards for purchase of food, drink and prize tickets!

Be sure not to miss the one of the most exciting parts of this neighbourhood tradition and join us for the parade through our streets. We gather at the corner of Sumach and Winchester streets starting at 10 a.m. Yellow pompoms 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, ending at Wellesley Park, where the festival fun begins.

Come one, come all… the festival is free for everyone to attend and it really wouldn’t be the same without you there.