About the Forsythia Festival
Every May, Cabbagetown residents gather at Wellesley Park to celebrate the official welcoming of Spring. This year is no different, and the Cabbagetown Residents Association is pleased to be hosting the 46th annual Forsythia Festival on Sunday May 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parade: We will gather at the corner of Sumach and Winchester Streets at 10 a.m. and march through the neighbourhood to the beat of the amazing Heavyweights Brass Band.
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. Dangling doughnuts, bouncy castle, face painting, parachute game, photobooth, crafts, bubbles, bean bags and a new addition this year will be a magic show by Scott Dietrich.
Bicycle Tune Up Shop: Another new addition to the Forsythia Festival this year is a “Pop Up Spring Tune Up Shop” sponsored by Cycle Solutions…so be sure to bring your bike by for a check up!
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. We are pleased to announce that Trish and Andrew Finkelstein will be our Festival Queen and King for this year’s Forsythia Festival. 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 5 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”.
We look forward to seeing all our neighbours out and about on May 7th celebrating the arrival of spring together at the 46th annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival!
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.