It’s Friday! As usual if you live in the Toronto area we’re making your weekend plans a little easier by giving you some highlights of what you can do in this city… when you’re not catching up on sleep that is.
First up on we have Taste of Toronto taking place all weekend at Fort York. For about $30 you can check out this culinary festival headlined by famous local chef Mark McEwan (from Top Chef Canada, if you live under a rock) and featuring fine wine, menu samples, and Q&A sessions with your favourite chefs. If you find time between all that sampling, you can get some hands-on experience with all those shiny kitchen appliances, and check out some expert demos. Oh, and in case we forgot, you can also shop there. That’s right. There are a ton of local pop-ups dying for you to – literally – get a taste of Toronto. Check out their website here.
Feeling dangerous? Spend your Friday night exploring Toronto’s pretty (and appropriately, rumoured to be haunted) university campus looking for ghosts. Or clues for a treasure hunt, which is even more fun. Urban Capers runs nighttime tours through UofT hunting for haunted spirits/making you answer funny trivia, which is basically the same thing. Head to their website to find out how you and your friends can spend your Friday night pre-bar wandering through ghostly old buildings here.
Feel like something a little more low key? Be honest, you don’t want to wake up for any organized event, free food and all. We get it. That’s why we included this little gem for Saturday: the Annex Flea. That’s right, you can take a trip through Toronto nostalgia and visit Honest Ed’s alleyways to check out the vintage and handmade treats and goodies for sale. From necklaces to cupcakes (yes!) you can spend your Saturday meandering through some of T.O’s local flavour, for FREE, and at your own pace. You’re welcome. The website for ANX Flea is here, but we couldn’t get on the website when we were writing this so thankfully I’m a compulsive shopper and knew this info going in. They also have a Facebook.
And for our grand finale, you have to check out Toronto’s Festival of Beer happening at the Ex. Tickets vary depending on what you’re into (there are a bunch of different tours of something, I don’t know the website was hard I just know there’s beer there) but basically they’re $40 and you get tickets to try different brews and listen to a pretty solid lineup of performers so we’re already there. The festival runs all weekend but tickets are sold out for everyday except Sunday. You can learn more here. There’s pretty much something there for everybody, including a beer pavilion (which sounds awesome) and a whole tent dedicated to chefs grilling food AND giving you beer. Everything about it sounds amazing. Buy your tickets people.
So that’s that! If you’re looking for some fun things to do, there’s a couple things to keep you busy, and aren’t going to damage your wallet to the point of emotional fragility. You’re welcome.
Let us know what you’re up to this weekend!