Cabbagetown Festival

Sat. Sept. 8th, 2018 11am-10pm & Sun. Sept. 9th, 2018 11am-7pm

(More info and Table of Contents below.)


SPONSORS: Thank you to all interested sponsors. To obtain a 2018 sponsorship package, please contact our Festival Producer, Meagan Madill at


The Cabbagetown Festival will kick off with exhilarating opening ceremonies, have loads of things for the kids to do, entertain all ages with music and more and end with a closing surprise you will be itching to take part in. Check out our festival video with highlights from 2017 by clicking here. Bring your family and friends and do not forget to share your experience on social media tagging @Cabbagetown_BIA and using #CabbagetownFestival. More info below.


Opening Ceremony
Kids Zone
Live Music & Entertainment
Local Restaurants At The Festival
Festival Food Vendors
Local Retailers and Service Providers At The Festival
Made In Canada Festival Vendors
General Vendors and Community Organizations
Community Events
Closing Ceremony
Road Closures
Sponsor Thank You




Cabbagetown Festival 2018 Opening Ceremonies are currently being planned. Check back here for details closer to the date.

Last year the public was invited to join TDot Batu marchers as they marched to  the NEW Opening Ceremonies location of Carlton and Berkeley. Then our Master of Ceremonies, former mayor and Member of the Order of Canada Barbara Hall, who initiated improvements to Cabbagetown during her term in office gave opening remarks. A moment of silence to honour the late City Councillor Pam McConnell, who passed away July 7th was observed. Following this, Toronto Mayor John Tory introduced the Toronto Police Motor Squad Drill Team before they delighted the crowd. To close the ceremonies, Cabbagetown BIA Volunteer Board Chair Bill Renieris lead the annual cabbage cutting!

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The Cabbage Patch Kids Zone is currently being planned. Last year this FREE festival entertainment was found on Carlton between Parliament and Ontario Streets.

Small kids loved the zone stage, with magic acts, reptile shows and other programming throughout the days. On Sunday between 2-4pm everyone came be part of MOUSE CITY! (Click here for details.) Other activities included bouncy castles of all kinds, crafts tables, balloons, face painters, stilt walkers. And the free popcorn was a hit!

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Dotting the streets, live musicians entertain festival goers year to year with an eclectic mix of beats. Last year Cabbagetown BIA was excited to welcome the DANIEL’S Community Stage at Gerrard and Parliament on Saturday as well! This stage featured an impressive range of local talent including song, dance, spoken word and so much more.

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Our Closing Ceremonies are currently being planned. Last year the public were invited to join us as we ended the weekend on a high note. TDot Batu returned to close the festival with a march from Gerrard to Wellesley which had everyone dancing in the streets.

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Every year Cabbagetowners help take the Cabbagetown Festival to the next level by organizing special events. Here are just a few from 2017. 2018 events will be inserted closer to the date.

Birth of A City, the Story of Toronto – A 20 minute short film featuring live narration and music that explores Toronto’s indigenous past and major achievements. | September 9th

Blair’s Run – The annual fun run is about 2km long in and around Cabbagetown. 100% of proceeds go towards the Cabbagetown Youth Centre. | September 10th

Cabbagetown Short Film Festival – Cabbagetown’s premiere film festival, a home for domestic and international independent short films. | September 6th

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts – Located in Riverdale Park, the CA&C shows off the best art that Toronto has to offer. | September 8th-10th

Peter Pan, The Ultimate Fly boy – A panto-style comedy for all ages. | September 9th & 10th

Riverdale Farm’s Fall Festival – Explore Cabbagetown’s working farm and enjoy some seasonal activities and demonstrations | September 9th-10th

Singular Eye on Cabbagetown – Local Photography by Eric Morse – An exhibition of photographs on a Cabbagetown theme by local photographer Eric Morse. | Opens September 7th

The local Cabbagetown community is home to many amazing events. Events will be added here as events are confirmed by our community organizers. If you are an organizer of an event, please send all details to for listing consideration.

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2-4-1 Pizza, 451 Parliament St: Classic pizza slices for a great price
420 Smoke House, 420 Parliament St: Slow cooked pulled pork sandwiches
A & Z Gourmet Burgers, 568 Parliament St: A variety of unique, signature burgers
Absolute Bakery, 589 Parliament St: Freshly baked pastries, cakes and other sweet treats
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St: Come enjoy their extended patio.
Ambal Trading, 591 Parliament St: Delicious south-east Asian cuisine you can’t find anywhere else
Butter Chicken Factory, 556 Parliament St: Enjoy some of the best Indian food in the city
Corner Discount, 491 Parliament St: Sweets and snacks perfect to grab-and-go
Cabbagetown Mini Mart, 464 Parliament St: Convenient sweet treats
Cabbagetown Organics, 499 Parliament St: An assortment of organic foods that taste good and are good for you
Daniel et Daniel, 248 Carlton St: Make use of their festival patio seating while enjoying some of their authentic french confections
El Charro, 582 Parliament St: Serving up some of the best Mexican food around.
The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament St: Tantilize your tastebuds with their exclusive selection of deli meats and cheeses and their french inspired cuisine.
Fancy Franks, 484 Parliament St: Gourmet hot dogs that are unlike anything you’ve had before.
Grinning Face, 540 Parliament St: Delicious dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free gelato in flavours like Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean and Roasted Banana.
Hey Lucy Café, 229 Carlton St: Wood-fired pizza
House on Parliament, 501 Parliament St: Enjoy some of the great eats that this Cabbagetown staple has to offer.
Johnny G’s, 478 Parliament St: One of the best bang-for-your-buck restaurants around.
Kanpai Snackbar, 252 Carlton St: Experience traditional Taiwanese street food and cocktails.
Kingyo Toronto, 51B Winchester St: Experience their Japenese dishes on their festival patio
Lennie’s Whole Foods, 489 Parliament St: See what they have to offer with a range of food demos.
The Tilted Dog Pub & Kitchen, 424 Parliament St: They bring the farm to your fork, see what fresh foods they have to offer on their festival patio.
London Calling, 239 Carlton St: Find everything British. Sample Brennen Irish Food Products and tonic waters from Franklin & Sons.
Merryberry Cafe & Bistro, 559 Parliament St: Experience our offerings on our festival patio.
Peartree, 507 Parliament: Get a taste of their refined and elegant menu in the casual atmosphere of the Festival.
The Scullery, 200 Carlton St: Come see what baked goods and coffee delights this cute and quirky coffee shop has offered.
Shalom Ethiopian Restaurant,  587 Parliament St: Enjoy some delicious traditional Ethiopian cuisine unlike anything else you’ve had before.
Silk Bistro, 446 Parliament St: A Cabbagetown favourite, enjoy their authentic Thai delicacies.
St Jamestown Steak and Chops,  516 Parliament St: Come taste some of the fresh cuts this Cabbagetown landmark will be grilling up.
Staij & Co., 552 Parliament St: Taste some of their stunning custom cakes as well as beautifully decorated cupcakes and other desserts like meringues, macarons and caramel corn.
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St: Sip on something cold on their festival patio while hanging out at one of the best pubs around.
Suruthi’s Takeout, 585 Parliament St: Enjoy some fine Sri Lankan food from this cozy family owned establishment.
Tender Trap, 580 Parliament St: Serving up fried rice, chicken wings, and other good eats.
Thai Room, 243 Carlton St: With authentic Thai and Malaysian cuisine you’ll be sure to find something that fits your appetite here.
Under the Table, 568 Parliament St: Enjoy some of the best Jamaican/Canadian fusion dishes Toronto has to offer.
Yarl Creamhouse, 566 Parliament St: Delicious milk shakes.

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509 Danceware/Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, 509 Parliament St: Enjoy free creative movement for children, explore 509 Dancewear and watch pop up performances and open rehearsals by the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
Bolokelen Malinke Percussion, 243 Gerrard St. E: FREE djembe and dundun drumming performances interspersed with short, open drum classes perfect for all ages

Buds & Blossoms, 517 Parliament: Come explore sand arts and be part of a large mural art work creation. Free children demo classes throughout the weekend.
Cabbagetown Barber Shop525 Parliament St: Learn about their traditional barber techniques and services
Cabbagetown Pharmacy457 Parliament St: Join them for their product demos 
Cleopatra Fashion, 459 Parliament St: Explore their unique clothing and accessories featuring some festival deals
Cycle Solutions, 444 Parliament St: Proud Sponsor of the Friends for Life Bike Rally. Have been sponsoring the event for over 15 years. F4LBR is a charity ride from Toronto to Montreal, raising funds for People with Aids. PWA will have riders and spinners recruiting and promoting the ride to Montreal.
Del Rey Cleaners 568 Parliament: A wide ranging used clothing sale as well as an assortment of bubble bath products
Dollar 4U, 405 Parliament: Mixed products and some exclusive festival deals
Employment Services, Centre for Education and Training, 595 Parliament St: Find out about the many services available for job seekers
Focus Voice & Data, 543 Parliament St: Find out about their cell services.
Freedom Mobile, 437 Parliament St: Learn all about their phone services.
Green’s Antiques, 529 Parliament St: Enjoy some sweet treats while browsing a wide array of antiques.
Hair Spa, 440 Parliament St: A variety of essential oils, jewelry, skin care, and hair products will be available.
Homelife Realty One, 501 Parliament St: Meet the team and enjoy giveaways
Jamestown Milk, 592 Parliament St: Check out a selection of plants and terrariums. 
Kendall & Co., 514 Parliament St.: Wide range of design furnishing and home decorating solutions.
Kumon Math and Reading, 543 Parliament St: Learn about their services can give your child an academic advantage.
L’Atelier Style546 Parliament St: Find out more about their interior design and antiques offerings.
Labour of Love, 223 Carlton St: Explore their handcrafted jewelery, quality paper goods and eclectic lifestyle goods at their sweet deals sidewalk sale.
Lampcage, 557 Parliament St: Lighting, vintage furniture and decor.
Menagerie Pet Shop, 549 Parliament St: Full line pet shop stocking a wide variety of pet supplies and much, much more.
Meridian Credit Union, 486 Parliament St: Join the Meridian team for fun interactive activities
Mi Casa, 238 Carlton St: Be sure to stop by MICASA for all your fabulous festival furnishings, lighting, and accessories.
Onirak Fashion, 423 Parliament St: Fashion items and some festival deals.
Parliament Furniture, 465 Parliament St: Make your space a home with Parliament Furniture.
Parliament Street Fitness, 484 Parliament St: Experience an outdoor fitness class and take advantage of special membership promotions.
Planet Paradise,  51A Winchester St: Learn about one of Toronto’s most upscale vape lounges.
Powder Bridal, 550 Parliament St: A curated collection of elegant bridal wear and info on services.
Salem & Family, 419 Parliament: Festival deals on electronics
Society for Osteopathic Wellness and Paths to Vitality, 439 Parliament St: Meet and greet with practitioners plus info and demonstrations.
Softron, 439 Parliament St: Visit their booth to learn about their tax services.
Sooter’s Photography, 461 Parliament St: Frame and art sales
Spruce Home Decor, 455 Parliament St: Home decor, personal care, and gift items mixed with vintage and handmade finds.
Toronto Public Library, find us in the KIDS ZONE on Carlton
Unistar Computers,  555 Parliament St: Finding the right electronics can be tough, check by Unistar’s booth to see what they have to offer.
Yonge Street Mission, 270 Gerrard St:  Stop by their open house from 1:00PM – 5:00PM on Saturday, September 9th to learn about their programs and services.

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These vendors and organizations have been approved to join our local businesses on the street. Watch for more to be added!









Aegean Honey Balls (honey balls, savoury pies, beverages and more)
Auntie Jo’s Kettle Corn
Beaver Tails (food truck)
Calga Cafe
Chifles on the Go (grilled wings and veggies, pulled beef, pork etc.)
Churricos (churros)
Coconut Island (fresh fruit smoothies)
Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream Inc.
Ice Cream 4 U
Liko’s Hawaiian BBQ
Malaysian Kitchen
Miss Amigos (bbq dishes)
Mobile ICEE Canada
Roast Corn Express
Rob’s Good Food (pastries, sundries and more)
Tocino Boys Sweet Bacon (sweet bacon and tropical drinks)

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Amazing Design (jewellery and origami)
Amberela (jewellery)
Amigas Natural (candles, soap, lotions and more)
Asiri’s Treasures (organic cotton and alpaca wool clothing)
Deborah Hiscock (Ecological/Sustainable Textile Accessories)
E & A Jewelry
G Fox & Co. Canada
Karla Dean, Karizma (jewellery)
Love And Schiaparelli (stationary and other accessories)
TT’s Essentials
Stone and Hide Jewelery for Men
The Perfect Gift By Anna Rattan (handmade stained glass panels, sun-catchers and jewelry)


Alumnae Theatre Company
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Children’s Book Bank Canada
The Church of St Peter & St Simon
Democrats Abroad
Enbridge Gas
Hare Krishna Culture
Hear Right Canada
Jack In The Socks
Jarvis St. Baptiste Church
Ontario Energy Board
People With AIDS Toronto
PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally
Rosar Morrison Funeral Home
Souvenirs Tibet
St Michael’s Hospital
The Neighbourhood Group
TMC Restoration
Toronto Life
White Studio Pottery

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Road closures in 2017 were as follow and are expected to be the same for 2018: Starting at 6am, Saturday, they  remained closed until 10pm, Sunday. Roads were and will be closed to all vehicular traffic at all times. Road closures will include Parliament from Wellesely to Gerrard and Carlton from Ontario to Parliament.

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2018 sponsorship opportunities are still available. Any and all questions should be emailed to Cabbagetown Festival Producer Meagan Madill at






Bill Morneau & Nancy McCain



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It was a pleasure working with you. 2018 sponsorship opportunities are now available. Any and all questions should be emailed to Cabbagetown Festival Producer Meagan Madill at









Bill Morneau & Nancy McCain


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