Things To Do This Weekend at Cabbagetown Festival 2018

Cabbagetown Living

Cabbagetown Festival: A Special Edition of Cabbagetown Living

Cabbagetown Festival is Saturday September 8th – Sunday September 9th and features a FREE Kids Zone, live entertainment, food your tastebuds will jump for joy over and more!

While the centerpiece of the weekend may be the Cabbagetown Festival, there are many other local community events going on during the weekend. Each illuminate just how wonderful our beloved neighbourhood of Cabbagetown is.  In this Special Edition of Cabbagetown Living we have rounded up just a few of these amazing events giving you all the more reason to come find out why we say we are #MoreThanCabbage.

For more details on Cabbagetown Festival:    Cabbagetown Festival    

Cabbagetown Short Film Festival | September 5th

The premiere cultural event in the neighbourhood may be the Cabbagetown Short Film Festival. Directors from down the street and across the globe all submit their short films in the hopes of being presented. Organized by longtime Cabbagetown resident Gina Dineen, the Short Film Festival has grown to be a centerpiece of the neighbourhood.  

For more details:    Short Film Festival    

To buy tickets: Tickets

 Riverdale Farm Fall Festival | September 8th and 9th 

It’s not officially fall in Cabbagetown until Riverdale Farm hosts their Fall Festival. Toronto’s only working farm provides a taste of rural life smack dab in the heart of the city. With a cornucopia of seasonal activities, the Farm is a great excursion for families. Make sure to get there early for the pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, and stop by either Saturday or Sunday at noon to participate in hog and chicken calling. Your kids will probably be yelling anyways, might as well make a game out of it. 

To find out more details: Riverdale Fall Festival

Blair’s Run | September 9th

A testament to the generosity of Cabbagetowners, Blair’s Run has been around for nearly as long as the Festival itself. Entering its 39th year, Blair’s Run is a 2km fun run that takes participants on a tour of our beautiful neighbourhood. Each year the run donates proceeds to a local cause. This year’s runners will be contributing to the development of a new building at Riverdale Farm. 

The short distance is perfect for those of all levels of athleticism. Whether you want to sprint it, run it, jog it, or walk it. All particapants will find Blair’s Run to be a fun and rewarding experience. 

To find out more details and to sign up: Blair’s Run

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts |   September 7th – 9th

The Bert to our Ernie, the Bonnie to our Clyde, and the John to our Tory: Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts showcases some amazing local visual artists and crafters in the relaxing atmosphere of Riverdale Park. Once you’ve spent a few hours at the street festival, talked to every vendor, and bought a dozen different types of food, head east to the park and see what they have to offer. 

For more details: Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts

Happy Kids Martial Arts Safety Training | September 8th

Back to School is the perfect time to learn about and reacquaint yourself with proper safety practices when living in the city. Happy Kids is celebrating their grand opening with a free safety seminar for kids aged 5-16. 

For more details:  Happy Kids Safety Seminar

Cabbagetown Boxing Show | September 8th

The Cabbagetown Boxing club will be presenting an exciting boxing display on Saturday, September 8th. Take the oppurtunity to watch an exctiting display of one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports. The Cabbagetown Boxing club has been a cornerstone of the Cabbaegtown community for decades. Thousands of local youth have passed through the doors, learning important skills inside and out of the ring. 

For more details:  Cabbagetown Boxing Show

 Cabbagetown Dance | September 8th

Once you’ve had the opportunity to see boxers dance around the ring, return to the Cabbagetown Youth Center to dance around the dance floor. The Cabbagetown Boxing Club will be trading in their gloves for some dancin’ shoes as they host the Cabbagetown Dance. Local emerging artist Little Magic Sam will be performing all night long (well… until midnight). Head on over and see where the night takes you. 

For more details:  Cabbagetown Dance

 St Jamestown Festival | September 8th

 Our neighbours to the north host a festival of their own from 2pm – 7pm on Saturday, September 8th. In the most densely populate area of Toronto, there are over 150+ nationalities represented. This confluence of cultures brings out an amazing display of community, friendship, and food. Stop by in the afternoon to find out all the great things the area has to offer.

Aladdin and His Magical Lamp | September 8th & 9th

Parents and kids alike are going to love the pantomime style performance of Aladdin and His Magical Lamp. Every year the Cabbagetown Theater Co. wows audience’s with their plays in the unique performance space of the Necropolis Chapel. Written and Directed by longtime resident Kim Sprenger, Aladdin and His Magical Lamp is a playful retelling of the classic story. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. 

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  650 Parliament Fire Relief

As you’re likely aware,  a 6-alarm fire devastated the residents of 650 Parliament, over 1500. The Red Cross is working to coordinate emergency relief efforts and to get help to the people affected. In many cases they have lost everything. These Torontonians need your help.

If you would like to support please click the button below to donate to the Red Cross on their page. Money raised will allow them to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this event and similar events in Toronto.


Festival Swag


Support the not-for-profit Cabbagetown BIA by purchasing any of our branded Cabbagetown Toronto products found at Cabbagetown Festival on Sat. Sept 8th and Sun. Sept. 9th, 2018, outside 237 Carlton Street. Please note our TTC accessible office Swag Shop, normally open Mon. – Fri., will be CLOSED from Fri. Aug 31st – Fri. Sept. 7th in order to prepare for Cabbagetown Festival 2018. (Cash only). 

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