Cabbagetown has been a vibrant community since the 1830s. Originally populated by primarily Irish and Macedonian immigrants, the neighborhood earned its name because of the cabbages the poor residents would grow in their front yards. Cabbagetown has changed much since then, and has embraced the term that was once used derisively as a reminder of our immigrant roots.
The Cabbagetown BIA first formed in 1982 primarily to put on the Cabbagetown Festival. Our mandate has expanded considerably in the past 35+ years, as we put on a variety of events, and invest considerably into our streetscapes and public realm.