Awesome Toronto events happening June 3-5

This weekend’s main event: A massive mac and cheese festival that pits 40 cooks against each other to craft Toronto’s most delectable mac and cheese. Seriously, the thing happens for 3 days, so plan on a massive diet/gym binge afterwards to recover. Also happening: a city-wide civic engagement event to build stronger communities, the Riverdale Art Walk and a day-long festival that celebrates our city’s awesome cultural diversity. Just a few of the amazing events happening this weekend in Toronto, June 3-5.

Mac and Cheese Festival

A) Toronto has a mac and cheese festival and
B) it’s happening all weekend. Don’t eat at all today to save room for the cheese coma of a lifetime. On the docket: 75 food, drink and artisan vendors, 40 of them are some of TO’s best mac and cheese creators; craft beer; food trucks; dairy farmers; live entertainment; Guinness World Record attempt at making 2,500 lbs of mac and cheese; and mac and cheese tasting.

When to go: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-2 am
Where at? Ontario Place West Island
Tickets: Admission is free, VIP tickets are $25-$80


100 urban initiatives to promote civic engagement, all happening in one day, make up this Saturday event. It’s all about encouraging Torontonians to get involved in our communities and our city to make TO a better place. These initiatives are happening all around the city, so check out the website to find the ones that interest you.

When to go: Saturday, various times
Where at? Various locations
Tickets: Admission is free

Riverdale Art Walk

170 artists are getting together in a park this weekend for the 18th annual Riverdale Art Walk. Check out pieces by local photographers, painters and sculptors, plus fibre and encaustic artists, as well as others. There’s a People’s Choice Award, a guided art walk along Queen Street East and an eats and beats celebration.

When to go: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-6 pm
Where at? Jimmie Simpson Park, 870 Queen E
Tickets: Admission is free


As the name suggests, this one-day festival downtown is all about celebrating TO’s cultural diversity. There will be dance, music, art, activities, vendors, gifts and more from the city’s South Asian, Chinese, Filipino and Arab communities.

When to go: Sunday, 1-10 pm
Where at? Yonge-Dundas Square
Tickets: Admission is free

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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