This week has several free or nearly-free events reflective of our culturally-diverse city. Heritage backgrounds and origins include Celtic, Chinese, Egyptian, Japanese, Macedonian, Muslim, and Vietnamese. Toronto’s historical culture is also included. We could be adding more as we receive information in our “Comments” below. Please stay tuned.
Celtic festival. September 10 -12. Free. Kew Gardens, the Beach. http://thecelticfestival.com
China. Markham Moon Festival. Sunday, September 11. 6pm-9:30pm. Free. Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Blvd. Families come together and welcome the full moon with moon cake, tea, and lanterns. Chinese restaurants are extra busy.
Egypt. Coptic Festival. September 9-10-11. Free. St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, 455 Ferrier Street, Markham. Tel: 416-800-5500. Games, food for sale, arts, crafts, vendors, museum information.
Japan. Kimono Discovery. This is a one-of-a-kind event pertaining to the Kimono and its culture. September 10. 12:30pm to 6pm, $7-$10-$15-$60. Kimono show, cosplay show, a display of “4seasons” by local talents, and a world renowned dance performance from Japan! For more information: http://bit.ly/2aMgqJa. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) Kobayashi Hall, 6 Garamond Court. For this and other Japanese-Canadian events: http://jccc.on.ca/events-calendar/upcoming/
Toronto’s Historical Culture. Black Creek Pioneer Village. September 6-30 Monday – Friday for Seniors 60+ Free. Free also to individuals and families for General Admission every Tuesday after 2pm. (Not valid for March Break or Special Events). Otherwise Adults (Age 15-59) $15. Child (Age 5-14) $11.00. Black Creek Village http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/visit/admission.dot
Macedonian Cultural Festival. September 9-11. Free. St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church, 201 Main Street North, Markham. Tel. 905-471-5555.
Muslim. Eid al-Adha. Eid-ul-Adha. The Feast of Sacrifice. September 12-15. Celebrated at mosques and community centres with prayers, vendors, performances and fun during this period: for example, Monday, September 12, 9:30am. Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drive. www.noorculturalcentre.ca. For other locations, see: http://maceidfest.com/toronto/ (Monday, September 12); TorontoMuslims.com and http://www.masjidtoronto.com/. Venues were not announced at our press time for some of the big locations. In the past, they have included the Toronto Convention Centre and the CNE.
If you want to make your Muslim friends smile, you could say “Eid Mubarak” in Arabic. Eid-ul-Adha commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God and God’s merciful substitution of a ram instead. The story is in the Old Testament as well as the Koran. (The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah has similar roots.)
Vietnam. Tet Trung Thu. Mid-Autumn Festival. September 10. 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Free. Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Street.Please send us posters of other free or nearly – free events in Multicultural Toronto. firstname.lastname@example.org.