Here are some of the many free festivals and events this week that are reflective of Multicultural Toronto. They are all open to the public to enjoy. Most are free.
India. Toronto Colour Festival. Saturday, September 17. 12pm. $10-$20-$35. You can buy packs of coloured powder on the site. This is a secular version of the Indian festival of Holi – the fun part. You throw coloured power at other people. Venue to be announced on https://www.facebook.com/events/496296467211165/ .
Mennonite and Pennsylvania German Festival. September 17, 10am-4:30pm. Adult (15-59), $15.00 and Child (5-14) $11.00. (Age 4 and under are free). Seniors (60+) $12.00 and students (15+ with ID): $14.00. Admission includes access to everything else that’s open on the site that day. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway. http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/events/pioneer-festival.dot and http://bit.ly/2bZQf3F .
Mexico. Mexican Independence Day. September 18. 12-8pm. Nathan Phillips Square. Free. For this and other Latino events (in Spanish) at a wide range of prices, see: http://toronto.hispanocity.com/futuros-eventos
Multicultural. International Folk Dance Club. Open House, September 16. 8-11pm. Free. University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor St West. For more details, see: http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc/.
Multicultural. Food Truck Festival. September 18, 1pm – 7pm. Downsview Park. Here’s a chance to sample some ethnic foods for about $6 each: Ethiopian, South American, Indian, Korean, etc. $12-$25 entry fee plus food. Artisans’ market, beer garden, Kidzone, eating contests, and live music.
https://www.universe.com/events/food-truck-festival-ontario-tickets-98KH5L. List of participating trucks: http://www.foodtruckfest.ca/best-ontario-foodtrucks
Philippines. Fluvial Parade. September 17. 8:30am. Free. Bluffers Park and Marina, Brimley Road South (by the Lake). Organized by Bicol Canada Community Association (BCCA). http://www.penafrancia.ca/fluvial-parade-2016/. http://www.penafrancia.ca/calendar/. Map to Bluffers-park: http://www.penafrancia.ca/map-going-to-bluffers-park/
Poland. Polish Festival. September 17 and 18. Free. Roncesvalles Avenue between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West. North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture. Continuous live music on multiple stages. Polish song and dance groups, vendors, buskers, entertainers, etc. Closest subway station Dundas West. http://polishfestival.ca/performance-schedule & www.polishfestival.ca
South Asian. Must Be Kismet Wedding Show. September 18. 12-6pm. $10-$20 (includes fashion show)-$30. What could be more indicative of South Asian culture than a wedding? You don’t even have to be planning one to enjoy a wedding show which features fancy cakes, clothing, entertainment, carriages, limos, and sometimes where to hire a live white horse.http://www.mustbekismet.com/.
Syria. SYFF’s Syrian Cultural Party. Friday, September 16 from 7-9pm at Toronto Assembly Hall, Colonel Sam Smith Park, corner of Kipling and Lake Shore. $20. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/syff-cultural-party-tickets-26867873533
Ukraine. Toronto Ukrainian Festival. September 16-18. Bloor Street West between Jane Street and Runnymede Road. Free. This is the largest Ukrainian street festival in North America with mainly Ukrainian vendors, food, dance lessons, etc. Also midway and refreshment garden. Look for jerk-flavoured perogies. Parade Saturday at 11am. www.ukrainianfestival.com. Schedule: http://www.ukrainianfestival.com/event.htmWiphala. Wiphala Day Flag – Raising. September 18. 3pm. Free. This is one of the many flag-raising events at Toronto city hall’s courtesy flag pole during the year. It is also a good opportunity to meet and learn about the indigenous peoples of the Andes who come from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and parts of Argentina, Chile and Colombia. For flag-raisings of other countries and regions, see: http://bit.ly/NhPcLr
Please let us know of other such events open to the public. Send posters to email: Ruthlormalloy@gmail.com