This Father’s Day weekend has so much on the go in Toronto. Here are just a few ideas to keep you busy:
Beach BBQ and Brews Festival is on this weekend (June 15-17) at Woodbine Beach. You’re invited to enjoy the many attractions offered, including a FREE RIBFEST, BBQ competitions, live music, children’s rides, grilling demos, craft vendors and not to mention the Beer Garden. (Free)
- NXNE (North by North-East) gives you a chance to enjoy great music and film by independent musicians and producers. 780 bands and 40 films are on its schedule. The festival winds down Sunday, June 17th. (Tickets, some free concerts)
- Buddies in Bad Time Theatre is proud to bring you Queer Pride, a local festival of queer comedy, theatre, music and parties. Here’s there full schedule of events that go on until July 1.
- The Wine and Spirit Festival in on until Saturday, June 16 at Sugar Beach. This outdoor wine festival includes win samples, craft beer, pairing seminars and live music. (Tickets 25$ in advance, 30$ at door; price includes 5 drink/food vouchers & a festival sampling glass)
- Taste of Little Italy brings some flavor and fun to College Street, between Bathurst & Shaw (June 15-17). Head over to the piazza and celebrate with “music, food, a little vino and a lot of fun”. (Free)
- International Men’s Rugby Canada vs Italy kicks off at 7pm on June 15 at BMO Field. (Tickets from 10$)
- The Waterfront Festival runs June 21-24 on land and water from HTO Park to Sugar Beach (off Queen’s Quay, from Spadina to Jarvis). Some of the scheduled events include Saltscapes (food festival and live entertainment), The Wharf (folklore and history), Treasure Cache (a hunt for hidden trinkets) and Sugar Beach (BBQ, Watershow, cake decorating demos). (Free)
Continuing this week:
Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity is here until June 17th, celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, film, magic, and more. As 2012 marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Luminato Picks include: a luminous large-scale art installation, entitled The Encampment at Fort York National Historic Site (June 8-24); ///Reply\\\, a street-art installation along Parliament Street, between Dundas & Wellesley (June 8-17); and Playing Cards 1: Spades (June 13-17), a production which uses a deck of cards as its framework. Click here for the full Luminato schedule. Download the Luminato 2012 Mobile App.
- Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris is on at the AGO until August 26th. According to the AGO, “this exhibition offers a rare perspective on the life and work of this iconic artist: his own”. Over 147 pieces from Pablo Picasso’s own collection are displayed, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. They have been touring the world as the Musee has been undergoing renovation.
Music in the City: NXNE rocks the city with concerts all across Toronto. Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings Highlights: Counting Crows at Echo Beach (June 15), Matthew Good at Yonge Dundas Square (June 15 – Free), Radiohead (June 16) and Foster the People (June 19) at Downsview Park, Keane at Sound Academy (June 19).
Have a great week. To all you dads, wishing you a Happy Father’s Day!