5 Festivals to Attend in Toronto this Weekend: Woofstock, Brunch Fest + more

There’s no denying that Toronto is festival crazy and with summer just around the corner (we promise!) the fun is just beginning.

There’s no denying that Toronto is festival crazy and with summer just around the corner (we promise!) the fun is just beginning. After your done shopping all of the best online weekend sales, get outside and explore a festival or five. Whether you love lies with brunch, art, classical music or fur friends, you’re sure to find a festival on this list that you fancy.

Woofstock
When: Sat. May 27 to Sun. May 28
Where: Woodbine Park
What: If you’re the type who goes straight to the dog at the party, this festival is for you. Dogs from around the city will gather for the 14th annual Woofstock, North America’s largest outdoor festival for four-legged fur friends. Visitors can expect main stage contests (think a Mr. and Mrs. Canine pageant, costumes and Canines Got Talent), celebrity dog meet-n-greets, live entertainment (dog races, stunt dogs and cooking tutorials to name a few), free dog surfing lessons and more. Get full details about the event here.

Brunch Fest
When: Fri. May 26 to Sun. May 28
Where: 99 Sudbury St.
What: If there’s one thing Torontonians love more than festivals, it’s brunch! For three days, a group of the city’s finest restaurants and food trucks will be gathering to serve up a bunch of good eats. Stuff your face with servings of eggs Benedict, waffles, breakfast poutine, pancakes and more, and wash it all down with Bud Light Radler (the event’s sponsor). Get full details about the event here.

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Lobster Eggs Bennie by Buster’s Sea Cove for Brunch Fest (Image: Instagram/@cheflifetoronto)

Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival
When: On now until Wed. May 31
Where: Multiple venues across the city
What: If you haven’t heard, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival is the largest North American festival of its kind. Now in its 20th year, the event has 20 primary exhibitions at major museums and galleries plus 20 public installations. Locations are scattered across the city at over 150 venues and feature over 1500 Canadian and international artists. Best part yet? It’s all free! Get full details about the event here.

Barbados on the Water Festival
When:
Fri. May 26 to Sun. May 28
Where:
Harbourfront Centre
What:
Take a trip to the Caribbean without even having to leave the city! Taking over the Harbourfront Centre is the Barbados on the Water Festival, put on in partnership with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. The three day festival will celebrate Barbadian culture with music, fashion, literary events and children’s activities, plus a rum tasting and epic dance parties. Get full details about the event here.

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Barbados on the Water (Image: ToDoCanada.ca)

Toronto Bach Festival
When:
Fri. May 26 to Sun. May 28
Where: 
St. Barnabas on the Danforth (361 Danforth Avenue)
What: Fans of classical music, more specifically Johann Sebastian Bach, will be excited to hear that this weekend will be jam-packed full of the composer’s greatest hits. Each day will feature a different concert. While festival passes are all sold out, you can still purchase single day tickets. It’s sure to be a Bach-in’ good time. Get full event details here.

Featured Image: Instagram/@Woofstock

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