Toronto Summer Market Guide 2016

We’ve rounded up a number of markets for you to shop and discover all of the new artisans, food vendors, flowers, photographers and musicians of the city we love, Toronto!

Summertime in the 6ix can be a real treat – there is just so much to do in this city and one of our favourite activities is going to Summer markets. Markets are a great way to discover new foods, antiques, local artisans, musicians and artists, and Toronto has a market for pretty much any interest. We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favourites going on in the 6ix this summer. Be sure to keep checking back – we will be continually updating our list whenever we hear about something cool or worthwhile!

Toronto Flower Market

When: Multiple dates between May 7 to October 8 (Find exact dates here)
Where: Shaw Park at CAMH (1001 Queen St W.)
What: Toronto Flower Market (TFM) is where growers and florists meet and interact with their customers. Now in their third year, the TFM has become one of Toronto’s top flower markets. They will have special collaborations running throughout the season. 

The CM Market

When: Everyday from May 12 to September 3, 2016
Where: Club Monaco (157 Bloor St. West)
What: Located outside of Club Monaco’s Bloor St. location, visitors can expect fresh coffee from Sam James Coffee Shop, gorgeous flowers from Sweet Woodruff, delicious baked treats from the Bake Shoppe (known for their drool-worthy pop-tarts!), popsicles from The Pop Stand, and food from Delica Kitchen and Evolution Food Co.

The Distillery Sunday Market

When: Every Sunday from May 29 to September 25, 2016
Where: Distillery District
What: This weekly market takes place every Sunday from noon to 5pm in the history Distillery District. Visitors can expect local artisan goods including tasty treats like organic maple syrup and empanadas.

Heritage Antique Market

When: One Sunday a month between May 29 to November 6, 2016
Where: Cloverdale Mall (250 The East Mall)
What: The Antique market it’s home to west end Toronto’s top antiques. The market sells everything from art and future to vintage designer clothing

Toronto Designer Market

When: Every weekend from June to September
Where: 1605 Queen Street
What: The Toronto Designer Market (TDM) is a store that’s open year round. They host independent brands who are unable to afford a full-retail space, but are looking for a location to sell their goods. This summer, TDM will be rotating a variety of new brands by young entrepreneurs who have yet to test the market with their products – each weekend at the store will have something different to offer! 

The Leslieville Flea

When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month from June to October
Where: Ashbridge Estate
What: The east side has just as much to offer as the rest of the city and they prove it with the Leslieville Flea. Expect a variety of curated goods, from furniture and antiques to collectibles and handcrafted goods.

Toronto Art Crawl

When: June 11, July 8 and August 12, 2016
Where: Liberty Village Park and David Pecaut Square
What: Celebrating its 4th year, Toronto Art Crawl has been voted one of the top outdoor art fairs in Toronto to attend. The art crawl features 50 or more artists, live DJs and food vendors at two great locations: Liberty Village and David Pecaut Square.

Hello Happy Market

When: June 12, 2016 
Where: Queen St. West neighbourhood (exact location TBA) 
What: Similar to the many of the markets on this list, Hello Happy Market aims to support Canadian brands. Customers will be able to find items from a beautifully curated collection of local brands. Tickets to the event are $5 at the door or $3 online. 

Etsy Midsummer Market

When: June 18, 2016
Where: Campbell House Toronto
What: Your favourite crafting site is hosting another market! Etsy’s Midsummer Market will feature goods both indoors and outdoors, demonstrations, workshops, delicious food and tours of the museum all day! Admission is free.

Pixel & Bristle

When: June 25, 2016
Where: The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West)
What: Pixel & Bristle is Toronto’s first design and typography market. Designers, illustrators & typographers will be able to find a wide selection of professional tools including prints, cards, gifts, signage, coasters, wall art, bags and lots more!

Leslieville Flea at the Distillery

When: June 25, 2016
Where: Distillery District
What: The Leslieville Flea is hosting their popular market in the Distillery for one evening only. Expect a variety of curated goods, from furniture and antiques to collectibles and handcrafted goods.

The 7th Annual T&T Waterfront Night Market

When: July 22 -24, 2016
Where: 222 Cherry St.
What: Night markets are huge in Asian culture. In countries like Japan, China & South Korea, night markets are just as much entertainment as it is the sharing of local culture, and the T&T Waterfront Night market is no different. Expect lots of food, music and games for the whole family. 

Toronto Urban Collective

When: August 7, 2016
Where: The Toronto Reference Library
What: This season, the Toronto Urban Collective is hosting their market at a brand new location. Browse a collection of the city’s finest independent artists, craft-makers, musicians, photographers, designers, and gourmet food makers.

Did we miss a Toronto Summer Market? Let us know in the comments below & we’ll add them to our list!

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