The best weekend events in Toronto: August 23-25

Including Danforth's Vision Zero makeover, Fan Expo Canada, Flying Lotus, Kasi Lemmons, Bricks & Glitter, Tamil Fest, Toronto Cider Festival and more

Danforth’s Vision Zero makeover

8 80 Cities transforms Danforth between Woodbine and Woodmount on Friday and Saturday as part of the city’s first Vision Zero street makeover. U.S.-based urbanists and designers the Better Block Foundation create a life-size prototype of what a safer street looks like for vulnerable road users. The project is a response to the rise in pedestrian fatalities in Toronto – 46 vulnerable road users died in 2018 – and was funded by a private donor who knows someone who was killed in an accident.

August 23-24. Fri  4pm Sat noon to 3 pm.

Fan Expo Canada

The entertainment convention turns 25 this year and features an appearance by John Travolta. We round up the best events here.

August 22-25. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Thu 4-9 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-7 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. $20 and up.

Bricks & Glitter

Community-based queer fest kicks off with a party at Lula Lounge. Check out our picks here.

Runs to September 1. Various venues and times.

The Campfire Project

Shadowland Theatre’s exploration of fire, light and storytelling with campfire performances in six suburban parks.

To August 23. for details.

Toronto Cider Festival

Sip Canadian-made ciders. Sherbourne Common.

August 23 & 24. 6 pm. $35-$75.

Expropriate 214-230 Sherbourne

Join Ontario Coalition Against Poverty in demanding the expropriation of former rooming houses at Sherbourne and Dundas for rent-geared-to-income housing. The event includes a screening of short films.

August 23. 214-230 Sherbourne. 8:30-10 pm. Free.

Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

Tune Your Ride Collective and Cycle Toronto host the 10th annual pedal-powered music fest featuring Dream Soda, Abigail Lapell and Communism. 

August 24. Bell Manor Park. 11 am. Performances 1-4 pm. Free. RSVP for the ride. Bring a picnic. Details at

Kasi Lemmons on Eve’s Bayou

Harriet filmmaker attends a screening of her feature debut.

August 24. TIFF Bell Lightbox. 7 pm. $17.

Tamil Fest

North America’s largest Tamil street festival takes over Markham Road.

August 24 & 25. Between Passmore and McNicoll. Noon-9 pm. Free.

Christie Pits Film Festival closing weekend

Gattaca and The Talented Mr. Ripley cap off the outdoor screening series’ 2019 season.

August 24 & 25. Christie Pits Park. 6 pm. Pwyc.

Flying Lotus

Los Angeles beat-maker revives his 3D tour concept.

August 25. Danforth Music Hall. 7 pm. From $30.


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