Toronto is turning 186-years-old next month, and even at that age, the place still knows how to party.
Celebrate Toronto is returning to Nathan Phillips Square with a free, two-day event, running March 7 and 8.
With a spotlight on local artists, businesses, foods and fun, the affair will serve as the perfect way to say goodbye to the winter season while showing some serious love for the place we call home.
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The agenda for Saturday includes live music from local bands, and a chance to take a photo with the Celebrate Toronto’s official mascot “Remi the Raccoon.” A photo with the cuddly trash panda can also win you a trip to the Toronto Zoo.
Sunday will feature a slew of interactive activities, including a DJ Cosplay Skate Party and plenty of food and shopping vendors.
The festival will include a 6,000 sq. ft. indoor Toronto Made Market with 90 vendors, a licensed hot chocolate bar, and an “Imagination Zone” which is a custom-built family interaction area with fun activities and Toronto themed photo-op displays.
There will also be skating — weather permitting — and equipment rentals on site.
This year, the event will support United Way, donating 15% of proceeds from branded toque sales to the charity.
Don’t miss the birthday for everyone’s favourite mutual friend: Toronto.
When: March 7 and 8
Time: Noon to 8 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free to attend