About Cabbagetown Art & Crafts
Retired executive director Randy Brown with 2021 jury members Gerald FitzGerald, Rea Kelly, Michelle Ross, and Catherine Berka.
Cabbagetown Art & Crafts, and the annual art show and sale it presents, was founded in 1988 by Randy Brown, a Cabbagetown resident and well-known photographer. He continued to mount and manage the show with great success until his retirement in spring 2022.
The show and sale is held in Riverdale Park West, located in Cabbagetown in the heart of downtown Toronto, and is the oldest and prettiest park in the city.
The show and sale takes place on the second weekend of September, the weekend after Labour Day. There is no admission fee and it is readily accessible by TTC.
Cabbagetown Art & Crafts is a community-based, not-for-profit corporation which benefits many local charitable organizations. The aims of CA&C are to encourage appreciation of the visual arts, to give artists a place to showcase and sell their work, and to foster community spirit.
Exhibitors’ tents line the walkways of Riverdale Park West and tens of thousands of people stroll the walkways to view their wares. Overarching trees provide shade, there are park benches for family picnics, and ample food for sale. All in all, it is a wonderful community event. Come, be part of it.
to give artists a place to sell their work, and to foster community spirit.
It's been an honour being part of The Cabbagetown show in 2019. I will display the plaque with pride. My family in India were so happy for me. I would love to take part in your show as long as I can physically be creative. My life is such that I cannot devote all my time to my art. So the response I received from all those are connected to your organisation and the people at large was so well coming. I will surely be there next year and years after based on merit...my Cabbagetown experience has thrilled me beyond comprehension.JOGI MAKHANI
I am the very happy recipient of your gracious donation of third prize in the Cabbagetown Art & Crafts sale. Thank you for supporting the show and encouraging all of us to do our best. This was the first time I’ve been in the sale and I was quite nervous. As soon as we got there I noticed all the other vendors were all in such a good mood and so happy to be there… then I found out why: the people who came to the sale were fantastic. It was such a well run-good vibes-fun weekend!MICHELE MACDONALD
Gosh – I'm not sure how to share my enthusiasm for this past weekend! I had such a wonderful show!David Dunkley
I advertised on Instagram and Facebook and also sent out an e-blast to my large database – I'm happy to say many of my clients visited me (many had not been to your show before). Furthermore I met all kinds of new people who had never heard of my millinery business (and purchased) so that's a good thing!
Your newest happy vendor
Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale
The sale is held each year during the Cabbagetown Festival and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival. The sale takes place on the weekend after Labour Day and attracts over 20,000 visitors to Riverdale Park West, in the heart of Toronto's historic Cabbagetown.