Welcome to the 31st Annual Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale
Cabbagetown is located in downtown Toronto, bounded by Wellesley, Parliament, and Gerrard streets and the Don Valley Expressway, easily accessible by public transit. The correct name for the area is Don Vale, but the name Cabbagetown, from the habit of its first residents to grow cabbages on their front lawns, has stuck. The name was popularized in the Hugh Garner novel about the area.
The neighbourhood has changed since the days when it was known as the "largest Anglo-Saxon slum in North America." It has been renovated, rebuilt, and retouched to become a heritage neighbourhood where many famous Canadians in the arts live. The Victorian architecture and narrow streets attract tourists year-round.
There’s lots going on during Cabbagetown Festival weekend:
1) The Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale is held in Riverdale Park (375 Sumach Street) in the centre of Cabbagetown, in front of Riverdale Farm. It has run continuously since 1988. About 180 artists fill the winding pathways in the park, situated under many large trees. It attracts about 20,000 visitors. There is food and music to enhance the celebration.
2) Riverdale Farm, an urban farm, is right next to the Art & Crafts show. It represents a turn of the twentieth century small family farm with a farmhouse, barn, and a variety of heritage breed farm animals. Its festival includes corn roasts, fiddle playing, and children's activities.
3) The Cabbagetown BIA closes Parliament Street on Saturday and Sunday for an annual parade and all-day entertainment. Sidewalk cafés, restaurants, music, and other entertainment turn out for the weekend.
4) Lawn sales proliferate as everyone puts out those gently-loved items at bargain prices. It brings many people into the neighbourhood.
You can find out what else is going on during the Cabbagetown Festival by visiting www.cabbagetownfestival.org.
attract tourists year round.