The End of Summer 2012 Labour Day Weekend in Toronto
The 2012 Labour Day weekend marks the end of the current summer vacation season. This is a good time to catch some final Toronto summer events.
My suggestions include the annual Toronto Labour Day Parade; Toronto Artfest 2012; and the 2012 Hispanic Festival in Toronto.
I’ve already written about the “Toronto Ashkenaz Festival 2012…” which still runs this weekend through Sept. 3.
(Updated Sept. 3, 2012): I hadn’t realized that the Brazilian Day Festival would be held on Labour Day, Sept. 3 as well; but “Brazil Day at Toronto City Hall and Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square” also points forward to a Brazilian Independence Day ceremony for Friday Sept. 7, 2012.
(Updated Sept. 4, 2012): If you’re searching for “Labour Day Fireworks Toronto“: the only place I’ve found advertising a Toronto fireworks show for Labour Day is Canada’s Wonderland. Check their site, although I’m far too late to help you.
(Updated Sept. 5, 2012): Parents spend August searching for “back to school” without realizing that by October a small percentage will seek “how to kill head lice”. That’s another annual pattern on the Internet, so I’ve written “Effective Head Lice Treatment for Back to School Children” to save you some time if you receive that dreaded Toronto District School Board “Pediculosis” letter from your child’s school later this autumn.
Read more to learn which “Toronto end of summer event” is illustrated by this picture.
March to the CNE behind the Labour Day Parade
In the city of Toronto, Ontario, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is often considered the end of summer, since it closes on Labour Day, the first Monday of September.
Although the CNE publicizes itself very well, and charges admission fees, the annual Labour Day Parade fits into my blog’s theme of inexpensive annual Toronto events that deserve greater promotional efforts.
“Let’s go to the Ex”, or watch the parade for free, on Monday Sept. 3 along its route along Queen Street from Bay Street west to Dufferin. The road closure lasts from 7:30am to 2pm, but the parade is scheduled to enter the CNE grounds at the Dufferin Gate at 11am.
As with any parade, there will be traffic delays so plan to reach the parade route early for your free opportunity to support the 2012 Toronto Labour Day Parade.
2012 ArtFest Toronto in the Distillery District
Running from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, Toronto ArtFest 2012 is freely available for your enjoyment and edification from 11am to 6pm.
The Distillery District might be centred at 55 Mill St. Toronto, in The Young Centre for the Performing Arts, but nonetheless Toronto Artfest is “set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the historic Distillery District”.
Toronto Artfest 2012 includes visual art by Carlo Allion, Bev Jenkins, Patrick LaJoie through Doug Zest and anywhere from two dozen to six dozen artists or groups. (It depends on which online source is more accurate).
The 2012 Hispanic Fiesta in Toronto
The Hispanic Fiesta 2012 also runs from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Head for Mel Lastman Square, at 5100 Yonge Street (the North York Centre), conveniently located right on the Yonge subway line.
On Aug. 31, the 2012 Hispanic Festival starts at 7pm and runs to 10pm. For the rest of the weekend, its hours are 3pm through 10pm.
The Hispanic Festival features Spanish & Latin American culture, particularly its music and cuisine. There will be “hundreds” of performers presenting Andean music, Mariachi, and Tango.
Free to attend but expect to buy some food at the Toronto 2012 Hispanic Festival.
Looking for More Annual Toronto Events?
Use my Squidoo lens, “The DeHaan Lens of Annual Toronto Events” to plan your other weekends. It tracks all the annual Toronto events that I find interesting.
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