"Lakeshore looking west near the CNE during TO2015" image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Taste of the Danforth, Horsecapades or 2015 ParaPan Games

Toronto faces a tough decision this weekend: whether to patronize the Taste of the Danforth, the Horsecapades at the CNE, or the 2015 ParaPan Games.

Here’s how you can catch all three!

"Lakeshore looking west near the CNE during TO2015" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Lakeshore looking west near the CNE during TO2015” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The 2015 Taste of the Danforth in Toronto

The Taste of the Danforth is an annual summer Toronto event with massive publicity, and the most limited timeframe.

Taste of the Danforth in Toronto runs from August 7-9, 2015. Friday night goes from 6pm to midnight; Saturday from noon to midnight; and Sunday from noon to 10pm.

Personally, I think it’s great to just wander along the street, and buying finger food from the various restaurants in Greektown. (There’s sushi and Thai if memory serves; and other non-Greek foods too. But the district’s name is Greektown, and that’s the main ethnicity for food and shopping).

The official Krinos Taste of the Danforth web site has lots more details on the performances at several stages, plus where to participate in sports or kids activities.

Take the #2 Bloor/Danforth subway to any of the stations from Broadview to Chester. Don’t even think of driving; Danforth Ave. is closed from Broadview to Jones, and neighbourhood street parking is always very busy anyway. Bicycling is great exercise, but it’s tricky to walk your bike through the crowds.

Taste of the Danforth is free to attend, but budget for food and drinks. Expect to join one of the happiest crowds in Toronto this weekend.

Horsecapades in Toronto

The Horsecapades introduces children and non-equestrians to the amazing abilities of horses to perform and entertain. Head to the Horse Palace (and the Better Living Centre) on the CNE grounds, any day from August 2 – 20, 2015, “from 11am – 2pm” for your interactive enjoyment. The “Horsepower Live” shows are at 11:30am and 1pm. I’d rather go early for the morning show, and take the wagon ride later.

If you’ve asked yourself, “Where can I take the kids for free in Toronto?”, one answer is check out the interactive kids activities at Horsecapades.

(Another answer is to check the Harbourfront Centre calendar, and filter on “Family”).

Horsecapades is a free annual Toronto event, leading up to “The Ex”. Get more details from the official Horsecapades web page.

The 2015 ParaPan Games in Toronto

The 2015 ParaPan Games run from August 7 – 15, with sports ranging from archery to wheelchair tennis. The Toronto Star has published features about some of Canada’s dedicated athletes who will compete here.

With multiple venues and schedules, please check the official Toronto PanAm Games web site. The default has been set to show the ParaPan events, so that part is easy. If you had not bought tickets for the PanAm Games, you may want to read my notes in “How to Find Tickets for the TO2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto“.

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