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Wondering what to get up to this weekend? Check out our go-to guide of fun things to do in Etobicoke!

Although the countless back-to-school ads would have you believe otherwise, there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy. If you’re looking for something fun and local to get up to this weekend, look no further. We’ve got a great list of ten fun things to do in Etobicoke this weekend with something for everyone. Let’s jump in!

1. Grace Jerkfest

The Jerkfest poster.

Image source: Jerkfest

When: Friday, August 11th – Sunday, August 13th

Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N3

Grace Jerkfest is back with a weekend packed full of entertainment and mouth-watering food. This Caribbean festival is in its 16th year and will once again take over Centennial Park. There’ll be a ton of delicious food to sample, including of course, many varieties of jerk. Headlining acts include Brian McKnight, Freddie Jackson, and The Pinchers.

2. The Color Run Toronto

A crowd partying after the Color Run.

Image source: The Color Run

When: Saturday, August 12th,

Where: Woodbine Entertainment Centre, 555 Rexdale Blvd, Toronto, ON M9W 5L2

If you’ve always wanted to run a 5K, there’s no better way to “earn your colors” than getting involved in a Color Run. Dubbed as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet”, this run sees racers doused from head to toe in color at every kilometer. Along the way, there’s a colorful foam zone, a fog-filled dream tunnel, uplifting music, and more. The untimed race is capped of with a festival with more music, bubbles, and of course color.

3. Stumble Upon Nature

The lakeshore.

Image source: LGIC

When: Saturday, August 12th, 12pm – 2pm

Where: Colonel Sam Smith Park, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1L4

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre regularly runs free educational events for the community. This Saturday, seasoned naturalist Richard Aaron will lead a walking tour of Sam Smith Park. Join him for a leisurely stroll along the lakeshore while he discusses plants and creatures found along the way.

4. MP Jamie Maloney Canada 150 Picnic

A section of the event poster.

Image source: FHCC

When: Saturday, August 12th, 2pm – 5pm

Where: Franklin Horner Community Centre, 432 Horner Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8W 2B2

If you’re looking for more local fun, MP Jamie Maloney will be hosting a picnic in honor of the Canada 150 celebrations. He invites along members of the community to enjoy a BBQ, refreshments, multicultural performances, and live music. There’ll also be a beer garden, kids’ activities, and lots of giveaways!

5. Street Food Fridays at Great Lakes Brewery

Chef Ted Reader.

Image source: GLB

When: Friday, August 11th, 6pm – 9pm

Where: Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1L8

If you’re a fan of street food, you don’t have to go downtown to get your fix. Every Friday, Great Lakes Brewery hosts Street Food Fridays where you can sample some delicious eats. This Saturday Chef Ted Reader will be wowing the crowd with some amazing BBQ creations. If you can’t make it on Friday, the brewery is also starting to serve up brunch from 11am until 3pm on Sundays.

6. Culture Shock Community Arts Festival

The event banner.

Image source: CSCAF

When: Thursday, August 10th – Saturday, August 12th

Where: Urban Arts Community Arts Council, 5 Bartonville Ave E, York, ON M6M 2B1

This festival, hosted by the UrbanArts Community Arts Council, celebrates the artistic vibrancy of the Central West Toronto community. The festival is in its 12th year, and showcases everything from dance and music to visual art and spoken word.

7. LEGS August Garden Tour

Anenomes in a garden.

Image source: Pixabay

When: Saturday, August 12th, 9am – 11am

Where: Register to find out

Whether you love gardening or simply enjoy appreciating the beauty of a stunning garden, this will be right up your alley. Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society hosts regular tours for you to discover the beauties often hidden behind the fences of master gardeners. This event offers you the chance to tour a gorgeous garden filled with flowers such as Clematis, Anenome, and several varieties of lilies. You’ll also get to chat with the designer for tips on planting your own eye-catching garden.

8. Board Games for Kids Humber Bay Library

A board game in play.

Image source: Pixabay

When: Friday, August 11th, 2pm – 3:30pm

Where: Humber Bay Library, 200 Park Lawn Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Y 3J1

If you’re struggling to keep the kids occupied on a rainy Friday afternoon, then Humber Bay Library might be just the place. This session is part of the TD Summer Reading Club and offers a chanche for school-age children to get together and have fun playing board games. Note that registration is required for this program.

9. Angela Turona and Chris Platt at Old Mill

Angela Turona and Chris Platt.

Image source: Old Mill

When: Friday, August 11th, 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Where: Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8X 1G5

Once again, the Home Smith Bar at Old Mill will be doused with the beautiful sound of jazz music. This Friday, Brazilian duo Angela Turona and Chris Platt will be up on stage. They’ll explore the diverse music of Brazil including bossa nova and samba, with vocals and piano from Angela and guitar by Chris. If you can’t make Friday, you might want to check out the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio on Saturday.

10. Charlie Zaa and Friends

The event poster.

Image source: CYA

When: Saturday, August 12th, 7pm – 2am

Where: Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, 40 Titan Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2J8

Cost: $39

If Latin pop is more your thing, then you can head to the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre on Saturday evening to see Charlie Zaa and Friends . The international pop star is on tour and will be making just one stop in Canada. You can grab tickets for the show at Eventbrite.

As you can see, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Etobicoke this weekend! Whatever you decide to get up to, we hope you have a fantastic weekend, from your ThompsonSells team!

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