Saturday 22 July 2023

Ossfest 2023, Toronto, ON

OssFest was today and Gord and I went (it's in our 'hood).

Oh hey, Toronto! It's been a minute hasn't it? We are excited to be planning for a return of the beloved OssFest this year! Nothing says summer more, than street festivals in Toronto! For it's sixth edition, OssFest returns for a pedestrian take over of the Ossington Strip between Dundas St W and Queen St W.

Beginning with a health and wellness feature in the morning, with local businesses and a few artisans showcasing their goods all day. We will have over 25 extended patios alongside music and entertainment programming all day and into the evening.

It is family friendly, dog friendly and is a fantastic way to celebrate the neighbourhood and Toronto! And people talk about it all year, excited for the next.

Ossington Avenue was closed from Dundas Street W to Queen Street W for it ... we entered it from Queen Street W.

The first thing we saw was a drag show in front of Sweaty Betty's.

There was something for everyone. There were lots of vendors with booths on the street. The patios were jammed and long line-ups for food.

The Superkick'd wrestling show is always fun to watch.

We haven't been since 2019. Last year was the first one since COVID and we didn't go because we figured it would be really busy since things were just starting to get back to normal. In the past, the stage was in an enclosed area with tables and chairs with liquor being served. Today is was on a side street rather than at Ossington/Dundas W with a couple chairs. Had we known, we might have brought some camp chairs.

Another difference is you could buy alcoholic drinks along the street and walk around with them (rather than being confined to a patio). So, of course, we did!

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