Contributed by Shawna King Pereira. A true sign that spring has arrived in Cabbagetown is the blooming of our beloved yellow forsythia flower.
Not only do the blooms colour our neighbourhood after a long grey winter, they signify that the annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival is right around the corner. The 48th Annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Dress for the weather (the more yellow the better) and join your neighbours in kicking off the Forsythia Festival with our traditional parade around the neighbourhood led by The Heavy Weight Brass Band. The parade concludes at Wellesley Park where families circulate to take part in various activities from face painting, flower crown making, glitter tattoo station, dangling doughnuts tent, spring bike inspection, magic show, photo booth, crafts, bubbles, music, games and so much more! St. James Town Steak and Chops will be back, barbecuing up a storm with handmade burgers and hotdogs that will be available for purchase (and there will be more grills this year to make sure you don’t have to wait long!) Stout Irish Pub will be back to sponsor the beer and wine garden.
The entire festival is free for all to attend. All the money raised through our local sponsors goes directly back into running the festival.
Along with sponsorship, the Forsythia Festival can only come together with the help of our generous volunteers. From start to finish, it takes more than 100 volunteers to collect supplies, manage stations, supervise entertainment, sell food, set up and take down tents and so much more. If you have a few hours to spare on May 5, we would love to have you on “Team Yellow”. To volunteer for the 2019 Forsythia Festival, please contact Carolyn Jarman at email@example.com In the meantime, #thinkspring and we will see you on Sunday May 5!
Parade gathers at the corner of Winchester & Sumach starting at 10 a.m.
Parade Departs at 10:30 a.m. Festival opens for activities at Wellesley Park: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.