The BIG on Bloor Festival will be taking over the 10-block Bloordale strip on Bloor Street West from Dufferin to Lansdowne on July 16th and 17th.
The festival celebrating its 15th anniversary is returning after 2 years of hiatus and will feature art installations, family activities, and local vendors.
The whole family can play giant billiards and Jenga, check out the bike lane bowling alley and the murals, or attend an art workshop. There’s even a mini petting zoo from Earth Echoes. Other activities range from face painting, a Nerf zone, and the ever popular and entertaining, What a Ball.
Interested in magic shows? Then, enjoy the amazing Edllusion Magic Show happening between 3 pm and 5:30 pm on Sunday.
If you are looking for local crafts, then shop at over 50 local and vintage vendors in a highly curated marketplace designed to look like a bazaar with tents, string lights, and more. There is also a Kid Biz aka Youth market featuring budding businesses of local children from lemonade stands to friendship bracelets.
Performances include Drag Shows, Breakdancing, Hula Hoops and Silk demos, Ukrainian Cultural presentations, Belly Dancing, and musical acts from YULA BERU, Ben Bootsma, T Dot Batu, Myst Milano, and Mother Tongues.
The festival will also include an eclectic line-up of QTBIPOC musical performers across several stages including the main stage at 1141 Bloor Collegiate Institute and the Latin World Stage at the Emerson.
If you are interested in visual arts, don’t forget to check out the large-scale outdoor textile installation by Jana Ghalayini, and the “Peep booth” by NFT Goat Collective where you can look through peepholes and view various digital media on devices within a large black monolith. You can even make your own art at the “Aerosol Area” where you can spray paint or build structures with lots of cardboard tubes on the North side of Bloor and Brock.
The BIG on Bloor Festival usually sees over 100,000 guests during the two-day event.
The festival runs from 12pm to midnight on July 16th and from 12 pm to 9 pm on Sunday, July 17th.
If you are heading to the festival, remember that Bloor Street West between Dufferin Street and Lansdowne Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8 a.m. on July 16 until 3 a.m. on July 18. So plan your trip accordingly.