Parkdale gets ready for another Lab Cab Festival – July 26 & 27!

The Parkdale Village BIA is delighted for the return of the Lab Cab Festival and Sidewalk Sale on July 26 & 27, 2014.

Lab Cab is an annual, two-day multi-arts festival which includes over 100 shows in 75 venues along Queen Street West. It is a free family event offering a sidewalk sale, music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, kids’ stuff, visual art and comedy performed in restaurants, bars, community centres, boutiques, cafés, parks, library, parking lots, hair salons, flower shops, clothing stores, convenience stores, antique stores and more. Acts range from 2 to 40 minutes, and are performed by seasoned and amateur artists from 2:00pm-8:00pm throughout the weekend along Queen Street West, starting at Dufferin & ending at Roncesvalles.

Founded in 2001, the mandate of Lab Cab (short for “Laboratory Cabaret”) is to provide a home for local artists of various disciplines to experiment with new work in a fun and risk-free environment. The first Lab Cab Festival premiered in the fall of 2006 with over 50 arts groups filling every nook and cranny of the Factory Theatre at Adelaide and Bathurst.

The Parkdale Village BIA is excited to host Lab Cab for another year as the festival flourishes throughout our neighbourhood, check out last years photos, click here.

And the best part? It’s FREE.

Photo Courtesy of Lab Cab Festival

Stay tuned to for line-up and schedule updates!

To volunteer for the festival email us at [email protected] or contact click

Spring into Parkdale Festival – Art Market, Spa Deals, Portraits & Tours !

Although Spring is here, its clear she has yet to grace us with her presence. We certainly hope she’ll make an appearance for our 2nd Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival on Saturday April 26th 10am-6pm!

With over 50 businesses and community partners participating, lots of giveaways and numerous free activities for kids, we’re sure they’ll be enough to warm your hearts and help you forget about this years gruelling winter.

To kick off our 5 week countdown we’re delighted to share a sneak peak at some attractions and hope you’ll be enticed to re-explore, re-discover and support all that Parkdale Village has to offer. As you stroll the strip, be sure to stop by Triller Avenue, Sorauren Avenue, Cowan Avenue & Dufferin Street for free attractions.

Art Market: Explore numerous local crafts, artisans and vendors at the Spring into Parkdale Art Market brought to you by Parkdale Flea and Goodfellas Gallery. This indoor market at 1266 Queen St W @ Dufferin/Noble is free & still accepting submissions for local artists.

Spa Package: Get pampered at Red Carpet Queen with a special 1 day only Spring Pamper Spa Package, including facials, body treatment, massage, product discounts and more! Contact them at 1291 Queen St W @ Brock for more details!

Food Tour: Start & end your Parkdale experience with Foodies on Foot and the 501 Streetcar Food Tour!

Portraits: Step right up and get your free caricature portrait from local artist Cat Reyto  

Picasso: Select your free bird feeder at our craft table and paint away!

Stay tuned for more details as we continue to announce over 50 wonderful partners, entertainers and businesses who can’t wait to see you Spring into Parkdale! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram #springintoparkdale Spring into Parkdale Attractions - 2014

Join the “Business Tools for Today” Workshop – it’s free!

You’re invited to attend a free Workshop on Wednesday April 2nd 8pm @ The Mascot Café presented by Offshoot Inc & Vend. Learn more about POS, E-Commerce, Websites and Social Media.

If you think a POS system is too expensive, or that you don’t require inventory management or reporting – think again!

Today’s cloud based systems eliminate the upfront costs of traditional POS systems, giving you the inventory visibility & reporting to make informed buying & selling decisions for your business. For more details & to attend this free workshop, click here.

Offshoot Logo - POS workshop - 2014

Spring into Parkdale on Sat April 26, 2014

The Parkdale Village BIA is delighted to announce the 2nd Annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival on Saturday April 26th 10am-6pm!

Put on your best sneakers, grab a friend and take a stroll down Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this Spring for a day filled with free kids activities, sidewalk sale, giveaways, buskers & so much more!Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Sale & Festival - 2014

Meet the shop owners and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood and enjoy a wonderful day exploring Parkdale Village! For more details on how to participate as a vendor, entertainer or volunteer, email [email protected] and click below for an update on activities & entertainment:

Cheese, Exploration, Sistema, Horses & Rock!
Pride, Treasure, Superman & Eagles!
Art Market, Spa Deals, Portraits & Tours!