Dundas West Fest

Last weekend, I wandered up to Little Portugal for the annual Dundas West Fest. This little street festival runs along Dundas St. from Ossington to Lansdowne and features everything I love: art, music, food, shopping, and more! 

I wandered back and forth along the street, chatted with friends, and window shopped in the sunshine. Here's my little photo diary:

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Local restaurants and bars spill out onto the street and offer tons of extra patio space!

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Local artists display their wares in print, paint, postcards, and even on coasters.

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Other brave artists even let you take a peek into their makeshift studio as they create on the spot.

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The Monkey's Paw, one of my favourite shops for rare and used books, set up a collage party where anyone could participate and help shape this collective community artwork.

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Like many street fairs, Dundas West Fest is a jewellery lover's heaven.

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As you can imaging based on my recent post about natural stone and crystal jewellery, these necklaces were my favourites! You can find them at Philistine on Queen St. West, which is a little shop I coincidentally featured in my "Shop Local" post last year.

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Soaps and scrubs for both men and women.

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I little music on the streets, and some vintage tracks to take home.

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Grilled seafood so fresh it's still in the boat!

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I love the design and typography on these signs put out by Tocana Coffee and The Fountain art bar. You can check out either spot any time on the south side of Dundas West.

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A festival wouldn't be a festival without corn-on-the-cob and lemonade! It reminds me of childhood summers back home where the corn comes fresh straight from the farm...

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The best thing about street festivals is finding something unexpected. After all, where else can you buy boots, plants, and antlers all at the same time?

Dundas West Fest will be back next year, but this is just the start of all the summer fun Toronto has in store!