Weekend Warrior: Toronto’s Festival of Beer, Animation Arts Festival International, Matsuri, Vintage Bicycle Show, Importfest


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A scene from The Day of the Crows, screening at this year's Animation Arts Fest

It’s Thursday, and the weekend is fast approaching. Need stuff to see or do? We’ve got you covered. In this edition, a celebration of beer, a tribute to Japanese culture, a vintage bike show and more.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

When: July 26-28
Where: Exhibition Place
Details: What’s better than a cold beer on a hot day? Probably nothing. But even if it rains (showers are predicted for Saturday), Toronto’s Festival of Beer will not be stopped. The 19th annual celebration of brew will serve more than 200 brands, and it’s a rain or shine event. There will also be live performances by De La Soul, Spin Doctors and more.


Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

When: July 26-28
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox
Details: This festival will have film premieres, international shorts, speakers, live script readings, student film competitions, master classes and more to please all animation fans. There will also be family activities, so everyone can get animated.


Importfest

When: July 27
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Details: If you’re a car nerd in withdrawal after the Honda Indy, have no fear: Importfest is back. Touted as being “Canada’s biggest and baddest car show,” this year’s lineup includes show cars from across Canada and the U.S., along with models, a DJ competition and more.


Matsuri

When: July 28
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Details: This will be the very first Matsuri Japanese summer festival. Celebrating Japanese culture, the festival takes over Yonge-Dundas square to fill it with Japanese music — both traditional and modern — along with art, performances, cuisine and more.


Vintage Bicycle Show

When: July 28
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park
Details: Back for a second year, the Community Bicycle Network’s show will exhibit bikes of all makes, models, shapes and sizes at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

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