33 in the Park (Toronto) @10am EDT **CANCELLED – See update in description**
Sat, June 20 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT
***UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to Toronto city mandate to cancel all public events until the end of June because of COVID-19, meaning the Dragon Boat Race Festival is also included in the cancellations. Hopefully we can reschedule something for next years festival….***
Join in for a family-friendly day in the park at Toronto Centre Island, the biggest of the Toronto Islands, during the 32nd Annual Toronto Dragon Boat Race Festival. Meet up, discuss the latest show topics from the No Agenda Show, gripe about local issues and how media is twiddling the message control knobs, or just pop by and say ‘In the morning!’. Lots of summer fun. Explore the beaches (including a clothing-optional one) and outdoor activities, and just get to know the local GTA (Greater Toronto Area) No Agenda Gitmo Nation North shitizens.
Plus, there’s entertainment from Toronto Chinese music and dance performers as well as the Dragon Boat races in the canals with school, business, and professional league race teams from all over the world. There will also be an assortment of ethnic and contemporary food vendors available. More details will follow as the race association updates their site closer to the festival and provide a schedule. Scheduling is usually better during the qualifying day on Saturday as there are more teams to see before the final race day on Sunday (it’s more for the entertainment than the competition).** http://dragonboats.com/
We’re trying to meet in the large park space on the Southern edge of Centre Island Park just North of the canals as this provides a good shaded view of the boat races – space-permitting, depending on where vendors will set up. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/OSM-Toronto_Islands_with_labels.png
Travel to the Toronto Islands is by pedestrian ferry at the South end of Bay St, only a 10 minute walk from Union Station. Bring folding lawn chairs if you plan on staying for a while to watch the races, and coolers if you like, but you’ll have to carry everything with you. Expect lineups with long waits at the ferry terminal during large public events like this. The only mandatory charge will be the cost of the ferry. https://www.torontoisland.com/ferry.php
Weather is expected to be “warm”, in the low to mid 20 degrees Celsius (mid 60’s to mid 70’s Fahrenheit). Summer heat waves are common, but rain is also a possibility. You might want to pack an umbrella and/or rain jacket and wear comfortable walking shoes (I got soaked one year even with an umbrella because of a sudden summer thunderstorm, but dried out quickly once the hot sun came out and the sky cleared up – it was hot and humid all day long). Beaches may or may not be open depending on swimming conditions. Sunscreen and bug spray are also worthwhile.
**date and time are pending race schedules, and weather permitting