Going strong for a decade, Leslieville Wanderlust is back. And this year it's pulling out all the stops to mark 10 years of celebrating the best that Leslieville has to offer.
The neighbourhood's marquee showcase returns for its 2016 edition with a two-day event that will feature over 60 local shops, galleries and restaurants.
With the eclectic nature of the neighbourhood put on display, Leslieville Wanderlust really has a little something for everyone. If you like to shop, there are sales and specials. If you’re an art lover, there are galleries to explore. If you're a foodie, there is a custom tasting tour. If you're a mom or dad, brother, sister, aunt or uncle, there is plenty of family fun on both days.
Here's what you need to know about Leslieville Wanderlust 10:
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
The Leslieville Wanderlust kicks off Thursday Nov. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a festive tree-lighting ceremony in Leslie Grove Park featuring live music, hot chocolate and family fun, plus special guest Theo Tams, Leslieville’s own Season 6 Canadian Idol winner.
Leslieville retailers stay open late to welcome locals and visitors to an evening shopping soiree with in-store specials and giveaways, music, cocktails and more. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the streets of Leslieville are set to be animated with live music, and a complimentary shuttle bus — Wanderlust Wheels — will run along Queen East.
The annual Gnome Scavenger Hunt, which takes families and solo crusaders on a Queen East adventure, takes place on both Thursday and Sunday. Find 18 gnomes hidden at participating businesses to win instant prizes and be entered to win a grand prize at the end of Wanderlust.
Details on what shops will have in-store to be announced in the coming weeks on Leslieville social media accounts @LeslievilleBIA.
A Leslieville pub crawl gets underway at 9 p.m. to midnight with local bars offering specials to east end adventurers. Follow @LeslievilleBIA for more.
On Sunday Nov. 20, get ready for a daytime neighbourhood affair including food and drink highlights, outdoor markets, gallery crawls and a chance to win Leslieville swag.
Local street parties will be happening between 12 noon and 6 p.m. on Knox Ave., Morse St. and the parking lot of Chartwell’s Avondale retirement residence. Highlights include live music, kids activities, craft beer from Radical Road and Left Field Brewery, non-alcoholic beverages for everyone, an activation by Arts Market at Avondale and photo opportunities.
Arguably the biggest draw of the day will be the Wanderlust Tasting Tour running from noon to 4 p.m., when the best that Leslieville has to dish out — from take-out joints to high-end restaurants, and the incredible specialty shops — is on showcase. Taste the food and drink, and meet the people who have helped put Leslieville on the map for eating and drinking.
Space is limited, click here for more information and to buy tickets to the Leslieville Tasting Tour.