Bug Phobia Be Gone!

Photo by Ben Roffelsen, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Photo by Ben Roffelsen, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

  • High Park Nature Centre (440 Parkside Drive)
  • 10 a.m.

Ah, summer! A time for rest, relaxation—and hordes of creepy little things poised to munch on your flesh. If pests are keeping you from enjoying the great outdoors, consider attending Bug Phobia Be Gone!, courtesy of the High Park Nature Centre. Join Emily Macleod, an entomologist (that means she studies insects), for a full day of lessons, hikes, and workshops on bees, ants, arachnids, beetles, and many other beings that exist in our vicinity. Perhaps once you learn a little about the interesting lives and purposes of these insects, you’ll be less likely to scream, swat, and stomp when they come near.

Details: Bug Phobia Be Gone!

BIG on Bloor Festival

  • Multiple venues
  • 1 p.m.

Bloor Street has a lot to offer our city, and this weekend they’re showcasing it all! The BIG on Bloor Festival is taking over the stretch between Dufferin and Landsdowne for two full days of events. Drop by to check out the art installations, as well as dance, music, and theatre performances; take part in a variety of family-friendly activities; and stuff yourself silly at a bevy of food stations.

Details: BIG on Bloor Festival

Caturday Night Live

  • Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas Street East)
  • 9 p.m.

You’ve spent many an evening curled up on the couch with one, driven your Facebook friends nuts with incessant photos and videos, and now it’s time to celebrate your feline love in a comedic way (and most importantly—in the company of other human beings). Caturday Night Live is not only a night of hilarious local comedians, it’s also a fundraiser for the Annex Cat Rescue, a volunteer organization that cares for the feral and homeless cats around the city. Join Mark Andrada, Rhiannon Archer, Leonard Chan, Sara Hennessey, Julia Hladkowicz, Ted Morris, Ashley Moffatt, Pat Thornton, Kathleen Phillips-Locke, and Daniel Woodrow as they look at the funnier side of pet-run life, along with readings from I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats.

Details: Caturday Night Live


A Journey Into the Forbidden City

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
Details: A Journey Into the Forbidden City