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This weekend in Toronto: a festival for our four-legged friends, an animal-adoption drive, a clothing-optional bike excursion, a DJ set by Caribou, an art market, Knit in Public Day, chef-prepared food for a good cause, and see what the first days of Luminato have to offer.
FESTIVAL: Dogs, dogs, and more dogs: Woofstock, the much-loved festival for dogs and dog-lovers, takes place this weekend in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. The festival features more than 200 vendors and activities, including a fashion show and a trick contest. St. Lawrence Market area (Front Street East and Church Street), Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Continuing with the “dog days of summer” theme, Toronto Animal Services (South Region) is hosting an adopt-a-thon this weekend at Dufferin Grove Park. Animal companions—including dogs, cats, rabbits, and hamsters—will be looking for friendly faces to give them a new home. The event will also include information on the work TAS does, lessons on animal care, and activities and face-painting for kids. Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin Street), Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., FREE (unless you’re taking home a furry friend).
CYCLING: Participating in what sounds like a potentially painful activity, Torontonians will be biking around the city in their birthday suits on Saturday for the World Naked Bike Ride. Anyone can join in, and nudity isn’t a requirement. Coronation Park (west of Bathurst in the centre of the park), Saturday 12:00 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Canadian musician Caribou will be playing a DJ set highlighting the dance/electronic influences from his 2010 album Swim on Saturday night. Caribou was the winner of the 2008 Polaris Music Prize, and Swim also made the shortlist in 2010. Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), Saturday 11:00 p.m., $10.
MARKET: Stroll over to King West on Sunday to check out the wares of local artists and designers at the ART MKT. All items, including original art pieces, will be for sale. 99 Sudbury (99 Sudbury Street), Sunday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., FREE.
CRAFT: Get those knitting needles out on Sunday because Wise Daughters is hosting its second annual Worldwide Knit in Public Day. There will be a number of activities, including a knit-scarf relay for Streeknit, free knitting instruction, and a yarn swap. Wise Daughters Craft Market (3079B Dundas Street West), Sunday 1:00 p.m.–5:00p.m., FREE.
FOOD FUNDRAISER: Toronto foodies can delight their palates on Sunday at an event that will feature 60 of Toronto’s top chefs and 30 beverage connoisseurs. Toronto Taste, hosted by Bob Blumer, raises money for Second Harvest and has collected more than $4 million in the past 21 years, providing over eight million meals to Toronto residents in need. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), Sunday 6:30 p.m., $250 (with $125 tax receipt).
LUMINATO: The annual multi-disciplinary festival that “brings Toronto’s light to the world, and the world’s light to Toronto” runs from June 10-19 this year. Check out our preview of Luminato 2011, which includes Torontoist‘s top picks from this year’s festival.