This weekend: expand your diet at a Vegetarian Festival; a new reading series spotlights famous authors; get ready to jam at this year's Riot Fest; and more.VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL: Want to go veggie, but don’t know if you have what it takes? Find out why the herbivore lifestyle is better for you and the entire planet at the 28th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival. This weekend’s event will allow you to sample veggie meals from various cultures. The event will also feature live music, speakers, and workshops. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday to Sunday, times vary, FREE.
COMIC BOOKS: Attention, geeks! Do you have long boxes upon long boxes of comic books threatening to consume your entire basement? Or perhaps you’re looking to expand your collection? Whatever the case may be, you’ll be happy to know that you can find the solution at this year’s Science Fiction/Anime Flea Market. There, you can find plenty of opportunities to beat your wallet into the ground with nerdy goodness (hopefully, it’s had a little chance to recover from the Fan Expo). Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE (well, unless you buy stuff).
BOOK READING: Fans of words and the spines that hold them together unite for a new reading series. Impossible Words aims to spotlight Canadian authors from a wide range of genres and styles that best represent our country. This weekend’s edition features Governor General award-winning author George Elliott Clarke, who will be reading from his latest verse novel, I & I. The Academy of the Impossible (231 Wallace Avenue), Saturday, 1:30–3:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Are you bummed that September is here? To help alleviate your sadness, you might consider this variety fundraiser show, which will feature a diverse collection of Canadian talent. Foo York, Foo York! (the show is called that because it’s a fundraiser for one performer who wants to bring her act to the New York Clown Theater Festival) features an all-star cast that includes Chris Gibbs, Bob Wiseman, and Sandra Shamas. Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard Street East), Saturday, 8:30 p.m., $20.
PARADE: The Run for the Earth Parade aims to educate people on issues of over-consumption. Staying true to the theme, all costumes will be made up of pre-existing materials and nothing more. Trinity Bellwoods Park (155 Crawford Street), Sunday, registration at 9:45 a.m., parade leaves at 11 a.m., FREE.
MUSIC: If you’ve lived in Toronto for an extended period of time, then you know that its summer music season never actually ends. This weekend’s hot ticket goes is Riot Fest, an immense lineup of bands that actually dwarfs any festival we’ve had around here in the last couple months. This one features Descendents, Fucked Up, Andrew W.K., and many more. Fort York: Garrison Commons (250 Fort York Boulevard), Sunday, 1 p.m., $49.25.
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