Kensington Market is one of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhoods. It’s bohemian character is a result of many factors – its proximity to the University of Toronto campus, relatively affordable rental units located above its stores and cafes, and its long history of being a home base to different cultural groups arriving in Toronto – post-war Jewish immigrants, Chinese and Latin Americans, among others.
For more than 125 years, Kensington Market has been a comfortable meeting place for all Torontonians. And for the past nine years that unique and special vibe has been even more apparent than during Pedestrian Sundays. Several summer Sundays from June to September, including all Sundays in August and September, find the streets of tiny Kensington Market closed off to vehicle traffic and replaced by people walking around, dancing, playing music and selling their wares.
You really never know what you’re going to find in Kensington Market during Pedestrian Sundays. Maybe you’ll stumble upon a throng of children breaking open a piñata. Turn another corner and dancers in bright costumes might be moving to the sounds of drummers. The Mexican and Chilean restaurants that dominate the area might have set up temporary outdoor kitchens, with the smell of fresh food wafting through the air.
With its festivals, parades and outdoor performances, Toronto comes alive in the summer. Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sundays are clear proof of how truly vibrant and diverse this city is.