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Toronto Fringe Festival (Toronto)

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Toronto Fringe Festival 2017: From July 5 to July 16. 

Toronto Fringe Festival 2016: From June 29 to July 10. The Toronto Fringe Festival seems to spread all over the map with 150 performances over 25 venues in 2014 (Fringe 2013 offered 148 shows in 35 venues). This can be confusing for families who are new to this theatre festival. Don't worry! All the kids shows (presented in the Fringekids! section on their website) are performed in one place: the Palmerston Library located at 560 Palmerston, two blocks west of Bathurst, just north of Bloor West (with municipal parking lot right across from the library). You can expect a selection of eight family shows almost daily, starting at different times between 11 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. In their listing, the Fringe specifies the age recommendation, the length, and the genre. 

New since 2014, is the FringeKids! Club,with a line-up of free outdoor activities and $15 per kid workshops. Note that the Club, located at Huron Street Public School (541 Huron Street) is a 20-minute walk from Palmerston Library. The alley just west of Honest Ed's, which won't close for good until December 2016, is quite busy too, with more action for the adult crowd. I suggest you print my free stroll with map from Toronto Urban Strolls 2 (BLOOR WEST Cool Stroll), which covers Bloor West in the area. Palmerston Library, is located between #15 and #16 on my map, in the middle of Koreatown. This whimsical walk includes plenty of cool murals, Honest Ed's wacky store (two blocks east of Palmerston), walnut-shaped cakes (at Hodo Kwaja, two blocks west of Palmerston), great coffee... (cause moms are people too), and more.

Not too far from Palmerston Library’ at 656 Bloor West (Map shows Palmerston Lbrary)
The tiniest coffee shop in Toronto at 688 Bloor West (Map shows Palmerston Lbrary)
One of the whimsical surprises inside the landmark store (Map shows Palmerston Lbrary)
Before or after a 45-minute fanily play’ it is fun to explore the area (Map shows Palmerston Lbrary)

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