Your Guide to Weekends at Evergreen Brick Works
There are so many things to do and see at the Brick Works on the weekend. We've gathered some of our favourites to help you plan your next trip.
Published on June 14, 2022
There is truly nothing like spending a weekend in the summer at the Brick Works. This unique destination nestled in the heart of the Don Valley has something for everyone. From visiting our weekly Farmers Market to hiking up to the lookout, this itinerary will help you plan your next visit to Evergreen Brick Works.
- Bike – There are many ways to get to the Brick Works by bike. Click here to see some suggested routes to take.
- The Shuttle Bus – The free shuttle bus departs every 30-45 minutes from the parkette just north of Broadview subway station. Click here for the schedule.
- Car – There are three parking lots on-site and paid parking is in effect seven days a week. We also have three electric car charging stations. Click here for more information.
1. Visit the Saturday Farmers Market
A weekend at the Brick Works simply isn’t complete without visiting the Saturday Farmers Market. Currently located outdoors under the Pavilions, this market is the place to shop from the widest variety of seasonal and local food in Toronto. Open year round, the Saturday Farmers Market supports over 60 local farmers, producers, entrepreneurs, and chefs. Once there, you’ll also be able to enjoy selections from our prepared food vendors, listen to live music, and enjoy a drink from the Sipping Container. Dogs are welcomed during the outdoor season!
2. Play in the Children's Garden
In our opinion, this is Toronto’s best kept secret! The Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works is an interactive play space that welcomes children of all ages to play imaginatively in nature. Whether you’re playing with loose parts like flowers and sticks, painting rocks, or building a shelter from natural materials, there’s always something fun happening in the Children’s Garden. Learn more about when Weekend Nature Play will be taking place in the Children’s Garden throughout the summer.
3. Go for a hike in the Don River Valley Park
As one of Toronto’s largest urban parks, the Don River Valley Park has so much to offer the city’s communities. Hiking along the many trails is a fan favourite. Make sure to make your way up the top of the Lookout Path, there you will see an beautiful view of the Toronto skyline.
4. Explore the Sunday Artisan & Vintage Market
The Sunday Artisan & Vintage Market is the place to shop from local artists, markers, and vintage sellers in Toronto. We partner with the Ontario Vintage Market and offer a range of items for sale including vintage clothing, eco-friendly products, unique hand-made jewelry, wood and leather products, and so much more! In addition to the vendors, you’ll also find live music, prepared food, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available through the Sipping Container. The energy of the Sunday Artisan and Vintage Market can’t be beat!
5. Shop at the Evergreen Garden Market
Summer is a great time to shop for succulents, shrubs, saplings, soil, seedlings and more at the Evergreen Garden Market. The market champions Ontario native plants and the positive impact that they have on the local ecosystem. You can also now find Less Mess Enviro Bags for sale at the market!
The market carries a large range of local products from Canadian artisans, crafts people, and small-batch producers. It’s also one of the only places in Canada that sells Fermob patio furniture, a fully recyclable and eco-friendly type of furniture.
6. Snap some Instagram-worthy photos
There’s no end to the number of beautiful photo locations at the Brick Works. Spice up your Instagram feed by taking a photo at some of our favourite photo locations:
- The Lookout Point
- Mud Creek Terrace
- The Don River Valley Park
- The Frances and Tim Price Terrace
- Snapping Turtle
7. Discover the wildlife at the Brick Works
Evergreen Brick Works is home to many animals including turtles, frogs, beavers, red-tail hawks, chickadees, rabbits, deer, owls, butterflies, ducks and more. The ravines are the best place to spot some of our favourite furry friends. The next time you visit the Brick Works with your family and friends, listen up and keep an eye out for these animals.
8. Not able to make it to the Brick Works on a weekend? We’ve got you covered.
Evergreen’s Summer Wednesdays are coming back to the Brick Works! Enjoy a mid-week break every Wednesday from 5-10pm from June 22, 2022 to September 28, 2022. Choose from gourmet selections from food trucks under the Pavilions or indulge in a family-style meal from the wood fired oven in the Children’s Garden.
There will also be live music performances, yoga and dance classes in Koerner Gardens, trivia nights, night markets and more! We'll also have alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available through the Sipping Container. You'll find many of your favourite selections from Brickworks Cider at the Sipping Container and at their pop-up booth in the Children's Garden. Come out and make the most of those warm summer evenings with us at Summer Wednesdays!