As one of Toronto’s National Historic Sites, the Distillery District acts as both a portal into Toronto’s distillery history and a celebration of local culture. The Distillery District hosts several public markets throughout the year as well as being a venue for cultural events throughout the city. Most of the buildings in the district are original to their era and provide an interesting architectural contrast to modern buildings downtown.
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Throughout the year, the Distillery District offers several seasonal markets such as the Christmas Market and the summer Sunday Markets. The Distillery District runs a Sunday market from June to September. This market offers a variety of fresh summer vegetables as well as local crafts and products. The Christmas Market runs from November to December and offers Christmas themed vendors, several Christmas light and photo worthy displays, live entertainment.
Art appreciation is an important part of the Distillery District and that is reflected through the multiple art festivals they host throughout the year. Lightfest is their winter night festival, filled with unique light based exhibits. There are also two art fests in the spring and fall which acts as both an exhibition as well as a craft show.
Built in 1859, the Stone Distillery is one of the oldest buildings in the city and is the oldest building in the district. This historic building is definitely a picture worthy part of the district so don’t forget your camera!