Events in the Bazaar

The Gerrard India Bazaar BIA conducts various events all through the year to celebrate a variety of South Asian and Local festivals. All our events are open for everyone and FREE.

Festival of South Asia

The Festival of South Asia is the signature event of the GIBBIA, It is, one of the largest south Asian street festivals in North America, showcasing the culture of the South Asian community with live entertainment on stage including dance, fashion shows, and authentic South Asian cultural programs reflecting Indian, Afghani, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan cultures. Businesses offer a large array of finger licking cuisine. The Street is closed to usual traffic and streetcar is rerouted for 2 full days. The Festival runs form noon – 11 pm for both days.

Baisakhi Mela

Baisakhi marks the arrival of the harvest season and this one-day festival is a festival of unity, integrity, colors and brightness. Baisakhi Mela is a one-day event organized by the GIBBIA in Spring on Gerrard St East / Ashdale Avenue (outside the Library). There are Bhangra performances, DJ music, food sampling, etc.

Rhodes Jam

RHODES JAM is a Community Music Street Party. This Free family event features a 4 piece band, DJ, street performers, face painting, Henna, kids crafts and free food throughout the day. Community members are invited to bring their own instruments and perform with the band.

Diwali Mela

Diwali, known as the festival of lights, is one of the most important holidays on the Hindu calendar. It’s the victory of good over bad. The BIA celebrates a few days before the actual festival. Celebrated in fall, Diwali mela is a one-day event organized by the GIBBIA on Gerrard St East / Ashdale Avenue (outside the Library. There are cultural, musical and dance performances, fire crackers, DJs, laddoos, jalebis and chai distribution, etc.

Christmas in the Bazaar

Held on first Sunday of December, Christmas in the Bazaar encourages the local community to enjoy the festive spirit of togetherness and giving.

Eid Mela

Eid al-Fitr, also called the ``Festival of Breaking the Fast``, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan. Eid celebration is subject to change every year as it depends on the moon cycle as per the Islamic calendar. The Bazaar gets busier towards the end of Ramadan.. Live Qawwali Performance and a sidewalk sale are the main attractions for the event. Shoppers usually come by late in the evening making the bazaar look like a night market.

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