Assembly Park Celebrated its Second Annual Block Party by Bringing the Vaughan Community Together. Assembly Park, the soul of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s (VMC) new Creative District, hosted its highly anticipated Block Party for the second consecutive year on May 27 and 28. The two-day extravaganza brought together residents and visitors for a weekend filled with engaging activities, workshops and captivating entertainment, showcasing the vibrant art and culture hub of the Vaughan community.

“Our community has made its mark in the city of Vaughan since the official launch of Assembly Park a year ago,” says Jay Claggett, Vice President, Development, QuadReal Property Group. “The return of the Block Party this year continues to solidify Assembly Park’s position as a growing creative hub for Vaughan. We are thrilled to have been able to give back to our thriving community by hosting the Block Party once again.”

In collaboration with Menkes Developments Ltd, QuadReal Property Group transformed the Assembly Park grounds into a festive space where its art and community pillars were on full display. Attendees enjoyed a range of programming designed to engage and inspire. The event showcased various live music performances, indulgent food truck fare, and deliciously refreshing sorbet to beat the heat at the Assembly Park Sorbet Shoppe.

Marketplaces at the event featured an array of local crafts at the artisans’ marketplace, where attendees could sample and purchase unique finds. The lush floral market displays inspired visitors to stop and shop for bouquets, gifts and new additions to their own at-home gardens.

Assembly Park’s commitment to fostering creativity was evident through the various classes and workshops held in The Gardens. Led by local Vaughan artist Stefano Bove, art classes encouraged children to exercise their creativity. Planting workshops gave families the opportunity to contribute to the growth of The Gardens at Assembly Park, fostering a sense of community and environmental stewardship. The Block Party also included outdoor zumba and yoga classes, inviting visitors to get active. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about beekeeping and Assembly Park’s beehives from knowledgeable professionals.

Community partners such as the Vaughan International Film Festival brought screenings under the stars, while Woof-A-Palooza delighted pet owners with an obstacle course for their furry companions. The Studios offered a gallery of artistic creations, showcasing the work of members from the York Region Arts Council (YRAC) and a live look at artist Afifa Bari in action. Visitors were able to visit the Menkes Game Room to partake in giant-sized versions of everyone’s favourite classic games. In accordance with its mission to serve as a creative hub for Vaughan, the Assembly Park Block Party provided fun and entertainment for the whole family at this year’s festival.