What’s on this weekend in Toronto: Tennis action, food and music festivals, road/TTC closures

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It is shaping up to be another fun summer weekend in Toronto, with a slew of events taking place including the kickoff of the National Bank Open, as well as Paws in the Park, and food and music festivals.

Road closures will also be in effect, mainly for ongoing construction as well as ActiveTO. A portion of Line 1 is also closed this weekend for TTC work.

The City of Toronto will also be hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics at various events this weekend.


Top events

Paws in the Park

Meet some furry friends at Paws in the Park, which returns to Woodbine Park on Saturday.

The event, which raises awareness and funds for the Toronto Humane Society, features a Pup Walk, vendors at a marketplace, training demos, and other family-friendly activities.

Money raised will help the Toronto Humane Society with its operating costs, so that they can provide for the animals in their care.

Click here for donation details.

UNSPLASH/Marliese Streefland

National Bank Open

The National Bank Open, formerly known as the Rogers Cup, kicks off this weekend, featuring Canadians Leylah Fernandez and Bianca Andreescu, along with top ranked Simona Halep, Maria Sakkari, and Iga Świątek.

The event, which is presented by Rogers and held at Sobeys Stadium in North York, starts Saturday and runs until August 14. Click here for ticket information.

Fans can take in tennis action and also explore the new food and drink stands, including interactive activities and a retail shopping area.

The 407 ETR Family Weekend will also offer fans a chance to watch their favourite players in action at practice sessions and qualifying matches on opening weekend (Aug. 6-7), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JerkFest

Explore the sounds and flavours of the Caribbean at this food and music festival, which is being held at Centennial Park in Etobicoke from Friday until Sunday. Similar to a majority of events in the city this summer, this is the first time the festival is back in-person since the pandemic started.

Some of the artists scheduled to perform are Brian McKnight, Maxi Priest, Alison Hinds, and Konshens. Chefs Kareema and Selwyn will also be showing off their culinary skills at the JerkFest demonstration tent.

Click here for ticket information.

Jerk Festival
People gather at JerkFest in Toronto. (Facebook photo)

AlohaFest Toronto

The free event in celebration of Polynesian culture takes place at Mel Lastman Square on Saturday.

It features delicious Hawaiian treats, music and dance performances, crafts for the kids, and a marketplace to wander in.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair at 60

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair “60 Works/60 Years” will showcase 60 artworks the City of Toronto purchases over the past decades.

The artwork speaks to the City’s geographical, cultural, and emotional landscapes, as seen through the eyes of the artists.

The fair, which is at the Market Gallery at St. Lawrence Market, has been running since earlier this year.


COVID vaccine clinics

The City of Toronto is hosting clinics at the following events this weekend:

  • Paws in the Park (Woodbine Park) – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • National Bank Open (1 Shoreham Dr.) – Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 8-11, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Aug. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • JerkFest (Centennial Park) – Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

The walk-in clinics will be offering first, second, third, fourth and paediatric vaccine doses to eligible residents, including children ages five and older and adults. A health card is not required.


Road closures

ActiveTO
Bayview Avenue, from Rosedale Valley Road to Lawren Harris Square, and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street, will be closed to vehicles from 7 a.m. on Saturday until 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Construction

  • The Queensway, between Parkside Drive and Roncesvalles Avenue, continue to be reduced to a minimum of one shared travel lane in each direction for King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles TTC track replacement and road reconstruction work. King Street West is also closed at this intersection and eastbound left turns are not allowed from The Queensway to Glendale Avenue.
  • Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard East, between Parliament and Lower Sherbourne Streets, is reduced to a single lane until 9 p.m. on Aug. 13 due to gas main installation work by Enbridge.
  • Starting on Monday, the intersection of Carlton and Church Streets will be closed for streetcar track replacement.

 

High Park
Roads within High Park will be closed to vehicles during the weekend.


Toronto transit

Partial subway shutdown
Trains won’t be running on Line 1 between Lawrence and St. Clair stations due to Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction.



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