Festivals and fair keep residents busy and roads busier

Four special events are taking place in Toronto this weekend which will offer lots of entertainment but will also involve some road closures.  People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events.

Toronto Tamil Festival
Markham Road between McNicoll Avenue and Passmore Avenue will be closed in both directions from Friday, August 24 at 10 p.m. to Monday, August 27 at 5 a.m. There is minimal parking in the vicinity of the event and the festival’s organizers remind attendees that cars parked illegally on private property are likely to be tagged and towed. Use of public transit is encouraged for travel to and from the festival although the 102B, 102C and 102D Markham Road bus service will be diverting.

Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair
Bloor Street West between Dufferin Street and Montrose Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, August 25 from 7 a.m. to midnight. Dovercourt Road and Ossington Avenue will be open. The 161 Rogers Road bus will divert both ways via Dupont Street and Ossington Avenue.

Leslieville Beerfest
Dundas Street East between Logan Avenue and Carlaw Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
There are a number of road closures in Kensington Market from noon to 10:30 p.m. for this event.

Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city.


Photo: Leslieville Beerfest returns August 25.

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