What to know on weekends: cultural, arts and food festivals, road/TTC closures, baseball vaccination clinics

It’s a fun weekend filled with food and cultural festivals, riverside races and charity drag shows.

Keep in mind that there is a partial closure of the TTC metro all weekend. Scroll below for more details.

We’re also letting you know what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccination clinics at select weekend events.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend:


Must know: COVID vaccination clinics at events

Those attending the Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees on Saturday can get an eligible COVID-19 vaccine if they haven’t already.

The clinic will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the southeast side of the Rogers Center outside doors 6 and 6A on Bremner Boulevard.

Vaccines will be administered walk-in with no health card required. Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be offered by nurses who will answer all questions related to COVID-19 and vaccines.

Toronto Public Health is also hosting vaccination clinics this weekend at the Yorkville Exotic Car Show Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the Riverdale Art Walk Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The best events of the weekend

Indigenous Arts Festival

To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month, Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) returns to its annual powwow with drummers, dancers and food vendors this weekend in Fort York.

The event is free and everyone is welcome. All donations from the day directly support the Na-Me-Res program, which provides housing and other supports to Indigenous men in Toronto.

The festival will feature traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance and culinary experiences from First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living on Turtle Island and Indigenous communities around the world.

The festivities begin this Saturday at noon and will continue until 6 p.m. Sunday.

After two years, the Native Arts Festival returns to Fort York. (Photo credit: Na-Me-Res)

taco party

The Taco Lovers Festival is finally back at Ontario Place. Over 150 varieties of tacos from 33 of Toronto’s top taco restaurants will be at the event this weekend – plus plenty of tequila, salsa dancing, piñata smashing, hot sauce and live mariachi bands.

The event runs from 11 a.m. Friday until 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 955 Lake Shore Blvd W.

Mississauga Creative Craft Beer Festival

This beer festival will bring together 12 craft beer and cider breweries from across the province on Friday and Saturday at the Small Arms Inspection Building.

The event will also feature food vendors, games and live music.

To ensure safe distancing, the festival will take place in three separate sessions. Event organizers say all proceeds will support community arts, heritage and environmental programs.

Two evening sessions will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. An afternoon session will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Drag show against Jasmine Kennedie

The Concerned Kids is teaming up with Haus of Decadence and Drag Academy to host “VS Jasmine Kennedie”, a drag show to raise money to fight bullying in children’s schools.

Eight Canadian drag artists will compete in lip-sync battles for the opportunity to face off against Jasmine Kennedie from Season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The winning drag queen will also take home a cash prize and the title of Lip Sync Champion.

The show takes place Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Buddies In Bad Times Theater to preface Toronto Pride Week celebrations.

Jasmine Kennedy
Eight Canadian drag performers will have the opportunity to challenge RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14 contestant Jasmine Kennedie to a lip-sync battle for charity. (Photo credit: @jasminekennedie Instagram)

Toroto Waterfront 10K

The Toronto Waterfront 10K returns to the Lake Shore on Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

Over 4,000 participants (with an additional 200 virtual participants completing their race independently) will participate in this weekend’s race with a focus on supporting local businesses.

Good Foot Delivery is the charity partner for this year’s race. The organization is a local courier service that provides jobs for the neuro-diverse community, with all deliveries made via public transport and on foot.

Waterfront 10k
The Toronto Waterfront 10K will return to Toronto’s Lake Shore Boulevard on Saturday, June 18. (Photo credit: @RunCRS Twitter)

 


Road closures on weekends

Toronto Waterfront 10K

The race is accompanied by road closures, which will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Lake Shore Boulevard will be fully closed (east and west) from Bathurst Street to Windermere Avenue.

Exceptions include:

  • Access to Sunnyside Park/Beach, Palais Royale, Boulevard Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344 and Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club must be provided via the eastbound curb lane on Lakeshore Boulevard West, from Windermere Avenue to Oarsman Drive.
  • Access to HMCS York, Coronation Park and Ontario Place shall be provided from Stadium Road across Remembrance Drive.
  • Fort York Boulevard will be fully closed between Fleet Street and Lakeshore Boulevard West
  • Strachan Avenue will be completely closed between Fleet Street and Lakeshore Boulevard West

 

Other road closures will be posted here as they become available.


TTC metro closures

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A TTC subway entrance in front of Union Station in downtown Toronto. CITYNEWS / Dossier / Nick Westoll

Line 2The portion of line 2 between Jane and Ossington stations will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for track work. Shuttle buses will run, stopping at each station along the route.

The following automatic station entrances will be closed:

  • High Park Station: Automatic entrances/exits at Parkview Gardens.
  • Keele Station: Indian Grove’s automatic entry/exit.
  • Lansdowne Station: Automatic entry/exit at Emerson Avenue.
  • Dufferin Station: Automatic entry/exit at Russett Avenue.

 

Other entrances and exits will be available for customers at each metro station.

Keep in mind that subway service along this stretch, between Jane and Ossington stations, will end at 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday for track work.

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