What’s happening in Toronto this weekend: transit closures and cultural festivals

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What’s happening in Toronto this weekend: transit closures and cultural festivals


Rain clouds may overshadow the second-last weekend of August, but luckily there’s plenty of things to keep an eye on and enjoy despite the forecast

Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of the upcoming weekend:

Road Closures

The west side of Spadina Ave. will be closed from St. Andrew St. to Sullivan St. starting 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 17 until 11 p.m. on Aug. 18 to accommodate the Toronto Chinatown Festival. Dundas St. W will be kept open for traffic.

Transit

On Saturday, Aug. 17 there will be no service on Line 3 due to track work. Also this weekend, two different portions of Line 1, one on each day, will be opening later than usual to enable TTC crews to perform scheduled maintenance and continue installation of the Automatic Train Control (ATC) signalling system.

Kennedy, Lawrence East and Scarborough Centre stations will remain open on Saturday for fare sales and access to surface routes. Ellesmere, Midland and McCowan stations will be closed until Sunday morning. TTC staff will be on hand at each affected station to help direct customers to the appropriate shuttle locations.

There will be no shuttle service to or from McCowan Station.

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The portion of Line 1 between Bloor-Yonge and Osgoode stations will be closed until noon. All stations will remain open for fare sales and access to surface routes. TTC staff will be on hand to help direct customers to the appropriate shuttle locations.

Replacement shuttle buses will run throughout both Saturday closures and Wheel-Trans will be available upon request from any station.

On Sunday, August 18 the portion of Line 1 between Sheppard West and Wilson stations will be closed until noon. Both stations will remain open for fare sales and access to surface routes.

Wheel-Trans will be available upon request from any station.

Weather

Both Saturday and Sunday will be cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of rain showers. The weekend will have a high of 29 C on Sunday and 28 C on Saturday with lows of 18 C Saturday evening and 21 C on Sunday.

Events

Canadian National Exhibiton (CNE) — Starts on Friday

The CNE kicks off for its 70th year on Friday, Aug. 16 featuring concerts and special events such as the East Coast Kitchen Party, Food Truck Frenzy & Craft Beer Fest, among other fan favourites that can be found on the grounds.

The CNE, also known as the Ex, is Canada’s largest annual fair and will be running until Sept. 2. Tickets cost $19.99 for adults and $16.99 if bought in advance and for kids and seniors.

The fair grounds will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Toronto Chinatown Festival — Saturday and Sunday

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The annual Toronto Chinatown Festival is on its 19th year and this year’s theme is centred around Chinese Zodiac Signs. People can expect various cultural performances, about 80 vendors to showcase Asian culture and diversity.

The fest will also include interactive activities like a free Chinatown Walking Tour to discover the history of Chinatown.

Located on the west side of Spadina Ave. between St Andrew Sullivan Sts … the festival will open officially on Saturday Aug. 17 at 12 p.m. and until 11 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Pan American Food and Music Festival — Saturday and Sunday

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According to toronto.ca, the Pan American Food and Music Festival is Canada’s only event that brings together the 41 countries that make up the Americas. The fest will feature more than 20 chefs, 40 performances and over 600 artists on stage.

In its seventh year, the programming will focus on Cuban food and music in celebration of Latin and Pan American cuisine and culture. The Pan American Food and Music Festival will take place at Yonge and Dundas Square on Aug. 17 and 18, and will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday.

TDOTFEST — Saturday and Sunday

A local outdoor urban music festival celebrating new artists from Toronto, TDOTFEST is sure to include a show for everyone. Performers will include Yung Tory, Swagger Rite, Lil Berete, Devon Tracy, LB Spiffy, Melxdie, Leo Vance, Fab El, Yung 8to3 and others play this outdoor show.

Ticket prices vary on the day and package but start at $20. Full details are available on the website. Attendees can look forward to TDOTFEST at Ontario Place from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Sunday

Toronto Blue Jays Home Games — Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Come out to the dome and cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays on their home turf at the Rogers Centre. You can watch the Jays play against the Seattle Mariners on Friday at 7:07 p.m., on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:07 p.m.

Ticket information and game packs are available on their website.

Other events in the GTA this weekend

York Region

Halton Region

Durham Region

Mississauga

Brampton

Raneem Alozzi is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @r_alozzi





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