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Lots going on this weekend in Toronto … but good luck getting there

CHRISTINE CHUBB AND SAMANTHA KNIGHT | posted Friday, Jun 2nd, 2017

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Cyclists taking part in the Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart. SOURCE: facebook.com/HSFRide
June has finally arrived and this weekend there are a lot of reasons to get out and enjoy the city.

But, getting around might be a bit of a challenge with one of the city’s biggest charity cycling events closing down two major highways. Plus there is a partial subway closure on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina). So it might be wise to plan ahead if you’re out and about or just treat yourself to a weekend in the city’s downtown core at one of the many hotels in some of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods.

Events

Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart

There’ll be a different kind of traffic on the Gardiner and DVP this Sunday. Cyclists, runners and walkers will be taking over the highways for the 30th annual Becel Ride for Heart. Fifteen thousand cyclists and 5,000 runners/walkers are expected to take part in the event, which raises funds for critical research. All participants will begin at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. The ride kicks off at 6 a.m, the run begins at 10 a.m. and the walk gets underway at 10:30 a.m. The Gardiner Expressway from the Humber River to the Don Valley Parkway and the DVP from the Gardiner Expressway to York Mills Road will be closed from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the event. For more information, click here.

Summer and After-School Program Registration

With summer right around the corner, the city of Toronto is opening registration for swim, skate and After-school Recreation Care (ARC) programs this Saturday. Registration for Scarborough and Etobicoke York begins at 7 a.m. There are four ways to register: online at http://www.efun.toronto.ca, by phone through touch tone or operator assisted registration and in person at select locations, including Etobicoke Civic Centre and Centennial Recreation Centre. For more information, click here.

Appleseed Cider Festival

Whether you crave sweet or dry drinks, the Appleseed Cider Festival at Artscape Wychwood Barns has something for everyone. The festival celebrates Ontario Craft Cider producers and their products. It offers two sessions, the first runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and is family friendly. The second session goes from 6 to 11 p.m. is 19+ only. Admission includes 3 sampling tickets. The first 300 guests of each session will receive a souvenir Appleseed glass. To purchase tickets, click here.MacIntosh apples and cider. GETTY IMAGES/Jan Tyler

DesiFEST

DesiFEST is taking over Yonge-Dundas Sqaure this Saturday for 12 hours of free concert performances. Over 15 artists will take the stage between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. The show is hosted by SatsB, the founder and CEO of DesiFEST. The event aims to foster and grow the South Asian Arts community in Toronto and across Canada. For more information, head to http://desifest.ca.

Mac & Cheese Festival

Celebrate the ultimate comfort food this weekend at the third annual Mac & Cheese Festival at Ontario Place. Tempt your tastebuds with over 50 creative takes on this classic dish by talented chefs and food entrepreneurs. This family-friendly event will also feature a massive Kids Village, a gaming zone and marshmallow fire pits. For more information, click here.

Thompson Diner, one of the restaurants taking part in the Mac 'n Cheese Festival in Toronto. FACEBOOK/ThompsonToronto

Toronto Festival of Clowns

Love them or hate them, a slew of clowns will be downtown this weekend for the 12th annual Toronto Festival of Clowns. The event brings together traditional clowns and physical theatre artists of all disciplines and backgrounds. The festival will also features several Cirque Du Soleil alumni. It all takes place from May 31 to June 4 at the Factory Theatre. For more information, click here.

Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

Be one of the first to see some of the best and most diverse work of interest to LGBT communities at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. Enjoy screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations, and parties during the 11 day event. More than 180 films and videos from Canada and around the world will be showcased. The festival runs from May 25 to June 4 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. For more information, click here.

Riverside Eats & Beats food and music street festival

Riverside eateries are opening their door this weekend for the fifth annual Eats & Beats Street Festival. Work off some of those delectable delicacies with the sounds of Samba, Indigenous music, New Orleans-style Jazz and Roots/Rock. The festival spans 10 blocks between the Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street on historic Queen Street East. For more information, click here.

TTC Closure

A heads up if you’re trying to navigate the city this weekend, there will be no service on the TTC’s Line 1 — the Yonge-University line — between Sheppard West and St. George stations. During the closure crews will complete signal upgrades.

Shuttle buses will be running, but only between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations due to on-street construction. Customers are encouraged to use existing bus and/or streetcar routes to access the Yonge portion of Line 1 and Line 2.

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