What’s Happening in Toronto this Weekend: Nuit Blanche, Major Road Closures, and More
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in Toronto, there’s no short supply of festivals and events to check out.
For starters, the overnight art festival Nuit Blanche is making its grand return to Toronto streets for the first time in three years, with exhibitions set up all around the city. You can also spend the weekend breaking a sweat at a black-light-illuminated night run, or, alternatively, having a beer and relaxing at Toronto Oktoberfest.
For those wanting to get out and about in the city, planning ahead is key because there is a significant number of road closures scheduled this weekend — even by Toronto standards — that will affect major roadways like Lakeshore Boulevard, Yonge Street, Queen Street, and the Gardiner. Thankfully, at the same time, there will also be an extension of TTC subway services, which may help Torontonians get around more easily.
From events to attend to street closures to look out for, here’s what you can expect for Toronto on the weekend of October 1-2.
Things to Do:
- Check out the work of more than 150 artists at Nuit Blanche
- Grab a beer at Toronto Oktoberfest
- Sip on some Sake at the Kampai Toronto festival
- Get some steps in at the Michelob Ultra Night Run
- Enjoy all things fitness at the Fit Expo
- Check out some cruelty-free designs at the Vegan Fashion Show
- Take a free guided tour of Aga Khan Park
- Buy some local goods at the Trinity Bellwoods Marketplace
- Catch a ferry to the Island Art Expo
- Subway service on lines 1, 2, 3, and 4 will run overnight from October 1 to October 2
- Day passes purchased on October 1 will be valid until 7 a.m. the following morning
- Temperance Street between Yonge Street and Bay Street, and Colborne Street between Yonge Street and Scott Street, will have local traffic only along a portion of the roadways from Thursday, September 29 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m.
- Yonge Street will be closed between Dundas Street and Queens Quay from Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m. but east-west traffic will be maintained at major intersections
- Southbound lanes on Yonge Street from Park Home Avenue to North York Boulevard will be closed from October 1 at 11 a.m. until October 2 at 11 a.m.
- Queen Street will be closed between York Street and Bay Street and between Bay Street and Victoria Street from Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.
- Westbound Gardiner Expressway exit 154 to Yonge Street will be closed from Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.
- Esplanade Street will be closed between Yonge Street and Scott Street, with local traffic only along a portion of the road from Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.
- Road closures and restrictions along Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Richmond Street West, including Albert Street and James Street from Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m.
- Hagerman Street will be closed from Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m.
- Queens Quay West will be closed between York Street and Bay Street, with local traffic only along a portion of the road from Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m.
- Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, from Lake Shore Boulevard West to Colonel Samuel Park Trial will be closed from noon on October 1 until noon on October 2
- Lake Shore Boulevard East, from Parliament Street to Don Roadway, will be closed on October 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m
- Cherry Street from Mill Street to Villiers Street will be closed on October 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m
- Mill Street, from Trinity Street to Cherry Street, will be closed on October 1 from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- All northbound lanes on Queens Park/Queen’s Park Crescent East, from College Street to Grosvenor Street, will be closed on October 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Grosvenor Street, from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Surrey Place will be closed on October 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Eastbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard West, from British Columbia Road to Remembrance Drive, will be closed on October 2 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard, between Jarvis and Yonge Streets, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, October 21
- College Street, from St. George Street to Spadina Avenue, is fully closed to vehicular traffic
- College Street, between Borden Street and Spadina Avenue, is reduced to one eastbound lane with no westbound travel in this section
- The Carlton and Church Streets intersection remains closed
- The intersection of King Street West and Shaw Street is reduced to one lane in each direction
- Traffic lanes around Queens Park, between Bloor Street West and Queen’s Park Crescent, are reduced
- The Queensway has a reduced number of lanes in both directions between Parkside Drive and the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles intersection
- Roncesvalles Avenue is closed from Queen Street West to Harvard Avenue
- Wellington Street, from Church Street to Yonge Street, is reduced to one westbound lane
- Scott Street, north of Wellington Street, is closed to all vehicular traffic
- Pottery Road, between Bayview and Broadview Avenues, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 2
- The intersection of Steeles Avenue East and Woodbine Avenue will be closed from October 1 at 9 p.m. until October 2 at 5 p.m.
- The ramp from Highway 404 northbound to Steeles Avenue/Woodbine will be closed from October 1 at 9 p.m. until October 2 at 5 p.m.
- Armoury Street, between Centre Avenue and Chestnut Street, will be closed throughout the weekend
- Elizabeth Street, from Elm Street to Gerrard Street, will be closed from 6 a.m. on October 1 until October 2
- Walton Street, from Bay Street to Elizabeth Street, will be closed from 6 a.m. on October 1 until October 2
- The Elm and Elizabeth Streets intersection will be closed from 6 a.m. on October 1 until October 2
- Cherry Street will be restricted to southbound traffic only between Commissioners Street and Unwin Avenue starting Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. until Monday, October 3 at 6 a.m.