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Getting around Toronto may be a bit difficult this weekend, but multiple cultural, food and sporting events are sure to keep people entertained throughout the city.

The city is anticipating multiple public transit delays over the next few days, coinciding with some significant road closures in the downtown corridor for the 2024 Sporting Life 10K run.

According to a TTC service announcement, the Line 1 subway will be closed both directions on Saturday between Davisville and Sheppard-Yonge stations for planned track repairs.

Shuttle buses will be running, and service is expected to resume Sunday at 8 a.m.

Metrolinx announced significant service delays along the GO Train’s Lakeshore West route, due to construction on Burloak Drive in Oakville and Burlington.

While trains from Union Station to Oakville GO will run every 15 minutes, service between Oakville and West Harbour GO will run hourly both Saturday and Sunday. Regular service resumes Monday.

Road closures

The annual Sporting Life 10-kilometre run will close significant portions of Yonge Street and Lakeshore Boulevard W. this weekend, between Lawrence Avenue and Fort York Boulevard. 

Road closures for the run begin at 4 a.m. and organizers expect all streets to re-open by 1 p.m. 

A detailed list of race road closures can be found here.

The city also announced the following street closures due to construction:

  • Wellesley Street W. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, between Bay Street and Queen’s Park Crescent.

  • Bleecker Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, between Carleton Street and Wellesley Street.

  • King Street W. until Tuesday, May 21, between Mowat Avenue and Fraser Avenue.

A full list of Toronto road closures and restrictions can be found here.

Events

A pair of perennial markets within walking distance of downtown are opening their stalls this weekend. 

The Toronto Flower Market enters its 11th season on Saturday.

The market, which hosts a number of floral vendors, along with numerous food, wellbeing and decor stalls, will be open on the second Saturday of May, July, September and October, and the third Saturday of June and August, in the parking lot at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Toronto’s annual artisan market will also open on Sunday in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

The open air market offers visitors a ranger of ceramics, jewelry, personal care products and food from local vendors. It will be open on the second Sunday of every month from May to September.

The University of Toronto is hosting its annual Science Rendezvous festival on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 100 St. George St. The event encourages public engagement in various scientific fields through demonstrations, activities and experiments.

For those hoping to travel the world while staying put in Toronto, a new event at Fort York National Historic Site looks to bring visitors’ taste buds on a global tour.

Billed as “Canada’s first ever Outdoor Ethnic Food & Wine Festival” on Eventbrite, Spring into Spice introduces people to food and wine from a wide array of cultures, including African, Caribbean, Indian, Latin American and Thai.

The event will take place from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday.

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