Would you rather salsa on St. Clair, go big on Bloor St., check out the Chinatown festival or attend Youth Day 2014 in Toronto this weekend? Oh, well, if you’d rather attend the Toronto Honda Indy or just learn to Live Green in Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, be my guest. These are all terrific annual Toronto summer events, ready to roll this coming weekend.
The Salsa in Toronto Festival 2014
The Toronto Salsa Festival’s focus is on Sat. and Sun., July 19 and 20. The main stage performances start in the early afternoon, with dancers, Zumba, and live music. Explore the Latin American food and culture, including the De Colores art exhibition at Galleria 814 (814 St. Clair Ave. West at Atlas St., half-way between Dufferin and Vaughan).
Experience the “Salsa in Toronto Festival” anywhere along St. Clair Ave. West between Winona and Christie on Sat. and Sun., July 19-20, 2014. Take the TTC, please and thanks; St. Clair will be closed along that stretch, and parking spaces will be scarce. The best bet is the St. Clair West subway station from the #1 (Spadina branch of the Yonge-University-Spadina line).
This is the second year in a row that I’ve mentioned “The 2013 Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival in Toronto“.
The BIG on Bloor Festival 2014 in Toronto
First, let’s clear up the acronym. BIG means “Bloor Improvement Group”. While it may seem to be a variation on the “Business Improvement Area”, or BIA, it includes not-for-profit community development organizations, schools, artists, politicians also.
The “BIG on Bloor Festival in Toronto” offers more than the usual “taste of the street”… although “Savour Bloor” does offer choices from African to Vietnamese alphabetically. There are community service awards, the BAAF arts program spanning a range of visual and performance arts, as well as interactive opportunities for children and adults.
The 2014 BIG on Bloor Festival in Toronto runs Sat. & Sun., July 19-20, on Bloor St. West between Landsdowne Ave. and Dufferin St. I’d expect the road to be closed both days. Obviously, use the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway.
I’d mentioned BIG on Bloor a couple years ago, in “Summerlicious 2012 Hosted by Top Toronto Restaurants“.
The 2014 Toronto Chinatown Festival
The “2014 Toronto Chinatown Festival” centres on Dundas St. West between Beverley and Spadina, but includes a bit of Huron St. from Dundas north a short block to D’Arcy St. It uses this same weekend, running noon-11pm on Sat. and 11am-8pm on Sun.
Of course they offer food! Plus entertainment, and activities ranging from the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)’s Activity Hub through face painting and a rather mysterious Toronto Zoo booth conveniently near the First Aid booth.
Once again, the subway should be your ride to the 2014 Chinatown Festival in Toronto.
And it’s the second mention for Toronto Chinatown, following “Richard III, Afro Caribbean or Chinatown in Toronto for 2013“.
Youth Day at Yonge-Dundas Square
Perhaps the “2014 Youth Day at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto” should just be called “YD at YD”. This annual festival in Toronto is free to attend for art, dance, music, and visual arts; with a focus on youth achievement in these areas of endeavour.
Youth Day only takes place on Sun. July 20, from 11am-11pm. It closes Yonge St. from Shuter St. to Dundas St.
The 2014 Toronto Honda Indy
My only comment for the “2014 Toronto Honda Indy” is that they had hoped to minimize their impact on road closures. Obviously, those who race Indy cars on Lake Shore Blvd in and around the CNE grounds, must keep the rest of us off their street. Their ticket prices put them out of the price range for this blog; but this is indeed another annual Toronto summer event.
The Bible of Road Closures in Toronto
Well, actually this link is the often-updated “Toronto Road Restriction Report (PDF)“, published by Toronto City Hall. It’s usually correct, or at least, pretty helpful in trying to predict whether an annual street festival in Toronto will shut down traffic or not.
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