Honda Indy, multiple festivals cause weekend closures in Toronto

The City of Toronto is issuing an advisory to the public about this weekend's road closures and multiple events which may cause a lot of travel delays.

Jays games, the Honda Indy, Katy Perry concert and many festivals this weekend

Travel delays could be the norm this weekend in Toronto with many festivals shutting down streets as well as the 2014 Honda Indy. (Kevin Frayer/Canadian Press)

The Blue Jays, Katy Perry, Indy racing and salsa dancing will make travel times in Toronto longer than normal this weekend, the city is warning.

People are being encouraged to take public transit and to allow extra time to get to their destinations starting Friday.

The 2014 Honda Indy, which roars into town this weekend, has already triggered the temporary closure of sections of Strachan Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard in both directions

The City of Toronto says Strachan Avenue, from Lake Shore Boulevard to Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, from Strachan Avenue to British Columbia Drive, will remain closed until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. 

In addition, there are Blue Jays games — at 7 p.m. on Friday night and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday — and concerts (including two Katy Perry concerts on Friday and Saturday nights at the Air Canada Centre).

The Live Green Toronto Festival on Saturday will result in the closure of Yonge Street from Edward to Queen, starting at 6:30 a.m. to midnight.

To add to that already lengthy list, there are many festivals in neighbourhoods around the city including:

  • Salsa on St. Clair (between Winona Drive and Christie streets).
  • Big on Bloor Festival (between Dufferin and Lansdowne).
  • The Chinatown Festival (Spadina and Dundas streets).

Check the city's website for complete list of events and road closures.