Do you have basketball fever? The Toronto Raptors will be top of mind for many across the GTA this weekend, and even if you are not a sports fan, you can’t help but get swept up with all the hoop-la.
The Raptors game is not the only thing happening this weekend. Ahead of Game 2 on Sunday, there are several other events taking place across the city — where one of the many topic of conversations will be about #WetheNorth.
Raptors vs. Warriors: Game 2 NBA final
Raptors fans and those pumped up on basketball mania will pack various venues across the GTA on Sunday for Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Golden Gate Warriors. Tip off is at 8 p.m. but coverage on Sportsnet 590 The FAN starts at 7 p.m. Aside from the main viewing party at Jurassic Park outside Scotiabank Arena, local versions of the frenzied fan zone will be set up in other GTA cities, including Mississauga, Brampton, and Burlington. Click here for more information on when and where to watch and/or listen to the Raptors games.
Ride for Heart
Pedal power will take over the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway on Sunday. Around 13,000 people are expected to ride or walk in the 32nd annual Ride for Heart. The Gardiner and DVP will be closed to traffic from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. This year’s Ride for Heart includes three cyling routes — 25 kilometres, 50 kilometres or 75 kilometres. There is also a five-kilometre walk.
Burgers are on the menu at Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend. BurgerMania is a free, three-day festival dedicated to all things burgers. It includes Toronto’s top burger establishments serving up their wares. There will also be beer and live music. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. You can check out the event Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Summer fun at Ontario Place
The countdown to summer is on at Ontario Place. Starting on Friday, the former amusement part will start offering summer programming from movies at the Cinesphere and paddle boating and kayaking to live concerts and Segway tours. Admission to the park is free but tickets are needed for the movie screenings and rental prices apply to some activities.
Union Station is not just a commuter hub but has now become a gathering place for those living and visiting the city. From Friday until Aug. 3, the outdoor station area will feature food offerings from the city’s top chefs, live performances, movie nights, and other local fanfare.
Come check out some of Toronto’s established and emerging artists at the Riverdale ArtWalk this weekend. It’s a great way to get outdoors and connect with local artists; you may even find a piece that would look great in your home. The two-day, free public art exhibition is taking place at Jimmie Simpson Park and Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 180 artists are taking part.
Etsy Toronto Market summer market
A team of Toronto Etsy sellers is helping kick off summer this weekend with a summer market at The Great Hall on Queen Street West. Visitors will have the chance to find one-of-a-kind goods, as well as unique gifts, and lifestyle items. It’s taking place this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and the first 50 visitors will get a complimentary swag bag.
Partial Line 2 closure
Subway service between St. George and Broadview stations on Line 2 will start at noon Saturday as crews work on Prince Edward Viaduct beam replacement. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running.