Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the events listed below. Businesses in the local areas will be open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles. Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy. They are enjoyed each year by local residents and visitors.

Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon

  • Bay Street, from Queen Street to Dundas Street, will be closed from Saturday, October 19 at 11 a.m. to Sunday, October 20 at 8 p.m. to accommodate the start/finish line activities for the race.
  • A series of full road closures will take place on Sunday, October 20 from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the races. These closures will occur in the area bounded by Bloor Street West in the north, Victoria Park Avenue in the east, Lake Shore Boulevard in the south and Windermere Avenue in the west. Other roads in this area will be closed periodically to accommodate the event.

Chehlum of Imam Ali parade

A number of rolling curb lane restrictions will be in effect on Saturday, October 19 from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. Roads that will be impacted include parts of McCowan Road, Middlefield Avenue and Passmore Avenue.

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In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations. TTC customers can subscribe to eAlerts at or follow @TTCnotices to receive information about service diversions.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations and plan ahead using this complete list of events and road work.

There is also information available about road closures related to parades and special events that are overseen by the Toronto Police Service.