Ossington is finally getting its very own street festival, called appropriately Oss Fest. This Saturday, July 23, Ossington between Dundas and Queen will be shut down for drinks, live music and multiple bike races.
Organized by the Ossington Avenue BIA, Oss Fest is taking a different spin on the classic Toronto street festival by featuring the Ossington Criterium. This event starts off at 11am with a race for kids between three and 15 (registration starts at 10am in the GreenP parking lot located at Ossington and Queen). It’s followed by several other races for adults and includes races for both the pros and the not-so-pros. For more details on the races, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting at 2pm and wrapping up around 11pm, will be live music at Dundas and Ossington. Performers include the bluesy Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, the reggae/dub sounds of Bredren and DJ Chocolate and the self-explanatory the Heavy Weights Brass Band, among others.
And since this is Ossington, there will also be lots of food and drink specials available including free bacon samples at Rashers. Several places will have extended patios and/or will be selling food sidewalk-side. If you prefer to spend your money on stuff, a sidewalk sale is also scheduled.
All this fun does mean that several streets will need to be closed to traffic and street parking. Ossington south of Dundas will be closed between 6am and 3am while Halton, Givins and Rebecca will be shut down between 7am and 7pm, on July 23. Queen and Dundas Street will both be open so feel free to take either the 505 or 501 streetcar to the festival.