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Open Air Dunlop, Pride celebration roll into downtown Saturday

Dunlop Street will be closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians, play, bikes, roller skates, unicycles and more from Maple to Mulcaster
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Open Air Dunlop returns this weekend to downtown Barrie.

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Saturday for the first Open Air Dunlop of the season.

This Saturday (June 11), Open Air Dunlop rolls in again and Dunlop Street will be closed to cars and open to pedestrians, play, bikes, roller skates, unicycles and more from Maple Avenue to Mulcaster.

Stop by Meridian Place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for Urban Sketching with Spare Room Barrie. Local artist Monica Loney will be hosting this week, guiding sketchers to try using continuous line drawing and blind contouring methods. All materials provided.

Strawberries are in season at the Barrie Farmers’ Market. Stock up on local deliciousness from 8 a.m. until noon. They’ll also be hosting free kids planting activities.

From 12 until 4 p.m. all ages and abilities can stroll by Dunlop Street West to catch Jenn Guerin from Art with Purpose. She’ll be showing how to create a colourful critter using the magic of monotype. Find her nearby Mexhico Restaurant.

And Barrie Pride kicks off at 2 p.m., with a parade making its way down Mulcaster Street, across the rainbow crosswalk on Simcoe Street, and up Bayfield and Clapperton streets. Immediately followed by the Barrie Pride festival, which features local vendors, non-profit organizations, and more from 2 to 9 p.m. at Meridian Place. The entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on the Meridian Place stage — a schedule of local musicians and drag performers to be announced.

Looking for stuff to do on Friday? The Spare Room will be hosting the opening of #HOTMIX, a pop-up gallery with Downtown Barrie alumni Petal Pusher Studio in collaboration with Mo Imaging and Sunny Panes stained glass. Stop by from 7 to 10 p.m.

Also on Friday, 5 Points Pub Bar and Grill is celebrating its grand opening from 3 p.m. onward. Stop by to wish them well and check out this new Indian fusion spot in the historic Simcoe Hotel.