Open Air Dunlop on Saturday may require dodging some raindrops.
This pop-up event is being held to also mark the end of Hello Winter festivities.
The public can walk or cycle along Dunlop Street without having to deal with vehicular traffic.
Sarah Jensen, the chairperson of the Downtown Barrie BIA, encourages people to come and explore the shops and activities.
“The Barrie Public Library will have baked goods to hand out, and there is also a puppy parade with COPE service dogs, street performers, a magic show, and musical entertainment on the stage at Meridian Place.”
Open Air Dunlop was launched in partnership with the City of Barrie in 2020 to help businesses hammered by the pandemic and lockdowns, and the necessary but lengthy road closures brought on by the Dunlop Streetscape project.
Response from the public and merchants has generally been positive, though there was initial hesitation from some shop owners about closing off a section of Dunlop Street to vehicles.
Now the event has taken on a life of its own.
There will be 17 consecutive Saturdays from June 4 to Sept. 24 that Dunlop Street will be pedestrian-only. There will also be pop-up closures held on Oct. 8 (Thanksgiving), Oct. 29 (Halloween) and Nov. 19 (Noella tree-lighting).
This weekend also concludes Hello Winter, a month-long celebration of the season that the City of Barrie has hosted in lieu of the traditional Barrie Winterfest.
Light has been the theme, and in keeping with that, the public can view the Chimes interactive art installation at Meridian Place, as well as illuminated artworks at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie City Hall, the Barrie Public Library, and the Five Points Theatre, through Sunday night.