WESTPORT — Two major community events this weekend are expected to have a significant impact on local traffic, police advisories warn.

The first event is the “Slice of Saugatuck” festival on Saturday, and the second is the “CT United Ride” on Sunday.

  • Slice of Saugatuck, a celebration of neighborhood food and businesses, will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9: 

Railroad Place will be closed to traffic, from Riverside Avenue to Franklin Street, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday to accommodate preparations and cleanup for the event. 

The east side of Riverside Avenue, from Charles Street to Bridge Street, will be a temporary “No Parking” zone during the festival. 

All other roads will remain open to traffic, but drivers should expect vehicular congestion and heavy foot traffic in areas around the Saugatuck Railroad Station, including lower Riverside and Saugatuck avenues, police said.

The rail depot station lots, with the exception of Lot No. 2, also will be used for Slice parking.

  • CT United Ride, a rolling motorcycle tribute to 9/11 victims and first-responders, starts about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, from Sherwood Island State Park:

The Westport route directs the riders onto the Sherwood Island Connector and then Interstate 95 to southbound Exit 17, where the procession heads north on Saugatuck Avenue (Route 136) to Riverside Avenue (Route 33) and onto Wilton Road, where the route crosses into Wilton, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull and Fairfield, before ending at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.

Local roads will be closed to outside traffic for the duration of the procession through town.

Accompanied by a police escort, the motorcyclists will proceed continuously through traffic lights and stop signs.

Drivers “should anticipate extended traffic delays along the procession’s route, which could potentially last 45 minutes or longer,” police said in the traffic advisory.