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5 things to do this weekend: Outdoor movie night, Chinatown Festival, and Big on Bloor

Erin Criger | posted Friday, Aug 21st, 2015

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As our regular series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

August 21-23, 2015

Big on Bloor festival: One week after Yonge Street was shut down for pedestrians, Bloor Street gets the same treatment for two days of festivities. Local performers including musicians and buskers will take over the stage, while local Bloordale businesses will set up shop along the street. There’s also games, poetry and theatre, plus a parkette for kids. Up to 80,000 people are expected to attend the festival, now in its eighth year. Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne avenues. Saturday, 1 p.m to 10 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Free. bigonbloorfestival.com

Chinatown Festival: The 15th-annual Chinatown Festival takes over Spadina Avenue, with two stages for performers and dozens of vendors offering street food and special dishes. There will also be lion dances, murals depicting the Forbidden City, and a Kung Fu Village. West side of Spadina between Sullivan and St. Andrew streets. Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free.chinatowntcf.com

Outdoor movies: There are at least three different options for outdoor movie fans this weekend, running the gamut from kid-friendly to adults-only and from beachfront to park side. Sail-in Cinema, at Sugar Beach, has a salute to the ’80s, with GhostbustersET and The Goonies playing this weekend.Ghostbusters fans in the city’s north end, meanwhile, can watch the film at Shoreham Walkway. The screening is co-hosted by the Toronto International Film Festival and the Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre. Finally, Mean Girls will be shown at Christie Pits Park. Times and locations vary. Click event link for more details.

Canadian National Exhibition: The surest sign that summer is unofficially over: The Ex opens this weekend. Take in the midway, sample ridiculous food, try out the new rides (maybe not in that order). There’s also concerts at the band shell, an ice-skating and an acrobat show, and of course, the air show. Exhibition Place grounds, north of Lake Shore Boulevard West between Strachan and Dufferin streets. Aug. 21 – Sept. 7. Hours vary. $15-$18 for admission, plus the cost of rides. TheEx.com

Port Credit Buskerfest: Looking to get outside the city this weekend? Check out the Port Credit Buskerfest, where amateur street performers show off their stunts for the crowd. Acts range from comedians and contortionists to sword-swallowers and human statures. The three-day event will take place all across Port Credit, with over 40 performers expected. The Sunday finale, where dozens of buskers will take the stage together, will take over Memorial Park. Port Credit. Friday-Sunday. Times vary. Admission is free but donations to buskers are expected. portcreditbuskerfest.com

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