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5 things to do this weekend: Beaches jazz festival, Junior Carnival & salsa festival

Showwei Chu | posted Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

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

July 18-20, 2014

Beaches International Jazz Festival: This 10-day music festival is a perennial summer highlight for locals and tourists. The big draw is the jazz, blues and funk, as well as big band, reggae and Latin music performed by local and international artists. Must-see performers on the main stage at Woodbine Park on opening weekend include KC Roberts on Friday; Andria Simone, Amoy Levy and Dumpstaphunk on Saturday; and Toronto’s own rhythm and blues ensemble Soul Stew and China’s first-ever reggae band Long Shen Dao on Sunday. Woodbine Park. Until July 27. Free. beachesjazz.com

Junior Carnival: More than 2,500 children dance and play mas to the sound of steel bands in a parade through the Malvern community with someone getting a prize for best costume. Neilson Park, 1555 Neilson Rd. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. See the parade route here.torontocaribbeancarnival.com

Honda Indy Toronto: Bring earplugs to this noisy but thrilling event and follow the racers as they vie to be the dominant performer on the 85-lap, 2.82-km street course at Exhibition Place this weekend. Fan Friday is back thanks to Ontario Honda Dealers, so spectators can get in free and taken in the qualifiers underway at 2 p.m. Exhibition Place. 100 Princes Blvd. Friday to Sunday. $60-85 for single day. $80-175 for two days. hondaindytoronto.com

Salsa on St. Clair: Bring your dancing shoes to this street festival in Hillcrest Village now in its 10th year as there will be mucho dancing. The giant salsa party celebrates Latino culture with dance lessons, live music and tasty fare. St. Clair Avenue West between Winona Drive and Christie Street. Saturday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Free. salsaintoronto.com

Live Green Toronto Festival: Check out Toronto’s biggest outdoor festival celebrating all things green at Yonge-Dundas Square. Yonge Street from Dundas to Queen streets goes car free for this event that features vendors specializing in green products and services. There will also be free concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square, featuring 10 main stage acts including rapper Maestro Fresh West and The Wheat Kings. 1 Dundas St. E. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. toronto.ca

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