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5 things to do this weekend: BuskerFest, Walk for the Children and Taiwanfest

Michael Talbot | posted Saturday, Aug 23rd, 2014

Aug. 22-24

BuskerFest: This long-running festival in support of Epilepsy Toronto brings an eclectic mix of street performers to Toronto’s downtown core. From puppets and musicians to contortionists and magicians, this three-day event promises a full slate of jaw-dropping talent. Yonge Street, from Queen to College. Friday to Sunday. Free. torontobuskerfest.com

Walk for the Children: In support of the Herbie Fund at the Hospital for Sick Children, this family-friendly walking tour of the Toronto Zoo raises money to support lifesaving surgeries for kids from around the world. There will also be a BBQ, games, and live entertainment. CityNews anchor Gord Martineau, a longtime Herbie Fund supporter, will also be on hand. Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Rd. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20-$35. Children under three are free. herbiefund.com

Taiwanfest: Immerse yourself in Taiwan’s unique music, dance, art and food over this three-day event. Some festival highlights include the Symphony of Movies — a celebration of Taiwanese filmmakers and the Pili Puppetry fashion show. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Friday to Sunday. Free.harbourfrontcentre.com

Waterfront Beach Festival: This fully licenced party on the beach will feature a slew of talented DJs from around the world. You must be 19 to attend. No dress code is in effect, so bring your beach attire. HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay W. Saturday. 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. www.wantickets.com

Rastafest: Drawing from the rich history of Rastafarian culture, the highlight of this event is a live concert featuring reggae stars from Canada and the Caribbean. The festival has a strong focus on education, with information booths where attendees can learn more about the Rastafarian culture. Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd. Saturday. 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. $10 at the gate; $7 in advance. rastafest.com

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