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Five things to do this long weekend: City camping, Beetle love-in & fireworks

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests. While the city will be bustling over the holiday weekend, here are our top five picks:

May 21 to May 23, 2011

1.    For families: Introduce your kids to nature without leaving the city. Parks Canada celebrates its centennial celebrations with Viking dress-ups, an Anne of Green Gables meet-and-greet, and a camp-out at the Rogers Centre. May 21. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CN Tower and Rogers Centre. www.pc.gc.ca. Also check out the Toronto International Circus Festival at Harbourfront all weekend long. Free. www.tocircusfestival.com.

2.    For visitors: Artisans from Ontario and Quebec sell their handmade wares at an outdoor craft show at the converted Gooderham & Worts site. May 21 to 23. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Distillery Historic District. www.artisansatthedistillery.com

3.    For singles:  The 10-day Lulaworld Festival wraps up this weekend with Brazilian beats and Cuban fusion. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. To May 22. $13 – 20. www.lula.ca

4.    For charity: Beetle lovers unite at Yonge-Dundas Square for the annual Punch Buggy 4 SickKids. Hear live music, take a tour of a fire truck and check out the display of Volkswagen Bugs and buses to raise money for the Hospital for Sick Children. May 22. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yonge-Dundas Square. www.punchbuggy4sickkids.com.

5.    For kicks: The city’s only Victoria Day fireworks show blasts off from Ashbridge’s Bay Park with a 14-minute display Monday night. May 23, rain or shine. Free. 9:45 p.m. www.toronto.ca. There’s also a fireworks display at Canada’s Wonderland on Sunday at 10 p.m., weather permitting. www.canadaswonderland.com.

For a list of what’s open and closed on the holiday Monday – including stores and road closures – click here.

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