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5 things to do this weekend: Chase butterflies, swap records, & take a walk

A boy runs by the Swing Tower on opening day of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto on Aug. 19, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

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

Aug. 27-28, 2011

For Families: Chase butterflies at Tommy Thompson Park. Kids (and parents) can learn about monarch migration at the Butterfly Festival. Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.  butterflyfest.ca

For Visitors: No summer is complete without a visit to The Ex. Take in the rides, the midway, and yes, the greasy food at the Canadian National Exhibition. Runs everyday until Labour Day from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. General admission $16; kids and seniors $12 (plus the cost of rides).  theex.com

For Singles: Swap records and find rare gold at the Vintage Vinyl Party And Sale to support community radio stations CKLN and CHRY. Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St. Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $10 preview; $5 general admission. ckln.fm

For Charity: Jugglers, sword-swallowers, and quite a few musicians will take part in the Scotiabank Buskerfest in support of Epilepsy Toronto. Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free, but all donations welcome. torontobuskerfest.com

For Kicks: Learn about an injured loon at a book-signing at the Rogers Centre on Saturday. Artists Loretta Rogers and Susan Gosevitz will be on hand for the launch of ‘Larry the Loon’ at the Jays Shop. Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. The book costs $20. larrytheloon.com

And, explore Kensington Market on foot during Pedestrian Sundays, a monthly car-free event at the popular spot. Sunday from noon – 7 p.m. Free. pskensington.ca

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