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5 things to do this weekend: Jazz festival, Franco-Fête & dragon boat races

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

June 22-24, 2012

For Families: Brush up on your French language skills at the Franco-Fête festival, which celebrates its 30th year this weekend with French culture and music at Harbourfront Centre. 235 Queens Quay W. Friday-Sunday. Free. franco-fete.ca

For Visitors: Come hear many of jazz’s biggest names during this year’s Toronto Jazz Festival. The 10-day event will kick off with singer-songwriter Janelle Monae on Friday evening at Nathan Phillips Square. This year’s lineup includes Esperanza Spalding, Natalie Cole and many more legends and rising stars. 8 p.m. $62.50 torontojazz.com

For Singles: Pride Week begins Friday, and what better way to celebrate the 10-day event than to dance to ‘80s favourites at the Pre-Pride Warm-Up Party. 751 Lounge. 751 Queen St. W. Friday, 10 p.m. facebook.com

For Charity: Support a team walking or running the beautiful lakefront Coronation Park for the 20th Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay, which helps raise money for Ontario’s children with disabilities. 711 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Saturday-Sunday. 24hourrelay.org

For Kicks: Grab your paddle and hop on the ferry to Toronto Centre Island for the International Dragon Boat Race Festival this weekend. The festival is the summer kickoff event on the island, attracting at least 80,000 people over two days. More than 180 teams from around the world will be paddling in the dragon boat races on the Allan Lamport Regatta Course. Saturday-Sunday. Free. www.dragonboats.com

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