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5 things to do this weekend: Beaches Jazz Fest, Junior Carnival & Urban Dare

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

July 20-22, 2012

For Families: Line up along the parade route at Downsview Park to watch the costumed kids at Junior Carnival now that Caribbean Carnival Toronto has begun. After the parade, stick around for the 50th anniversary celebration of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.  Downsview Park. Saturday. Parade: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Family Day: 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. http://www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com

For Visitors: The 24th Beaches Jazz Festival kicks off Friday with multiple outdoor stages featuring free concerts at Woodbine Park. Go hear young, upcoming musicians in the jazz and contemporary music scene at the New Generation and Youth stages. July 20-29. Various times. Free http://www.beachesjazz.com/

For Singles: Teams of two people use their smarts to solve clues that lead them to checkpoints where they must take photos or perform stunts at Urban Dare Toronto. It’s the Amazing Race in one day. Bring your cellphone, digital camera and a pen. Harbour Street Grill. 10 Yonge St. Saturday. Check-in: 10:30 a.m. Race begins: 11 a.m. $90 per team. http://www.urbandare.com/

For Charity: Toronto reportedly has the lowest rate of organ donors in Ontario. Help create awareness about organ and tissue donation at the Save & Share walk. Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Saturday. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. http://amarkarma.org/

For Kicks:
Check out the many vendors offering enviro-friendly products and services at the Live Green Toronto Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square. And rock out to live performances by Platinum Blonde and others. Saturday. 11 a.m. -8 p.m.  Free admission.  http://www.toronto.ca/greentorontofestival/

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