As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.
Aug. 23-25, 2013
BuskerFest: Acrobats, daredevils and break dancers at this year’s BuskerFest have moved their “theatre” to Yonge Street. Drop by to watch the colourful spectacles at the 14th annual street performing festival, which raises money for Epilepsy Toronto. Yonge Street between Queen and College streets. Thursday-Sunday. Admission: by donation. http://www.torontobuskerfest.com/
Fan Expo Canada: This multi-genre fan convention celebrating all things comic, sci-fi, anime and gaming features 900 exhibitors at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. There will also be portfolio reviews with comic book and video game companies plus film screenings and autograph sessions with stars such as Terminator’s Linda Hamilton and wrestler Hulk Hogan. Talks with celebrities include the cast members of The Walking Dead and Star Trek. Metro Toronto Convention Centre plus off-site locations at Fairmont Royal York, TIFF Bell Lightbox and Revival. Aug. 22-25. http://www.fanexpocanada.com/
Butterfly Festival at Tommy Thompson Park: Get a glimpse of the Monarch butterflies before these remarkable beauties begin their 3,500-kilometre migration to Mexico. Tommy Thompson Park. 1 Leslie St. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. http://www.butterflyfest.ca/
Bollywood Monster Mashup: Bollywood singer Kamal Khan will headline this family-friendly day-long festival. To mark 100 years of Indian cinema, there will also be free music and dance lessons as well as free film screenings. Mississauga Celebration Square across Square One mall Saturday, 1 p.m. Free. http://www.bollywoodmonstermashup.com/
Toronto Chinatown Festival: Savour specialty foods from China, the Philippines, Japan and Malaysia at the 13th annual Chinatown Festival. There will be booths about traditional medicine and fortune telling, as well as street performances by dragon and lion dancers. Spadina Avenue between College and Dundas streets. Huron Street between D’Arcy and Dundas. Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. http://www.chinatowntcf.com/#!__english
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