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5 things to do this weekend: Pride, ribs & jazz

A cook grills chicken and ribs at the Scarborough Ribfest on Aug. 1, 2008. Courtesy of Danielle Scott via Flickr

June 26 – 28

Toronto is internationally known for its diverse festivals and this weekend showcases some of the city’s finest.

Luminato: If the hum-drum of contemporary art just doesn’t thrill you, Luminato may be the festival for you. The international multi-arts festival transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundreds of events celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature and more. June 19-28. Start and end times vary by event. For more information on performances and ticket prices go to luminatofestival.com.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival: Featuring over 1,500 musicians, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival features the best in local, national and international talent playing a diverse range of genres. From outdoor concerts to intimate indoor showcases, this festival is perfect for music lovers young and old. June 18-29. For a complete schedule of events go to torontojazz.com.

Pride Toronto: If you’re heading downtown this week it will be hard not to notice one of the largest celebrations worldwide supporting the LGBTQ community. And Sunday is the main attraction — the Pride Parade! The parade, one of the largest in the world, kicks off at 2 p.m. If crowds aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do around the Church and Wellesley village. For a detailed schedule of events go to pridetoronto.com.

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Toronto Ribfest: It’s a festival of ribs!! What more do we have to say? June 27 to July 1, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Centennial Park. torontoribfest.com..

Black Canadians in Sports: The Ontario Black History Society presents this unique exhibit which showcases the excellence and achievement of black Canadian athletes both past and present. The exhibit aims to showcase Canadian values, culture and identity; promote pan-Canadian involvement in the 2015 Games. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free, but donations are accepted. blackhistorysociety.ca.