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Partiers at last year’s Pride. Photo by Nick Kozak/Torontoist.
FAMILY: Weekend summer festivals have been in full swing for weeks now, but the CHIN International Picnic has the unique distinction of a clear weather forecast across the board. Without the threat of storm clouds on the horizon, families are invited out to enjoy the festival’s international lineup of musical acts over the weekend. In addition to a variety of global artists, patrons can also look forward to circus shows, petting zoos, boxing tournaments, fireworks, pony rides, beauty pageants, and nearly any other go-to form of festival entertainment one can fathom. With forty-four years of experience under its belt, the CHIN Picnic knows how to throw a party. Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Boulevard), Saturday 2–11 p.m., Sunday 12–9 p.m., FREE.
FUN: Given recent events downtown, a staged battle may raise some brows—but if anyone can overcome the bad taste left in everyone’s mouths by the G20 it’s interactive public art initiative Newmindspace. Participants of all ages are invited to congregate at the South African War Memorial for the annual Bubble Battle, based loosely on Dr. Seuss’ parable on war and weapons The Butter Battle Book. Come equipped with your bubble-blowing weapon of choice and have at it. (Or if this runs a little too violent for your tastes, try Improv in Toronto’s Free Hugs effort earlier in the day.) South African War Memorial (Queen’s Park North), Saturday 5 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Clear weather also means that film buffs can finally begin taking advantage of all those outdoor film screenings. Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s) will be continuing his summer series of Community Outdoor Movie Nights with a screening of Jim Henson’s muppet-laden cult classic Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Endless quotes regarding the babe with the power to follow. Wychwood Barns Park (601 Christie Street), Saturday 8:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: As a veteran local comedian and proprietor of Comedy Bar, Gary Rideout, Jr. is something of a paragon of Toronto’s comic community. The dubious downside to Rideout’s status is that there is no shortage of sharp-witted peers on hand to get their jabs in at your Birthday Roast. Featuring a cross-section of the city’s comedic talent and a test run for a new show format tantalizingly titled “The Best Burn,” the evening’s festivities promise more than a few laughs. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday 10 p.m., FREE.
SAILING: Expect a spike in lake traffic this weekend as the Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival hosts the participants of the Tall Ships Challenge on their only stop in a Canadian port. Expect sails and masts to do the horizon all weekend, but the big show will be Sunday’s grand finale, the Parade of Sail. Ontario Place offers an unobstructed view from their grandstands to a limited number of daypass holders, or for an even closer vantage, Mariposa Cruises will be conducting cruises complete with buffet lunch and cash bar. Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), Sunday 2:15–4 p.m., $29 or $22 for children/seniors.
PRIDE: Following a week of vibrant buildup, Toronto Pride Week culminates its thirtieth anniversary with its annual Pride Parade, transforming Yonge Street into one of the world’s largest celebrations of queer culture. Beginning at Bloor and Church and traveling down Yonge to Gerrard, a procession of floats and marchers will pay tribute to the diverse elements of the LGBTTIQQ2SA community. (Also worth noting: our more robust guide to Pride, which you can find right here.) Church and Bloor streets to Yonge and Gerrard streets, Sunday 2 p.m., FREE.
Newmindspace’s Bubble Battle will meet at Queen’s Park North, not—as this article originally mistakenly said—at Queen and University.