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Weekend events: Giant pandas, farmers' market and more

As our regular 680News.com series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto and near the city for a variety of ages and interests.

May 17-20, 2013

Sherway Gardens Farmer’s Market: Just two weeks into the season, the farmers’ market at Sherway Gardens is in full swing. Shop for fruit and vegetables from local farmers, sample fresh-from-the-hive honey and take home flowers and baked goods. Sherway Gardens Shopping centre, far northeast parking lot. Highway 427 & The Queensway.

Friday. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.


Friday Night Bike Rides: It’s finally warm enough that a late-night ride is a pleasure, not a chore. Join the Toronto Bicycling Network for its social group ride along city trails and marked lanes. Meet at the Grenadier Cafe parking lot in High Park.

Friday. 6:30 p.m. $5.


Dundas West/Ossington Food Tour: Check out the “best of the west” – including Market 707, a collection of restaurants in retrofitted shipping containers – on this walking and eating tour of Dundas Street West and Ossington Avenue.  Drop by different restaurants and cafes in the neighbourhood and learn about their history. Spots are limited. Meet at Bathurst and Dundas streets.

Saturday. 12:30 p.m.  $60.   Register via email suzanne@savourtoronto.com


Giant Panda Exhibit: The much-hyped panda exhibit opens at the Toronto Zoo on Saturday. Er Shun and Da Mao have been under quarantine since their March 25 arrival and will finally be unveiled to the public. The pair will spend a total of 10 years in Canada, including five years in Calgary – see them when you can. Toronto Zoo. 2000 Meadowvale Rd.

Runs until 2018. Doors open 9 a.m.  $18-$28 (children two and younger are free).


Nature Play at Evergreen Brick Works: Explore nature in the heart of Toronto. Children (adult supervision is required) can gather wood and learn about fire building and help prepare an afternoon snack at the Evergreen Brick Works. 550 Bayview Ave.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-3  p.m. $5 suggested donation.


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