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5 things to do this weekend: Black history, free films & more

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in the city for all ages.

Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014

Black history gala: The Toronto Public Library kicks off Black History Month with a gala featuring poet George Elliott Clarke, Sometimes When We Touch singer Dan Hill and a calypso party. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Friday. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. torontopubliclibrary.ca

Lunar New Year festival: Celebrate the Year of the Horse in Chinatown with lion dances, martial arts, Chinese opera and the Toronto Zoo’s panda mascot. (If you’re in the burbs, check out the Lion Dance CNY Celebrations.) Opening ceremony at Chinatown Centre, 222 Spadina Ave. Saturday-Sunday. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. toronto.ca

Coldest Day of the Year Ride: The frigid weather’s not going anywhere, so why not embrace winter on two wheels? A campfire, hot chocolate and skating rink await in Dufferin Grove Park after the ride. Queen’s Park Crescent West at Hoskin Avenue. Saturday. 12:15 p.m. Free; no charge for Bixi bikes. cycleto.ca

Toronto Tea Festival: Sample hundreds of varieties and take in a traditional tea ceremony at this popular annual event. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Saturday-Sunday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15. teafestivaltoronto.com

Free Friday Film: The U of T’s Cinema Studies Student Union is screening a Wong Kar-wai double bill — gangster flick As Tears Go By and swordplay action-drama Ashes of Time — in 35 mm. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. Friday. 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Free. cinssu.ca

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