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5 things to do this weekend: Tango festival, Brain exhibit & gourmet foods & wines

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

Nov. 21-23, 2014

Tango festival: Fans of the tango can learn and practise their technique at the four-day Tango 8 Fest, which features workshops, mesmerizing performances by Argentinian masters and dance parties. Polish Hall, 206 Beverley St. Until Sunday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10 to $40. tango8fest.com.

Brain exhibit: A new exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre, which opened on Wednesday, explores the inner workings of the brain and how it has evolved over time through the use of art, brain imaging, and interactive elements. Brain: The Inside Story is on tour from the American Museum of Natural History and aims to capture the latest innovations in the field of neuroscience. Ontario Science Centre. Until March 29, 2015. $13 to $22. ontariosciencecentre.ca

Ice, Wine & Dine: We may be in a cold snap, but don’t let that prevent you from getting outside and attending this annual culinary event on Elm Street in downtown Toronto. Sample sumptuous eats as well as signature drinks from 18 participating restaurants, including The Queen & Beaver, Pantages Mini Bar and Oro Restaurant. There will also be ice sculptures as well as musicians and performers to watch. Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Elm Street between Yonge and Bay streets. Free admission. wintermagic.ca

Gourmet food & wine expo: Savour gourmet foods, indulge in wine tasting classes with master sommeliers and watch celebrity chefs do their magic on stage at the 20th annual food and beverage expo. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. $25 to $90. foodandwineexpo.ca.

Toronto’s premier Christmas show: Christmas shopping has just been made easier with the Seasons Christmas Show marketplace, now in its 10th year, which features over 300 retailers, artisans and entrepreneurs. Friday to Sunday. International Centre in Mississauga. $13 to $15. seasonsshow.com

Other events

Santa Claus will be busy again this weekend, with parades in Uxbridge, Oshawa, and Aurora on Saturday, and in Richmond Hill and Maple on Sunday.

There are also two parades in Toronto, which come with road closures.

Village of East Toronto Beaches Santa Claus Parade: Westbound Kingston Road, from Victoria Park Avenue to Walter Street, will be closed from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Weston Santa Claus Parade: The 35th annual parade runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., starting on Weston Road and ending at Sidney Belsey Crescent. Weston Road, from St. Phillips Road to Jane Street, will be closed until the parade ends. TTC service will be affected in the area.

Next week, Santa heads to Markham, Ajax and Pickering.

With files from Patricia D’Cunha and Geoff Rohoman

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