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What's On: Tirgan Festival and other cultural festival in the city

It's yet another busy weekend in the city, with many cultural and other festivals in the city. From the Iranian festival Tirgan to celebrating the Monarch butterflies, there's lots to see and do:

Tirgan Festival
Aug 20 to 23
Harbourfront Centre

This biennial festival is the world's largest celebration of Iranian arts and culture. And they certainly have packed the weekend with talks, screenings, performances worth seeing. From an animated feature about a young Iranian-Chinese-Canadian poet starring Sandra Oh to Les Ballets Persans, there's a long line-up of events.

For more information, check out the Tirgan Festival website.

Toronto Chinatown Festival
Aug 22 to Aug 23
Spadina Ave (between Sullivan and St. Andrew Sts.)

The theme for the 15th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival is the Forbidden City. Offerings include lion and dragon dances, mixed martial arts demos and international street food.

For more information, check out the Toronto Chinatown Festival website.

Taste of Manila
Aug 22 to Aug 23
Bathurst St. and Wilson Ave.

The Bathurst and Wilson neighbourhood is unofficially known as Little Manila, but this weekend you can truly get a taste of the Philippines there -- from live performances to traditional food and games.

For more information, check out the Taste of Manila Facebook page.

Kurdish Heritage Festival
Aug 23
Mel Lastman Square

The 8th Annual Kurdish Heritage brings live performances, a fashion and delicious food -- including a food competition -- to the square.

For more information, check out the Kurdish Heritage Festival Facebook page.

Aug 23
Canoe Landing Park

This festival presents a "free celebration of Toronto's best local talent, eats & drinks,
urban art, and community experiences."

For more information, check out the CityFest website.

7th Annual Tommy Thompson Park Butterfly Festival
Aug 22
Tommy Thompson Park

This the perfect time of the year to catch sightings of Monarch butterflies as they make their way to Mexico. And this festival offers a chance to admire the butterflies and learn about conservations efforts.

For more information, check out the Butterfly Festival website.

Obaa Gallery Exhibit
Aug 22
Artscape Youngplace

This exhibit of paintings by Felipe Velasquez has been inspired by 10 stories written by 10 women on issues faced by marginalized women, ranging from skin bleaching to body image and gender inequalities.

For more information, check out the event's website.

In Conversation: Chronnix
Aug 21
Daniel Spectrum

Manifesto presents the young Jamaican star, who will talk about "the inspirations and influences in his life and the message in his music." Donisha Predergast hosts the conversation.

For more information, check out the Manifesto website.

In Concert: Hector Hernandez
Aug 23
Yonge Dundas Square

Hector Hernandez performs as part of Mex Fest, which brings sights, tastes and sounds of Mexico to downtown Toronto.

For more information, check out the Mex Fest website.

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