Searching for free events, festivals or free places to visit and things to do this summer in Toronto? Here is a list FREE family friendly for every day this summer in Toronto and GTA. Have the best Toronto staycation, and have a blast worry free!
100+ FREE Things to Do this Summer in Toronto
- Events and attractions listed are free for everybody. Places to visit that are free for kids with paying adult are not mentioned.
- Rib Fests, and food festivals that have free admission, but where you need to pay for most of the activities are NOT mentioned.
- There are quite a lot of free movies (mostly PG/PG-13) and concerts, happening across GTA parks almost every day. These are mostly NOT listed! For a detailed list, see Free Concerts and Outdoor Movies this Summer in GTA
How to use this article:
- Festivals that span 2 – 3 days are listed under any one of the festival dates or on the day that has free programming!
- Free attractions and things to do, that are not date bound /time limited are mentioned under random dates (these can be done any date of your choosing).
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Friday, June 30, 2017
1. Nathan Phillips Square Canada Days
Kick off Canada Day Weekend celebrations that reflect Canada’s rich cultural fabric to life through an incredible mix of music, dance, circus, and street arts.
June 30 to July July 3, 2017 @ Nathan Phillips Square
2. Our Home On Native Land
Celebrate the diverse sounds and stories of the land known as Turtle Island by acknowledging the creative contributions of Indigenous and newcomer Canadians.
June 30 to July July 3, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Celebrate Canada 150 at any of GTA cities or towns and take your pick from one of the spectacular fireworks that brighten the night sky.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
1. Go Fishing
Fish without a licence in Ontario Waters (not in National Parks).
July 1-9, 2017 @ Ontario Waters
2. Sunday Serenades
This free concert series features some of Ontario’s best live jazz, big band and swing acts!
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. @ Mel Lastman Square- 5100 Yonge St. Toronto
3. Redpath Waterfront Festival
This year’s festival invites visitors to #CanuckItUp for a truly Canadian three-day celebratory event, including: a Canada 150 Fund initiative written specifically for this tour called Rhythm of the Nation, an interactive dance and musical performance centered around nationally-renowned street artist DJ Creeasian; The West Coast Lumberjack Show, an action-packed, must-see Canadian show that will have everyone breaking out their plaid.
July 1 to 3, 2017 @ Along Toronto’s waterfront from Spadina to Bay
Monday, July 3, 2017
Heritage Ontario Festival
4-day Ontario150 festival will celebrate Ontario’s vast multicultural history with lots of heritage activities, food, drinks and entertainment. Show off your provincial pride!
June 30 to July 3, 2017 @ Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
1. City Cinema
Get to YDS and enjoy Canadian movies – a lineup of films that feature Canucks, Comedy, and (John) Candy!
Every Tuesday at sunset from June 27 – August 29 @ Yonge Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East, Toronto
2. Earl Bales Summer Entertainment Series
Enjoy concerts and family entertainment programs @ Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre in Earl Bales Park.
Every Tuesday, July 4 to 22, 2017 | 7:00 PM. to 8:00PM
Chris McKhool’s Earth, Seas and Air:July 13 | 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fireguy Juggling and Hoola Hoops: July 27 | 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Family Movie Night: August 10 & 24 | 9:00 PM to 10:15 PM
3. Kids Downtown
This free child-oriented entertainment show allows you to delight in the evening’s entertainment.
Tuesday, July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 | 7 to 8 p.m. @ Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, The KidsFest Club is a free outdoor clubhouse where kids and their families can enjoy play stations, workshops, special surprise activities and much more.
Wednesday, July 05 to Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ George Ignatieff Theatre, Toronto
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Free programs at your local library
GTA libraries offer plenty of free, fun programs from magic shows to movies. Check your local library for more details.
Summer @ Your local library
Friday, July 7, 2017
1. Cultura Festival
Enjoy award-winning musicians, international food vendors, world-class buskers, and crowd-pleasing feature films during Cultura Festival.
Friday July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6PM – 11PM @ Mel Lastman Square
2. Beaches International Jazz Festival
Experience the best of jazz, blues, big band, vocalists, African, Caribbean, reggae, hip-hop, South American, Latin, rhythm and blues and more at Beaches International Jazz Festival.
July 7 to 30, 2017 @ Various Venues, The Beach, Toronto
3. Prairies to Pacific
This festival features a broad array of music, multidisciplinary arts, and activities that represent the beautiful patchwork of Canada’s West.
July 7 to 9, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre
4. Carnival Night Market
Come see Creole (French Caribbean), Spanish, and Jamaican communities display their creativity of artistes and pay tribute to the festival founders with “Rum ‘n Reggae”, music and of course, food!
July 7 & 8, 2017 | 11 AM to 11 PM @ David Pecaut Square, 215 King St. W., Toronto
Saturday, July 8, 2017
1. Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival
Get your dancing shoes and join for Canada’s biggest salsa party featuring live music, dance lessons, Latin food and family.
July 8 & 9, 2017 @ St. Clair Ave West from Winona Dr. to Christie St. Toronto
2. Maker Extravaganza
Discover projects of the city’s most creative people as they gather together to share their latest creations, demonstrate their newest projects.
July 8 & 9, 2017 @ Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
3. Solar Observing
Safely observe the Sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules, and prominences.
July 8 & August 12, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
@ Ontario Science Centre – Outside Main Entrance
Sunday, July 9, 2017
1. Taste of Lawrence
Enjoy Scarborough’s largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA.
July 7 to 9, 2017 @ Lawrence Ave. E. from Warden Ave. to Birchmount Rd., Toronto
2. Philippine Festival Mississauga
Learn about Filipino culture through cultural exhibits such as Paskuhan that will give youv the typical Filipino ambiance during Christmas.
July 8 & 9, 2017 @ Mississauga Celebration Square – 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
3. Annual Fusion of Taste Festival
Enjoy a day at Fusion of Taste street festival with over 100 artists with 10.5 hours of programming, over 60 tasty and creative vendors, Kidz Zone, Fun Zone, exciting competitions, buskers and much more.
Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 12:00pm-10:30pm @ Albion Islington Square, Toronto
4. Port Union Summer Concert Series
Enjoy free concerts!
Sunday evenings in July @ Port Union Community Center, 5450 Lawrence Ave. E, Scarborough
5. Anatolia Festival
Celebrates Turkish culture in Canada!
Sunday, July 09, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM @ Yonge -Dundas Square, Toronto
6. Oakville Children’s Festival
Toopy and Binoo, the popular cat and mouse duo from the hit children’s television show, will headline the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival! Families can dance and sing along to the theatrical production Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games, as a toy chest full of games and puzzles ignite their curious imaginations.
Sunday, July 9 | 10 AM to 4 PM. @ Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Oakville
Monday, July 10, 2017
Kids Town Water Park
Visit Scarborough’s outdoor aquatic facility and only water park operated by city of Toronto. It offers a variety of water features, including a tipping bucket, spray rings, squirting aquatic animals, a slide, wading pool, splash pad and so much more.
Mid June until the Sunday of Labour day weekend
@ 3159 Birchmount Rd, Toronto
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Located on the banks of Credit River, Riverwood is a 150-acre park that house both historical buildings and environmentally significant areas. Enjoy a day out hiking the trails that traverse habitats of more than 475 species of animals and plants. Relax in beautiful Chappell House Gardens or, MacEwan Terrace Garden, go for a bird trek or take in an art exhibition by Visual Arts Mississauga in the historic MacEwan House.
@ Riverwood extends north from Burnhamthorpe Road West to Highway 403.
The entrance is located at the intersection of Burnhamthorpe Road West and The Credit Woodlands / Riverwood Park Lane
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
1. Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
Enjoy a self guided tour, while learning about butterflies, native plants, urban conservation and migrating monarchs at the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat located along the shores of Lake Ontario. Humber Bay Shores Park is listed as one of the top 13 spots to see birds in Toronto.
Year round @ Humber Bay Shores Park, 15 Marine Parade Dr, Toronto.
2. Space Jam
Join the Regent Park Film Festival for a free outdoor screening of SPACE JAM!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Regent Park, 620 Dundas St E, Toronto
Thursday, July 13, 2017
1. UNITY Festival
Toronto’s most prolific poets, musicians and visual artists will showcase alongside the most promising youth performers from after school and drop-in programs. Unity graffiti artists will paint new murals on Geary Lane’s garage doors during the event, and completed works will be on display throughout this creative hub.
July 13 to 15, 2017 @ Various Venues, Toronto
2. Concert Under the Stars
Enjoy The North York Concert Band presenting a series of concerts featuring a variety of musical genres, including familiar marches, show and movie tunes, and swing and popular tunes, including many soloists from within the band.
July 13 & 27 | 07:30 PM @ Mel Lastman Square
Friday, July 14, 2017
1. Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Explore the works of over 340 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics.
July 14 to 16, 2017 @ Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
2. Honda Indy Toronto
Honda Fan Friday will feature a jam-packed schedule of on-track action, IndyCar series qualifying for Saturday’s race! Stunt shows, contests, autograph sessions and all kinds of off-track entertainment will be in full gear from gate open to close across the event site, providing something for everyone, race fan or not!
Friday, July 14, 2017 @ Exhibition Place grounds, Toronto
Saturday, July 15, 2017
1. Toronto Lechon Fiesta
Join in for a a grand and colourful event that will bring the traditional Filipino Fiesta to the area in ways that will transport the visitor to the Philippines.
Saturday to Sunday: July 15 to 16, 2017 @ Downview Park, Toronto
2. Night It Up! 2017
Try delicious Asian treats with your friends while listening to live entertainment from talented artists throughout the GTA or playing carnival-style booth games.
July 14 to 16, 2017 @ 101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham
3. Vector Festival
Vector Festival is a participatory and community-oriented initiative dedicated to showcasing digital games and creative media practices. Presenting works across a dynamic range of exhibitions, screenings, performances, lectures, and workshops, Vector acts as a critical bridge between emergent digital platforms and new media art practice.
Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ Various Venues, GTA
4. Taste of Dominica
Enjoy Dominica’s cuisine, national wear, music, handcrafts and talent.
July 15 | 1:00 PM. to 9:00 PM @ Mel Lastman Square, Toronto.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
1. Festival of India
Join for Yoga Meltdown – one of Toronto’s first free, outdoor spiritual yoga exhibitions. This unique event provides all yoga enthusiasts, from the simply curious to hardcore yogis, with a chance to explore yoga in a distinctively holistic way.
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 12 PM – 5 PM @ Downtown Toronto
2. Scarborough Celebrates Ontario 150
Scarborough Celebrates Ontario is a 2-day fun filled weekend celebration that aims to showcase, promote and celebrate Ontario’s 150 years of diversity.
July 15 to 16, 2017 @ Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough Civic Centre
3. Shield to Shore
Explore the music and culture of the St. Lawrence River basin through both contemporary trends and traditional genres, in a rich showcase of the kaleidoscope of styles that is Canada’s East.
July 14 to 16, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre
Monday, July 17, 2017
Spray Parks & Outdoor Pools
Hit Toronto’s or your city’s spray parks or outdoor pools to cool off!
Victoria day weekend through Mid September | Open daily from 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM
@ Various locations, Toronto
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Explore Rouge Park
Canada’s premier urban wilderness park is home to an amazing combination of natural, cultural and agricultural features including 1,700 species of plants and animals, over 10,000 years of human history, and some of the rarest and best remaining wetlands, forests and agricultural lands in the Greater Toronto Area. Whether you laze out in the sun at the Rouge Beach, or go for a hike or look for treasures with your GPS unit, there is no dearth of stuff to do in Canada’s National Urban Park.
@ Many accessible points, Rouge Park.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
1. Toronto Botanical Garden and Edward Gardens
The Toronto Botanical Garden offers an array of 17 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres, designed to educate and inspire. On Tuesdays & Thursdays in summer volunteer tour guides conduct 90-minute informative and engaging tours designed for people to gain a greater understanding of plants, the natural landscape, landscape design and the history of designated public gardens.
To visit – Year round. Guided tour: May through September | Tuesdays at 10:00 AM and Thursdays at 6:00 PM
@ Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East Toronto
Join the Regent Park Film Festival for a free outdoor screening of MOANA!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Regent Park, 620 Dundas Street East, Toronto
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Downsview Park Food in the Park
Explore connections between stewardship actions and food security through three main program elements: supporting native wild plant populations through direct stewardship actions, foraging for wild edibles, and tending to and harvesting from the Downsview Park education garden.
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 6 -8 PM
every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 10 -12 AM
@ Downview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue, Toronto
Friday, July 21, 2017
1. Healthy Parks Healthy People
No charge for day-use visitation during the celebration. Parks across the province will offer events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting!
July 21, 2017 @ Ontario Provincial Parks
2. BollywoodMonster Mashup
At the largest South Asian festival in Canada, Catch international Bollywood stars while you feast at our brand new Monster FoodFest.
July 21 & 22, 2017 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
3. Northern Passages
Join this arctic-bound adventure to hear the sounds of throat singers, folk musicians, and storytellers, and see films from across Canada’s vast regions of the North.
July 21 to 23, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
1. Festival of South Asia
Take part in the longest -running South Asian street festival in Ontario and also the largest, annually attracting 250,000 visitors over two days.
July 22 & 23, 2017 @ Gerrard India Bazaar – 1426A Gerrard St E, Toronto
2. Persian Family Day
Experience Persian music and dance performance, Persian cultural and arts booth, Persian charities organizations booth, Food and beverage section and more.
July 22, 2017 | 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
3. Junior Carnival and Family Day
Join the young producers, performers, and presenters as they put their imprint on the Festival. The Junior Carnival and Family Day event lets you and everyone in the surrounding community of Malvern enjoy the cultural highlights.
July 22, 2017 @ Malvern Park & Neilson Parks, Toronto
Sunday, July 23, 2017
1. BIG on Bloor Festival
Street celebration of local arts and culture with live performances, specially commissioned hands-on cultural projects as kids’ activities, new initiatives, including BIG Murals and BIG X, food vendors and two days of music on three stages and more at this Big celebration of Bloor!
July 22 7 23, 2017 @ Bloor Street between Dufferin & Lansdowne
2. Toronto International Brazilfest
Experience a truly authentic Brazilian festival right in your own back yard. It is a platform to display and highlight the best food, talent, art and entertainment from the Brazilian community.
Sunday July 23rd 2017 | 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM @ Earlscourt Park – 1200 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto
Monday, July 24, 2017
Ontario’s Legislative Building Tour
Visit Queen’s Park and join for a guided tour of Ontario’s Legislative Building or on a walkabout of the grounds of Queen’s Park exploring the architecture, notable historical statues and monuments.
Family Fun Fridays – This two hour interactive family program at Ontario’s Legislative Building is provided during the summer months. Families with youth aged 6-17 will Explore the historic Legislative Building, Play a role in a mock debate; dress-up in traditional robes, Participate in a scavenger hunt, Learn how Parliament works!
Weekend Explorers at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly – During this one hour program designed for families with children aged 6-10 you will: Explore the Legislative Building and Chamber through a fun scavenger hunt, Play games that teach you about Ontario’s Parliament, Participate in a craft activity.
Summer | Every day – Tour times vary depending on the guided tour.
@ Ontario Legislative Building.
Family Fun Fridays: Every Friday, July and August starting July 7th until August 25th, 2017 | 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Weekend Explorers: Saturdays and Sundays, July and August | 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Discover Downtown Toronto
Download Discovery App on your mobile and experience downtown Toronto like never before! On Discovery Walks you will enjoy nature, learn about local area natural and social history, and during the warmer weather, see the many beautiful floral displays at our feature park sites … all right here ready for you to discover in the heart of Toronto.
Year round @ Toronto
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
1. Redpath Sugar Museum
Getfascinating insight into the past and present production of sugar. Redpath Sugar Museum located Redpath Sugar Refinery has exhibits on sugar refining, learn how company’s founder, John Redpath built the company. The museum also offers guided tours.
Call ahead for tours. Monday – Friday, 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM &, 1.00 PM – 3.30. PM
@ Redpath Sugar, 95 Queens Quay E, Toronto
2. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Come join the Regent Park Film Festival for a free outdoor screening of HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE!
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Regent Park, 620 Dundas St E, Toronto
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Experience the tremendous ethnic diversity within Iran through music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, visual arts, crafts market, and cuisine, as well as a traditional teahouse where visitors can socialize and a variety of food offerings at the World Cafe.
July 27-30, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Friday, July 28, 2017
Toronto International Youth Dance Festival
Enjoy the variety in dance, which often mirrors the diversity in the backgrounds of the dancers.
July 28 to 30, 2017 @ Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto
Saturday, July 29, 2017
1. Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival
Explore Guildwood Park as it comes alive artists, artisan vendors, children’s activities and live entertainment.
July 29 & 30, 2017 @ Guild Park and Gardens
2. Aloha Fest
Enjoy Polynesian culture, art and dance!
July 29, 2017 @ 11:00 AM. to 7:00PM
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Mississauga Latin Festival
Get to know the rich roots and traditions of Latin culture!
July 29 & 30, 2017 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
Monday, July 31, 2017
Year round | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
@ Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Avenue, Toronto & Centennial Park Conservatory
151 Elmcrest Road, Toronto
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Designed for the young and the young at hear, HorseCapades sweeps you away from city life and into the magical world of the horse. This year HorseCapades features free Pony Rides for kids.This year’s program once again will feature a trick riding show called HorsePower Live!
July 29 to August 17, 2017 | 11 AM to 2 PM
@ Exhibition Place, Toronto
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
1. Aga Khan Museum
Aga Khan Museum houses collections of Islamic art and heritage, including artefacts. Enjoy the museum and the beautifully landscaped gardens free of charge on Wednesdays.
Admission to the Museum and all exhibitions is FREE each Wednesday | 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
@ The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto
2. Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na
Join the Regent Park Film Festival for a free outdoor screening of JAANE TU…YA JAANE NA (Bollywood movie).
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Regent park, 620 Dundas St E, Toronto
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Explore this unique site consisting of botanical gardens and natural areas surrounding the Humber River. Through six kilometers of walking trails, discover Carolinian bioregion, that boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals.
@ 205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto. – back of Humber College’s North Campus.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Come to the waterfront to catch a little bit of that island soul and experience the rich legacy of Caribbean music heard through Canada and around the world.
August 4 to 7, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre
Saturday, August 5, 2017
1. Community Weekend at Rogers Cup
Take in some tennis as some of the world’s best players compete to qualify for the Rogers Cup main draw! Shake paw with Skye and Rubble of Nick Jr.’s Paw Patrol or try and learn a few moves from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
August 5 & 6, 2017 @ Aviva Centre, York University
2. African Musical Extravaganza
This event will bring together musicians, dancers and other performers that best embodies and reflect the great traditions of African culture. Music will be heard from several African countries and also from local based musicians.
August 5 | 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM. @ Mel Lastman Square, Toronto
Sunday, August 6, 2017
MuslimFest celebrates the best in arts, culture and entertainment. The event features local and international artists who will showcase their talent. Concerts featuring popular Muslim artists, comedy shows, a multicultural bazaar, and a kids’ carnival are just some of the fun activities that will be at MuslimFest.
August 4 to 6, 2017 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
Monday, August 7, 2017
Explore Canada’s Trail Capital
Discover Canada’s trail capital, Uxbridge. Explore historic villages, mixed forests, meadows, ponds, streams, and wetlands. A number of major trail systems run through the Township, including the Oak Ridges Trail and the Trans-Canada Trail.
Round the Year.
@ Town of Uxbridge
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Discover what life was like in early Ontario, and get involved in the experience. In the buildings, and surrounding gardens and farmyards you will find historical interpreters and trades people in authentic period dress who will demonstrate and explain for you how people lived, worked and played in mid 19th century rural Ontario.
Free visit on Tuesdays after 02:00 PM (open until 5:00 PM)
@ Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto
Thursday, August 9, 2017
1. Visit Port Credit, Mississauga
Port Credit, Mississauga’s picturesque “Village on the Lake”, is a great place to experience Lake Ontario and Credit River. Explore Port Credit Harbour through hiking the waterfront trail that winds through parks and pathways along the lake and river shoreline, take in postcard worthy pictures with the iconic red and white, Port Credit lighthouse as back ground and picnic at Memorial Park.
Any time round the year
@ Port Credit lighthouse- 105 Lakeshore Road W, Port Credit
2. Bicycle Thieves
Join the Regent Park Film Festival for a free outdoor screening of BICYCLE THIEVES!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Regent Park, 620 Dundas St E, Toronto
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Toronto Music Garden
Explore the garden deigned by renowned cellist YoYo Ma! The Toronto Music Garden is vibrant with the spirit of music, dance and artistic delight. The garden represents sections from a movement from Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett and Gigue.
Visit Year Round @ 479 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Wednesdays, June 7 – September 27, 2017 | 11:00 AM
Thursdays, June 29 – August 31 | 05:30 PM (Only on concert days)
Free Concerts on most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm from June 29 to September 17.
Friday, August 11, 2017
1. Ford Waterfront Night Market
Have an exciting outdoor culinary experience featuring an enticing selection of Asian theme ‘street food’ and merchandise for an all-out night market experience!
August 11-13, 2017 @ Hearn Generating Station, 440 Unwin Ave, Toronto
2. TD Mosaic Festival and Rock the Coliseum Indie Music Festival
Enjoy Ontario wide selection of Independent bands on the stage for “Rock the Coliseum”. Along with literary segments, we proudly present “Zeitgeist” International Biennial of Art this year as well.
August 11 to 12, 2017 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
Saturday, August 12, 2017
1. Sweetery Toronto Food Festival
Don’t miss out on this special two-day event which will showcase the delectable world of confectionery and culinary arts in the Greater Toronto Area.
August 12 – 13, 2017 @ David Pecaut Square – 55 John Street, Toronto
2. BluesBERRY Festival
BluesBERRY Festival celebrates the best of Blues music and fresh Berries! Come to Historic Downtown Bowmanville to enjoy a blueberry pancake breakfast, fresh berry shortcake, pies, tarts, sweets, and so much more. Stroll the 4 city blocks while listening to live Blues bands and check out the artisan and craft booths. There’s lots of family-friendly fun including jumping castles, rock climbing wall, and a visit from our friends at Clarington Fire Services.
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 9:00 AM. to 5:00 PM
@ Downtown Bowmanville.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Habari Africa festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts festival that displays the rich and diverse cultures of Africa. Join us for a weekend of exploration and engagement with the art, sounds and tastes of the continent.
August 11 to 13, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Monday, August 14, 2017
Explore Scarborough Bluffs
See the Bluffs that was the very reason for the naming of this part of the city as ‘Scarborough’ by Elizabeth Simcoe. The best place to see the bluffs is from Bluffer’s Park (take right (west) at the end of Brimley Road). The bluffs can be viewed from any of Scarborough parks located along Lake Ontario.
@ Various Scarborough Parks along lake Ontario
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Tommy Thompson Park
Located on the man-made headland, known as the Leslie Street Spit, which extends five km into Lake Ontario and is over 500 hectares in size. Bike, hike or rollerblade and enjoy some of the largest existing natural habitat on the Toronto waterfront, that includes wildflower meadows, coastal marshes, cobble beaches and sand dunes and more! It is also one of the best nature watching areas in the GTA.
Summer Hours: Weekends and holidays, April to November | | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
@ foot of Leslie Street where it meets Unwin Avenue, south of Lake Shore Boulevard East.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
1. TD Markham Jazz Festival
The TD Markham Jazz Festival is an exciting and vibrant five-day event featuring well known professional jazz musicians performing on three stages on beautiful Main Street Unionville, in Markham.
August 16 to 20, 2017 @ Main Street Unionville (Markham)
2. Hidden Figures
Join the Regent Park Film Festival for a free outdoor screening of HIDDEN FIGURES!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ Regent Park, 620 Dundas St E, Toronto
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Canada’s Sugar Beach will transform into Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre. Movies will be shown under the open skies on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour.
August 17 – 19, 2017
@ Sugar Beach or Lake Ontario.
Friday, August 18, 2017
1. Beats, Break & Culture
Check the next wave of Canadian talent starting new movements in hip-hop and dance music, featuring innovators in genres like post-rap, electro-pop, and world electronica.
August 18 to 20, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
2. Port Credit Busker Fest
Three-day event with International performers, numerous performance sites, continuous shows and non-stop action.Bring out the kids and let them be the stars of the show. An interactive area filled with FUN for the wee’est of busker fans and featuring a stage with acts just for them. Plus…Face painters, Balloon Sculptures, Bubbles, Juggling workshops, Puppet Shows, Dance Parties, Clowns, Chalk art area, Hoola-hoops, and occasional strolling characters who will pop by for a visit
August 18 – 20, 2017
@ Port Credit; Kids Zone at Gazebo at Memorial Park
Saturday, August 19, 2017
1. Wheels On The Danforth
See an amazing assortment of Classics, Exotics, Tuners, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Motorcycles, a variety of vendors and artisans, Kids zone, and more!
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM @ Crossroads of the Danforth
2. Mississauga ItalFest™
ITALFEST is a celebration of Italian arts, history, landscape, food, music and traditions. Mississauga Italfest has evolved into a unique, cultural experience for all ages attracting local visitors and international tourists. Showcasing emerging and established Italo-Canadian talent and exciting headline artists direct from Italy.
August 18 – 19, 2017 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
3. Iranian Summer Festival
Enjoy Iranian music, food, dance and entertainment.
August 19 | 4:00 PM. to 10:00 PM @ Mel Lastman Square, Toronto
4. Garlic is Great Festival
Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest. At the festival, visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and garlic vendors at the Newmarket Farmer’s Market.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 | 8 AM to 1 PM @ Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
1. Kurdish Festival
Celebrate Kurdish culture, food, music and dance.
August 20 | 4:00 PM. to 10:00 PM @ Mel Lastman Square, Toronto
2. Burlington Children’s Festival
Come celebrate Burlington’s annual Children’s Festival with a birthday party! Join us as we celebrate being a kid. Live entertainment, Play zones and inflatables, Crafts, and more! Children’s Festival is among the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario.
August 20, 2017 | 10:00AM-5:00PM
@ Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sun & Sand
Build sandcastles or enjoy a swim in the freshwaters of Lake Ontario. There are 8 beaches in Toronto are blue flag certified beaches – meaning it undergone strict evaluation and is up-to-standard on water quality, environmental management, environmental education, safety and services.
Summer @ GTA Beaches
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Visit St Lawrence Market
Who doesn’t love to explore isles and isles of delicious food, from yummy cookies to exotic vegetables? Enjoy the sights and the smells as you explore the market situated inside 200 year old building. The Market Galley inside the site of Toronto’s 19th century City Hall, exhibits Toronto’s art, culture and history.
@ 92 Front St. E., Toronto
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
High Park has something for every member for the family and for kids, there is a Children’s Garden, High Park Zoo with lots of animals including bison, llamas, and peacocks, and a castle of a playground – Jamie Bell Playground. The park is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals.
@ High Park, Toronto
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Fun Day at Centre Island
(….Hoping that the Islands will be open by beginning of August, 2017)Toronto’s family fun summer destination has plenty of exciting free activities. The island features a myriad of delightful activities from feeding birds to a pettting Zoo at Far Enough Farm, splash pads, beaches, a children’s garden inspired by Franklin the Turtle, and the William Meany Maze.
@ Centre Island Toronto
Friday, August 25, 2017
From humble paper to elegant crafts, classical music to contemporary pastry; whether it’s Taiwan or Japan, chiyogami or even Van Gogh, discover how these are all connected in the showcase of cultures at the 2017 TAIWANfest: “Kanpai, Japan!”
August 25 to 27, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre
2. Korean Harvest Festival
Celebrate Korean Thanksgiving! Experience authentic Korean food and enjoy song, dance and martial arts during this three-day event.
August 25, 26, 27 @ Mel Lastman Square, Toronto
Saturday, August 26, 2017
1. Annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest
Experience mouthwatering ethnic cuisines, grab a drink from the beer tent, and spend the day enjoying live musical performances, a cultural fashion show, dance competitions, drum and dance workshops, a kid’s zone and much more.
August 26 & 27, 2017 @ Albert Campbell Square at the Scarborough Civic Centre
2. Coconut Festival
Learn about the coconuts’ various health benefits & diverse addictive delicious culinary and lifestyle uses. The festival also provides family entertainment such as; children’s games, coconut quizzes, health talks and Polynesian and other multicultural dancers.
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 11:00 am – 8:00 pm @ David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street, Toronto
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Experience Tamil Culture! Two day street festival that will showcase and exhibit traditional and modern Tamil culture, cuisine, arts and entertainment!
August 26 & 27, 2017 @ Markham Rd & Turbina Ave, Toronto
Monday, August 28, 2017
Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate and Bronte Harbour
Visit Erchless Estate that was once home to Oakville’s founding family, overlooking Oakville’s community museum. Enjoy the beautiful buildings, the grounds and gardens of Erchless that overlook Lake Ontario. Bronte Harbour located 6 kms from the museum, has a great boardwalk that leads to the Bronte Harbour Lighthouse and great parks that overlook Lake Ontario.
Museum – Year Round | Tuesdays to Sundays, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
@ Erchless Estate, 8 Navy St, Oakville
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Evergreen Brick Works
Explore Don River valley! Evergreen Brick Works, a former quarry and industrial site holds art exhibits by local artists, and has plenty of activities for the whole family. Explore Don Valley Brick Works Park that houses Weston Family Quarry Garden, stroll the pond boardwalks,and get learn about the ecosystems provide homes to numerous species of animals and plants.
@ 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Erstwhile site of Toronto Zoo, Riverdale Farm is a great visit place to visit with young children. See farm animals and poultry at the Pig and Poultry Barn, learn about chores that happens in a farm, and learn about day to day working of a farm.
Enjoy a serene walk inside Toronto Necropolis situated next door!!
@ 201 Winchester St, Toronto
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden and Robert McLaughlin Gallery
With stunning gardens, architectural features, serene water features and winding pathways, Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens links natural area of the Oshawa Creek and the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path. Plan a day trip to Oshawa , visit the gardens and drop by Robert McLaughlin Gallery, largest gallery in Durham Region with over 4000 artworks in its collection.
Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden – best in spring and summer.
@ Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden – Extends from Adelaide Avenue to Gibb Street along the Oshawa Creek.
Gallery – Year round @ The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa
Friday, September 1, 2017
Hispanic Fiesta celebrates Spanish and Latin American art, food, music and entertainment. This free four day event originated in 1982, and is filled with splendid sounds, tempting treats, colourful art and features local and international performers.
September 1, 2, 3, 4 @ Mel Lastman Square, Toronto
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Toronto International BuskerFest
Head to the world’s longest, most vibrant street, for 4 days and 4 nights of non-stop, action-packed, fun-filled entertainment. Comedy, spontaneity and a dash of the unbelievable – welcome to the Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy.
riday September 1 – Monday, September 4, 2017 @ Woodbine Park, in The Beach
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Visit a Conservation Area
Enjoy scenic lookouts, stroll boardwalks along Great Lakes shores, spy upon songbirds on deciduous woods at conservation areas near Toronto. Greenwood Conservation Area in Ajax and Altona Forest in Pickering are great places for an evening hike.
Free Conservation Areas
@ ~ an hour from Toronto
Monday, September 4, 2017
Explore Waterfront Trail
Celebrate GTA’s waterfront by hiking, or biking the waterfront trail that traverses GTA. There are natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches.
@ Waterfront Trail – Lake Ontario – GTA.
You may like Port Union Waterfront Trail.