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 – 2019
- 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.
- For another option for cheap summer staycations, see 25 Day Trips on the TTC.
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).
- For up to date free events, we also recommend you see our Things to Do weekend article or Free events Calendar.
For more fun activities, see:
Friday, June 28, 2019
Enjoy this large-scale free outdoor celebration of creativity and local talent. The event will take over Nathan Phillips Square with live music, art installations, fashion talks, squads and shows, design workshops, as well as a vibrant selection of pop-up shops and food trucks.
June 27 – 29, 2019 @ Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto
Saturday, June 29, 2019
1. TD Taste of Asia
Visit Markham and experience a dazzling cultural performances, culinary artists, iconic celebrities, dignitaries, sports fans, artisans and food connoisseurs.
Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, 2019 @ on Kennedy Rd. starting from Steeles Ave. E, Markham
2. Canadian Taste Buds
Try lemon biscuits and lemonade, and an Indigenous strawberry recipe while playing games and indulging in an animal-themed scavenger hunt at Scarborough Museum.
June 29 & 30, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm @ Scarborough Museum
3. The Sustainable Block Party
It will feature an incredible lineup of inspiring guest speakers, over 100 vendors serving delicious vegan food, a $1,5000 vegan prize pack and charity auction for over $2,000 in prizes.
Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM @ Organic Garage – 43 Junction Road Toronto
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Redpath Waterfront Festival
Welcome a fleet of majestic tall ships to Toronto’s waterfront and enjoy deck tours during Redpath Waterfront Festival.
June 29 to July 1 @ Toronto Waterfront
3. Festival of Diversity Tour
The festival will offer visitors the chance to experience the rich Diversity found in our communities through music, dance, art, culture, and food.
June 29 & 30 @ David Pecaut Square, 215 King St Toronto
Monday, July 1, 2019
Celebrate Canada 152 at any of GTA cities or towns and take your pick from one of the spectacular fireworks that brighten the night sky.
Fish without a licence in Ontario Waters (not in National Parks).
June 29 to July 7, 2019 @ Ontario Waters
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Get to YDS and enjoy non-fiction movies – a lineup that are sure to cause treble as they explore the life and times of some of North America’s most beloved musical acts, featuring different artists and their signature sounds each week.
Every Tuesday at sunset from June 25 – August 27. @ Yonge Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East, Toronto
Union Summer-Presented by TD features a curation of Toronto’s best food, musicians, live performances and film screenings in the Plaza outside Union Station.
Through August 3, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM @ Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza, outside Union Station)
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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
Thursday, July 4, 2019
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.
Thursday, July 04 to Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ George Ignatieff Theatre, Toronto
Friday, July 5, 2019
1. Cultura Festival
Enjoy award-winning musicians, international food vendors, world-class buskers, and crowd-pleasing feature films during Cultura Festival.
Fridays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 | 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM@ 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 5 to 26, 2019 @ Various Venues, The Beach, Toronto
Saturday, July 6, 2019
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 6 & 7, 2019 @ St. Clair Ave West from Winona Dr. to Christie St. Toronto
Celebrates the abundant energy of African music in an effort to cultivate community spirit and enhance the understanding and appreciation of the diverse people of Africa.
July 6 & 7, 2019 @ Woodbine Park – 1695 Queen street East, Toronto
3. Toronto International Dance Festival
Experience dance extravaganza from all over the world.
July 6 & 7 @ Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Dr, Scarborough
Sunday, July 7, 2019
1. Taste of Lawrence
Enjoy Scarborough’s largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA.
July 5 to 7, 2019 @ 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 6 & 7, 2019 @ Mississauga Celebration Square – 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
3. Port Union Summer Concert Series
Enjoy free concerts!
Sunday evenings in July @ Port Union Community Center, 5450 Lawrence Ave. E, Scarborough
4. Bentway Block Party
Join for Bentway Block Party! The party features live performances from Canadian indie rockers The Elwins, experimental pop band Ellevator, and indie emo-orchestra Common Deer.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 12pm-10pm @ The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto
5. Fusion of Taste Festival
The event showcases over 100 artists with 9.5 hours of programming, over 60 tasty and creative vendors, Kidz Zone, Fun Zone, exciting competitions, buskers and much more.
Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 12:00pm-9:30pm @ Albion Islington Square BIA6
3. Sunday Serenades
Join every Sunday night in July for this free outdoor concert series at Mel Lastman Square featuring some of Ontario’s best live swing, big band, and jazz acts. Dance the night away to the sound of the roaring 30s, 40s, and 50s!
Sundays, July 7 to 28, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St, North York
7. The Distillery Family Yoga Series
Every Sunday, young yogis ages 7 to 12 and their families are invited to the Distillery District from some outdoor, family-oriented, yoga classes led by the most dynamic and popular family yoga instructors from the top studios in Toronto.
Sunday mornings from June 2 to August 25, 2019 from 11:00AM to 12:30PM @ The Distillery District, Toronto
Monday, July 8, 2019
1. Yoga in the Square
Get refreshed this summer at Yonge-Dundas Square with the brand-new Yoga in the Square series, with mats and ambassadors provided by lululemon.
June 10 to September 2, 2019 | 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM @ Yonge Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East, Toront
2. 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 9, 2019
1. Explore Riverwood
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
2. Kids Downtown
This free child-oriented entertainment show allows you to delight in the evening’s entertainment.
Tuesday July 9 & 23, 2019 | 7 to 8 p.m. @ Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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. Summer Wednesdays
Join us for the Live Music Series, Presented by Muskoka Brewery, where you can enjoy music from local bands, or drop by to shop from makers at the Etsy Market!
Every Wednesday from July 3 to August 28, 2019 | 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM @ Evergreen Brick Works
Thursday, July 11, 2019
1. The Edwards Summer Music Series
Enjoy outdoor concerts by an eclectic roster of popular artists, set in the natural beauty of the gardens, rain or shine. (indoors in case of extreme weather).
Every Thursday July 11 to August 22, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East
2. Harbourfront Centre Presents the BRAVE: Secret Lives, Second Chances
The Festival will include some of the world’s most courageous and outlandish artists, thinkers, writers and musicians who are brave enough to disrupt the status quo.
July 11 to 21, 2019 @ Harbourfront Centre
Friday, July 12, 2019
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 12 to 14, 2019 @ 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 12, 2019 @ Exhibition Place grounds, Toronto
Saturday, July 13, 2019
1. Night It Up! 2019
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 12 to 14, 2019 @ 101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham
2. 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 11 to Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ Various Venues, GTA
3. Bloor West Street Fest
The street will be lined with tents as an outdoor marketplace takes over Bloor Street for shoppers to indulge. Children’s activities will overflow onto specialty themed side streets. As the sun sets, the street will be transformed into an Artisan Night Market and Buskers will bring an element of bold excitement.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ BloorWest Village, Toronto
4. The Egyptian Coptic Festival
The event brings people together from within and from outside the Coptic community in Canada for family fun, music, shows, documentaries, kids activities and traditional food.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11 AM – 10 PM @ Mississauga Celebration Square – 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Sunday, July 14, 2019
1. Festival of South Asia
Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Performances and Live Music emanates from the stage all weekend. If you can’t fly to South Asia this summer come attend this festival and experience a slice of the culture.
August 13 & 14 @ Gerrard India Bazaar
2. 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 14, 2019 | 12 PM – 5 PM @ Downtown Toronto
3. Markham Diversity Festival
Enjoy Global Food Village, Live Musical Performances, Dance Competitions, A Drum-Village for Children Kids, Play Zone, Arts & Crafts, Booth Sales, Art Exhibitions, Multicultural Fashion Show Cultural Display(s), Vendor Exhibitions.
July 13 & 14 @ Aaniin Community Centre Park, 5665 14th Avenue, Markham</p
Monday, July 15, 2019
1. 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
2. Royal Ontario Museum
Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Monday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 permanent galleries excluding special exhibitions.
July 15, 2019 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. @ Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
1. 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.
2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Enjoy a 75 minute vibrant, professional, and family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, filled with fairies, unrequited lovers, and a donkey.
July 16 to 28 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm @ Little Avenue Memorial Park, 22 Little Ave, Toronto
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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.
Explore show-stopping, jaw-dropping display of over 500 stone sculptures made by hand and brought from the depths of the Zimbabwean (3 billion year old) mountains from June 29 through September 8, 2019.
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
2. CBC Kids Days
See your favourite CBC Kids friends including Gary the Unicorn and the gang from Studio K, walkaround Cookie Monster from The Furchester Hotel, Daniel Tiger, PJ Masks, True from True and the Rainbow Kingdom, The Thrillusionists and the legendary Fred Penner!
July 17 & 18, 2019 | 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M @ CBC Toronto
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Porch View Dances
PVD is a community dance festival that engages everyday people as creators, storytellers, and performers. PVD will take audiences on a walking tour of Seaton Village in the Annex of Toronto, to witness new dance works created by professional choreographers.
July 17-21, 2019 @ Seaton Village.
Friday, July 19, 2019
1. A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream – – The Bard’s Bus Tour 2019
Driftwood Theatre presents their 25th annual Bard’s Bus Tour with A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream, an a cappella slant on William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Driftwood Theatre brings accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Ontario with contemporary Canadian takes on Shakespeare. (This is PWYC event)
For all outdoor theatre with PWYC like Shakespeare in the Park, Dusk Dances, see Outdoor Theatre Performances.
Friday, July 19 – PREVIEW – Burlington Performing Arts Centre Plaza
Saturday, July 20 – OPENING NIGHT – Parkwood Estate – Oshawa
Sunday, July 21 – Esplanade Park – Pickering
Tuesday, July 23 – Celebration Square – Whitby
Wednesday, July 24 – Riverwood Park – Mississauga
Thursday, July 25- Thorn Lodge Park – Mississauga
Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27 – Withrow Park – Toronto
Sunday, July 28 – TBD – Toronto
Tuesday, July 30 – Guild Park – Scarborough
Sunday, August 11- Scugog Shores Historical Museum – Port Perry
2. 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 19, 2019 @ Ontario Provincial Parks
3. BollywoodMonster Mashup
At the largest South Asian festival in Canada, Catch international Bollywood stars while you feast at our brand new Monster FoodFest.
July 18 to 20, 2019 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
4. Midnight Madness
Enjoy Downtown Oakville’s largest retail event of the year, featuring food, live music, entertainment and lots of community spirit! With over six blocks of free family-friendly entertainment and brag-worthy deals available right through to midnight, this is an evening of excitement you won’t want to miss!
Friday, July 19, 2019 | 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM @ Downtown Oakville
Saturday, July 20, 2019
1. Moon Landing Festival
Marking 50 years since humans first set foot on the moon, we bring you lunar-inspired festivities, including a chance to make moon music, a screening of For All Mankind, our exhibition The Moon: A Voyage Through Time, children’s activities, and evening stargazing.
July 20 & 21 @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., Toronto
2. 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 20, 2019 @ Malvern Park & Neilson Parks, Toronto
3. 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 20, 2019 @ Bloor Street between Dufferin & Lansdowne
4. Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival is a two-day multicultural extravaganza that showcases 30 plus performers/groups playing an eclectic array of drums from a beautiful mix of nations. Drumbeats at this Festival connect the heartbeats of Canada’s enviable, harmonious combination of cultures.
July 20 & 21, 2019 @ Regent Park, 600 Dundas St E, Toronto
Sunday, July 21, 2019
1. 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 21 2019 | 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM @ Earlscourt Park – 1200 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto
2. YOUTH DAY Toronto
YOUTH DAY Toronto is a creative arts festival celebrating young people, under 30, in music, dance, art, photography, fashion and film.
July 21, 2019 @ Yonge – Dundas Square
Monday, July 22, 2019
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 5 – August 30, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Weekend Explorers: Saturdays and Sundays, July 6th to September 1, 2019
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Summer @ Ontario Place
The summer of 2019 at Ontario Place will be the place you want to visit the most this summer! Toronto’s favourite destination for exploration and leisure activities is bringing its A-Game with a variety of recreational activities.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Redpath Sugar Museum
Get fascinating 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
Thursday, July 25, 2019
1. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championships
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Canadian Championship is the elite logger sports series in Canada and around the world.
July 25 – 27, 2019 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
2. Dancing on the Pier
Join for free social dancing with live music every Thursday evening. Featuring the Toronto All-Star Big Band and Changui Havana.
July 4 – August 29 @ Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Friday, July 26, 2019
1. Doris McCarthy Trail
Enjoy the beauty of Scarborough Bluffs upclose and without breaking the rules by hiking Doris McCarthy Trail in Scarborough!
2. Indie Fridays
Join YDS on the sunny side of the street for ten weeks of performances from Canada’s brightest artists! And, each week two Canadian graffiti artists will come together to showcase their unique creative style and individuality while drawing inspiration from the music of the week.
June 28 to August 30 | 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM @ Yonge-Dundas Square
Saturday, July 27, 2019
1. Busker Fest
Be amazed by incredibly talented and unique street performers who will provide a full day of entertainment for the whole family!
July 27 @ Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive
2. Aloha Fest
Enjoy Polynesian culture, art and dance!
July 27, 2019 @ Mel Lastman Square
3. Uxbridge Scottish Festival
Experience the skrill of the bagpipes or the gracefulness of highland dancers. Treat your taste buds to some delicious Scottish fare. Whet your whistle while you enjoy live entertainment. Stroll through park and you will find many vendors selling British goods.
Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM @ Elgin Park – 180 Main street south, Uxbridge
4. Taste of the Middle East
Appreciate the vibrant art, music and dance that will surround you as you expand your palate and taste the 1001 flavours Middle Eastern culture has to offer.
Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E, Toronto
Sunday, July 28, 2019
1. Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival
Explore Guildwood Park as it comes alive artists, artisan vendors, children’s activities and live entertainment.
July 27 & 28, 2019 @ Guild Park and Gardens
2. Explore The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto
The new MOCA Toronto is a place of conversation, exchange and exploration where visitors of all ages and backgrounds can be part of a global creative moment.
Sunday, July 28 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. @ MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Monday, July 29, 2019
Year round | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
@ Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Avenue, Toronto & Centennial Park Conservatory
151 Elmcrest Road, Toronto
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Designed for the young and the young at heart, 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 27 to August 15, 2019 | 11 AM to 2 PM
@ Exhibition Place, Toronto
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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
Thursday, August 1, 2019
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 2, 2019
Toronto International Youth Dance Festival
Enjoy the variety in dance, which often mirrors the diversity in the backgrounds of the dancers.
August 2 & 3, 2019 @ Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Mississauga Latin Festival
Get to know the rich roots and traditions of Latin culture!
August 2 to 4, 2098 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
Sunday, August 4, 2019
August 2 to 5, 2019 @ Harbourfront Centre
Monday, August 5, 2019
1. 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
2. Joseph Brant Day Festival – A Celebration of Burlington
The day will feature main stage entertainment, food trucks, free children’s activities by local organizations, a Museums Children’s STEAM zone, a vendor’s market, and community displays.
Monday, August 5 | 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ La Salle Park, 50 North Shore Blvd E. , Burlington
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
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
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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
Thursday, August 8, 2019
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
Wednesday at 11am, June 5 – September 25
Thursdays at 5:30pm (On concert days ONLY) | June 27 – August 22
Free Concerts on most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm from June 27 to September 15
Friday, August 9, 2019
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 9 -11, 2019 @ Ontario Place
Saturday, August 10, 2019
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 10 – 11, 2019 @ David Pecaut Square – 55 John Street, Toronto
2. TD Mosaic Festival
Enjoy a unique lineup of Native Canadian, National and international Folk, World and Fusion music, dance, visual arts and culinary delights.
August 9 & 10, 2019 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
Ghanafest includes traditional food, language lessons, games, arts, culinary, dance, cultural fashion show, cultural performers, engaging local artists across Canada, international artists, and expose businesses to the community at large.
August 10 | 10am-8pm @ Earl Bales Park 4169 Bathurst St. North York
Sunday, August 11, 2019
1. Acton Leathertown Festival
The Acton Leathertown Festival in Canada’s Original Leathertown and the largest and oldest festival in Halton Hills! Fred Penner headlines, supported by local/regional performers, artisan vendors, exhibitors, demos and our new Discovery Zones. Experience why over 15,000 attended last year!
Sunday, August 11, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM @19 Willow Street North, Acton
2. Habari Africa
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 12, 2019 @ Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Monday, August 12, 2019
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 13, 2019
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 14, 2019
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
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Rosetta McClain Gardens
Enjoy the magnificent Rose Garden at Rosetta McClean Gardens that overlooks Ontario Lake!
5 Glen Everest Rd, Toronto
Friday, August 16, 2019
1. TD Markham Jazz Festival
Enjoy this exciting and vibrant three-day event featuring well known professional jazz musicians performing on three stages on beautiful Main Street Unionville.
August 16 to 18, 2019 @ Main Street Unionville – Markham
2. Port Credit Busker Fest
Two-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 16 – 17, 2019
@ Port Credit; Kids Zone at Gazebo at Memorial Park
Saturday, August 17, 2019
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 17, 2019 | 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM @ Crossroads of the Danforth
2.Panamerican Food & Music Festival
The Festival presents food demos by international chefs, live music and dance performances, food competitions and a Pan American vendors’ market offering diverse foods and merchandise and any opportunities to discover the delicious and diverse cuisine of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, as well as the region’s rich musical traditions.
August 17 & 18 @Yonge – Dundas Square, 585 Dundas St E, Toronto
3. 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 17, 2019 | 9:00 AM. to 5:00 PM
@ Downtown Bowmanville.
4. Oakville Children’s Festival
Enjoy performances by the Lumberjack Show, the eclectic Zoosemobile, stunt ventriloquist Tim Holland, the Ben Show, and CanSpin Awards Hooper of the Year Isabella Hoops.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM @Queen Elizabeth Park, 2302 Bridge Rd, Oakville
Sunday, August 18, 2019
1.Taste of Manila
Flock to “Little Manila” to feast on Philippine delicacies and to savor the authentic Filipino culinary delights at this Street Festival showcasing the best of Filipino Culture and Cuisine brought to you by Philippine Cultural Community Center & Philippine Consulate General.
August 17 to 18 @Bathurst & Wilson, Toronto
2. Toronto Chinatown Festival
Join us for Dragon Dance & Lion Dance, Traditional Dancing & Opera Performances, Kung Fu Performances, Art & Culture Booths, Multi-Cultural Street Food – BBQ squid, bubble tea, bubble waffle ice cream and more!
August 17 & 18, 2019
@Toronto China Town, West side of Spadina Avenue
3. Uxbridge Art in the Park
See exhibition by artists showcasing their art in many mediums. A childrens program runs both days and there are roving musicians during the event.
August 17th-18th, 2019 | 10 AM – 5.00 PM
@ Elgin Park, Uxbridge
4. The Annual Kurdish Heritage Festival
Experience various and exciting activities and performances throughout the festival including Kurdish dance performances, Kurdish food contest, talent show, kids activity table and live music.
Sunday, August 18, 2019 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Mel Lastman Square
5. 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 18, 2019 | 10:00AM-5:00PM
@ Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington
Monday, August 19, 2019
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 20, 2019
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 21, 2019
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
Join for ROMWalks that encompass the diverse aspects of Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods including history, architecture, arts of all varieties, education and more.
Select Wednesdays & Sundays until October end. @ Various locations, Toronto
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Fun Day at Centre Island
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 23, 2019
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 2018 TAIWANfest
August 23–25, 2019 @ 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 24 to 25, 2019 @ Mel Lastman Square, Toronto
Saturday, August 24, 2019
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 24 & 25, 2019 @ Albert Campbell Square at the Scarborough Civic Centre
2. Japan Festival Canada
Japan Festival CANADA is for all ages, families and friends to truly enjoy and experience Japanese Food, Culture and Technologies
August 24 & 25 @ Mississauga Celebration Square
Sunday, August 25, 2018
Experience Tamil Culture! Two day street festival that will showcase and exhibit traditional and modern Tamil culture, cuisine, arts and entertainment!
August 24 & 25, 2019 @ Markham Rd & Turbina Ave, Toronto
Monday, August 26, 2019
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
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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 29, 2019
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, August 30, 2019
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.
Friday August 30 -Sunday, September 1, 2019 @Mississauga Celebration Square
Saturday, August 31, 2019
First Five Fest
Join for the fifth birthday bash of Aga Khan Museum! Enjoy a range of cross-cultural activities and music, including Persian jazz, Filipino hip-hop, and Bhangra dance classes.
August 31 & September 1, 2019 @ Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr, Toronto
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.
Friday August 30 – Monday, September 1, 2019 @ Woodbine Park, in The Beach(Donations are required)
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District.
Friday August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2019 @Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto.
Monday, September 2, 2019
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.