A list of 25+ free fun events in Toronto and GTA during January including fun family activities, festivals, live music, adult events and more!
Must-Do free events include Canada on Screen series during Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, University of Toronto’s New Music Festival, and Concert by Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Grammy-nominated Elora Singers chamber choir.
For free admissions to Toronto attractions and cheaper ways to visit attractions, see Free Things to Do & Cheap Ways to Explore Toronto.
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City of Toronto celebrates 100 years of hockey and Winter Week
Join Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation partners with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Rogers to celebrate 100 years of hockey. Come out for skating, games, music giveaways and refreshments, as well as to meet Leafs alumni and other special guests. Details
January 3, 12-5 p.m. – Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough
January 4, 12-5 p.m. – Mel Lastman Square, North York
January 5, 12-5 p.m. – Greenwood Park, East End
January 6, 12-5 p.m. – Regent Park, Toronto East York
January 7, 12-5 p.m. – Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall
January 8, 1-5 p.m. – Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Lakeshore
Evergreen’s Winter Village
Celebrate Winter at Evergreen’s Winter Village. There’s something happening, so grab your friends and family and get ready to experience winter in a whole new way.
January 8: Every Day 11am-6pm & January 9–February 28, 2017 | Weekends: 11am–6pm @Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto
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.
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ TELUSCAPE Outside Main Entrance, Ontario Science Centre
Christmas Flower Show
Couldn’t make to the annual Christmas Flower Show? You have 8 more days left in January to plan a trip! The conservatories are always free, 365 days a year!
December 04 to January 8, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM @ Allan Gardens Conservatory
December 11 to January 8, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM @ Centennial Park Conservatory
Winter Bird Count 4 Kids
Join Toronto and Region Conservation and Bird Studies Canada for a free family-friendly winter birding event. Learn to identify winter shorebirds, go for a snowy nature walk and enjoy some family time outdoors.
Saturday, January 7, 2016 | 10 am to noon @ Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie Street, Toronto
Sunday FUNday – Candle Making
Visit Oshawa Museum and become a chandler for the afternoon. Dip candles just like the Victorians did and tour a real Victorian home to see how they lived without electricity. The Museum will have authentic artifacts and accessories from its education collection on display that you can interact with!
Sunday, January 8th, 2017 | 12:00 PM to to 4:00 PM @ Oshawa Museum, 1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park, Oshawa
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival
This year’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival will include a number of classic Canadian titles as part of TIFF’s year-long programme celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday—and its and rich cinematic heritage. This series, called Canada on Screen is free.
Friday, January 13 to Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox – 350 King Street W., Toronto
Leslieville Flea : Winter Market
If you love history and local shopping, consider going on the following itinerary; Corktown’s Distillery District, a destination which paired with the Leslieville Flea offers a peek in to Toronto’s past, offerings from local independent stores, great food and flea market finds from vendors with an eye for the unique.
January 15, February 19, March 19, April 23, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM @ Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane, Toronto
Toronto Design Offsite Festival
Explore Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week during Toronto Design Offsite Festival.
January 16-22, 2017 @ Various venues, Toronto
Altona Forest Animal Tracks & Signs
Discover the wonders of winter wildlife! Join the Altona Forest Stewardship Committee to identify tracks and signs of local animals, and learn some of their secrets for surviving chilly winter temperatures.
January 14, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ Altona Forest Entrance & Parking – Altona Rd & Pine Grove Ave, Pickering
Hoot and Howl
Join TRCA for a night of fun and adventure! Enjoy a short presentation on owls and coyotes followed by a trip into the woods. Together we will call out to these wild creatures in hopes they will hoot or howl back!
January 21, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ Claremont Field Centre – 4290 Westney Rd N, Goodwood
January 28, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Swan Lake Centre for Conservation and Innovation – 1229 Bethesda Side Rd, Richmond Hill
DJ Skate Nights
Sharpen your skates and skills as Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party returns with another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights.
Saturdays, until February 18, 2017 | 8PM – 11PM @ Natrel Rink, Harbourfront Centre
Canada’s National Ballet School is offering FREE dance classes three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dancers of all ages and abilities wanted! Details
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday January 16, 2017 – May 31, 2017| 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM @ Canada’s National Ballet School – 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto
Winter Fun Day
Join for fun wintery activities for the whole family at Colborne Lodge! Roast marshmallows and sip warm cider in the great outdoors.Details
Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM @ Colborne Lodge – 11 Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience. A Project by Kent Monkman
Cree visual artist Kent Monkman ushers in Canada’s Sesquicentennial with Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, a new large-scale exhibition.Details
January 26 – March 4, 2017 @ Art Museum at the University of Toronto
York University Crossroads Literary and Reading Festival
Hosted by YU Write Club, in conjunction with York U Creative Writing, the festival features experienced publishers and authors, online writing communities, industry insiders, faculty, alumni and YOU. Bookselling tables, mingling time, food and drinks included. Details
Friday January 27 2017 | 4:30 PM.- 8:00 PM @ 001 Vanier Renaissance Hall, Keele Campus, York University
Toronto Light Festival
City’s first-ever light art festival! Visitors will be taken on a new visual journey and cerebral adventure, designed to entertain and inspire. Details
January 27 – March 12, 2017 @ The Historic Distillery District
55 Mill Street, Toronto
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Enjoy a lively concert of classical and contemporary choral music performed by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Grammy-nominated Elora Singers chamber choir.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 3 PM, doors open at 2:15 PM @ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St (one block north of St. Clair), Toronto
Winter Season Show
Explore works of artisan and craft vendors from Toronto & the GTA.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
Winter 2017 Opening Party
Join for a FREE party to celebrate the launch of The Power Plant’s Winter 2017 Exhibition Season! Be the first to experience exhibitions by Jonathas de Andrade, Maria Hupfield and Kapwani Kiwanga, with the second iteration of the Fleck Clerestory Commission Project by Latifa Echakhch still on view.
Friday, January 27, 2017 | 8PM-11PM @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto
New Music Festival
The 2017 New Music Festival by University of Toronto, Faculty of Music is centred around the work of visiting prominent Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino and features several Italian guest performers including violinist Emmanuele Baldini and pianists Roberto Turrin and Erika Crinò. Many of the festival concerts are free. There are free master classes too.
January 29 – February 5, 2016 @ Various Venues – U of T
Frosty Fairies – Family Nature Walk
Dryads, Wood Nymphs, Fairies & Gnomes! High Park’s magical woodland creatures work hard to make High Park a winter wonderland. They need our help to build some well insulated fairy homes.
January 21, 2017 | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM @ High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto
Discover, explore and engage as five interactive public art installations break through Queens Quay West this winter! The sprawling exhibit – a collaboration between The Waterfront Business Improvement Area and the founders of Winter Stations (the popular, annual art competition held along Toronto’s East End Beaches) – will feature five pieces of artwork, dispersed along Queens Quay West (between York and Bathurst streets).
January 21, 2017 – February 26, 2017 @ Harbourfront Centre – 235 Queens Quay W, HTO Park – 339 Queens Quay W, Toronto Music Garden East – 479 Queens Quay W, Rees Street Parkette – 238 Queens Quay W, Peter Street Basin Park – 370 Queens Quay W
Grab your skates, hit the ice and spend some time with your family and friends at an outdoor skating rink.
Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Concert Series
Discover exciting artists, both established and emerging, and experience the joy of live performance in an incredible variety of genre . Presented by: Canadian Opera Company
Concerts take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 PM @
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St W, Toronto
Digital Innovation Hubs
Register for free classes run by Toronto Public Library. You and your child can learn 3D Design, Photoshop, and Web Design, Learn how to design and print a 3D object starting from an existing design, or create your own. Programs also include classes for kids under 10 and teens that build technology skills and creativity – including Maker Clubs, Lego Challenges, Maker Drop Ins and K’Nex Club.
Various Dates @ At various library branches