Free Things to Do in Toronto: Activities, Events & Places

A list of free places to visit, free upcoming events and free activities in Toronto and GTA.

Free Things to Do in Toronto: Activities, Events & Places to See

Free Things to Do in Toronto: Activities, Events & Places to See

 

 

21 Sep

Various Venues, Toronto

September 21, 2019 To December 1, 2019

Free

Launching September 21, 2019, the Toronto Biennial of Art is a new international contemporary visual arts event as culturally connected and diverse as the city itself. For 72 days, Toronto ...  »

12 Oct

Scarborough Civic Centre Library,156 Borough Drive, Toronto, Scarborough

October 12, 2019 To November 30, 2019

416-396-3599

Free

Free, exciting events with Artists In The Library at Scarborough Civic Centre branch! Explore the different cultures in your neighbourhood and learn how body movement, memory and ...  »

17 Oct

Susan Hobbs Gallery,137 Tecumseth Street, Toronto

October 17, 2019 To November 23, 2019

4165043699

Free

Toronto, ON – Opening on 17 October and running until 23 November, the gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Beth Stuart. In 16th century BCE, ...  »

25 Oct

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

October 25, 2019 To November 12, 2019

free

Impulse is an interactive work comprising a series of 15 seesaws that form units of light and sound that can be activated by the public to create an ...  »

30 Oct

Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto,158 Sterling Road, Toronto

October 30, 2019 To November 26, 2019

9057519392

free

Giant emoji installation comes to the Museum of Contemporary Art In parallel with the exhibition Age of You, the Museum of Contemporary Art has partnered with Leo ...  »

02 Nov

Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto

November 2, 2019 To December 13, 2019

Free

This art show is centred around acrylic artwork by six women artists of Toronto. They have created pieces that are bold, intense and vibrant.  »

07 Nov

Royal Cinema, 608 College St, Toronto

November 7, 2019 To November 21, 2019

Free/Donation

For its fifteenth year The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) celebrates cinematic excellence and the diversity of Europe in the heart of the most multicultural city in ...  »

12 Nov

Toronto Public Library - Brentwood Branch, 36 Brentwood Road North, Etobicoke

November 12, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

In “The Public” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of ...  »

14 Nov

Hudson's Bay Queen Street, 176 Yonge Street, Toronto

November 14, 2019

FREE

Join Hudson's Bay as we kick off the holiday season for our 4th annual Holiday Window Unveiling event. The event will be a celebration of the holidays.  »

14 Nov

Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto

November 14, 2019

Free

A showcase of the ANIMATION and Under 5 Minute Short Films from around the world today. LINEUP OF FILMS: FIRST ACT PROGRAM – ANIMATION THE SPIRIT SEAM 15min., USA, ...  »

15 Nov

Downtown Brampton

November 15, 2019 To November 16, 2019

Free

Celebrate Santa’s arrival to Brampton by participating in a frost filled celebration including the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony, and welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the ...  »

16 Nov

Leslie Street, Richmond Hill

November 16, 2019

Free

Santa is coming to our town! Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer will light up the night as they spread holiday cheer down Leslie Street, from ...  »

16 Nov

King and Scugog to King and Simpson, Bowmanville

November 16, 2019

Free

Annual Santa Claus Parade in the community of Bowmanville that celebrates the spirit of the holiday season.  »

16 Nov

Brock St., Uxbridge

November 16, 2019

Free

59th Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade. Theme for 2019 - "Snowed In" Canada Post will be collecting the letters to Santa at the parade!  »

16 Nov

Downtown Oshawa

November 16, 2019

Free

A spectacular night time parade with colourful and brightly lit floats, dancers, and marching bands winding their way through the streets of Oshawa much to the delight ...  »

16 Nov

Elman W. Campbell Museum, 134 Main Street South, Newmarket

November 16, 2019 To December 19, 2019

905-953-5314

Free

The Elman W. Campbell Museum presents a Gallery of Festive Trees to celebrate the holiday season. The Royal Family celebrated the holiday season with Christmas trees even ...  »

16 Nov

Sproule Dr and along Main Street S, Ends at Elgin Drive, Brampton

November 16, 2019

Free

Make memories under the stars, at Canada’s best nighttime Christmas parade. Line up the streets for the annual Brampton Santa Claus Parade presented by Rotary Club ...  »

16 Nov

General Assembly, 220 King St W, Toronto

November 16, 2019

FREE

INKspire Summit 2019 is the first social hackathon about digital literacy in Toronto! The event will gather the best and brightest youth across Toronto for a full day ...  »

16 Nov

Scrivener Square, Toronto

November 16, 2019

Free

Live music, fun for the whole family, great activities and offers from the merchants along Yonge Street.  »

16 Nov

Downtown Oakville, Oakville

November 16, 2019

Free

The 2019 theme is: “Things we do at Christmas time”. The Oakville Santa Claus Parade has been delighting audiences for 70 years. Each year provides members of the Oakville ...  »

16 Nov

Acton Blvd & Hwy 7, Halton Hills

November 16, 2019

Free

Join for the annual Acton Santa Claus Parade organized by Acton Fire Fighters Association. The theme this year is “Christmas Present.” We invite everyone out to see ...  »

16 Nov

Eagle Street and Main Street, Newmarket

November 16, 2019

Free

Bundle up and bring your family and friends to see the festive holiday floats followed by our special guest - jolly Old St. Nick. Please remember to ...  »

17 Nov

Parliament and Bloor to St Lawrence Market, Toronto

November 17, 2019

Free

Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade is the longest running children’s Parade in the world, broadcast across North America, as far away as New Zealand, Norway and ...  »

17 Nov

Royal Cinema, 608 College St, Toronto

November 17, 2019

$0

The Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, will screen its short film program at The Royal Cinema The short film division of the Stockfish festival, aptly ...  »

17 Nov

Scott Boulevard & Main Street West, Milton

November 17, 2019

Free

The 2019 Milton Santa Claus parade them is “Celebrating the North”. Celebrating how Milton is a part of one of the greatest countries in the world. Canada is ...  »

17 Nov

East Gwillimbury Sports Complex, Mount Albert Road, Sharon

November 17, 2019

Free

Spectators and participants are invited to visit with Santa, enjoy a free family skate and join in with children’s activities after the event at East Gwillimbury ...  »

17 Nov

Downtown Guelph

November 17, 2019

Free public event

The holiday cheer is now before us and with that the anticipation of the Guelph Community Santa Claus Parade. Start the excitement-filled afternoon with the 5th Annual ...  »

18 Nov

Royal Ontario Museum, Queens Park, Toronto

November 18, 2019

416.586.8000

FREE

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 ...  »

18 Nov

Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington Rd, Toronto

November 18, 2019

4163955465

Free

Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette is the owner of NishDish, a First Nations owned and operated catering business specializing in Anishnawbe cuisine. He teaches culinary arts, helps communities ...  »

19 Nov

Toronto Public Library - Brentwood Branch, 36 Brentwood Road North, Etobicoke

November 19, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

When Fred Flarsky reunites with his first crush, one of the most influential women in the world, Charlotte Field, he charms her. As she prepares to make ...  »

20 Nov

Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto

November 20, 2019 To November 23, 2019

416-599-7733

All programs are completely FREE

The Regent Park Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting ...  »

20 Nov

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W. Toronto

November 20, 2019

416-977-6000, Ext. 265

FREE

Nancy and Joshua are Inuit but raised in southern Canada. All their lives they struggled with aspects of their identities and now begin to redefine what is ...  »

21 Nov

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, 1 Spadina Crescent, Toronto

November 21, 2019

4169785038

0.00

MAIO is an architectural office based in Barcelona and New York that works on spatial systems that permit theoretical positions materialize. The practice has developed a wide ...  »

21 Nov

Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto

November 21, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

Have fun, get creative and meet people in your community who share an interest in knitting. All levels of experience welcome. Drop in. No registration required. Who ...  »

22 Nov

Queen Street South and Main Street, Mississauga

November 22, 2019 To November 23, 2019

info@villageofstreetsville.com

Free

Join us for an afternoon full of family-friendly fun at the Streetsville Village Square as we welcome Santa & a host of holiday activities to the Village! ...  »

22 Nov

Main Street, Markham

November 22, 2019

905-472-2462

Free

Join us to start off the Holiday Season with free horse & buggy rides, live music, jugglers, stilt walking elfs, carollers, fire artists, a visit from Santa ...  »

22 Nov

Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto

November 22, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

While we don’t have fancy tables, we do have equipment to turn our existing tables into ping pong palaces. Okay, not palaces, but it’s good ...  »

23 Nov

Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland Street, Toronto

November 23, 2019

416-928-3553 x24

Free

The Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BYBIA) will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Magic, the spectacular annual community concert event by Ruth B in support of ...  »

23 Nov

Glenanna Road, Pickering

November 23, 2019

289.314.2491

Free

The Kinsmen & Kinette Club of Pickering celebrates their 51st Annual Santa Claus Parade.   »

23 Nov

Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

November 23, 2019

Free

Take in live performances and entertainment surrounded by thousands of twinkly lights. This annual event offers seasonal fun the whole family can enjoy. Warm up with a ...  »

23 Nov

Main Street Unionville, Markham

November 23, 2019

Free

The 47th Annual Markham Santa Claus Parade is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones. This festive tradition is a time to ...  »

23 Nov

Murray Drive, Aurora, ON

November 23, 2019

905-727-1375

Free

Don’t miss the magic at the Santa Under the Stars Parade. This nighttime parade is full of beautifully decorated floats, incredible marching bands and a few ...  »

23 Nov

Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Toronto

November 23, 2019

416-622-5294

Free

Our sale features vendors and resident art groups selling their fine arts and crafts for the holiday season. Artists and artisans will be selling their handmade art ...  »

23 Nov

65 Harwood Ave S, Ajax

November 23, 2019

Free

Experience the magic of the season as Santa’s Magical Parade of Lights makes its way through the downtown Ajax. Magical floats, marching bands, colourful characters and ...  »

23 Nov

Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

November 23, 2019

416.408.0208

Free Event

The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists presents this concert by the leading young classical musicians in Canada. Hear the stars of tomorrow! Who ...  »

23 Nov

Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto

November 23, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

Join The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Tom Vassos for a tour of the universe highlighting several of the great astronomy discoveries made in the last 25 years. ...  »

24 Nov

Major Mackenzie and Jane St, Vaughan

November 24, 2019

Free

Join us at the City of Vaughan's Santa Fest! Please join us at our Annual Pre-Parade Block Party for some jingle bell rockin’ LIVE entertainment, Kids Workshop, ...  »

24 Nov

Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga

November 24, 2019

Free

The Gift of Christmas is a celebration of the 'real' meaning of Christmas through music, drama and carol singing. We have been celebrating the season with the ...  »

26 Nov

Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto

November 26, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and ...  »

29 Nov

Leuty Avenue, Toronto

November 29, 2019 To February 23, 2020

Free

The annual DeClute Light Up The Beach will begin at the foot of Leuty Avenue in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood. It’s the perfect way to get ...  »

29 Nov

Yonge-Dundas Square, Dundas Street East, Toronto

November 29, 2019

FREE

Bring your family and join the The Salvation Army family for musical performances, guest appearances, pizza, donuts, and hot chocolate. The Salvation Army will be at the ...  »

29 Nov

Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington

November 29, 2019 To January 8, 2020

Free

Come share your holiday spirits with family and friends while strolling through the 60 magical lighting displays set up at Spencer Smith Park.. Twinkle, the Festival of Lights ...  »

29 Nov

The Esplanade Park, The Esplanade, Pickering

November 29, 2019 To November 30, 2019

905.420.4620

Free

Free family event including the annual tree lighting, a visit from Santa, holiday crafts, rides, fireworks and live entertainment for both children and adults.  »

29 Nov

Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga

November 29, 2019

9062738160

FREE!

The fair offers a dynamic environment for immigrants, students and temporary visa holders who need information and inspiration as they look for jobs, go back to school ...  »

30 Nov

Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto

November 30, 2019

311

Free

The Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square is an annual holiday tradition featuring the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree, live musical performances, a spectacular ...  »

30 Nov

Historic Wallace House, 137 Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge

November 30, 2019 To December 1, 2019

Free

Take a step back in time and experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas all weekend-long at Christmas in the Village, at the Historic Wallace House! Filled ...  »

30 Nov

Kay Gardner Beltline Park Bridge, Toronto

November 30, 2019

416-591-5461

Free

The Midtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (BIA), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is pleased to announce the return of the Iron Horse sculpture to the ...  »

30 Nov

Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E, Toronto

November 30, 2019

4165970255

Free

Come to Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of free fun for kids and their families. Dance, sing-along and learn as you watch the different stage performance; meet ...  »

01 Dec

Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir, Toronto

December 1, 2019

6478984783

Free attendance, registration required

Ring in the winter season with music from University of Toronto choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. Featuring the Varsity Jews Choir, the Hart House Jazz Ensemble, and more! ...  »

01 Dec

Motorway Blvd, Mississauga

December 1, 2019

Free

The Mississauga Santa Claus Parade featuring over 15 custom designed floats and over 1,500 participants including marching bands, dancers, fitness and sports clubs, community groups and dignitaries and an ...  »

01 Dec

Albion Road, Toronto

December 1, 2019

6479567669

0

North Etobicoke will host its third annual Santa Claus Parade along Albion Rd. (between Islington Ave. & Kipling Ave.) Join Santa and friends to celebrate and take ...  »

01 Dec

Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

December 1, 2019

416.408.0208

Free Event

Violinist Jinjoo Cho’s performances are finely polished and focused” (New York Times) and her distinguished awards include first prizes at the international competitions of Montreal, Buenos ...  »

04 Dec

Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

December 4, 2019

416.408.0208

Free Event

Hear artists on the cusp of major careers. This concert features solo and chamber works performed by Rebanks Fellows currently enrolled in the one-year Rebanks Family Fellowship ...  »

05 Dec

Toronto Reference Library, Yonge Street, Toronto

December 5, 2019 To December 7, 2019

gratuit

Enjoy the latest and most popular in French literature. the event has a rich Enjoy the latest and most popular in French literature. The Annual Toronto French ...  »

05 Dec

Toronto Public Library - Brentwood Branch, 36 Brentwood Road North, Etobicoke

December 5, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

Colouring relaxes your brain, reduces stress, enhances your vision, creativity, motor skills and focus. We supply the colouring sheets, coloured pencils, and music! All that is missing ...  »

06 Dec

Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket

December 6, 2019 To February 17, 2020

FREE

Winter Wonderland is the most beautiful light display in Newmarket hosted for a month during December and January. Enjoy the light display and free outdoor skating on ...  »

07 Dec

Dwight Avenue, Etobicoke

December 7, 2019

Free

29th Annual Santa Claus Parade. The Etobicoke Lakeshore Parade is a must-see for anyone living in South Etobicoke! Join us for a parade that is completely volunteer-run ...  »

07 Dec

Main St., Stouffville

December 7, 2019

Free

Join us and celebrate the season as parade of lights floats, bands and more will make it’s way down our Historic Downtown Main Street, to the ...  »

07 Dec

Elgin Park, Elgin Park Drive, Uxbridge,

December 7, 2019 To January 4, 2020

Free

Walk or drive through fantastic light displays. There will hot chocolate and wagon rides by Storey Time Farm horse & wagon on select days.  »

07 Dec

Brock St N & Manning Road, Whitby

December 7, 2019

Free

Join JCI Durham along Brock St. in Whitby for this unique event that inspires delight and wonder for the young and the young at heart. .  »

09 Dec

Burlington Public Library -Central Branch, 2331 New St., Burlington

December 9, 2019

Free

Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends at this free concert featuring HPO’s Brass Quintet!  »

12 Dec

Main Hall, 1 Spadina Crescent, Toronto

December 12, 2019

4169460727

Free

Edouard François, a former student of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, created his own architecture, ...  »

13 Dec

Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto

December 13, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

While we don't have fancy tables, we do have equipment to turn our existing tables into ping pong palaces. Okay, not palaces, but it's good exercise and ...  »

14 Dec

Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

December 14, 2019

416.408.0208

Free Event

String students from The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists come together as the Academy Chamber Orchestra to perform this special concert. Who is ...  »

19 Dec

Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto

December 19, 2019

416-394-5240

Free

Have fun, get creative and meet people in your community who share an interest in knitting. All levels of experience welcome. Drop in. No registration required. Who ...  »

22 Dec

Fairy Lake, Newmarket

December 22, 2019 To December 24, 2019

Free

The annual Live Nativity Pageant takes place at Fairy Lake Park presented by the Town of Newmarket and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A ...  »

09 Feb

Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto

February 9, 2020

7057426869

Free

Are you interested in working, volunteering, studying or living overseas? Check out opportunities in more than 100 countries at the Spring 2020 Go Global Expo! (www.letsgoglobal.ca) Taking ...  »

17 Jul

Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave, North York

July 17, 2020 To July 19, 2020

647 700 6934

free

TASTE OF CULTURE ONTARIO 2020 Join us at what will be Ontario’s largest celebration of Canada’s multiculturalism from the 17th to 19th of July 2020. Travel around ...  »

416-392-7288

19 Horticultural Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Explore the conservatory through its different sections that houses the water wheel and plants like Orchids, Cacti and succulents, and the main (central) Palm House filled with ...  »

416-392-CITY (2489)

Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto

Year Round

Named after Sarah Ashbridge,a British loyalist from Philadelphia, Ashbridge's Bay Park was once part of a 5 sq. km marsh on the Don River Delta, which was ...  »

416-392-CITY (2489)

201 Guildwood Parkway Toronto M1P 4N7

Day Light Hours

A beautiful sculptural garden located along the Scarborough Bluffs, Guildwood Park, was home to Rosa Breithaupt Hewetson & Spencer Clark, who were patrons of arts and preservationists. They ...  »

416-394-8543

151 Elmcrest Road, Toronto

Daily, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Centennial Park conservatory, situated in Centennial park was built in 1960's, as part of federal government's plan to commemorate Canada's 100th birthday. The conservatory has an area ...  »

311

105 Bridgend Street, Toronto

Year round

The Port Union Waterfront Park was built as part of revitalization of Toronto's Waterfront by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The 3.8 km Port Union waterfront trail runs ...  »

311

5555 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough

Day light hours

Explore the large park, stroll the boardwalk and watch trumpeter swans, waterfowls enjoying a swim in the pond. Take a hike, or a run on the paved ...  »

(905)713-6038

195 Rouge Hills Drive, Toronto

Year Round

Rouge River that flows from Oak Ridges Moraine to Lake Ontario, forms the provincially significant wetland, Lower Rouge Marsh at it southern end - where it meets ...  »

311

5 Glen Everest Rd, Toronto

Year Round, Daily

Once a 40 acre Rumph farm, overlooking Scarborough Bluffs, the Rosetta McClain Garden was the property of Rosetta, daughter of Thomas McDonald West, owner and operator of J. & ...  »

311

61 Undercliff Dr , Toronto

Year round

Scarborough Bluffs Park is one of the many parks located along the geographical feature - the bluffs along the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Scarborough. Enjoy a ...  »

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