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

 

 

30 Nov

Nathan Phillips Square, Queen Street West, Toronto

November 30, 2019 To March 22, 2020

Free

Programs include Learn to skate from a City instructor DJ Skate Weekends Family games and songs on and off the ice Weekday lunch hour skate with music  »

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

Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

December 7, 2019 To February 29, 2020

Free

Skating is back at Evergreen Brick Works! Experience the magic of one of the best skating rinks in Toronto. The Brick Works’ outdoor skating rink weaves through ...  »

20 Dec

Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto

December 20, 2019 To February 17, 2020

Free

The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street. Bring your family down ...  »

07 Jan

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145, Queen St W, Toronto

January 7, 2020 To May 28, 2020

FREE

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre takes place in one of Toronto’s most breathtaking and intimate spaces. The diverse city that inspires and ...  »

17 Jan

The Historic Distillery District 55 Mill Street, Toronto

January 17, 2020 To March 1, 2020

Free

The Toronto Light Festival, the City’s first-ever light art festival, is returning for the another year to the Distillery Historic District! Visitors will be taken on ...  »

19 Jan

Montgomery's Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M9A 1A8,

January 19, 2020 To February 23, 2020

(416) 394-8113

Free

Enjoy tobogganing down the hill next to Montgomery’s Inn — a favourite spot for generations of Etobicans. Walk through Tom Riley Park and cross the footbridges over ...  »

31 Jan

Various Venues, Toronto

January 31, 2020 To March 1, 2020

Discounted Tickets

Starting this January, Toronto’s winter experience takes centre stage with the introduction of Toronto Spotlight, highlighting the city’s celebrated and vibrant arts and culture scene, ...  »

01 Feb

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

February 1, 2020 To February 29, 2020

Free & Ticketed Events

Join us in February as we host Toronto’s longest-running Black History Month celebration. From exhibitions, films, comedy, and panel discussions we cover a plethora of events ...  »

01 Feb

Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Road, Toronto

February 1, 2020 To February 29, 2020

(416) 338-8807

PWYC

Celebrate Toronto’s local Black history past and present, during February weekends, through the works of artists and storytellers. Listen to slam poetry and Jamaican Patois-style storytellers ...  »

08 Feb

The West Island of Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto

February 8, 2020 To March 29, 2020

Free

Utilizing creativity, innovation, light and discovery, Ontario creators from all artistic streams will showcase their exhibits following the curatorial theme of “Cocoon”. Fridays through Sundays, we’ll ...  »

15 Feb

Various Ontario Waterbodies

February 15, 2020 To February 17, 2020

FREE

Introduce a friend to fishing or go out on your own of join an event. OFFE is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario licence-free. ...  »

17 Feb

Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

February 17, 2020

Free

Who doesn’t love a snow day? This Family Day, kids of all ages can enjoy the magic of a snow day at the Square. Lace up ...  »

17 Feb

Kortright Centre for Conservation, Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge

February 17, 2020

free

Enjoy a nature-filled family fun day that embraces outdoor learning. Enjoy an engaging nature-filled family fun day that embraces outdoor learning. Join the staff at Kortright Centre ...  »

17 Feb

Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto

February 17, 2020

FREE

Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Fort York will be packed with hands-on activities, performances and exhibitions. Check out the 1826 kitchen and try some baked ...  »

17 Feb

Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

February 17, 2020

(416) 596-7670

Free

Enjoy the many activities Evergreen Brick Works has to offer this Family Day. Shake off the winter blues and celebrate winter, family and fun in the heart ...  »

17 Feb

Chinguacousy Ski Chalet 9050 Bramalea Rd Brampton

February 17, 2020

4163126296

Free

Discover the wonders of winter wildlife! Join us to track and identify signs of local animals, and learn some of their secrets for surviving chilly winter temperatures. ...  »

17 Feb

Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St, Toronto

February 17, 2020

416-888-7208

Free & Ticketed Events

The annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is thrilled to be back with the 3rd edition of the TBFF Kids Film Festival – presented by TD! MISSION – EMPOWERING ...  »

17 Feb

Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

February 17, 2020

FREE

The Brewer’s Backyard is back on Monday, February 17th as part of the Family Day festivities at the Evergreen Brick Works! And what better way to ...  »

17 Feb

Aurora Town Park, 49 Wells Street, Aurora

February 17, 2020

905-726-4762.

FREE

Join family, friends and neighbours at Aurora’s Arctic Adventure! Outdoor activities include Professional Ice Carving, Outdoor Winter Games Outdoor Skating (helmets strongly recommended), Mini Snow Tubing, ...  »

17 Feb

Champagne Centre, 2 Champagne Drive, Toronto

February 17, 2020

(416) 739-1621

Free

A first-of-its-kind family fun event in winter in North York with food, music, ice-skating, and free giveaways on this Family Day! Admission is free. Come with your ...  »

17 Feb

McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, Ajax

February 17, 2020

Free

Enjoy the winter season with your family at the Town of Ajax’s Family Day Winterfest! Located at the McLean Community Centre, families will enjoy winter themed ...  »

17 Feb

Rouge National Urban Park, 1749 Meadowvale Road, Scarborough

February 17, 2020

416-264-2020

FREE

We want you to come chill out with us. WinterRouge is back, and bigger and better than ever! Join us as we proudly celebrate 5 years of this ...  »

17 Feb

Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto

February 17, 2020

Free

A showcase of the best short films from around the world: Australia, Columbia, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, USA  »

17 Feb

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

February 17, 2020

416.973.4949

FREE

Join us on this special drop-in Family Day workshop led by special guests, Toronto-based arts organization Stolen from Africa, presented in conjunction with Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba ...  »

17 Feb

Rouge Valley Conservation Centre, 1749 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, Scarborough, ON, Canada

February 17, 2020

4162828265

Free to attend, cost to make birdbox is $25

Join us on Family Day at the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre as we learn about the birds in the Rouge and take part in the annual backyard ...  »

17 Feb

Community centres. Brampton

February 17, 2020

Free

Join us for FREE, family-friendly activities to celebrate Family Day! Various locations across Brampton.  »

17 Feb

Storm Crow Manor, 580 Church St, Toronto

February 17, 2020

4163672769

$0

Storm Crow Manor, Canada’s Nerdiest Bar, is open on Family Day… and kids eat FREE all day long with the purchase of any Megabite! (They don’...  »

18 Feb

Royal Ontario Museum, Queens Park, Toronto

February 18, 2020

416.586.8000

FREE

Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Tuesday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. With complimentary access and ...  »

18 Feb

Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto

February 18, 2020

506-450-4251

Free

Join Laura Trethewey at Toronto’s Ben McNally’s Books for the launch of her debut non-fiction title, The Imperilled Ocean, a deeply reported work of narrative ...  »

18 Feb

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

February 18, 2020

416-394-5240

Free

Tonight’s Movie Night with Risa is the 2018 movie “Widows.” Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a ...  »

20 Feb

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St W, Toronto

February 20, 2020

Free

The hypnotic sounds of the santur and percussion are united with the captivating movement of Sufi whirling in this performance of traditional Persian and Sufi music, featuring ...  »

20 Feb

Brentwood Library,36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto

February 20, 2020

416-394-5240

Free

This afternoon’s Great Dramas Series screening is a modern take on Hamlet, but from Ophelia’s point of view – 2018’s Ophelia. As a rebellious and motherless ...  »

21 Feb

Tangerine Downtown Toronto Café, 221 Yonge St, Toronto

February 21, 2020

Free

The 10th annual Time4Change is a 12-hour, youth-helping-youth initiative that will see 600 elementary and high school students takeover 30 of Toronto’s TTC stations, PATH locations and ...  »

22 Feb

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto

February 22, 2020

Free

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a free program of great choral music – TMC’s annual gift to the city. This concert will highlight the three ...  »

22 Feb

Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, North York

February 22, 2020

4163971340

Free

Join TBG’s annual Horticultural Open House on Feb. 22 from 10-3 with over 50+ exhibitors including horticultural societies, garden clubs and environmental organizations, in addition to a floral ...  »

22 Feb

Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Etobicoke

February 22, 2020

416-394-5240

Free

Speaker: Michael S F Watson, Astronomy Ambassador, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) In this talk and slide show, Michael Watson will discuss his 2018 and 2019 trips ...  »

24 Feb

Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch, 2161 Queen St E, Toronto

February 24, 2020 To May 25, 2020

4377723854

Free

Sahaja yoga meditation weekly classes free. Experience the peace within, connect with your inner energy. Every Monday at 7 PMin Toronto Public Library Beaches branch 2161 queen st E ...  »

25 Feb

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto

February 25, 2020 To April 19, 2020

Free

A new partnership between the Aga Khan Museum and the Luciano Benetton Foundation’s Imago Mundi, dedicated to fostering dialogue and understanding between cultures and communities, is ...  »

26 Feb

Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga

February 26, 2020

Free

TorontoJobs.ca presents our 2020 Career Fairs – The largest & most interactive Career Fairs in the GTA! Enjoy face-to-face networking with some of the top Employers in the ...  »

28 Feb

Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

February 28, 2020

416-998-8532

Free

Looking to apply to a UK University? Or need help deciding which University to choose in the UK? Join us at the largest UK University Fair in ...  »

05 Mar

Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto

March 5, 2020

416-394-5240

Free

Speaker: Keith Loach “Music, Brain & Praxis” is about the role music can play in improving our lives. His book connects-the-dots through philosophy, brain research, industry analysis, ...  »

07 Mar

Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto

March 7, 2020 To March 8, 2020

416-902-3973

Free

Celebrate Toronto, the 2-day festival honouring Toronto’s 186th Anniversary, will be held at Nathan Phillips Square. [The Festival] Come by our market, shop from local vendors, ...  »

08 Mar

Claremont Nature Centre, 4290 Westney Road North, Goodwood

March 8, 2020

4164648879

Free

Discover the wonders of winter wildlife! Join us to track and identify signs of local animals, and learn some of their secrets for surviving chilly winter temperatures. ...  »

11 Mar

Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto

March 11, 2020

Free

CONNECTING TOP TECH TALENT WITH THE INDUSTRY’S HOTTEST COMPANIES Following the success of our first event, the #TOTechCareerFair is back in Spring 2020! If you are working ...  »

14 Mar

Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Dr, Toronto

March 14, 2020 To March 15, 2020

Free

Toronto’s very own cabane à sucre is returning to downtown Toronto Waterfront with one epic weekend fuelled by maple syrup! Warm up with a glass of hot ...  »

14 Mar

Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

March 14, 2020

416-408-2824

Free

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! HOW ...  »

15 Mar

Bloor St W & St George St, Toronto

March 15, 2020

Free

Join us for for the biggest St Patricks day parade to hit the streets of Toronto. A community event in its 33rd consecutive year celebrating Irish culture ...  »

16 Mar

Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 111 Wellesley St W, Toronto

March 16, 2020 To March 20, 2020

4153250061

Free (pre-registration required)

Join us for a unique program during the week of March break at Ontario\’s Legislative Building. This two hour program is designed for families with children ...  »

25 Mar

Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto

March 25, 2020

Free

TorontoJobs.ca presents our 2020 Career Fairs – The largest and most interactive Career Fairs in the GTA! Enjoy face-to-face networking with some of the top Employers in the ...  »

28 Mar

Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto

March 28, 2020 To March 29, 2020

Free

Supporting sustainable, ethical and fair trade businesses. The Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo is coming back to Toronto for its 7th edition. Discover Canada’s largest collection ...  »

28 Mar

The 519, 519 Church Street, Toronto

March 28, 2020

Free

OPEN THE DOOR TO A WHOLE WORLD OF UTTER DELICIOUSNESS! 2nd Annual Caribbean Street Food Festival…the end of winter edition. We know, that you know that ...  »

01 Apr

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto

April 1, 2020 To April 29, 2020

416.646.4677

Free

Join us for spoken word, storytelling, dance, music, and poetry from seasoned local artists and new voices. Exploring themes of migration, home, identity, and refuge, this series ...  »

04 Apr

Sunderland, ON

April 4, 2020 To April 5, 2020

free

This is a great opportunity to discover the many things that make Sunderland special while celebrating the time-honoured Canadian tradition of making maple syrup. The Festival provides ...  »

04 Apr

Brampton Soccer Centre and Cassie Campbell Community Centre, Brampton

April 4, 2020

Free

Try new activities and play a variety of drop-in sports for FREE!  »

07 Apr

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St W, Toronto

April 7, 2020

Free

Algerian multi-instrumentalist, Fethi Nadjem performs with virtuosic Syrian clarinetist Majd Sekkar and Peruvian percussionist Matias Recharte. Together they explore the music of Syria, Iran, and the Balkans. ...  »

09 Apr

Center for Social Innovation,192 Spadina Ave, Toronto

April 9, 2020

647-866-6969

Free

Louii B is commemorating Toronto’s blockchain week by hosting “Just a Crypto Party” Showcasing Toronto’s best and brightest tech stars. Hottest startups, Investors, Coiners and ...  »

17 Apr

Toronto Public Library - S. Walter Stewart Branch, 170 Memorial Park Ave, East York

April 17, 2020

416-396-3975

FREE

Get into the mood for spring by re-purposing paper into Flowers. Our workshop is ideal for excited beginners wanting a hands-on introduction into the world of Kusudama! ...  »

25 Apr

Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto

April 25, 2020

$0

Are you a student or parent or athlete that is considering US educational options? Join us at the US College Expo in Toronto. Admission is FREE- pre-register ...  »

25 Apr

Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, North York

April 25, 2020

4163971340

Free

Come celebrate Earth Day at Toronto Botanical Garden! Help plant the Teaching Garden, create nature crafts, listen to nature-themed stories, ride the blender bike, and more! All ...  »

02 May

Historic Downtown Bowmanville, ON

May 2, 2020

Free

There’s nothing more Canadian than freshly harvested Maple Syrup! Come celebrate the start of spring in Historic Downtown Bowmanville on the first Saturday in May. This ...  »

13 May

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto

May 13, 2020 To June 10, 2020

Free

Enjoy a special opportunity to watch work-in-progress presentations from emerging dance and theatre artists. Over three nights, you’ll see different projects followed by a post-show Q+...  »

06 Jun

Jimmie Simpson Park,870 Queen St E, Toronto

June 6, 2020 To June 7, 2020

416-465-0302

Free

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!! RIVERDALE ARTWALK- June show Riverdale ArtWalk is a two day, public fine art exhibition showcasing professional and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park in ...  »

12 Jun

Various Venues, Toronto

June 12, 2020 To June 21, 2020

Free & Ticketed Events

NXNE is a ten day music and arts festival. Primarily a music focussed festival, NXNE also includes films, Interactive and Gaming Conference and talks. The festival will ...  »

19 Jun

Toronto Waterfront

June 19, 2020 To June 21, 2020

Free Admission

The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, is back on the Toronto waterfront June 19 to 21, 2020 with carefree fun, endless entertainment and classic summer eats! The ...  »

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 ...  »

29 Aug

Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

August 29, 2020 To August 30, 2020

416-710-8710

Free

ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER TASTE OF THE MIDDLE EAST FESTIVAL (TOME2020) IN THE HEART OF THE CITY? We’re bringing you more energy, more fun, and ...  »

12 Sep

Cabbagetown, Toronto

September 12, 2020 To September 13, 2020

Free

Join Us For The 2020 Cabbagetown Festival With Food, Entertainment And Fun For All! This September, Cabbagetown will once again celebrate its annual FREE festival on Saturday, September 12...  »

25 Sep

Lawrence Avenue East & Don Mills Rd, Toronto

September 25, 2020 To September 27, 2020

416-465-0302

Free

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!! ARTWALK IN THE SQUARE- September show ArtWalk in the Square is a three-day, public fine art exhibition at the CF Shops at Don Mills. ...  »

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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