September on the Cheap!




Buskerfest at Woodbine Park

Get your calendars ready! Here are the top free and cheap things to do with kids in the GTA this September. Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn't mean the fun has to stop. In fact, September is one of the best months for FREE outdoor fun with many street fairs and festivals!

Cineplex Family Favourites for September
Saturdays in September
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family! Get the list for September.
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Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America.
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in September
Escape the business of bustling city life and enter the Rouge, Toronto's biggest and best natural urban oasis. Enjoy this world-class conservation area on your own or join the fun and friendly Parks Canada volunteers and staff on an award-winning guided hike. Either way, the beautiful Rouge awaits! Free admission.
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Toronto Botanical Garden Free Summer Garden Tours
Until September 29, 2016
Termed "The little garden with big ideas", the TBG is nearly four acres and features 17 "city-sized" themed gardens. There's a teaching garden, that provides a unique space for children to learn by interacting with the environment. Volunteer Tour Guides conduct free 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.
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September Weekends at Scarborough Museum
Saturdays & Sundays in September
Check out these fun activities at the museum! Experience life in early Scarborough, sample traditional autumn baked treats, and maybe take a nice stroll through beautiful Thomson Memorial Park. Kids make a craft and take part in a Scavenger Hunt! Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Hispanic Fiesta
September 2, 2016 to September 5, 2016
Hispanic Fiesta a four day celebration filled with the splendid sounds, tempting treats and colorful culture that Hispanic heritage is famous for. Featuring 300 local, national and International Hispanic performers from over 20 different Spanish speaking countries. Free admission.
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BuskerFest
September 2, 2016 to September 5, 2016
Join comedians, contortionists, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns and daredevils; over a hundred of the most extraordinary street performers on earth, as they descend upon Woodbine Park for some serious fun! Free - Admission by donation to Epilepsy Toronto. Prepare to be amazed!
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Ashkenaz Festival at Harbourfront
September 3, 2016 to September 5, 2016  
North America's premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns to Harbourfront Centre. Over 200 artists and 80 events from more than a dozen countries showcase the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion. Free admission.
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WoofJocks Canine All-Stars
September 3, 2016 to September 5, 2016
The WoofJocks are a team of professional dog trainers and, of course, their very talented dogs. They offer 30-minute, variety-type shows that are both educational and entertaining. Great for the whole family! FREE!
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Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival
September 3, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Come Join Us at Richmond Greens For Great Food! Cold Beer! Eating Challenges! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Free admission and parking.
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Community Day at Ontario Science Centre
September 4, 2016
Before you say sayonara to summer, go out with a bang at the Ontario Science Centre during Labour Day weekend! Enjoy free general admission and $9 IMAX® Dome tickets on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the Ontario Science Centre’s seventh annual Community Day, presented by TELUS®.
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Corn Roast, Market and Heritage Fair at Montgomery's Inn
September 8, 2016
There's nothing better than a late afternoon in the park with a cob of fresh corn! Join us for a grand bake sale, local produce, live music and displays from west-end heritage organizations. Various prices for items. No charge to listen! Bring your lawn chairs.
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Veg Food Fest at Harbourfront
September 9, 2016 to September 11, 2016
Harbourfront Centre proudly announces the return of Veg Food Fest, September 9–11, North America’s largest vegetarian food festival. Produced by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, the festival celebrates 32 years of delicious food with a weekend-long exploration of dishes from local restaurants, cafés and bakeries. With over 100 vendors and exhibitors, this festival will change what you think is possible of vegetarian and vegan food! Free admission.
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Taste of the Kingsway Festival
September 9, 2016 to September 11, 2016
Discover international cuisines, continuous live entertainment and fresh food at Taste of the Kingsway! This Annual festival is a renowned culinary and entertainment experience. Over 200 exhibitors will be participating with demonstrations and interactive exhibits. Free admission.
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Dandie Dinmont Show
September 10, 2016
Come on down to PawsWay to check out this spectacular dog show! This is a championship dog show devoted to the unique Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed. Despite their rarity (there are less than 250 Dandies in Canada), sixty dogs will be on display at Purina PawsWay! This event will also feature Highland dancing, a dog parade, and Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada's famous "cuddling parlour"! Don't miss the fun! Free admission.
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Build and Grow Clinics at Lowe's
September 10, 2016
Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Recommended for children from grades two to five. Kids will take home the toy they made, a merit certificate, name tag, apron, and goggles. On September 10, build a 'Fireboat'.
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Kids Free Building Workshop at Home Depot
September 10, 2016
Kids will learn how to build projects with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. From 10am to Noon, The Home Depot at locations across Toronto is hosting a free DIY workshop for kids. The workshop is for kids ages 5 – 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Free. On September 10, build a White Board.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
September 10, 2016
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. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Free.
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The Cabbagetown Festival
September 10, 2016 to September 11, 2016
The Cabbagetown Festival returns once again, this year celebrating its historic 40th ‘birthday’ Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11, 2016. The festival takes over Parliament Street from Wellesley south to Gerrard, and Carlton Street from Berkeley to Parliament, showcasing the very best of what the community has to offer. Festivities begin Saturday at 11 a.m. and continue until 10 p.m. The fun returns Sunday at 11 a.m., winding down at 7 p.m. Free.
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Centreville's Amusing Race!
Weekends - September 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25
Centreville's Amusing Race combines trivia questions and "roadblocks" to send you on an exciting journey through Centreville and Far Enough Farm. Centreville’s Amusing Race is free, fun scavenger hunt for families visiting Centreville and Far Enough Farm during weekends in September. Free admission. Rides extra.
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The Toronto Zoo's Seniors Day
September 12, 2016
Compass Group Canada, the proud food service provider at the Toronto Zoo, presents 2016 Toronto Zoo Senior's Day on Monday, September 12, 2016. Seniors, 65+ will receive free Zoo admission and Zoomobile ride from ListenUp! Canada.
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Toronto Ukrainian Festival
September 16, 2016 to September 18, 2016
Discover Ukrainian culture in Canada and share the Ukrainian spirit at North America’s largest Ukrainian Street Festival. This is your opportunity to experience Ukrainian culture and hospitality at its best. Vendor kiosks will offer delicious, authentic Ukrainian food and beverages, beautiful crafts and collectibles. Enjoy the film festival, the art exhibit, and have fun at the midway. Free admission.
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Roncesvalles Polish Festival
September 17, 2016 to September 18, 2016
Enjoy great Polish, local and international music, folklore and entertainment from near and far on multiple stages, including the ever-popular “Dance Under The Stars” polka party on Saturday night, fantastic cuisine from Roncesvalles’ renowned restaurants, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare, including pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, cabbage rolls, and much much more! Free admission.
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Telling Tales: A Family Festival Of Stories at Westfield Heritage Village
September 18, 2016
Designated one of the province’s “Top 100” by Festivals and Events Ontario, this is a free event celebrating Canada’s leading children’s writers and illustrators.
This festival is a special opportunity for families to meet authors, artists and musicians, take part in the popular Book Swap and Shop, and enjoy a day together in the country.
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Open Streets TO
September 18, 2016
Open Streets TO is the city’s largest free recreation program, unlike any other in Toronto or Canada. We've created a world-class program that connects our diverse neighbourhoods and people across the city.
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Fall Festival at Gibson House
September 24, 2016
Featuring local community groups, vendors, heritage demonstrations, hands-on activities and games, a farm animal petting zoo, it's sure to be a day of fun for all ages.  Meet your neighbours, tour the museum and try your hand at our games of skill and chance! Visit the new Gibson Park apple orchard and learn about the historic apple orchard that grew on the Gibson's farm. Admission is FREE; donations of non-perishable food items to the North York Harvest Food Bank encouraged.
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Fun Fair at Purina PawsWay
September 24, 2016
Join us here at Purina PawsWay for a fun day full of activities! There will be both human and dog performers as well as a BBQ, colouring contest, games and more! Don't miss the fun! Free admission.
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Harvest Day at TBG
September 24, 2016
Harvest veggies for the food bank, plant bulbs, sample healthy snacks, and participate in a variety of fun activities delivered by DiscoverAbility. Free admission.
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Smiling Blue Skies Walk to END Canine Cancer
September 24, 2016
Stroll along Toronto's glittering waterfront and grow the more than $1.6million raised nationally to improve odds for the 1-in-3 dogs with cancer. This is an on-leash walk from Kew Beach to Ashbridges and back, and 5,940 steps in the right direction. Funds donated in full to the Ontario Vet College Pet Trust for research and treatment.
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Harvest Festival at Todmorden Mills
September 25, 2016
Celebrate the harvest season in the valley! Visit our historic homes, sample heritage recipes, tour the Wildflower Preserve, create a fun take-home craft – and more! Admission to the grounds is FREE.
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Tastes of the Hill
September 25, 2016
Tastes of the Hill celebrates Richmond Hill’s diverse, multicultural community while supporting a worthy cause. Celebrating the 10th year anniversary, this event offers a great variety of activities to enjoy, including live entertainment and a showcase of culture, food, fashion, film, arts and crafts, sports and animals from around the world. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind cultural celebration! Free.
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The Word on the Street
September 25, 2016
Participate in hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and shop in a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There are exciting activities for the kids all day! Free admission.
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Culture Days
September 30, 2016 to October 2, 2016
The seventh annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.
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More Free Events in September
Our Events Calendar is always being updated as venues post their events! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month!

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