100 Free Things to Do this Summer

The best things to do for families this summer which are 100% FREE!




Enjoy the coolest summer activities for kids with our ultimate guide to the best free activities this summer. These awesome free things to do will keep your family busy throughout the city's sunniest season. There's so much to do when it's warm in Toronto and the GTA — including picnics at your favourite parks, checking out top-notch fairs and festivals and exploring the best outdoor spaces and summer events for kids. 

Here are 100 Free Things to Do this Summer...


1. Canada Day Celebrations

June 30 to July 3, 2017
Plan the perfect Canada Day long weekend with our picks of the best events, outdoor festivals and warm-weather outings for you and the kids. Most events are Free! More info


2. Parks Canada Free admission

To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all Parks Canada locations. With  2017 Discovery Pass, you will have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country! More info


3. Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront

Until August 31, 2017
Learn to dance on Torontoʼs waterfront to the rhythmic beats and swinging sounds of live bands.You are sure to find yourself dancing all night long. Inspired by Harbourfront Centreʼs summer festivals, styles range from bolero to big band and everything in between. Thursdays until August 31. Free. More info


4. Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song

Until August 31, 2017
Come enjoy concerts by an eclectic roster of popular artists, set in the natural beauty of the gardens, rain or shine (held indoors in case of extreme weather). Free admission. More info


5. Heritage Ontario Festival

June 30 to July 3, 2017
The Heritage Ontario festival lets you delve into our past and gaze into our future. This free admission 4-day Ontario150 festival will celebrate Ontario’s vast multicultural history with lots of heritage activities, food, drinks and entertainment. More info


6. Ontario Family Fishing Events

July 1 to July 9, 2017
Fish for Free this July! Go family fishing at an Urban Fishing Festival during the Ontario Family Fishing Event, a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. Valid from July 1 to 9, 2017. More info


7. Free Outdoor Summer Movies

Get the list of parks and venues showing Free movies all summer long! You'll love watching these flicks under the stars. All are Free. More info


8. 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. More info


9. Rouge Park Guided Walks

Various dates in July
Join us to discover the park's natural, cultural and agricultural stories with our friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteer leaders and staff. We have something for everyone, if you are looking for wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, discovering the past, fitness challenges or just to meet new people! Free admission. More info


10. The Redpath Waterfront Festival

July 1 to July 3, 2017
Mark your calendars for July 1-3 and join the fun on the Waterfront! The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, will be kicking off the Canada 150 celebrations as the official launch of the ONTARIO 150 Tour. Visit HTO Park and snap a selfie with the World’s Largest Rubber Duck, grab a bite and browse unique finds from 75 vendors at the Waterfront Artisan Market. Free admission. More info


11. Kids Bowl Free Program

Various Dates this Summer
Each year, the Kids Bowl Free program kicks off. This fantastic nationwide is program designed to give youth a constructive way to beat the heat. Sign your kids up to bowl 2 FREE games every day all summer long at their local bowling alley. More info


12. ​Movie Nights at Celebration Square, Mississauga

Various Dates in June
See a Free Movie at Mississauga Celebration Square during Summer Movies Nights. There's nothing better than the exciting lineup of free summer movies at Mississauga Celebration Square. Plan your visit, because movies are here, and they're starting now. You bring the blankets! May to September. More info


13. Free admission to Bradley Museum

Until August 22, 2017
Come celebrate Bradley Museum's 50th anniversary! In celebration of Bradley 50th Anniversary and Canada 150, the Museum will offer free admission through to August 22. Donations accepted. More info


14. Free Building Workshops at Home Depot

Kids will learn how to build projects with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Takes place the second Saturday each month from 10am to Noon at The Home Depot locations across Toronto. These free DIY workshops for kids allow them to build toys or other projects. The workshop is for kids ages 4 to 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Free. More info


15. Summer Music in the Garden at Harbourfront

Until September 17, 2017
Celebrating 18 years of free concerts in a magical setting! Curated for Harbourfront Centre by Tamara Bernstein. The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for its 18th season by the shores of Lake Ontario. Treat yourself to 19 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles, from medieval love songs to finger-style guitar. Free. More info


16. Splash Pad Fun

Looking for a way to stay cool this summer? Enter playgrounds loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief. The Greater Toronto Area's sprinkler season is getting into gear. Here's where you'll find the wildest and wettest playgrounds around. All are free. More info


17. TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Until July 2, 2017
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz. What began in 1987 as an eight day showcase of jazz now attracts in excess of 500,000 loyal patrons annually over 10 days. Attractions include more than 400 performances with over 2000 musicians performing at approximately 50 locations around Toronto. Free + Ticketed Events. More info


18. Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre

July 8 and August 12, 2017
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 admission. More info


19. Weekend Explorers at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly

July 2 to August 27, 2017
A fun family program on the weekends at the Legislative Building this summer. 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, and have fun, all for free!  More info


20. Redpath Sugar Museum

Whether your family has a sweet tooth or not, you'll want to visit the Redpath Sugar Museum to find out everything there is to know about the sweet world of sugar. Admission is free. More info


21. Salsa in Toronto

July 3 to July 23, 2017
With hundreds of thousands in attendance, the three week-long festival attracted more dancers, families and Latino culture lovers to Toronto than ever before – from across the country and around the world! Free admission. More info


22. Canada’s Sugar Beach

Canada’s Sugar Beach is a whimsical park that transformed a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge. Admission is free. More info


23. Newmarket's Kids Downtown

July 4, 2017 to July 25, 2017
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Join us every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. for Kids Downtown. This free child-oriented entertainment show allows you to delight in the evening's entertainment. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Free admission. More info


24. Family Fun Nights At Earl Bales Park

July 4 to August 24, 2017 
Free family fun all summer long! As part of the Family Fun series, parents and children can join in free adventure and fun activities an hour before the feature entertainment. The stage performances are for children 5 to 12 years. There is also a free movie in August. Free admission. More info


25. Watch Me Grow at High Park Children’s Garden

Families can take part in gardening and composting activities, garden games, nature arts and crafts, storytelling, and more! The program is open to children 0 to 12 year-olds (older children are welcome as helpers/volunteers). No pre-registration is required. You can just stop by whenever during the program! Children do need to be supervised by a parent/caregiver. The program runs every Thursday throughout July and August. Free. More info


26. Toronto Fringe KidsFest

July 5 to July 16, 2017
Toronto Fringe KidsFest runs from July 5-16, 2017 at the George Ignatieff Theatre. This dedicated kids theatre component of the wider Toronto Fringe Festival offers 8 different shows for kids aged 2-12. Tickets are only $5 for kids and $12 for adults. Don't miss the KidsFest Club! Situated on the grassy grounds beside the theatre, the KidsFest Club features Free outdoor programming for the whole family. This portion of the festival is free. Performances can be seen for $5/child and $10/adult. More info


27. Prairies to Pacific at Harbourfront

July 7 to July 9, 2017
Go west! This festival features a broad array of music, multidisciplinary arts, and activities that represent the beautiful patchwork of Canada's West. Free admission. More info


28. Toronto Botanical Garden

Termed "The little garden with big ideas", the TBG is nearly four acres and features 17 "city-sized" themed gardens. The gardens are open daily, from dawn until dusk. Access is free. Note that all the gardens are outdoors. Free guided tours are offered from May to September. More info


29. Taste of Lawrence

July 7 to July 9, 2017
Taste of Lawrence is a three-day food and cultural festival that takes place in the Wexford Heights BIA. As Scarborough’s largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. Locals and tourists alike come to the festival to experience the Taste firsthand as they celebrate their cultures and learn about the rich heritage of others. Features a Kids' Zone. Free admission. More info


30. Annual Fusion Of Taste Festival

July 9, 2017
Fusion of Taste street festival is one day celebration of multiculturalism that takes place at Albion Road and Islington Ave every year. The event showcases over 100 artists with 10.5 hours of programming, over 60 tasty and creative vendors, Kidz Zone, Fun Zone, exciting competitions, buskers and much more. Free admission. More info


31. KidsTown Water Park

Kidstown is one of Scarborough's most popular Free outdoor aquatic facilities for kids. 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. More info


32. Oakville Children's Festival

July 9, 2017
Toopy and Binoo, the popular cat and mouse duo from the hit children’s television show, will headline the 2017 Oakville Children’s Festivale 2017 Oakville Children’s Festival. The event will also feature performances by comedian and juggler Bob Cates, singer Mike Ford, Silk Acrobatic artist Heather Govender, KaHa:wi Dance Theatre’s Pow Wow Bootcamp, First Nations Storyteller Cheri Maracle, The Compound All Star Urban Dance Team, ROCKGarden Party, Toyland Puppet Show, and street magicians Mike D’Urzo and Ray Chance and more. Free admission.​ More info


33. Power Kids: DIY Wind Up Toys

July 9, 2017
Ydessa Hendeles’ Aero-Car inspires this STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) program. Discover how Hendeles speaks to both the past and the future in her work by drawing upon the use of antique toys and futuristic automatons. Each participant will then design and build their own retro-style wind-up toy using springs, thread and cardboard. Once complete, we will wind-up our toys and watch them go zoom! Free admission. More info


34. TO Food Fest

July 9 , 2017
Since 2012, the TO Food Fest has been bringing together top foodie-reviewed restaurants and local hidden gems into one exciting event. Established and aspiring chefs can be found at the TO Food Fest, giving the local community a taste of unique and delicious cuisine. Free admission - $2 donation recommended. More info


35. Toronto Bastille Day

July 9, 2017
Toronto Bastille Day 2017: see you on July 9! On Sunday July 9, the French community is invited to join us for a picnic at Dufferin Grove Park, from 11am to 4pm. A DJ will play French songs and this year there won’t be vendor stands. Free admission. More info


36. Riverdale Farm

The Riverdale Farm is a quaint little farm, located right in the heart of downtown Toronto, in the Cabbagetown community. Kids can see many farm animals, including cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and farm cats. Visit the farm animals and chat with the farmer during daily chores. Admission is free. More info


37. Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square

July 9 to August 13, 2017
​Sunday Serenades is back! Join us 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. More info


38. Music in the Park at Kew Gardens Park

July 9 to August 27, 2017
New this year, The Beach Village BIA is excited to announce free music in Kew Gardens! Come out and enjoy the sounds, with a different style of music each week. Free admission. More info


39. Family Nature Walk: Tree-mendous Trees

July 11, 2017
Join us for a tour of the tremendous trees in High Park! Get to know majestic Black Oaks, towering White Pines, beautiful Paper Birches and many more. We’ll also talk about how animals, including humans, benefit from trees in a variety of ways, as well as some of the latest research on how trees communicate with each other. Free admission. More info


40. Canada 150 Summer Festival

July 14, 2017
Celebrating 150 years of fun! Featuring Entertainment, Food Trucks, Crafts, Inflatables, Face Painting and more! Plus visit the MomenTO Canadian Artifact pop-up museum. Free fun for all ages. Indoor/Outdoor event. Rain or Shine. Free admission. More info


41. Shield to Shore at Harbourfront Centre

July 14 to July 16, 2017
Explore the music and culture of the St. Lawrence River basin through both contemporary trends and traditional genres, in a rich showcase of the kaleidoscope of styles that is Canada’s East. Free admission. More info


42. Humber Arboretum

The Humber Arboretum is a joint venture of the City of Toronto, Humber College, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The Arboretum presents a balance of ornamental gardens and diverse natural areas. Visiting the grounds is Free. More info


43. Re-opening of Todmorden Mills

July 15, 2017
Join us as we celebrate the official re-opening of the historic houses at Todmorden Mills. Remarks and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. followed by special performances by musician Mike Ford and Alias Dance along with tours, food sampling and crafts for kids. Take this opportunity to visit the Papermill Gallery to view our special exhibit Todmorden Then & Now. Free admission. More info


44. Scarborough Celebrates Ontario

July 15 to July 16, 2017
Scarborough Celebrates Ontario (SCO) is a 2-day fun filled weekend celebration that aims to showcase, promote and celebrate Ontario's 150 years of diversity and uniqueness. Activities will include live musical performances, exciting entertainment from local and international artists, mouth-watering ethnic cuisine, dance competitions,  vendor exhibitions and marketplace, cultural fashion show, drum and dance workshops, kid’s zone and much more! Free admission. More info


45. HTO Park

HTO is an urban beach in Toronto. It faces the inner harbour with the Toronto Islands in the distance. Bright yellow umbrellas populate the white sand providing shade for those relaxing in Muskoka chairs. Admission is Free. More info


46. Festival of India

July 15 to July 16, 2017
Bringing a Splash of Spiritual Culture to Toronto! The past four decades have witnessed the Festival of India blossom into one of Toronto’s most dazzling, head-turning summer events. The 45th Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra) will be taking place on July 15th and 16th, 2017. Admission is free. More info


47. Victorious Festival

July 15 to July 22, 2017
Where can you find live entertainment, fabulous music and great food? Victorious Festivals 2017! Victorious offers tons for everyone to enjoy. This year we will be hosting festivals in two exciting venues: Punta Gorda, Belize and Niagara Falls, Canada. It's not only fun, and best of all, this event is completely free. More info


48. Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass Program

Visit some of Toronto's top attractions with the Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass for Free. The program allows Toronto families to borrow a limited number of free family passes to local museums, art galleries and other participating venues in the same way they would borrow library materials. More info


49. CBC Kids Days

July 19 to July 20, 2017
CBC is the place to be! Kids take over the Canadian Broadcasting Centre on Wednesday July 19th and Thursday July 20th, 2017, for two days of live performances, games, activities, crafts and much more. Meet the stars of Studio K, and many of your favourite CBC Kids friends. Registration is not required. Admission is FREE! More info


50. Beaches International Jazz Festival

July 21 to July 23, 2017
Toronto's signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people, is filled with great music, large crowds, and an engaging atmosphere. Free & ticketed events. More info


51. Kids get in Free at TRCA Parks

Children up to 14 years old are admitted for Free with families, to TRCA Parks (including Kortright Centre). Excludes select Special Events. Visit each park location website for more details. More info


52. Northern Passages at Harbourfront Centre

July 21 to July 23, 2017
Join this arctic-bound adventure to hear the sounds of throat singers, folk musicians, and storytellers, and see films from across Canada's vast regions of the North. Free admission. More info


53. Richmond Hill's Ribfest

July 21 to July 23, 2017
Richmond Hill’s Ribfest is a three-day outdoor festival that features professional rib teams travelling to Richmond Hill from across North America. Ribbers cook and compete for various Best titles including sauces and ribs. And, in addition to the many delicious food options, there is also live entertainment, a beer garden, children & toddler's fun zone with inflatables and an indoor children's activity area to enjoy! Free admission. More info


54. Black Creek Farm Festival

July 22, 2017
Fun day at the farm! Don’t miss out on delicious pizza from our brick bake oven, free workshops, activities, exhilarating scavenger hunt tour and many more! Organic fresh produce for sale. Free admission. More info


55. Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto's Take on a National Symbol

July 22, 2017
This artifact-rich exhibition will explore how Torontonians have helped shape the maple leaf as Canada's leading national symbol over the past 150 years. Free admission. More info


56. Persian Family Day at Mel Lastman Square

July 22, 2017
A day to experience Persian culture, through music, dance, food and children's activities. Free admission. More info


57. BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts & Culture

July 22 to July 23, 2017
Toronto’s BIG on Bloor Festival, winner of Festivals & Events Ontario’s Top 100, returns July 22 and 23 for its 10th year with an expanded program, the inauguration of BIG Murals and BIG X, and festival favourites; Card-Yard, Celebrate Here, How We Live in Cities, JOUEZ Participatory/Performance Art Projects, Savour Bloor and The BIG Market Place. Crafts, story-telling, face-painting, buskers and more. Free admission. More info


58. Downsview Park - Nature Connection

July 23, 2017
Downsview Park staff will take you on a free indoor/outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world, starting with Downsview Park! Each two-hour program will explore a natural theme. Activities will be flexible to reflect the interest of participants. Free admission. More info


59. High Park

With over one million visitors annually, High Park is the jewel of Toronto’s park system. The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy. Admission is free. More info


60. TD Festival of South Asia

July 22 to July 23, 2016
The TD Festival of South Asia creates a window into the East to celebrate and experience the culture and cuisine of South Asia. Activities for all ages including a Kids Zone! Free admission. More info


61. BrazilFest: Toronto International BrazilFest

July 23, 2017
The Festival will offer its attendees the opportunity to be closer to the performers. Get a chance to enjoy a taste of Brazil with Brazilian style foods and a family area for families with children to enjoy the day. Free admission. More info


62. Purina PawsWay

Purina PawsWay is a one-of-a-kind pet centre devoted to bringing the pet perspective to life. It’s a unique place where pet lovers can come together to learn, discover, and celebrate the world of cats and dogs. Pawsway holds many free family-friendly events throughout the summer (and the year!). Free admission. Note: The centre is closing permanently on September 4 so this summer is a last opportunity to check out this fun pet-friendly centre which will continue to host public events over the summer. More info


63. YOUTH DAY

July 23, 2017
YD T.O is a FREE annual festival celebrating the positive achievements of young people showcasing their MUSIC, DANCE, ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, FASHION & FILM in front of some 35,000 visitors! Free admission. More info


64. Tirgan Festival at Harbourfront

July 27 to July 30, 2017
Explore the diversity of Iran through music, dance, theatre, art, cinema and a crafts market. Enjoy delicious Iranian food and tea and experience the richness of one of the world’s oldest cultures. Free admission. More info


65. AlohaFest Toronto

July 29, 2017
Join us on Saturday July 29th at Mel Lastman Square from 11 am to 7pm as Hālau Hula I Ka Lā (“Hula School in the Sun”) presents the 3rd Annual AlohaFest Toronto, the city's original and only united celebration of Polynesian culture. At AlohaFest Toronto, we share the Aloha spirit with over thousands of people through engaging cultural performances, fun kids’ crafts and unique items available at the AlohaFest Marketplace. Free admission. More info


66. HorseCapades at the CNE

July 29 to August 17, 2017
​A delightful and free introduction to horses, the CNE interactive horse program returns this year, taking place from July 29 to August 17! This year HorseCapades once again features free Pony Rides for kids. Free before the CNE opens (then included with admission.) More info


67. Edwards Gardens  

A former Estate garden featuring perennials and roses on the uplands and wildflowers, rhododendrons and an extensive rockery in the valley. Among the formal gardens and brilliant floral displays, there are also rock gardens, a greenhouse, wooden arch bridges, a waterwheel, fountains, and many walking trails. Admission is Free. More info


68. Global Village: We Are Our Story

August 4, 2017
Free family festival @ Shakespeare in High Park@ Explore the world around you at this free family festival devoted to the stories that make up our Global Village. This festival is an immersive, multi-disciplinary celebration of the land we share, through activities and experiences for the whole family, including live music, dance, craft workshops, food tastings and storytelling at the High Park Amphitheatre. Free admission. More info


69. 407 ETR Free Community Weekend at Rogers Cup

August 5 to August 6, 2017
Looking for the perfect boredom buster over the summer holidays? Be sure to keep the August long weekend open on your calendar as the 407 ETR Free Community Weekend at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank provides the perfect opportunity to get your kids out of the house and having fun. The best part? It’s FREE admission for the whole family on August 5 & 6 at York University’s Aviva Centre. More info


70. Family Picnic

There are lots of great picnic spots in Toronto and the GTA. The city is home to many parks and unique outdoor spaces, many of which offer cool summer activities, the perfect complement to your alfresco meal. Instead of just heading to your neighbourhood park, pack your basket and bring it to one of the GTA's best picnic areas. More info


71. Scarborough Ribfest

August 4 to August 7, 2017
Enjoy delicious ribs, hot dogs, french fries, corn on the cob and more - Midway rides and skill testing games - Karaoke competition everyday - Creative designs by crafters and vendors - All day beer garden. This is a great family event! Entertainment and parking are free. More info


72. Toronto Food Truck Festival

August 4 to August 7, 2017
Come Join Us at Woodbine Park For Great Food! Cold Beer! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Take a stroll through a beautiful green park, where you can sample farm fresh food and organic beers, or browse the wares of the Marketplace, home to amazing artisans and a diverse selection of delicious food from partnering Food Trucks at the inaugural Toronto Food Truck Festival. Free admission and parking. More info


73. High Park Zoo

Toronto's largest public park is home to a unique and wonderful animal attraction that is open year round. The High Park Zoo allows kids to experience, appreciate, and learn about animals. Although small, the zoo is home to over 45 animals that represent 11 different species of mammals and birds. Nine paddocks are home to a variety of animal species from around the world. Admission to High Park Zoo is free. More info


74. Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront

August 4 to August 7, 2017
Come to the waterfront to catch a little bit of that island soul and experience the rich legacy of Caribbean music heard through Canada and around the world. Free admission. More info


75. Scarborough, Look Again!

August 4 to October 31, 2017
This outdoor exhibit highlights people of Scarborough who have helped shape Canada over the past 150 years. Find out about the hidden heroes whose choices and voices have made an impact both in the community and on a larger scale. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. Free admission. More info


76. Far Enough Farm on Centre Island

This quaint working farm is one of the most unique animal farms located just minutes from Toronto's downtown core. Originally established in 1959, Far Enough Farm is a longstanding Centre Island staple located at the heart of Centreville Amusement Park. There are over 40 different species of farmyard animals and birds, and new animals arrive at the farm throughout the spring and summer seasons. Admission to Far Enough Farm is Free. Note: There is currently no ferry service to Centre Island due to floods. Check website for updates throughout the summer. More info


77. JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival

August 10 to August 13, 2017
JerkFest is an annual festival which takes place around the second weekend in August every year. JerkFest celebrates the world renown jerk cuisine. Its a fusion of jerk food, pulsating music, family friendly entertainment and good vibes – all under the throbbing Toronto sun. Free admission. More info


78. Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival

August 11 to August 12, 2017
Activities for all ages, talent shows, music, artisan booths, Farmer’s Market booths and a plethora of attractions entertain you and your family on Marine Parade Drive. Free admission. More info


79. Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre

August 11 to August 13, 2017
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. The festival will display an authentic African experience through presentations and workshops that celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, dance, arts and culture. Free admission. More info


80. Pickering Food Truck Festival

August 11 to August 13, 2017
You’ll want to bring your friends, pets and kids to Esplanade Park for some unbelievable food! We’re transforming the park to a foodie haven, jam-packed with a children’s village, beer garden and live entertainment stage. As always, admission is free and we’ll be beefing up the park with some good tunes! Free admission. More info


81. The Krinos Taste of the Danforth

August 11 to August 13, 2017
The Krinos Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s largest street Festival, welcoming 1.65 million attendees annually. As we enter our 23rd year, the Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with dozens of free activities for visitors of all ages – and of course Food, Food and more Food! Enjoy free entertainment on three separate stages! Free admission. Food purchases. More info


82. Feast of St. Lawrence

August 11 to August 13, 2017
The St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood in Old Town Toronto has been a food destination since the 1800s. Today, this legacy continues at the world famous St. Lawrence Market and in more than 150 local restaurants. The event features a ticketed outdoor 5-course dinner for charity, a Free St. Lawrence Market Street event and a Free family fun day in St. James Park. More info


83. PAWS in the Park

August 12, 2017
The Toronto Humane Society’s largest fundraiser – Paws in the Park® – takes place in Toronto's East End. There will also be extraordinarily delicious food, primping for your pooch, a pet photo booth, celebrity guests, shopping in our Vendor Village, face painting and so much more! On top of supporting a great organization, we’ve got fantastic prizes, and great food and entertainment in store for all of our participants! Free. More info


84. Pan American Food and Music Festival

August 12 to August 13, 2017
The Pan American Food & Music Festival (PAFMF) is Canada’s only annual festival that celebrates the Western Hemisphere’s rich diversity of cuisine, music and art. The name of the Festival has been changed this year to include Music, reflecting the actual level of music programming presented alongside the culinary programs. The fifth annual PAFMF will be presented on August 12 to 13, 2017, with a programming focus on Canadian food and music in celebration of Canada 150. Free admission. More info


85. Sweets Food Festival

August 12 to August 13, 2017
Canada’s Largest Sweets Festival makes its third appearance celebrating local chefs, students and artists! We've got lots of food and lots planned for those two days! Admission is free. More info


86. Power Kids: Family Trees

August 13, 2017
Each participant, working closely with their adult companions, will create a colourful tree structure that will grow and change as they learn about their family members. After choosing what kind of tree your family might resemble, use wire and wood to build the main structure and add small leaves or fruits to represent family members. Free admission. More info


87. Toronto Port Authority Presents Sail-In Cinema

August 17 to August 19, 2017
PortsToronto presents Sail-In Cinema™, the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience of its kind. In August, Canada’s Sugar Beach will transform into Toronto’s largest outdoor movie theatre over three nights. Free admission. More info


88. Beats, Breaks & Culture at Harbourfront Centre

August 18 to August 20, 2017
Check the next wave of Canadian talent starting new movements in hip-hop and dance music, featuring innovators in genres like post-rap, electro-pop, and world electronica. Free. More info


89. Garlic is Great Festival

​August 19, 2017
​Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest. At the festival, visitors can enjoy live cooking demonstrations, musical performances and interact with Ontario Garlic farmers.​ Free admission. More info


90. Toronto Chinatown Festival

August 19, 2017
2017 Toronto Chinatown Festival is almost here again! This 2-days event is filled with many performances, foods and goods to be explored on Spadina. It's a great weekend to spend in Chinatown for fun experiences. Free admission. More info


91. The City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival

August 20, 2017
It's the 26th annual Children’s Festival! We’re celebrating being a kid with activities, interactive games, bouncers, face painting and more! Free admission. More info


92. ​ROMwalks

Join the ROM for free guided walking tours through Toronto neighbourhoods, that are of architectural and historical interest. Available most Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons until October. Most ROMwalks are free however and note that Museum admission is not included. More info


93. TAIWANFest at Harbourfront

August 25 to August 27, 2017
Ingenuity is the tale of human history. 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 2017 TAIWANfest: “Kanpai, Japan!” Free admission. More info


94. Coconut Festival Canada

August 26, 2017
A Free general admission event featuring 70 vendors dealing with coconut in your food choices, wellness program, cleaning, cosmetics, fashion and more from Asia & Pan America. You can taste and shop for various coconut products including those from local artisans : vegan coconut cakes, spreads, oils, energy snacks, chips, dips drinks, organic baby food and more. And full meals from the Caribbean, Thailand & Hawaii. More info


95. Scarborough Afro-Carif Festival

August 26 to August 27, 2017
Celebrating our Diversity at the Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest this summer! The 6th annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest, taking place on August 26-27, 2017 inside Albert Campbell Square at the Scarborough Civic Centre, brings you live musical performances, exciting entertainment from local and international artists, mouth-watering ethnic cuisine, vendor exhibitions and marketplace, visual arts, drum and dance workshops, kid’s zone,  dance competitions, business expo and much more! The event is FREE and welcomes over 25,000 people from across Canada and internationally. More info


96. Waterfront Artisan Market

The Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) returns to HTO Park this summer! Toronto’s own Waterfront open-air market features a carefully-curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Open every Saturday during the summer. More info


97. Todmorden Then & Now Walking Tour

July 29, 2017
Todmorden began as a small industrial community on the Don River, providing lumber, flour, beer and bricks to the growing city of Toronto. Join us on this guided neighbourhood walk as we explore the historic community of Todmorden from the 1790s to the 20th century. Walk begins at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site. Free admission. More info


98. Scotiabank BuskerFest

​​September 1 to September 4, 2017
It's spontaneous, it's outrageous; it's fun, funny and fabulous - there is literally something for everyone at the Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy. The festival features spectacular circus artistry, non-verbal shows that can be understood by all, and one-of-a-kind entertainment that will have you questioning your very eyes. Music, magic and mime; feats of the impossible, and the ridiculous performed by comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, beat boxers, break-dancers and much more. Four days of non-stop, action-packed fun! More info


99. Toronto Island Park

The Toronto Islands offer activities everyone can enjoy for a fun-filled day! The Toronto Islands provide a great, refreshing escape from downtown with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the city skyline on the other. The Islands area is a great place to bask on blue flag beaches, and offers bicycle trails, swimming, volleyball, picnicking and much more. Admission to the Toronto Islands is free. Note: There is currently no ferry service to Centre Island due to floods. Check website for updates throughout the summer. More info


100. Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival

September 2 to September 3, 2017
The Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival will be held Richmond Greens - Find Great Food! Cold Beer! Eating Challenges! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Free admission and parking. More info


Note: This information was accurate at time of publication. Offers and events are subject to change so please visit event and attraction websites before heading out.

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