June on the Cheap! 2017




Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

Get your calendars ready! Here are the top things to do with kids in Toronto and the GTA this June, almost all of which are Free (or cheap). The first month of summer brings a slew of incredible outdoor activities. But while no-cost festivals, fairs and parades abound, there are a handful of truly spectacular activities that are a must for families.

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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Cineplex Family Favourites for June
Saturdays in June
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.  
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in June
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.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
June 3, 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.
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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.
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​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.
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Mac ‘n Cheese Festival
June 2 to 4, 2017
Talented chefs, savvy cooks and innovative food entrepreneurs will once again set the stage in Toronto to feed over 40,000 hungry fans with insanely creative versions of mac and cheese for 3 days only, June 2-4, 2017 at Ontario Place. Free.
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Kid's Coin Collecting Workshop & Auction - Toronto Coin Expo
June 3, 2017
A FREE Educational Workshop & Auction, and learn what collecting is all about. A workshop for the young (and young at heart!) who want to learn more about what beginners can collect. We will also see how chocolate coins are made, which are “strikingly” similar to how the Mint makes coins! Chocolate coins (as well as real ones) will be available to sort into your collection. Free to young collectors in attendance at the Coin Expo!
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19th Annual Riverdale Art Walk
June 3 to 4, 2017
The 19th Annual Riverdale Art Walk (RAW), returns to Jimmy Simpson Park (Queen Street, east of Broadview) on June 3-4, 11-6 daily, as the summer season’s opening fine art event, presented by the Artists’ Network, an organization dedicated to educating artists in the business side of art. Shop for affordable and unique artworks. Get in on the ground floor with emerging artists, or be on the lookout for your favourite established Canadian artists. GET OUT AND GET ART! Free admission.
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Eats and Beats Streetfest 'Canada 150'
June 3 and 4, 2017
This year, the festival is celebrating Ontario and Canada’s 150th anniversary and Indigenous roots with special events and festivities! During the festival, local eateries open their doors serving tasting plates and musical entertainment. The festival includes a variety of destination points at four street closures with live music, entertainment and, of course, mouthwatering Riverside tasters. Free.
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Unionville Festival
June 3 and 4, 2017
There is the traditional Saturday morning Parade, the Fun Zone for kids, the annual Funky 5K race, the York-Durham heritage train and don’t forget Family Fun Day in the Park on Sunday. We'll have music everywhere and plenty of vendors – including, of course, the unique shops of Unionville, and much more! Admission is free.
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Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
June 3 and 4, 2017
The Muhtadi International Drumming Festival (MIDF), now in its 18th year, is a two day annual event that celebrates the drum, it's presence in all cultures and its cultural relevance today in communities around the world. Free.
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The City of Burlington’s Kite Festival
June 4, 2017
Celebrate diversity and let fun take flight! Join us for the 26th annual Kite Festival! Free kite building materials are available (while supplies last), as well as activities and entertainment. Free.
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Mill Pond Splash Eco-Festival
June 4, 2017
Mill Pond Splash is a family oriented event showcasing environmental conservation and our natural heritage. With wildlife displays, live music, stream sampling, and environmental displays – there’s lots to see and do! Free,
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Scotiabank Bed Race Picnic & Family Fun Day
June 4, 2017
Looking for something fun to do with the family? We’ve got you covered! Join us on Sunday, June 4, 2017 where thousands of Mississauga community members will cheer on our bed racers and enjoy our fun festival in support of Trillium Health Partners. Apart from bed racing, this fun-filled day will include live music, dancers, food, attractions, games and giveaways for all ages! Free.
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BBQ Eats Festival
June 9 to 11, 2017
Join us as we kick off the festival season with a MASSIVE outdoor ethnic-inspired BBQ party celebrating flavours from around the world at Ontario Place from June 9, 10, 11, 2017. There's something for everyone! Free admission.
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Annual Art Crawl 
June 10, 2017
Presented by E-Gallery, Liberty Village's newest art gallery representing Canadian talent, this year's event features 65 amazing artists and designers showcasing their works of art, photography, fashion, pet fashion, sculptures, woodworkers, metal workers, home decor, handbags.... you name it, we have it! Free admission.
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Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
June 10, 2017
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate.
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Village Day by The Yonge Lawrence Village BIA
June 10, 2017
Join us for our annual Village Day Street Festival which takes place on Yonge Street from Lawrence Avenue to Yonge Boulevard. Highlights include a village-long sidewalk sale, quality entertainment, kids zones play areas, your favourite animated characters, clowns and treats for the entire family. Free.
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Foodalicious Toronto
June 10 to 11, 2017
Toronto’s first annual Foodalicious Food Festival takes over Downsview Park on Saturday June, 10th and Sunday, June 11th 2017. Enjoy great food, live music and attractions from some of Toronto’s top local vendors and entertainers. Foodalicious Food Festival welcomes you to a large selection of Toronto’s top food trucks, carnival games, inflatables, stage shows, live music and so much more. Foodalicious is guaranteed fun for all ages. Free for kids up to 12. $5 for adults.
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Sound of Music Festival Burlington
June 10 to 18, 2017
So much music, so much fun. Every year in June, music takes over Burlington Downtown and Waterfront.  The largest local music event of the year features an eclectic combination of emerging artists, blasts from the past and current performers. A mix of free and ticketed shows continue all over town for nine days.  Activities include a ticketed Kick-off Concert, Sound of Music Club Series, Grande Festival Parade, Downtown Streetfest, Children’s Village, carnival, vendors and FREE concerts on Father's Day Weekend! Bring the whole family, you’ll find something for everyone.
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Annex Festival on Bloor
June 11, 2017
It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer in the city! Attractions Include: Children’s village including a life-size colouring book, an interactive, electronic hockey net, face painting, button-making, life-sized chess, skateboard and scooter lessons and much more. Boasting over 20,000 attendees and 120 vendors every year, the AFF is a free downtown extravaganza stretching from Spadina to Bathurst where pedestrians can enjoy the vibrancy of The Annex, its local businesses, as well as lively festival entertainment, food vendors and activities for the whole family. Free admission.
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Luminato Festival
June 14 to 25, 2017
Luminato Festival is Toronto’s global multi-arts festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, magic and more. Free + Ticketed events.
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Mississauga Waterfront Festival
June 16 to June 18, 2017
Now celebrating our 21st year, the Mississauga Waterfront Festival (MWF) is recognized as Mississauga’s Signature Family and Friends event.  We have achieved a Top 100 Festivals in Ontario ranks for 10 years and received praise for consistently providing new and fresh performers and attractions. Live Entertainment, Carnival, Sports & Games, Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors. And as always, admission is free!
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Roncy Rocks! Music & Arts Festival
June 17, 2017
Roncy Rocks Music + Arts Fest West celebrates the neighbourhood along Roncesvalles Avenue. Proudly presenting local musicians, artists, food, fashion and film, dog shows, demos, specialties and fun for kids. Free admission.
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Flavours of Fairbank
June 17 to 18, 2017
FREE Admission, Midway Rides & Bouncies. Flavours of Fairbank is back as we close down Eglinton from Dufferin to Ronald Streets. Enjoy the flavours of life—family, food, music, culture, shopping and entertainment–in our diverse community, Fairbank Village. FREE live music and cultural acts at our main stage.
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Springridge Farm Food Truck Festival
June 17 to 18, 2017
Springridge Farm is excited to announce their Father’s Day Food Truck Festival is back by popular demand! Surefire fun for dads, families and foodies! 2 days, 1 farm, 12 trucks. Come hungry!
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Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
June 17 to 18, 2017
Organized by the Toronto Chinese Business Association and Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, the Festival in 2017 will once again expect 180 to 200 teams with over 5,000 athletes. Free to watch.
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CHIN Picnic
June 17 to June 19, 2017
CHIN Picnic Celebrates Diversity and Canada’s 150th Birthday! Celebrating another year as Torontonians line up the streets to embrace multiculturalism & diversity in Canada. The weekend will be filled with multicultural entertainment including performances from the Italian, Portuguese & Spanish communities. The streets will be filled with vendors ready to showcase their special dishes, clothing & wares. Free admission.
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7th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show
June 18, 2017
Walk the red carpet and see over 100 examples of classic & exotic cars. The Bloor-Yorkville area, Toronto’s destination neighbourhood for high-end boutiques, restaurants and hotels welcomes everyone to the 7th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show on Father’s Day. Join us to see over 120 classic and exotic cars, including SuperCars, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and more. As always, admission is free.
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Paddle the Rouge
June 18, 2017
Paddle the Rouge is a Wildlands League annual charity event connecting youth and families to nature and the Rouge River in the city.  Held at Rouge Beach Park in Toronto, Ontario, it helps raise awareness of the importance of the proposed Rouge National Urban Park. On Sunday, June, 18th, 2017 come celebrate Father’s Day with us on the river and on the beach. Free.
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Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront
June 22 to August 31, 2017
Learn to dance on Toronto’s waterfront to the rhythmic beats and swinging sounds of live bands. Inspired by Harbourfront Centre’s summer festivals, styles range from salsa to big band and everything in between. Free admission.
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TD IRIE Music Festival at Mississauga Square
June 23 and 24, 2017
The TD IRIE Music Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary as one of the GTA’s most highly anticipated summer events. TD IRIE Music Festival is a culturally diverse event that will feature international and Canadian artists in various artistic disciplines: music, dance, spoken word, visual arts and culinary arts. A diverse array of Caribbean and international tropical foods, drinks and unique gift ideas complete this event. Free for the whole family. 
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Oakville Family Ribfest
June 23 to 25, 2017
Each year we host the Ribfest, we strive to make sure that each year is bigger and better than the last. From award-winning ribs to jam packed musical performances, there is something here for everyone. Take a look at our schedule and see everything we have to offer! Kids PlayZone, Ribbers, Beer Tents and more. Free admission.
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Taste of Asia
June 23 to June 25, 2017
Each summer, our vendors offer a vast variety of entertainment, information, activities and Asian cuisine to our visitors. This year is no exception with over 150 street vendor booths and more as mouthwatering aromas drift through the air. Free.
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TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 23 to 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. The festival celebrates 30 years in 2016. Attractions include more than 400 performances with over 2000 musicians performing at approximately 50 locations around Toronto. Free + Ticketed Events.
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Bradley Museum's 50th Anniversary - Free admission
June 24, 2017
Come celebrate Bradley Museums 50th anniversary! Enjoy birthday cake and old time lemonade as we say thank you to the volunteers and visitors that helped make the museum what it is today. Official ceremony begins at 11 a.m. followed by a cake cutting. Learn the history of the Bradley Museum including an opportunity to explore the Bradley house and current exhibition "like a conjuring (bringing water back to Bradley)".
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The Junction Summer Solstice Festival
June 24, 2017
The Junction’s Summer Solstice Festival has been a long standing tradition on the west-side of Toronto, offering crowds of all ages a full day of music, art, outdoor patios, leisurely shopping, and entertaining programs. An early focus on healthy living activities and events has expanded to include live music, artists, premier dining options, and children's programming. FREE.
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Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow at Fort York
June 24, 2017
Native Men’s Residence Traditional Pow Wow is held to recognize National Aboriginal Day on the Summer Solstice. The event features traditional dancing, drumming, kid's area, craft vendors, and a full feast after the dancing. Admission is free.
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Summer Music in the Garden at Harbourfront
June 29 to 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.
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More Free Events in June
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in May. CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month. This page will also be updated so check back often.

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