100+ Free Things to do this Summer




Enjoy the coolest summer activities for kids with our ultimate guide to the best free fun 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 seeing movies under the stars, 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

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. Kids Bowl Free Program

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. Various dates all summer long. More info


3. Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO

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. Weekly on Wednesdays. More info


4. Sorauren Outdoor Movies in the Square

The Outdoor Movie Season returns the fourth Saturday of every month June to September. NEW! Pizza Dinners before the movies from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina. June 23, 2018 to September 22, 2018. Movies are free admission. More info


5. Ontario Family Fishing Events

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 June 30 to July 8, 2018. More info


6. Play the Parks at Mackenzie House

Play the Parks is back for its 6th season! Enjoy free afternoon concerts in the Downtown Yonge BIA district throughout the summer. Join us at Mackenzie House on Wednesdays, June 20th, July 25th, and August 22nd to enjoy the sounds of summer and hear Toronto artists play the parks. This event is family-friendly! Select dates from June 20 to August 22, 2018. Free admission. More info


7. CITE – A Celebration of Skateboard Arts and Culture

A Summer-Long Celebration of Skateboard Arts and Culture! The Bentway and Build for Bokma announce CITE, a summer-long celebration of skateboard arts and culture launching on June 30 and officially opening The Bentway Skate Trail for the season. June 30 to August 12, 2018. Free. More info


8. VR Filmmaking Workshop and Pop-Up VR Cinema

Kids ages 8 and up are invited to join Toasterlab for a hands-on VR filmmaking workshop. Over two weekends at the beginning of the summer, workshop participants will devise and record site-specific short films in Parkway Forest Park using 360 immersive cameras. Various dates from June 30, 2018 to August 23, 2018. Free. More info


9. Arts in the Parks: Grup the Clown in "At Work (and Play)"

Through a blend of live storytelling and the art of interactive clown, Phil Koole invites park goers to join him on a hilarious and spontaneous adventure. With his ability of connecting people through play, he will bring both adults and children out of their shells to stimulate a sense of excitement and help foster a stronger community bond. Select dates from June 30 to September 28, 2018. Free admission. More info


10. Downsview Park Nature Connection

A FREE nature program for families. Connect with your natural world and come out to Downsview Park! All ages are welcome. 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. All summer until September 9, 2018. More info


11. Rouge Park Guided Walks

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! Various dates in July and August. Free admission. More info


12. Movie Nights at Mississauga Celebration Square

Let's Stargaze! Grab a blanket and join your friends and neighbours under the night sky at the City's biggest outdoor theatre. Watch classics, blockbuster hits and family feel-good favourites on the Celebration Square big screens. Until August 30. Free admission. More info


13. Summer Music in the Garden at Harbourfront

The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for its 19th season by the shores of Lake Ontario. Treat yourself to 18 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles. Ongoing until September 16, 2018. Free. More info


14. 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


15. Waterfront Artisan Market

In 2018, the Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM), presented by The Waterfront BIA and operated by Scadding Court Community Centre, will bring together a carefully curated mix of local artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Open all summer long. Admission is free. More info


16. Arts in the Parks: To The Table

Red Dress Productions will present To the Table, a multi-disciplinary installation created through interactive workshops in Fred Johnson Park, in Scarborough. We'll create a modular sculpture - the kitchen table reimagined - around which we'll gather to tangle with and celebrate what brings us to the table. When do we feel welcome to the table, and why? How do we welcome each other? Family-friendly event. Various dates July 3 to July 24, 2018. Free admission. More info


17. Union Summer

Union Summer returns this year bringing an eclectic offering of food vendors, musicians, film screenings and live performances to Union Station. Union Summer-Presented by TD runs 50 days straight, 7 days a week with free programming on the TD Stage showcasing festival previews, free movie nights, World Cup finals and local arts and cultural organizations featuring the spirit of Toronto at its gateway. July 1 to August 19, 2018. Free. More info


18. Tuesday Night Live! at Earl Bales Park

Enjoy a beautiful evening of free music in the park every Tuesday for the rest of the summer. Check out the line-up of our fantastic concert series. Events are weather permitting. July 3 to August 21, 2018. Free admission. More info


19. Amazing Animal Adaptations - Family Nature Walk

Do you know how woodpeckers can tap on trees without hurting their brains? Or how salamanders communicate to their family members through smell? Join us to learn amazing physical and behavioural adaptations of some of High Park’s resident animals! We’ll also teach you tracking skills so you can search for animal evidence and hopefully spot some of these amazing creatures. All-ages event, great for the whole family! July 4, 2018. Free admission (donation suggested). More info


20. The Danny in East Lynn Park

Join The Danny in East Lynn Park every Wednesday evening in July from 6-9pm for The Danny Loves Music Series 2018. This free, family-friendly event for all ages in East Lynn Park will feature local businesses, restaurants, musicians, breweries & cideries for a great evening with your neighbours on Danforth Avenue. Various dates from July 4 to July 25, 2018. Free admission. More info


21. Summer Wednesdays at Evergreen Brick Works

Soak up the sun at Summer Wednesdays! Bask in the setting sun as you kick back with an ice cold drink, grab a bite of delicious summer fare and make the most of those warm summer evenings. The hottest place to spend Wednesday nights is at Evergreen Brick Works, nature's patio. Plus, join us for the Live Music Series. July 4 to August 29, 2018. Free admission. More info


22. The Beach Village Movie Nights

Join The Beach Village for Movie Nights in the Park every Wednesday starting July 4 to August 29! Movies screenings will rotate between Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park. As always, admission (and popcorn!) is FREE! Come out and experience movies under the stars. More info


23. City of Burlington’s Movies Under the Stars

Join us in your local neighbourhood for free Movies Under the Stars. Bring your own chair and blanket for an outdoor movie in your community park. Movies begin at 9pm every Thursday from July 5th until August 16th. More info


24. Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song

The Edwards Summer Music Series is back and is better than ever. This year we’re featuring more culturally diverse artists and engaging performances. All performances are located at the courtyard adjacent to the historic barn in Edwards Gardens, just be sure to bring your own picnic blanket or chair so you can sit among friends, family, and other garden-lovers. July 5 to August 23, 2018. 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 from July 5 to August 30, 2018. Free. More info


26. Cultura Festival

Cultura is a Free family friendly outdoor festival presenting Music, Art, Food and Film every Friday evening in July. Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world renowned Musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers and dance, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars. Fridays, from July 6 to July 27, 2018. More info


27. Beaches International Jazz Festival

Toronto’s beloved music festival and summer mainstay, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, returns from July 6 to 29, 2018 to celebrate its 30th year of unparalleled music from both established and emerging artists. Featuring multiple stages and venues, the return of festival favourites and leading musical talent, the 30th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival is one that can’t be missed. More info


28. Family Fun Fridays at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly

A free, fun-filled afternoon awaits youth ages 6 to 17 at Ontario’s Legislative Building this summer. This program introduces youth to provincial parliament during a two hour interactive program featuring a variety of activities. July 6 to August 31, 2018 More info


29. Friday Night Lights at Downsview Park

Our popular summer outdoor movie program returns in an all new location! Join us this summer as we screen a variety of recent family-friendly flicks at the Park’s outdoor football field & running track. Bring a lawn chair or blanket (and a friend), and be sure to arrive early to enter our raffle for a chance to win a prize pack! July 6, 2018 to September 7, 2018. Free admission. More info


30. FREE Screening of La La Land Under the Stars

Discover why La La Land has won more than a dozen awards to date (or fall in love with it again), during a FREE screening of the musical rom-com as part of the Aga Khan Museum’s Dancing in the Park series. Returning for a second season with performances and films sure to get guests moving, events within the series take place in the Aga Khan Park adjacent to the Museum and include various food offerings. July 7, 2018. More info


31. CPAC Summer Festival

Get ready for some fun in the sun with exciting activities and prizes at the 15th Annual CPAC Summer Festival on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at Mel Lastman Square. In this fun-filled event, foodies can feast at our marketplace of delicious food, kids can get creative at our Arts & Crafts Table and LEGO Robot Challenges, parents can shop at the exhibition area, and everyone can join in the Scavenger Hunt, try on Traditional Asian Costumes, dance with Chinese folk performers. Or sit back and relax as you watch our action-packed stage with amazing feats of martial arts, music, dance, fashion, cheerleaders, circus performances, and a dazzling magic show! More info


32. Dance Workshops at Scarborough Museum

Join Lua Shayenne Dance Company for outdoor dance workshops, perfect for all ages! The company will explore the museum's surrounding community to collect its stories and conduct onsite and archival research, in order to inform and inspire these public dance workshops. July 7, 2018. Free admission. More info


33. Afrofest

AFROFEST is the largest free African festival in North America. Activities include face painting, story telling, drumming lessons. Drum Zone: This is an interactive area at AFROFEST where drummers and dancers meet and create impromptu music and dance. With over 80 vendors, the AFROFEST marketplace has food and merchandise vendors selling all manner of exotic food and products. July 7 to 8, 2018. Free admission. More info


34. Maker Festival

Maker Festival is a celebration of Toronto's tech, DIY and maker communities. The Festival returns this summer to the Toronto Reference Library, where makers will gather to show off their process and projects to the public. Free admission. July 7 to July 8, 2018. More info


35. Salsa on St. Clair

Let the fiesta begin! Midtown Toronto prepares for another rumba filled weekend with the TD Salsa on St. Clair street festival. Come and enjoy a jam-packed schedule at one of Canada’s biggest Latin-themed cultural celebrations! July 7 to July 8, 2018. Free admission. More info


36. Barbados on the Water at Harbourfront

Experience the best of Barbados right here in Toronto! Enjoy free concerts, tasty cuisine, children’s activities and more as the waterfront comes to life during the largest cultural celebration of Barbadian culture in Canada. Most events are free with some ticketed shows. July 7 to July 8, 2018. More info


37. Oakville Children's Festival

National treasure and four-time Juno Award winner Fred Penner will headline the 2018 Oakville Children’s Festival on Sunday, July 8, 2018.  As well as Fred Penner, iconic Canadian cartoon character Franklin the Turtle will make an appearance in a live musical production of Franklin and Friends Playdate! The grounds will be turned into a playground for kids! Free admission. ​More info


38. Sunday FUNday: All About Archaeology at Oshawa Museum

Help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gertrude Bell. A renowned archaeologist during the nineteenth century, Bell was a trailblazer and founder of the Iraq Museum. She was a scholar and world traveler in a time when women rarely had these opportunities. July 8, 2018. Free admission. More info


39. Music in the Park at Kew Gardens Park

The Beach Village BIA presents the second annual summer Music in the Park Series. The series takes place in Kew Gardens Plaza, in the heart of The Beach(es), from 2PM-4PM on Sundays in July and August. July 8 to August 26, 2018. Free admission. More info


40. Feathered Friends

Birds are everywhere, and in cities they are especially present in parks. We often don’t notice them, but we would certainly miss them if they were absent. Shadowland Theatre invites community members of all ages to join in a week-long residency in Alexmuir Park to celebrate birds and birdlife. Daily workshops will be led by professional artists in stilt-walking, visual arts, puppetry, costume-making, story-telling, and Indigenous teachings. It will all culminate in a colourful, celebratory parade that takes flight around Alexmuir Park accompanied by local traditional Chinese musicians and dancers. Everyone is welcome. July 9 to July 13, 2018. Free admission. More info


41. Downsview Park Jr. Forest Explorers

Join us at Downsview Park for a FREE caregiver and toddler nature program. Connect with the natural world through hands-on outdoor activities. Registration is required. Participants may sign up for one session or all the sessions. July 9, 2018 to August 27, 2018. More info


42. Newmarket's Kids Downtown

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. July 10 to July 31, 2018. Free admission. More info


43. Family Nature Walk: Tree-mendous Trees

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. July 11, 2018. Free admission. More info


44. Under the Stars: Movies in the Park at Regent Park

Our summer screening series runs every Wednesday from July 11 to August 15. Now in its fifth year Under the Stars has grown into Regent Park’s largest summer community event. July 11, 2018 to August 15, 2018. More info


45. Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront

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 from July 12 until August 30. Free. More info


46. Movies in the Park Whitby

Bring your lawn chair, blankets and popcorn and watch a movie under the stars on a large, outdoor screen with concert quality sound. New for 2018 - Whitby's Movies in the Park will all take place at Whitby Civic Park (behind Town Hall). Movies start at dusk, but come early to reserve a spot! July 13, 2018 to August 24, 2018. More info


47. 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. On July 14, 2018, build a Fishing Game. Free. More info


48. Festival of India

The event will begin with a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then will shift to Toronto Centre Island, for two days of festivities. July 14 to July 15, 2018. Admission is free. More info


49. Power Kids: Colouring on the Walls

As part of his site-specific installation, artist Abbas Akhavan uses sunlight from the Fleck Clerestory’s glass ceiling to create "wall paintings" that change depending on time of day and season. Inspired by Akhavan’s playful use of light and space and his interest in bringing elements of the outdoors inside, kids will create ‘wall-paintings’ using paper, colour gels and projectors. July 15, 2018. Free. More info


50. Grandpa Henry's Picnic at Oshawa Museum

We are excited to throw the fourth annual Grandpa Henry’s Picnic on Sunday, July 15! Plan for a vacation back in time when you and your family spend the day at the Oshawa Museum. Our relaxing gardens, sunny backyard and friendly staff and volunteers will awaken your curiosity for the past! Free admission. More info


51. Victorious Festival

Where can you find live entertainment, fabulous music and great food? Victorious Festival 2018! Victorious offers tons for everyone to enjoy. This year we will be hosting festivals in a very exciting venue: Yonge-Dundas Square in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada. It's not only fun, and best of all, this event is in support of Canadian Cancer Society and is completely free. July 15, 2018. More info


52. CBC Kids Days

CBC Kids Days is back July 18 and 19! Gather the little ones for an assortment of family-friendly crafts and activities, and stick around for some extra-special performances from some of your favourite CBC Kids stars! Admission is FREE! More info


53. Black Creek Farm Festival

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. July 21, 2018. Free admission. More info


54. BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts & Culture

The BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture is an exceptional community and city-building festival presenting hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays and exhibitions. July 21, 2018. Free admission. More info


55. Toronto International BrazilFest

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. There are attractions for the whole family including a great Kids Zone open all day. July 22, 2018. Free admission. More info


56. Power Kids: Sea Snail Studies

As part of an oceanography course, Ellen Gallagher spent a semester studying, collecting, and drawing small wing-footed snails called pteropods. Her time spent drawing these underwater creatures helped inform the work she makes today. In this workshop, kids will look at images of underwater creatures, abstract them, and then transform them into mixed-media paintings using canvas, paint and Plasticine. July 22, 2018. Free admission. More info


57. YOUTH DAY

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! July 22, 2018. Free admission. More info


58. Movies in St. James Park

Pack your blanket and picnic dinner and join us for a free outdoor film in St. James Park! Join us in St. James Park for a free film screening of the Academy Award winning film Coco! July 26, 2018. More info


59. Richmond Hill's Ribfest

Ribfest is a three-day outdoor event that features professional rib teams travelling to Richmond Hill from across North America. Ribbers cook and compete for various Best titles (as decided by honorary judges). In addition to the many delicious food options, enjoy the live entertainment, marketplace or play all day in one of the region's largest midways! The beer garden will be once again selling local craft beers. This event is one you won't want to miss! July 27 to July 29, 2018Free admission. More info


60. AlohaFest Toronto

At AlohaFest Toronto, we share the Aloha spirit with over thousands of people through engaging cultural performances, cool kids’ crafts and unique items available at the AlohaFest Marketplace. AlohaFest Toronto is one of the few places in the city where guests can indulge in both local favourites and unique Hawaiian treats. July 28, 2018. Free admission. More info


61. Ossfest

Ossington Avenue between Queen and Dundas Street West, will be transformed with all things memorable that summer weekend in the city are made of: shopping, dancing, live music, patios, eating, drinking and being merry. With free entrance throughout the entire strip, start off the day with the OssCrit urban bike race, then enjoy two live music stages, a silk screen workshop, basketball training, a fun filled kid zone, giveaways and exclusive access to experiences you wouldn't get else in Toronto! July 28, 2018. Free admission. More info


62. The Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival

The Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival is an outdoor event held in Scarborough's Guild Park and Gardens. Featuring artists, artisan vendors, live performances, beer garden and children's activities. July 28 to July 29, 2018. Free admission. More info


63. HorseCapades at the CNE

A delightful and free introduction to horses, the CNE's interactive horse program returns this year and takes place from July 28 to August 16! Designed for the young and the young at heart, HorseCapades sweeps you away from city life and into the magical world of the horse. Giddy up! This year HorseCapades once again features free Pony Rides for kids. Free before the CNE opens (then included with admission.) More info


64. Solar Observing At Ontario Science Centre

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. July 28 and August 25, 2018. More info


65. Annual Fusion Of Taste Festival

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,and much more. July 29, 2018. Free admission. More info


66. Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

Join us at 2018 Toronto International Youth Dance Festival. The Festival celebrates cultural diversity through the art of dance. Specifically, we focus on youth dancers, with participation ranging from local to international dance schools. There will also be food vendors and merchant vendors present through the two days. It is a great opportunity to enjoy a wonderful weekend with your families. August 3, 2018. Free admission. More info


67. Scarborough Ribfest

This year, Ribfest will have 10 incredible Ribbers from all over Canada and the US, along with 20 other food vendors, a midway, and over 50 other craft vendors! To keep you cool, beer and coolers along with pop and water will be available at the two Rotary tents. 11 fantastic live bands will be providing live entertainment free during the weekend .For the young and young at heart, open mike Karaoke will start each day at 11 AM. August 3 to 5, 2018. Free admission. More info


68. Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront

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. ​​August 3 to August 6, 2018. Free admission. More info


69. Toronto Food Truck Festival

Woodbine Park has never tasted this delicious before. Back for another year, The Toronto Food Truck Festival is serving up some real must-eats! As always, admission is free and there’s something for everyone. August 3 to August 6, 2018. More info


70. Taste of the Middle East Food Festival

Come experience the warmth and hospitality that are the core of Middle Eastern culture. Explore unique food and vendors that are found in the heart of the city at Yonge-Dundas Square. Join us in the height of summer to celebrate the tradition and energy that Middle Eastern culture creates. August 4, 2018. Free admission. More info


71. Power Kids: Family Features

Many of the works in Grada Kilomba’s exhibition, Secrets to Tell, explore language and its effect on how we see ourselves. In this workshop, families are invited to choose three words or phrases that best describe their family and then illustrate them using paper, paint and markers to create triptychs. August 5, 2018. Free admission. More info


72. Simcoe Day at Fort York

Walk the historic grounds and thrill to musketry, artillery and music demonstrations presented by the Fort York Guard and Guards from Fort George National Historic Site from Niagara-On-The-Lake and Old Fort Erie. Visit the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers' Brick Barracks, take tours of the Fort's buildings and grounds and discover the dynamic lives of the Fort's men, women and children. August 6, 2018. Free admission. More info


73. Moonlight Movies Newmarket

Enjoy an outdoor movie on a huge inflatable screen under the stars. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair, blanket and snack to enjoy during the movie. Free popcorn will be provided. August 8 to August 30, 2018. Free admission. More info


74. Moonlight Movies in Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill's Moonlight Movies series is an outdoor cinema experience during the summer months. It's free and all you need to bring is a blanket or lawn chair. Movies start when the sun goes down. Pre-movie fun starts at 7 p.m. August 8 to August 29, 2018. Free admission. More info


75. JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival

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. August 9 to 12, 2018. Free admission. More info


76. Sail-In Cinema at Toronto Port

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 two nights. Movies will be shown under the open skies on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour. You can watch movies for free from Sugar Beach or Lake Ontario, and this year there are no tickets required to attend. August 10 to August 11, 2018. More info


77. Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival

Activities for all ages, talent shows, music, artisan booths, Farmer’s Market booths, a kids zone and a plethora of attractions entertain you and your family on Marine Parade Drive. August 11, 2018. Free admission. More info


78. Sweets Food Festival

Celebrating the world of confectionery is what this festival is all about. Our very own local chefs and students will be showcasing their culinary talents at David Pecaut Square. A variety of sweet treats and summer eats will be ready at your pleasure. Bring out your friends and family and try a variety of innovative creations. Features live entertainment. On Saturday Night, Sweetery will be hosting its very own movie night right on the lawns of David Pecaut Square! August 11 to 12, 2018. Admission is free. More info


79. Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre

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. August 10 to August 12, 2018. Free admission. More info


80. The Krinos Taste of the Danforth

The Taste of Danforth will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 from August 10 to 12. It is Canada’s largest street Festival, welcoming 1.65 million attendees annually. The festival features dozens of free activities for visitors of all ages – and of course Food, Food and more Food! Enjoy free entertainment on three separate stages! Also features a Kids Zone! Free admission. Food purchases. More info


81. Pickering Food Truck Festival

You’ll want to bring your friends 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. August 10 to 12, 2018. Free admission. More info


82. Feast of St. Lawrence

Join us on Saturday, August 11th for our Market Street Celebration. We celebrate the world famous St. Lawrence Market and Market Street with outdoor food stalls and seating areas, farm fresh produce, live music at the Audi FEAST Stage, a pig roast from the Farmer’s Market, kids entertainment, games and activities at the FEAST for Kids sponsored by TD Bank Group, and much more! More info


83. Small World Music Festival at Harbourfront Centre

This year’s Small World Music Festival is inspired by and celebrates the 30th anniversary of WOMAD – World of Music Art and Dance festival. August 17, 2018 to August 19, 2018. Free. More info


84. Garlic is Great Festival

​Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario's garlic harvest. At the festival, visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and garlic vendors at the Newmarket Farmer's Market. This year's Garlic is Great Festival will feature garlic vendors from across Ontario who will be offering fresh garlic and garlic related products for all to enjoy. August 18, 2018. Free admission. More info


85. Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival

Richmond Green won’t just be serving up some greens! Get ready to entice your taste buds to something delicious. We’ve got the parking, free admission, a children’s midway, food, drinks and entertainment… all you need to bring is your appetite! Trucks will be dishin’ it out all weekend! August 18 and 19, 2018. More info


86. TD Festival of South Asia

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! August 18 and 19, 2018. Free admission. More info


87. Toronto Chinatown Festival

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. The theme for 2018 is “Leaped through The Dragon’s Gate.” In the folktale the Carps swim upstream to try hard to jump through the dragon’s gate; it reminds people to work hard in order to being successful. August 18 and 19, 2018. Free admission. More info


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

Come out to the 27th annual Children's Festival! We're celebrating being a kid with activities, interactive games, bouncers, face painting and more! August 19, 2018. Free admission. More info


89. Canadian Stage: Family Story-Telling Day

We are all made of story and we want to share in the bounty of narratives that our communities hold. Join us for an interactive day of poetry, spoken word, dance, and music. Fun for the whole family. August 19, 2018. Free admission. More info


90. Open Streets TO

Open Streets are programs where the streets are temporarily opened to people and closed to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their health. August 19, 2018. Free. More info


91. Power Kids: On Wishes and Fountains

Throughout history, fountains have provided running water for cities and have been sites for gathering, rituals and making wishes. Participants in this workshop will learn how to create their own mini wishing fountains using clay and paint. August 19, 2018. Free admission. More info


92. Wild Blueberry Weekend at Evergreen Brick Works

Celebrate this delicious super berry, indigenous to North America, at the Sunday Artisan Market. Learn, taste, eat and shop from more than 20 food producers, preservers, bakers and chefs, all featuring delicious wild blueberry products. Sample delectable wild beverages and snacks made with local ingredients at the Sunday local food court. Visitors can also take part in children’s wild blueberry cooking activities and arts and crafts in the Children’s Garden throughout the day. August 19, 2018. Free admission. More info


93. TAIWANFest at Harbourfront

From fashion, music, food and art to language and DNA – discover and celebrate what connects Taiwan, The Philippines and Canada across mainstream, niche and Indigenous cultures! August 24 to August 26, 2018. Free admission. More info


94. Bloorcourt Festival

The Bloorcourt Festival will take place on Saturday August 25, 2018 from 12:00pm - 10:00pm in the vibrant Bloorcourt BIA on Bloor Street West. This festival boasts one of Toronto's largest gatherings of artists, musicians, artisans, and masters of all crafts. A true modern Renaissance. There will be vendors displaying an exciting array of wares. It is a hub for emerging artists and veterans alike. There will be plenty of family fun complete with inflatables, crafts, and interactive entertainment for the children to enjoy. Free admission. More info


95. Coconut Festival Canada

The festival highlights one of the greatest fruits in the world, the coconut! Experience the sights and sounds and immerse your senses in the wonders that it brings. August 25 to 26, 2018. Free admission. More info


96. Pan American Food and Music Festival

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. August 25 to 26, 2018. Free admission. More info


97. Scarborough Afro-Carif Festival

The festival 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! August 25 and 26, 2018. Free admission. More info


98. Tamil Fest

Tamil Fest 2018 is the largest Tamil street festival of its kind outside of the Indian subcontinent. Last year crowds exceeded 170, 000 attendees and this year we anticipate a larger number. This two-day festival is expected to draw thousands of people from across North America and is a unique platform to showcase and exhibit traditional and modern Tamil culture, cuisine, arts and entertainment. August 25 to 26, 2018. Free admission. More info


99. Power Kids: DIY Zoetropes

In Nu-Nile, Ellen Gallagher uses both analogue and digital animation to activate images and create the feeling of being transported into new worlds. Inspired by Gallagher’s interest in moving pictures, kids will explore the history of film by creating zoetropes using wood, cardboard and paper. August 26, 2018. Free admission. More info


100. BuskerFest

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! August 31 to September 3, 2018. Free admission. More info


101. Ashkenaz Festival at Harbourfront

The best of the global Jewish music and culture scene. Klezmer, Yiddish, Sephardic, Mizrachi, African, Latin-American and cross-cultural sounds. September 1, 2018 to September 3, 2018. Free admission. More info


102. 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


103. 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


104. 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


105. 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


106. 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


107. 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


108. 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


109. 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


 110. 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


111. 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


112. 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


113. 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


114. 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. More info

115. Kids Get in Free at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Soak in the summer at The Village! Explore the heritage buildings and gardens, enjoy outdoor games and discovery stations, take part in musical performance or even visit at night for an experience like no other. And, kids get in FREE*! Children ages 14 and younger get in free Monday to Friday, for July and August! *Limited to four kids per paying adult. More info


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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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