May on the Cheap! (2017)
May is bursting with springtime fun, much of which is Free! We’re also feeling festive this month as May weekends start to fill with Free community festivals. Read on to see our top picks for free (or cheap) family fun and activities this May.
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.
Cineplex Family Favourites for May
Saturdays in May
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.
Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in May
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.
Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
May 6, 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.
Spring to the Beach
May 5, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Let's kick off the Beach season in style! Join us this May 5 & 6 for Spring to the Beach (It's FREE)! Shop along Queen for Moonlight Madness (May 5, 6-9 pm) and a sidewalk sale May 6 (4-8pm). Stop and refuel at our newly renovated Kew Gardens Park and enjoy bites & brews from our local restaurants: The Stone Lion, Breakwall BBQ, Hogtown Smoke, Dufflet Pastries, Hero Certified Burgers. Don't miss the Mill Street Brewery beer garden while you kick back and enjoy live local music!
Pampered Pooches T.O.
May 6, 2017
Join us once again Saturday May 6th 2017 from 11AM-6PM in Toronto’s gorgeous Liberty Village for a FREE fun-filled event for you and your dog(s)! Our event features 45 vendors who cater all of the products and services to Toronto pooches. This one day event will have you and your pooch indulging in food, fashion, pet health, grooming and more! This one-stop-pooch-shop offers a unique shopping and infotainment market geared for the urban dog lover.
Comic Book Day at Scarborough Museum
May 6, 2017
Up,up and away!! Check out what's happening at Scarborough Museum in honour of Free Comic Book Day! Not only will artists be on hand for family fun, but there is plenty of awesome space around the museum to read. Bring your comics and a blanket to sit on (or your cape!) and join in on this fun filled afternoon. All ages welcome! Admission is Pay What You Can.
Free Comic Book Day
May 6, 2017
Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!
The Bump to Baby Show
May 7, 2017
Unlike any other baby show you've ever seen! SHOP, EAT and LEARN in our market place from the best health-conscious businesses the city has to offer. The event is FREE so bring your friends and family and get inspired to go natural. We've got; fun family activities, free yoga, informative question and answer sessions with leading experts, including Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health, lots of free swag, a healthy food court and a great big raffle.
Sunday FUNday - Curious About Cameras
May 7, 2017
Calling all shutterbugs! The invention of cameras and photography were revolutionary. They have changed the way that people see the world. Stop in to the Oshawa Museum on Sunday May 7th from 12-4 pm and see some our amazing camera collection! Check out old Polaroids, 8 mm, Brownies and more! Compare the weight of your phone to some of our cameras. We'll be experimenting with our Polaroids to see if they work with new film.
ROMwalks - Walking Tours of Toronto
May 7 to October 22, 2017
Explore the history, art and architecture, and notable (or notorious!) characters of some of the 6ix’s best-known neighbourhoods. ROMWalks guided walking tours take place from early May through late October, Wednesdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Most ROMwalks are free, with no need to pre-register: simply come to the designated spot and look for the purple umbrella.
Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
May 13, 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.
Science Rendezvous at University of Toronto
May 13, 2017
Science Rendezvous at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) will feature numerous demonstrations and activities that integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and human ingenuity. The event offers visitors of all ages a chance to meet with world-class researchers, conduct hands-on experiments and, above all, have fun while discovering science in a whole new way. Free admission.
Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market
May 13, 2017
The countdown in ON for our May 13th Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market – this year we promise to be bigger & more colorful with added family activities & exciting promotions taking place along Queen Street West. Features a Kids Zone with Pirate Ship, free crafts with Environmental Art Educator Extraordinaire Linda Naccarato, Face painting with Isabel & Cotton Candy!
Mississauga Halal Food Fest
May 20, 2017
Mississauga Halal Food Fest brings together a variety of Halal food from a wide range of suppliers offering information about and awareness of the benefits of Halal products. There will be inflatable rides for the children to enjoy, and a mixture of traditional and current musical entertainment performed by local and international artists that will cater to the older and younger generations alike. Free admission.
May 20 to May 22, 2017
Harbourfront Centre’s annual HarbourKIDS: Circus festival returns and is sure to inspire our youngest guests to fly. For the second year in a row, we’ve teamed up with Femmes de Feu’s Holly Treddenick and Adam Lazarus as curators, to help fill our site and stages with contemporary circus acts that will have you gasping in awe, doubling over with laughter and perhaps even joining in! Free admission.
International Museum Day at Markham Museum
May 21, 2017
Join us as we kick off Growing Innovation – a new and exciting project in celebration of Ontario 150. Be part of the unveiling of our refurbished Honey House! Participate in our family drop-in activities and check out our newest exhibitions. Take a walk through our heritage apple orchard and discover Markham’s agricultural legacy by exploring our barn and collections. Free admission.
Pep Rally 2017 at Celebration Square
May 22, 2017
Imagination comes to life this Victoria Day at Celebration Square. Kids of all ages can live out their wildest dreams at this larger-than-life event for the whole family. Free admission.
Barbados on the Water at Harbourfront
May 26, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Harbourfront Centre celebrates Barbados’ Salute to Canada’s 150th with the largest festival of Barbadian culture in Canada! This year, celebrate Canada with music, fashion, literary events and children’s activities – all for free. Don’t miss the rum tasting and plenty of music to dance the night away! Free admission.
Doors Open Toronto 2017
May 27, 2017 to May 28, 2017
The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns on May 27 and 28, 2017. This year's theme is "15 Decades of Canadian Architecture", in honour of Canada's 150th birthday. Free admission.
True North Sports Camps - FREE Soccer Clinic
May 28, 2017
At True North Sports Camps, we offer year-round sports programming for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. Operating in Toronto, Etobicoke and Hamilton, we offer a variety of different summer camps and clinics, including: Baseball, Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer and Multi-Sport. At True North Sports Camps, we believe that recreational sports are an important part of every child's development and we make it our top priority to deliver a truly memorable experience.
More Free Events in May
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.
Know of any other Free events taking place in May? Share below!