November on the Cheap!




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Ready or not, here comes the holiday season! Our top picks include Free events such as Pumpkin Parades, Day of the Dead celebrations, Holiday gatherings, Santa parades, and much more! Read on for family-friendly events and activities coming up in November, all of which are Free or Cheap! 

Cineplex Family Favourites - November
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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Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America.
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in November
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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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Opens in November
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE! Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Boxcar Social. The Rink usually opens end of November - stay tuned for details!
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Santa Claus Parades 2017
Various Dates November 
The most wonderful time of the year has finally arrived and with it comes a long list of Santa Claus parades. Whether you’re looking for some fabulous floats, getting a glimpse of your favourite holiday characters (including the famous jolly guy), or just looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, one of these parades is sure to fit your needs. Free.
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The BSM’s “Warm the Sole Sock Drive”
November 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017
The BSM annual sock drive is back for its eighth year this November. Accepting generous donations of new unused athletic socks which will be donated to local community organizations in need, this vital campaign can’t be done without your support. Please consider donating and if visiting on a weekend during the campaign, receive one free admission with each donation. Special kids' activities held on weekends.
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Mimico Pumpkin Parade
November 1, 2017
Bring your Jack-O-Lanterns to light up Mimico Square and Amos Waites Park on Tuesday November 1st beginning at 6pm. Please bring your own lighter and candles. Volunteers will load the pumpkins into bins for composting the following morning.
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Old Town Toronto Halloween Pumpkin Parade
November 1, 2017
Join us on Wednesday, November 1st from 6-7:30pm for our annual Halloween Pumpkin Parade!  Display your creative jack-o-lantern, participate in our drumming circle, mingle with your neighbours and enjoy some free hot chocolate and apple cider (while supplies last!). Free.
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Park Your Pumpkin at Bradley Museum
November 1, 2017
Bring your pumpkin for a last hurrah! Wander the pumpkin lit paths while enjoying music, cider, cookies, family activities and a candle lit tour of the Bradley Museum. Drop off your pumpkin before or bring it with you and stay for the festivities. All pumpkins to be recycled at the end of the evening. Free.
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Pumpkin Party at Gibson House
November 2, 2017
Bring your carved pumpkin to Gibson House Museum to showcase your design. Pumpkins will be lit up and displayed through the evening. The Pumpkin Party will include cooking demonstrations in the historic kitchen, hot apple cider and tastes. Discover what your future holds with a fun Victorian-style divination. Free.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
November 4, 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.
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Movember Weekends at Scarborough Museum
November 4, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Celebrate Movember at Scarborough Museum! The Victorians loved 'staches" of all shapes and sizes, and so do we! Not growing one? Don't worry, Make Your Own Mustache craft taking place all month long. Cost: Free or Pay-What-You-Can.
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Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
November 4, 2017 and November 25, 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. Check locations near you for details. On November 4 - Build a Humvee. On November 24 - Build a Christmas Tree Ornament.
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Day of the Dead Festival at Harbourfront
November 4 and 5, 2017
Harbourfront Centre presents the 14th edition of Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos festival. Join us as we celebrate the life of people, their memories, their achievements, and their impact on the coming generations through contemporary art and culture. Admission is free.
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Evergreen's 7th Annual Day of the Dead
November 5, 2017
Join us for a special celebration of Latin American culture, with all day activities for families and adults alike! Free admission.
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EcoFair at the Barns
November 5, 2017
The EcoFair at the Barns is a free, family-friendly event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Join us on Sunday, November 6th from 11am-4pm to learn about and celebrate the programs, products and services of over 40 environmental not-for-profit organizations and eco-friendly businesses.
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Sunday FUNday - Delightful Diaries at Oshawa Museum
November 5, 2017
Come on down to the Museum for this cool Sunday FUNday all about diaries! Diaries and journals were a very important part of a young girl’s life in the Victorian era. As historians, we can learn so much about the people and events mentioned and even what the weather was like on a particular day! Free admission.
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I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art
November 11, 2017 to January 21, 2018
Children’s picture books tell many stories about what it is like to grow up in Canada. This exhibit celebrates the work of best-loved Canadian illustrators who bring these stories to life. I Am Canada showcases original picture book art from Toronto Public Library’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books and the private collection of Scholastic Canada, which has been introducing young people to the joys of reading for 60 years. Admission is free. 
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Santa's Closet Boutique at Cedar Ridge
November 14, 2017
Unique one of a kind gifts in our gallery. Free admission.
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Toronto Christmas Market
November 16, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Guests are invited to rediscover the magic and romance of Christmas by taking in stunning light canopies, enjoying unique shopping experiences, traditional music and dance performances, and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Foodies will also have the opportunity to taste traditional European street-style food and delicacies and Canadian homemade treats. Free during the week. Admission on weekends.
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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
November 18, 2017
On Saturday, November 18, the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BYBIA) will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Magic, the spectacular annual community concert event in support of the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR). Between 5:00pm – 6:30pm, families, friends and music lovers are invited to the Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland & Bellair Streets) for the Official “Flick the Switch” Lighting Ceremony and a special performance by Keshia Chanté. Free.
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Illuminite at Yonge Dundas Square
November 18, 2017
Downtown Yonge BIA invites you to join us in celebrating 10 years of Illuminite with a magical evening of music, dance & spectacle in Yonge-Dundas Square. Free.
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Family-Friendly Screening at 15th Annual Regent Park Film
November 18, 2017
The 15th Annual Regent Park Film Festival is taking place November 15-18, at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East). See a Family-Friendly screening: Breakfast & a Movie: Window Horses. All programming is free to attend.
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Family Dance Jams at Solar Stage
November 19, 2017
Bring happy feet of all sizes to this community dance party. Hose Amanda Cordner will have you shaking your sillies out from head to toe in perfect time. Get your groove on and try out a new one or two in this lightlt structured sock hop. Free.
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Kidzfest at Yonge-Dundas Square
November 25, 2017
Join Downtown Yonge BIA at Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of fun for kids of all ages, with hosts from TVOKids, see exciting stage shows, meet your favourite characters from Paw Patrol and PJ Masks and much more! Free admission.
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Cavalcade of Lights Toronto
November 25, 2017
Celebrate the annual Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square. This holiday tradition features the first illumination of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree, spectacular fireworks, a skating party, and performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent. Skating at Nathan Phillips Square ice rink continues all season long. Skate rentals are available on-site. Free.
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Swedish Christmas Fair at Harbourfront
November 25, 2017  to November  26, 2017
Get into the spirit at this two-day holiday extravaganza! Warm up to the sounds of children singing carols at the Lucia Pageant and participate in folk dancing, craft making and more. It’s the perfect place to sample delicious Scandinavian food and have a rinkside drink of glögg. Check off your gift list with imported handmade crafts, unique Christmas decor, textiles and tasty Swedish delicacies. Free admission.
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Christmas in the Village
November 25, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree this November! The Streetsville BIA is excited to present the second annual Christmas in the Village festival, and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year! All weekend long, family-friendly live bands will be playing for guests while they feast on delicious eats from an array of local restaurants and unique food trucks. Visitors can head down Queen St. S. to check out the Children’s craft tent, browse through dozens of unique market vendors, enjoy a horse and carriage ride, and take pictures with Santa outside the Robinson Bray House. Free.
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'Tis the Season Children's Art Show and Community Open House
November 28, 2017 to December 18, 2017
Come experience the wonder of the season at our annual celebration! Vote for your favourite artworks created by students from our local schools, while enjoying diverse family friendly activities and displays. There will also be a visit from Santa! Bring a donation of new hats, scarves, gloves or socks in support of local charities. Light refreshments served. Everyone is welcome. At the Assembly Hall in Etobicoke. Free admission.
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More Free Events for November
We continuously update our Events Calendar so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in November! Check back on this page as it will be updated or CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month! 

Photo Credit: Toronto Christmas Market
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