October on the Cheap!




Boo at the Zoo

Kick off October with Culture Days and harvest festivals, then seek out spooky Halloween events and a nearby pumpkin patch to pick the perfect jack-o'-lantern. There are so many Free and Cheap events going on this month, it's scary!

Cineplex Family Favourites for October
Saturdays in October
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! Get the list for October.
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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 October
Fall has got to be one of the most magical times of the year and the Rouge encapsulates this magic. Come enjoy the breathtaking collage of colourful forest canopy on a Parks Canada guided hike. The Rouge is transforming and you don't want to miss it! Free admission.
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Culture Days
September 30, 2016 to October 2, 2016
The seventh annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.
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October Weekends at Scarborough Museum
Oct 1, 2016 to Oct 30, 2016
Don't be a Halloweenie! Conjure up your pioneer spirit at Scarborough Museum! Lots of Halloween themed activities to ensure you have a screaming good time. Admission is Pay What You Can!
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
October 1, 2016
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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Coin Collecting Kids Workshop
October 1, 2016
Kids can join the the Toronto Coin Expo for FREE Educational Workshops, and learn what collecting is all about.
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Duffins Creek Salmon Festival
October 1, 2016
See salmon, learn about fish habitat, fish migration and your local natural heritage.  Also, take a hike near Duffins Creek. This is a family friendly event, but the terrain is not suitable for strollers. The event is outdoors and runs rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Admission is free, but registration is required.  
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Maplelea Seasonal Store Grand Opening Event
October 1, 2016
The Maplelea Seasonal Store is coming to Yorkdale! For over 13 years, Maplelea has been offering Canadian-themed 18-inch dolls, doll clothes and accessories, and matching girl and doll clothing. Join us at our Grand Opening Event on October 1st to experience Maplelea first hand!
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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
October 1, 2016
A free all-night contemporary art event. Experience Toronto transformed by contemporary art projects created by hundreds of artists. 12 hours from sunset to sunrise. Free.
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High Park Harvest Festival at Colborne Lodge
October 2, 2016
Celebrate the harvest season with your community in beautiful High Park. The south end of High Park, between Colborne Lodge and the High Park Children Garden, will be alive with fun for everyone.  Activities this year include: pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, harvest lunch at the Children's Garden, face painting, local honey and preserves, and more. Free admission to grounds; activity and merchandise fees apply.
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PumpkinFest at Downsview Park
October 8, 9 and 10, 2016
if you’re looking for something fun to do in Toronto Thanksgiving weekend, this is it! Pumpkinfest Toronto has something for all ages. The family-friendly event features lots of outdoor fun for people of all ages, including rides, contests, food and more. Ride the Pumpkin Express train through the park to visit all the sights, including a bustling kiddy midway, magician acts, inflatable slides a carousel and more. Admission is Free. Rides extra.
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Thanksgiving with the Ultimutts
October 10, 2016
The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is a very popular, interactive pet performance! This unique circus style show is jam packed with non-stop incredible tricks to wow the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats. Comprised of rescued animals, these dogs love to work and perform –and it shows! Free.
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Bata Shoe Museum is on the Move
October 15, 2016
As part of our ongoing partnership with the Toronto Public Library system, the BSM’s education department can often be seen travelling to libraries for hands-on demos and crafts. Have you ever wanted to feel a sealskin boot or touch a shoe made from a tire? Well now is your chance! Join the Bata Shoe Museum staff and touch and examine museum objects up close while hearing the fascinating stories behind the shoes. You’ll also get to make a shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home! If you’re in the area, be sure to drop in and say hi! Free.
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CAGIS Toronto Open House: Fun Science Activities
October 15, 2016
Come join the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) Toronto's Open House at STEAMLabs! We will have stations where you can participate in tons of science-filled activities. We'll be making slime, extracting DNA, and much more! All youth (7-16yrs) and their parents are invited to join in the fun. Bring your siblings, cousins, and friends. It's a free event for all!
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Pumpkin Patch at Woodbine Mall
October 15, 2016
Join us in the Pumpkin Patch at Woodbine Mall! First 500 kids receive a Free pumpkin; Meet and Greet with Peppa Pig; Live Halloween Entertainment, Music & Kids Crafts; Free Halloween Candy and Free Fantasy Fair Ride Pass.
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Pumpkinville! Free Event!
October 15, 2016
Free admission! This fall event has been a community favourite for years. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin patch, inflatable rides, haunted house, face painting, children’s activities, live entertainment, interactive experiences and more.
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FREE family YOGA class at Artscape Youngplace Toronto
October 16, 2016
Looking for a fun filled and active family activity in these upcoming colorful autumn months? This is our FREE introductory family yoga class to a following 6 week workshop (no obligation to register to workshop to attend free class). Have you heard of family yoga and would like to try a class? Yogi Frogz is inviting you to participate in an hour of healthy movement, family activities, engaging connections and a little laughter. This class will be open to families with little ones ages 2 to 7 years of age.
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Mississauga Comic Expo (MCX 2016)
October 21, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Attend Mississauga's first large scale comic convention featuring local GTA creators and artists! Dress up in costumes or just come down to Mississauga¿s Central Library and witness all things from the Fandom world. There will be events and activities for all ages and admission is free.
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BOO! at the Barns
October 22, 2016
Boo! At the Barns is back for its sixth year at Artscape Wychwood Barns! This free, all-ages Hallowe’en party offers frightful fun for the whole family. This year’s event will feature a haunted house, scary dance party, face painting, costume swap, a beer and wine garden, treats, and much more.
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Book Bash: Canadian Children’s Literature Festival at Harbourfront
October 22, 2016
IFOA welcomes Toronto Public Library’s Book Bash to Harbourfront Centre! Families are invited to join us for a free, fun-filled afternoon of storytelling, music, writing and illustrating workshops and demos, tech fun, puppet shows, theatre, magic, and author signings. Book Bash, a celebration of children’s literacy and the joy of reading, is thrilled to welcome some of Canada’s most renowned children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians. Free admission.
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Cineplex Community Day
October 22, 2016
Cineplex Entertainment will host its 6th annual Community Day on Saturday, October22. Families across Canada are invited to a morning of free movies at their local Cineplex theatre, with all donations and concession sales supporting Free The Children. Admission to movies is free.
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Free Family Programs at Planet in Focus
October 22, 2016
A screening of international short films curated especially for young people. Screening is followed by an interactive activity. Tickets are free. Stay after the film for our Pancake Brunch in the Cafe at Innis College.
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Boo at the Zoo
October 22, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Calling all costumed kiddies! Come discover trick-or-treat stations throughout the Tundra Trek, with fun activities to test your animal knowledge - you have to pass the test to get your treat! Best of all, kids in costume (ages 12 and under) get FREE* admission when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission.
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6th Annual Toast to Autumn
October 23, 2016
We love Fall! Join us as we celebrate the season and all it's colourful glory at the 6th Annual Toast to Autumn! Free admission to live music, food & drink, giveaways, art & craft vendors, and family fun like pumpkin carving, face painting, photobooth, button making and more!
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Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo
October 23, 2016
Do you know a high school student who is looking for volunteer opportunities? Volunteer Toronto’s Youth Expo is an excellent opportunity for youth to learn all about the many different volunteer positions available in Toronto! The Youth Expo is a free one day event for high school students to meet over 100 non-profits recruiting youth volunteers. Students get to find out what roles are available, ask questions about what the organizations do, and sign up for different volunteer roles that interest them. Get your ticket now online to book your place and skip the line! Free.
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Power Kids: Lost and Found Fossils
October 23, 2016
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Nadijah Robinson, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant.
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Halloween on Queen
October 29, 2016
Join us for our 4th annual Halloween on Queen event! Stop by Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrrest Gardens for a Creepy Carnival! With carnival games, magician, stilt walker, crafts, live performances by Sons of Beaches, a costume contest, DJ, trampoline fun, scavenger hunt. mazes and MORE! Free.
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Annual Halloween Party at Purina PawsWay
October 29, 2016
Join us for a spooky celebration at our howling Halloween party. Games, prizes and family fun for both people and dogs! Bring your camera and take photos of you and your furry friend at our Halloween-themed photo booth. Get creative with the kids at our arts and crafts table. Free.
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Bata Shoe Museum Halloween Extravaganza
October 29, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Say boo at the BSM this Halloween and join us for a spooktacular weekend of family fun! Decorate a Halloween inspired cookie, make a special craft and play I Spy in the galleries. Kids who wear their costumes get in FREE!
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The Junction Pumpkinfest
October 29, 2016
The annual Junction Pumpkinfest is an all day event on Saturday October 29th. There will be plenty of treats and activities throughout the neighbourhood with participating businesses. As well, there will be pumpkin carving and even more activities at The Junction Train Platform from 2-6pm. Free event!
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Halloween Monster Mash at Celebration Square
October 29, 2016 
Lace up your roller skates, throw on your costume and head to Celebration Scare for a Monster Roller Jam on the rink. Get down to the beastly beats of DJ FLOz spinning live tunes. Trick-or-Treat around the Square, or if you dare explore the Spooktacular Maze. The little ones can check out the Little Critter Club with balloon shows, face painting, spooky story time, and giant play blocks. Free.
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‘Trick or Trees’ Tree Planting at Thornlodge Park, Mississauga
October 29, 2016
Join CVC and the City of Mississauga for the “Trick or Trees” Tree Planting. Come in costume for a fun morning of tree planting. Equipment and Halloween candy will be provided. Students are welcome to participate and earn volunteer hours! Free.
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Toronto West Halloween Fest
October 30, 2016
St. Joseph's Health Centre's Toronto West Halloween Fest is presented by Scotiabank! Don’t miss joining your neighbours for our spirited Costume Parade a 1km walk through the neighbourhood with some special guests. And there will be live entertainment throughout the day, including two performances by Sharon and Bram. The fun begins at the main stage on Bloor Street West and Windermere. Free.
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Arboretum Adventure Tales - Halloween Edition
October 31, 2016
It's Halloween and the Humber Arboretum's pumpkin is missing! Preschoolers and parents/caregivers are invited to come to the Humber Arboretum for a fall-themed story and walk around the trails. We'll be spending most of the time outside, so please dress accordingly (costumes are welcome!). This event is FREE but please RSVP through our website as space is limited.
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Mimico Pumpkin Parade
November 1, 2016
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, 2016
November 1st, bring your jack-o-lantern to the St. James gazebo from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and join the pumpkin parade by adding your pumpkin onto the edge of a pathway. A prize will be given for best pumpkin design by a family/kid and by a business. There will be free hot chocolate and hot apple cider while supplies last. Free admission.
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Note: Lowes will not be holding their monthly Kids Building Workshops Build and Grow, for October, November and December. Home Depot has not yet posted their Kids Workshops for October.

More Free Events for October
We continuously update our Events Calendar so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in October! 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 Zoo
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