October on the Cheap!




Annual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek

October is off to a good start with Culture Days as well as harvest and Fall 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 - 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.
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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
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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Scarborough, Look Again!
Until October 31, 2017
This outdoor exhibit highlights people of Scarborough who have helped shape Canada over the past 150 years. Find out about the hidden heroes whose choices and voices have made an impact both in the community and on a larger scale. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. Free.
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Culture Days
September 29, 2017 to October 1, 2017
The annual Culture Days weekend 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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Culture Days Weekend at the Gardiner Museum
September 29, 2017 to October 1, 2017
Enjoy three full days of free admission at the Gardiner Museum as part of Culture Days, Canada’s national celebration of community arts. Explore the Gardiner’s world-renowned collection of ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Europe, China, Japan, and contemporary pottery.
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Vaughan Culture Days
September 29, 2017 to October 1, 2017
This three-day event is an inclusive experience for all ages and abilities that encourages everyone to be a champion of local artistry and get involved in colourful and unique traditions. This year, Vaughan Culture Days will extend the Canada 150 celebration with a number of special sesquicentennial activities. It begins with a kick-off party at Dave and Buster’s on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. with games, prizes, refreshments and guest speakers.
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Colborne Lodge Harvest Festival
October 1, 2017
1This year, the Colborne Lodge Harvest Festival celebrates the innovative spirit of the confederation generation. A collection of Makers, John Howard's like-minded 21st century community, will join in the celebration of innovation past and present. All of your Harvest Festival favourites will still be here as well – artisans, local food, community organizations, museum friends, music, dance, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, wagon rides – and more. Free admission.
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Salmon Festival
October 1, 2017
Come celebrate nature at the 7th Annual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek as we showcase the salmon run in Morningside Park! The Salmon Festival is a free, family-oriented event. Take a self-guided a guided hike through the park and try to catch a glimpse of salmon swimming upstream. Enjoy live music from The Monkey Bunch, get your face painted and visit fun booths to learn about salmon and water conservation. Great food will be available. Two guided walks require registration.
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Sunday FUNday - Artefact Explosion
October 1, 2017
Within the last few months, the Oshawa Museum has received over 25 artefacts for its growing education collection. These are things we take to schools and outreach programs to enhance everyone’s learning experiences. They can be touched and manipulated, tried on and tested out – and you can experience them all at the next Sunday FUNday at the Oshawa Museum!
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Fall Walk Festival in the Rouge!
October 3, 2017 to October 9, 2017
Experience the natural colours of the fall season with the 2017 Fall Walks Festival in Rouge National Urban Park. In collaboration with OPG Biodiversity, and Toronto and Region Conservation join us for a full week of fun and fascinating outings with our guided walk leaders and guest educators. Learn more about biodiversity and cultural and agricultural heritage right here in the GTA. Free.
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October Weekends at Scarborough Museum
October 7, 2017 to October 29, 2017
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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Cineplex Community Day
October 14, 2017
Cineplex Entertainment will host its 5th annual Community Day on Saturday, October 14. Families across Canada are invited to a morning of free movies at their local Cineplex theatre, with all donations and concession sales supporting WE Charity.
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Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
October 14, 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. October 14, 2017 workshop - Kids can learn how to build their very own Fire House Bank. Free.
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Pumpkinville! Free Event!
October 14, 2017
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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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
October 14, 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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Power Kids: Take Flight!
October 15, 2017
The cardboard sculptures in Amalia Pica’s exhibition are reconstructions of acoustic mirrors built nearly 100 years ago, between the First and Second World War. These mirrors were intended to detect the sound of incoming enemy aircraft. In this workshop, we will design and create our own gliding airplanes using cardboard and paint. After we construct our airplanes, we will take them outside to watch them fly! Free admission.
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Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo
October 15, 2017
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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Mississauga Comic Expo (MCX 2016)
October 20, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Mississauga Comic Expo is back! Once again the festival will be held over TWO DAYS, with Saturday attractions taking place on all floors. Mississauga Comic Expo is a large scale comic expo featuring artists, exhibitors, cosplayers, workshops and more! Dress up in costume or just come down to the Mississauga Central Library and join us in an appreciation of comics and local creators. There will be events and activities for all ages and admission is FREE.​
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BOO! at the Barns
October 21, 2017
Your favourite neighbourhood Halloween party! A family-friendly evening with food, drinks, and activities for people of all ages. Strut your stuff in your costume and enjoy the spooky dance party, haunted house, arts and crafts, and more! Free
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Free Family Programs at Planet in Focus
October 21, 2017
A screening of international short films curated especially for young people. Screening is followed by yoga with Rishma of Rishma Yoga for the family -- please bring your mats!
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Boo at the Zoo
October 21, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Calling all costumed kiddies and celebrate the spirit of Halloween. Kids in costume (ages 12 and under) get FREE* admission when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission. Don’t forget your camera as we will also have our much-loved Halloween Photo Opportunities in place for the fun.​
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Holiday Inn Yorkdale: Fall MRKT Show
October 22, 2017
FESTIVE FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! The MRKT is a community shopping event, organized by the Toronto Creative Entrepreneurs which features 30+ vendors including fashion, beauty, wellness, visual artists, crafters, food merchants, and retailers. This event is FREE to the community & kid friendly! - Door Crasher gifts for first 20 shoppers containing over $100 worth of goodies - Fall craft workshops for kids - Fantastic Prizes and Giveaways.
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Annual Toast to Autumn
October 22, 2017
We love Fall! Join us as we celebrate the season and all it's colourful glory at the Annual Toast to Autumn! Free admission to live music, food & drink, giveaways, art & craft vendors, children's activities, and more.
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Power Kids: Infinite Landscapes
October 22, 2017
Sammy Baloji’s and Filip De Boeck’s work explores the past, present, and future dreams of a city’s inhabitants. In this workshop, we will discuss how Baloji combines both the past and the future, the old and the new, in his photographs. Then we will transform historic images of Toronto’s landscape into new futuristic scenes using plastic, paper and textiles. Free admission.
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Camp Celebration Scare at Celebration Square​
October 28, 2017 
Trick-or-treaters beware, you'll have a monstrous amount of fun at Camp Celebration Scare presented by Hershey! Join us as we transform your favourite Square in the city into a forest filled with adventure. Free.
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Halloween on Queen
October 28, 2017
Join us for our 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 music, a costume contest, DJ, inflatable fun, Yo Yo Dave Juggler & Magician, and MORE! Free.
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Bata Shoe Museum Halloween Extravaganza
October 28, 2017
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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Pumpkinfest in the Junction
October 28, 2017
Pumpkin carving at The Train Platform, trick or treat at local businesses, enjoy many family friendly activities throughout the neighbourhood! Free admission.
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Toronto West Halloween Fest
October 28, 2017
St. Joseph's Health Centre's Toronto West Halloween Fest takes place October 28. Don’t miss joining your neighbours for our spirited Costume Parade a 1km walk through the neighbourhood with some special guests. Free.
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Tricks & Treats Halloween Event at Bridlewood Mall
October 31, 2017
Spooktacular Magic Show and Trick-or-Treating! Kids in costume can enjoy trick-or-treating at participating retailers followed by a spooky magic show you wont want to miss! Come if you dare... Free!
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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 Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
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