September on the Cheap! 2017




Harvest Day at Toronto Botanical Garden

September is here! Summer is winding down and a new school year is upon us. Not to worry! The fun doesn't end with the final days of summer. In fact, there are many free events for families to enjoy this month. You can also prolong your family's outdoor time with many fall and harvest festivals! 

Here's what's Free and Cheap this September​...

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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​Cineplex Family Favourites - September
Saturdays in September
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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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in August
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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FORCE FRIDAY II - Find the Force Augmented Reality Treasure Hunt at the Disney Store
September 1, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Force Friday II weekend kicks off on September 1, and with it the launch of new products inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But to quote Luke Skywalker, “It’s so much bigger!” There will be activities, giveaways, and the special Find the Force augmented reality treasure hunt — where you can unlock Star Wars: The Last Jedi characters with the Star Wars app. Free admission.
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Active Ontario Festival
September 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Get up, get out, and get active at Active Ontario festival! Participate in a team sport like soccer or volleyball, climb your way to the top of our rock-climbing wall, learn to dance in one of our workshops and much more! Admission is free, so join us this Labour Day long weekend at Ontario Place for another Ontario150 festival.
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BuskerFest
September 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017
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. Free admission. Donations accepted.
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Hispanic Fiesta
September 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017
The Hispanic Fiesta is a four day celebration filled with the splendid sounds, tempting treats and colorful culture that Hispanic heritage is famous for. Featuring 300 local, national and International Hispanic performers from over 20 different Spanish speaking countries. Free admission.
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Hot & Spicy Food Festival
September 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017
The 20th anniversary edition of Hot & Spicy Food Festival showcases Canadian celebrity chefs, a curated food market, and a ChiliKids cooking competition, all paired with sizzling jazz and Toronto Blues Society’s co-presentation of Canada’s hottest blues. Free admission.
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Community Day at Ontario Science Centre
September 2, 2017
The Ontario Science Centre first opened its doors to the public in September 26, 1969 as one of the world's first interactive science museums that sparks the curiosity of its visitors. Presented by TELUS, Community Day is the Science Centre's way of celebrating science with the whole community with FREE admission to all exhibits and special programming. 
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Oh! Canada? Interactive Exhibit
September 2, 2017 to September 3, 2017
OH! CANADA? is an interactive exhibit for children and adults of all ages – featuring unforgettable materials and bold ideas in a beautiful, historic setting. Get inspired by the Group of Seven. Explore how our lives are shaped by relationship, story, and the places we inhabit. Open your mind to the past and your heart to the future – as we discover the unfolding story of Canadian identity. Free admission.
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Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival
September 2, 2017 to September 3, 2017
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, food, drinks and entertainment… all you need to bring is your appetite! Trucks will be dishin’ it out all weekend! Free admission.
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Sunday FUNday - Hats & Headpieces at Oshawa Museum
September 3, 2017
Did you know that September is Fall Hat Month? The hot summer is over and the wearing of straw garden hats are over, so during September, everyone is encouraged to put aside their straw hats and begin wearing felt or fabric hats that are seasonal for the fall. Join Museum Costumer, Patty Davis of The Costume People and The Costume Society of Ontario to make your own steampunk top hat fascinator during Fall hat Month! Free.
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Labour Day at the Varley Art Gallery
September 4, 2017
Last day to see our Summer Exhibitions! Enjoy free family-friendly art activities in the Gallery courtyard. Free.
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Corn Roast, Market and Heritage Fair at Montgomery's Inn
September 7, 2017
Montgomery's Inn famous annual corn roast, with corn baked in the Inn's own outdoor bake oven, freshly made pizza and other refreshments for sale. Enjoy children's activities and displays from west-end heritage organizations, with the chance to add your stories of remarkable people, places and events from Toronto’s past to the City's MomenTO timeline. Free.
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Grandparent's Day Tour at Canadian Automotive Museum
September 10, 2017
Come to the Canadian Automotive Museum on Grandparent's Day for a fun afternoon with the grandchildren. Grandparents will receive free admission when they accompany a youth or child to the museum on Sunday, September 10.
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Taste Of The Kingsway
September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Discover international cuisines, continuous live entertainment and fresh food at Taste of the Kingsway! This Annual festival is a renowned culinary and entertainment experience. Over 150 exhibitors will be participating with demonstrations and interactive exhibits. Taste of the Kingsway delivers fun for the whole family with THREE Stages. Come and check out the Classic Car Show, Footloose Dancewear’s Community Dance Stage on Wendover Rd, and Buskers. Free.
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Veg Food Fest at Harbourfront
September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Enlighten your tastebuds this September at the 33rd Annual Veg Food Fest – the largest veg fest in North America. Discover the plant-based world of delectable dishes, gourmet goods, scrumptious speakers, mouthwatering music, and cutting-edge cooking demos all served with a side of fun! Free.
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Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
September 9, 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. September 9 workshop - Kids can learn how to build their very own pencil holder. Free.
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Don Mills Street Festival
September 9, 2017
On Saturday, September 9, the DMRI will be hosting the 2017 Don Mills Street Festival! Drop by and meet your neighbours, support your local vendors, and enjoy various activities and games. Free.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
September 9, 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.
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World Of Jazz Festival
September 9, 2017
Bring the whole family to this Free Outdoor Event: World Of Jazz Festival in Garden Square Brampton / Downtown Brampton. Featuring local performers, a GRAMMY winning musician, JUNO nominees, and a Long & McQuade - Brampton Musical Petting Zoo!
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Cabbagetown Festival
September 9, 2017 to September 10, 2017
The 41st annual Cabbagetown Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday September 9th and 10th in downtown Toronto. This FREE event is packed with activities for everyone. From live entertainment and a Kid’s Zone to mouthwatering festival foods and a range of vendors, this street festival is not to be missed! Free.
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Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
September 9, 2017 to September 10, 2017
From the humble beginning of only 27 teams participating in the first festival back in 1989, the Festival has evolved to a much bigger operation over the past two decades. Organized by the Toronto Chinese Business Association and Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, the Festival in 2017 will once again expect 180 to 200 teams with over 5,000 athletes.
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Toronto Ukrainian Festival
September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival welcomes you to come and enjoy everything the Ukrainian culture has to offer. Discover Ukrainian culture in Canada and share the Ukrainian spirit at North America’s largest Ukrainian Street Festival. Free admission.
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Food Truck Festival Ontario
September 16, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Eat like a Foodstar for one fun filled day! Over 30 of Ontario's yummiest trucks will be offering you sample size creations for $6 or less. Other attractions include buskers, artisan market, eating contests and of course - our Kidzone! Free admission.
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Mad Science at Bridlewood Mall
September 16, 2017
Back to School Wacky Science Class is in Session! Mad Science visits with a thrilling performance of educational and entertaining experiments and activities that will be sure to amaze you. Free.
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Roncesvalles Polish Festival
September 16, 2017 to September 17, 2017
The Roncesvalles Polish Festival is North America's largest celebration of Polish culture. Over two days, visitors see some of the best Polish bands and dance groups from across Canada and the United States. Activities along Roncesvalles Avenue include multiple stages of  live music and dance, cultural displays, Polish and international foods, crafts vendors, extended restaurant patios, beverage gardens, buskers, and kids rides. Free admission.
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Open Streets TO
September 17, 2017
Open Streets TO is the city’s largest free recreation program, unlike any other in Toronto or Canada. We've created a world-class program that connects our diverse neighbourhoods and people across the city.
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Telling Tales at Westfield Heritage Village
September 17, 2017
Designated one of the province’s “Top 100” by Festivals and Events Ontario, this is a free event celebrating Canada’s leading children’s writers and illustrators. 
Meet authors, artists and musicians and take part in the popular Book Swap and Shop. Free admission.
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City Cider at Spadina Museum
September 17, 2017
Join Not Far From The Tree at an all-ages celebration of cider and the harvest. Nestled in the heart of the Spadina Museum’s historic orchard, the 7th annual City Cider festival takes place on Sunday, September 17, from 12-5pm. With a belly full of food and drink from some of Toronto’s best craft cideries, restaurants, and food trucks (including Momofuku Daisho, Brickworks Cider, Burdock Brewery, Rebozo’s… the list goes on) you’ll find plenty to see and do all day long. Kids get in Free.
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Art Day in the Rouge
September 23, 2017
Art Day in the Rouge celebrates the area’s rich art history and the links between art and nature. This event is open to visitors of all ages and includes unique art experiences such as guided photography walks, art demonstrations and classes, and a chance to meet local artists as they work along the trail. Free.
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Fall Festival at Gibson House
September 23, 2017
Featuring local community groups, vendors, heritage demonstrations, hands-on activities and games, a farm animal petting zoo, it's sure to be a day of fun for all ages. Meet your neighbours, tour the museum and try your hand at our games of skill and chance! Visit the new Gibson Park apple orchard and learn about the historic apple orchard that grew on the Gibson's farm, and be sure to check out our new exhibition Gibson House Preserves. Free.
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Harvest Day at Toronto Botanical Garden
September 23, 2017
Finish the growing season with TBGKids! Stroll up to the Teaching Garden to sip cider, plant bulbs and enjoy some family-friendly garden activities. Make crafts with DiscoverAbility and harvest veggies from the Teaching Garden for the North York Harvest Food Bank. Stroller accessible. free.
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Downsview Park Orchard Party
September 24, 2017
Join us at Downsview Park as we celebrate the autumn harvest and open up the Orchard to the community! Activities: Tours of the Orchard, Forest nature walk, Apple snacks (while supplies last), Campfire and more family friendly activities! This is a free event, but spots are limited, please register early to guarantee a spot.
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Harvest Festival at Todmorden Mills
September 24, 2017
Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, the harvest season in the valley and Todmorden Mills Heritage Site’s Golden Anniversary! Visit our re-restored historic homes, sample period recipes, tour the Wildflower Preserve, create a fun take-home craft – and meet our special costumed guests from Todmorden's past! Admission to the grounds is FREE.
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The Word on the Street
September 24, 2017
The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest free outdoor book and magazine festival, boasts an impressive lineup of bestselling Canadian authors as part of the festival’s popular Amazon.ca Bestsellers Stage. This stage features thoughtful and inspiring discussions with 14 of the greatest names in Canadian literature. Free admission.
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Richmond Hill's Tastes of the Hill
September 24, 2017
Richmond Hill’s Tastes of the Hill Multicultural Festival celebrates Richmond Hill’s diverse, multicultural community while supporting a worthy cause. The festival offers a great variety of activities to enjoy, including live entertainment and a showcase of culture, food, fashion, film, arts and crafts and sports from around the world. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind cultural celebration! Free admission.
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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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More Free Events in September
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in September. 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 September? Share below!

Photo credit: Toronto Botanical Garden
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