August on the Cheap!




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There are still plenty of free must-do summer activities left if you're sticking around for a GTA staycation this August, including FREE outdoor movies and family festivals. Here are the top free and cheap things to do with kids this month!

Kids Bowl Free Program
Various Dates in August
Each year, the Kids Bowl Free program kicks off. This fantastic nationwide is program designed to give youth a constructive way to beat the heat. Sign your kids up to bowl 2 FREE games every day all summer long at their local bowling alley.
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Free Outdoor Movies
Various Dates in August
How cool is it to watch your favourite flicks outdoors? Get the list of parks in Toronto and the GTA that show outdoor movies all summer long.
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Cineplex Family Favourites for August
Saturdays in August
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 August.
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in August
Escape the business of bustling city life and enter the Rouge, Toronto's biggest and best natural urban oasis. Enjoy this world-class conservation area on your own or join the fun and friendly Parks Canada volunteers and staff on an award-winning guided hike. Either way, the beautiful Rouge awaits! Free admission.
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Newmarket's Kids Around Town
Until August 16, 2016
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Join us every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. for Kids Around Town. This family oriented entertainment show allows you to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to delight in the evening’s themed entertainment. Free.
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High Park Children’s Garden Free Family Drop-In Programs
Until August 31, 2016
Free family drop-in program runs every Thursday from 10 am to noon, throughout July and August at the High Park Children’s Garden. Join us for gardening and composting activities, garden games, nature arts and crafts, storytelling and more!  Open to children from 0 to 12 year-olds (older children are welcome as helpers/volunteers). No registration needed; just stop by whenever you can!
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Toronto Botanical Garden Free Summer Garden Tours
Until September 29, 2016
Termed "The little garden with big ideas", the TBG is nearly four acres and features 17 "city-sized" themed gardens. There's a teaching garden, that provides a unique space for children to learn by interacting with the environment. Volunteer Tour Guides conduct free 90-minute informative and engaging tours designed for people to gain a greater understanding of plants, the natural landscape, landscape design and the history of designated public gardens.
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The Woofjocks Canine All Stars
July 30, 2016 to August 1, 2016
The WoofJocks are a team of professional dog trainers and, of course, their very talented dogs. They offer 30-minute, variety-type shows that are both educational and entertaining. Great for the whole family! Free.
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Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront
July 29 to August 1, 2016
This year, we explore the theme of revivalism in the Caribbean and showcase other artistic voices in a constantly evolving society, including that of the French Caribbean. Join us for a multi-day, inter-generational weekend of dance, music, visual arts, film, cuisine and family activities. Free.
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Scarborough Ribfest
July 29 to August 1, 2016
Enjoy delicious ribs, hot dogs, french fries, corn on the cob and more - Midway rides and skill testing games - Karaoke competition everyday - Creative designs by crafters and vendors - All day beer garden. This is a great family event! Entertaiment and Parking are free.
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HorseCapades and HorsePower Live! at the CNE
July 31, 2016 to August 18, 2016
A delightful and free introduction to horses, the CNE interactive horse program returns this year, taking place from July 31 to August 18! Designed for the young and the young at hear, HorseCapades sweeps you away from city life and into the magical world of the horse. This year's program once again will feature a trick riding show called HorsePower Live! iddy up! This year HorseCapades features free Pony Rides for kids.
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Grange Festival
August 5, 2016
It's the 2016 Grange Festival! Entertainment, FREE games and prizes for all the kids, Over 30 community tables for non-profit organizations, special “Kids Zone” for the little ones. This family festival takes place in Grange Park, right behind the AGO. Spread the news, and bring the kids to the Grange Festival. Free admission.
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Beats, Breaks & Culture at Harbourfront Centre
August 5, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Beats, Breaks & Culture makes a triumphant return this summer with a mix of live music, DJs and dance, celebrating all that is hip-hop and electronic music! Free.
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JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival
August 5, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Come and indulge in a wide array of jerk foods - if you dare, try the jerk Frog Legs or jerk alligator! If not stick to the conventional jerk items like jerk chicken, jerk pork or jerk fish. In addition to food, the festival also feature entertainment as well as jerk cooking competitions, and eating competitions. The Kidz Zone remains a major attraction for families, especially the children. These young ones can enjoy the face painting, balloon characters, inflatable rides, rock climbing, midway rides and so much more.
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Krinos Taste of the Danforth
August 5, 2016 to August 7, 2016
The Krinos Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s largest street Festival, welcoming 1.65 million attendees annually. As we enter our 23rd year, the Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with dozens of free activities for visitors of all ages – and of course Food, Food and more Food!  
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Pickering Food Truck Festival
August 5, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Come Join Us at The Esplanade Park For Great Food! Cold Beer! Eating Challenges! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Free admission and plenty of parking.
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Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival
August 6, 2016
Activities for all ages, talent shows, music, artisan booths, Farmer’s Market booths and a plethora of attractions entertain you and your family on Marine Parade Drive. Free.
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Woven: Yarn-Bombing and Community Mural Celebration!
August 6, 2016
Join us with the STEPS Initiative and the Toronto Arts Foundation for the final event in our "Woven" series in Walter Saunders Park. We will be back celebrating Arts in the Parks Toronto along the York Beltline to commemorate the completion of our community mural!
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Yogapalooza
August 6, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Yogapalooza is Toronto’s FREE family-friendly outdoor yoga festival. The festival offers a uniquely inclusive opportunity for individuals and families to explore yoga in its various forms. The event touches down at the Harbourfront Centre’s Exhibition Common.
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4th Annual Entertainment District Art Crawl Presented by LUZIA Cirque Du Soleil
August 12, 2016
Presented by Cirque Du Soleil Luzia and Voted TOP 10 Outdoor Art Fair to attend in Toronto in 2015 by BlogTO two years in a row! Make sure you mark your calendars for this one! We have an amazing day planned for you, and it's all free! 60 amazing artists and designers featuring works of art, photography, fashion, pet fashion, sculptures, woodworkers, metal workers, home decor, handbags.... you name it, we have it!
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Feast of St. Lawrence
August 12, 2016 to August 14, 2016
On August 12, Toronto's newest food event The Feast of St. Lawrence arrives, celebrating the delicious history of Old Town Toronto over 3 sumptuous days. On Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14th, attendance to the Feast of St. Lawrence is free to the public. Saturday's activities take place at the world famous St. Lawrence Market and on Market Street with indoor food demonstrations, outdoor food stalls and seating areas, farm fresh produce, canning sessions in the St. Lawrence Market, licensed patios and live entertainment. Sunday is designed for the whole family with free fun and healthy activities in St. James Park from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre
August 12, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Explore the rich and diverse cultures of the African continent. This year focuses on the traditional griot music of West Africa, augmented by rumba and other contemporary sounds, through a celebration of music, dance, film, literature, fashion and crafts. Free.
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Build and Grow Clinics at Lowe's
August 13, 2016
Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Recommended for children from grades two to five. Kids will take home the toy they made, a merit certificate, name tag, apron, and goggles. On August 13, build a 'Race Car'.
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Kids Free Building Workshop at Home Depot
August 13, 2016
Kids will learn how to build a Skateboard Pencil Box with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. From 10am to Noon, The Home Depot at locations across the GTA are hosting a free DIY workshop for kids to build their very own project. The workshop is for kids ages 4 – 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Free.
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Nature Day at Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve
August 13, 2016
Join us for a full day of family friendly programming at the Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve in Newmarket, Ontario! Free admission and free lunch provided.
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Pan American Food Festival
August 13, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Flavour & Fun Pan American Style! Pan American Food Festival is back for 2 days in August 2016 showcasing restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere, with a spotlight on one country each year. A cultural festival of art, music and folklore enhances the food experience to celebrate the region’s diverse cultural expression. Don't forget to check our our Family Fun Zone.
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York-Eglinton International Street Festival
August 13, 2016 to August 14, 2016
The Annual York-Eglinton International Street Festival is one of Toronto’s must-see events. Created to showcase Toronto’s diverse community, the International Street Festival features live musical performances from local talent, salsa dance demonstrations and instruction, a street-level carnival, countless food vendors, and amazing sales offered by community businesses. This is a free festival and is open to everyone, including families with small children and pets.
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Power Kids: All the World's A Stage
August 14, 2016
Build an environment inspired by Ulla von Brandenburg’s elaborate stage-like installations. After a short discussion about the artist’s installation, we will use a variety of materials to transform empty wooden boxes to into imagined spaces that set the stage for our favourite stories. Once complete, all the boxes will be positioned together in different formations to explore what new worlds and stories their juxtaposition suggests. For children ages 7–12 and their younger siblings and adult companions. Free.
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Toronto Port Authority Presents Sail-In Cinema
August 18, 2016 to August 20, 2016
For the sixth year in a row PortsToronto will bring Sail-In Cinema – the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience of its size – back to Toronto’s Waterfront from August 18 - 20! Free.
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Hot & Spicy Food Festival
August 19, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Dance to the hot sounds and savour the spicy cuisine from the mighty Lower Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, with exciting musical performances and a mouth-watering barbecue – southern-style! Free.
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Garlic is Great Festival
August 20, 2016
Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest. At the festival, visitors can enjoy live cooking demonstrations, musical performances and interact with Ontario Garlic farmers.‚Äč Free.
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Suburban Steam: A Steampunk Fair for the Whole Family! Free Event!
August 20, 2016
A retro-futuristic community festival celebrating all things Steampunk! Enjoy a day of historical make-believe in an authentic 1910 Edwardian Schoolhouse. Join us for an exciting day of Steampunk family fun, with entertainment, performers and merchants to delight the senses!
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5th Annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest
August 20, 2016 to August 21, 2016
This year the Scarborough Afro Caribbean Festival is offering the entire family a wonderful two days filled with food, fun, great music, exciting performances, vendors and the chance to experience the rich cultural fabric that makes up our community. Please bring your friends and family to enjoy the spectrum of diversity. The event is free and open to people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
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Sweets Food Festival
August 20, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Toronto’s Inaugural Sweets Food Festival. Bringing sweet things & sweet people together! It's the 2nd Annual Sweetery Toronto Food Festival, bringing sweet things & sweet people together on August 20–21, 2016. Free admission.
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The City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival
August 21, 2016
The City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival – Sunday, August 21st, 2016. At Spencer Smith Park - 10am until 5pm. It's our 25th birthday! We're celebrating over 20 years of the festival that is all about kids having fun! Bouncers, face paint, swag and activities galore. Join us for a birthday themed bash as we celebrate being a kid!
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Wild Blueberry Festival
August 21, 2016
Come eat, play, explore and celebrate Wild Blueberries at this year’s festival! Showcasing our most delicious food and drinks with more than 30 different wild blueberry dishes and products to be enjoyed. Also enjoy, chef demos, Best of Wild Blueberry competition, tastings, kids' activities and more!
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TAIWANFest at Harbourfront
August 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Learn to play Mahjong in Ontario Square?  Watch Chinese Chess integrated with Flag Football taking over the Commons? Rope jump like the old days in Taiwan with the Rubber Band Rope.  Learn and sail in the Marine Exchange installation where famous boats from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Canada gather! Free.
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Markham-Milliken Children's Festival
August 27, 2016
The Markham-Milliken Children's Festival is celebrating its 18th year in the heart of Markham! Ontario's largest annual children's festival takes place at the Markham Civic Centre and  features a wide variety of entertainment, play zones, crafts and other outdoor activities for children 2 to 12 years of age. The event attracts families from all across Markham. Attendance has reached record highs of over 30,000! The day is FREE to all.
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Coconut Festival Canada
August 27, 2016
A Free General Admission event featuring delicious food vendors, natural products, chefs, naturopathic doctors, authors, health lecturers, farmers, and local businesses promoting health and wellness through the use of coconuts. Some of the speakers include; coconut therapy, pregnancy, chiropractic, raising children naturally. The festival also goes nuts with entertainment, children’s games, coconut bowling contests, hula contests, free yoga, acro yoga, and cultural performers. The first 500 attendees receive complimentary goodie bags.
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Power Kids: All Spelled Out
August 28, 2016
Experiment with felting techniques and make your own expressive letters inspired by Franz Erhard Walther’s Das Neues Alphabet (1990-96). We will begin by exploring Walther’s exhibition and discussing how symbols can represent ideas and emotions. Participants will learn how to use felting to achieve a desired descriptive effect when making their own letter (or letters). Together, participants will arrange their letters to create a brand new alphabet, before taking their letters home. Free.
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More Free Events for August
Our Events Calendar is always being updated as venues post their events! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month!

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