September on the Cheap!

The Big Draw

Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn't mean the fun has to stop. In fact, September is one of the best months for FREE outdoor fun. There are a slew of alfresco festivals for families, and street fairs including BuskerFest, the Cabbagetown Festival and Word On The Street, in addition to Fall Harvest Festivals. Other September highlights include The Big Draw and Culture Days.

Read on for the best Free and Cheap things to do this month...


August 30, 2019 to September 1, 2019
MuslimFest is an award-winning annual festival in Mississauga that celebrates the best in Muslim arts and entertainment. The event features over 80 local and international artists who showcase their talent in various genre or art. Free. More

August 30, 2019 to September 2, 2019
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. Four days of non-stop, action-packed fun! Admission by donation in support of Epilepsy Toronto. More

Labour Day Weekend Festival at Harbourfront
August 30, 2019 to September 2, 2019
Big Voices, Big Stages: Wrap up the summer at Harbourfront Centre with an eclectic array of musicians who bring down the house with their larger than life sounds. Free. More

Corn Roast, Market and Heritage Fair at Montgomery's Inn
September 5, 2019
Visit the Inn for fresh corn cooked in the outdoor bake oven, live music, children's activities and displays from west-end heritage organizations. Explore the newly restored museum on a guided tour. Don't forget your lawn chairs! Free. More

Taste of the Kingsway 2019
September 6, 2019 to September 8, 2019
Discover international cuisines, continuous live entertainment and fresh food at Taste of the Kingsway! Live music, midway, dog show, and family entertainment! Free. More

KerrFest + KerrFest Kids
September 6, 2019 to September 8, 2019
KERRFEST is  an outdoor music festival that has taken place in Kerr Village, Oakville. The streets are busy with local merchants sales, patios, food samples, special offers and much more for every age and taste. KERRFEST​ Kids takes places on September with lots of free entertainment, meet & greets and kids' activities. Free. More

Toronto Dragon Festival
September 6, 2019 to September 8, 2019
Dragons, drums, acrobatics, King Fu and much more. The Canadian Association of Chinese Performing Arts is very excited to announce the 2nd Toronto Dragon Festival will come back to the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square. Free admission. More

Doors Open Markham
September 7, 2019
Doors Open Markham is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s stories. From art galleries to carousels, business hubs and community centres, sacred spaces to historical gems, Doors Open Markham is a free day long community-wide celebration that provides you with unique access to 24+ exciting venues. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
September 7, 2019
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. More

Cabbagetown Festival
September 7, 2019 to September 8, 2019
Everything fantastic about the Cabbagetown Festival – the ‘Made in Canada’ vendors, incredible food, rocking bands, patios and swinging ensembles – will be back again this year! The Festival offers something for everyone and every taste and includes an interactive Kids Zone featuring special entertainers and activities. Free. More

Fall Fair Weekends at Scarborough Museum
September 7, 2019 to September 22, 2019
Join us on September weekends for old-fashioned fall fair fun with bottle ring toss, bean bag toss, three legged races, and fall activities. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can. More

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Toronto Zoo
September 13, 2019
Join Toronto Zoo staff and your fellow citizens in taking action to clean-up communities in our own backyard and help wildlife! This event is located at the Rouge Park Beaches, 195 Rouge Hills Dr. Parking is free and pizza and drinks will be provided. More

Toronto Ukrainian Festival
September 13, 2019 to September 15, 2019
The Festival takes pride in showcasing contemporary professional and amateur artists and performers of Ukrainian heritage who celebrate Ukrainian culture through music, dance and the visual arts. Free admission. More

September 13, 2019 to September  15, 2019
Supercrawl is a free festival weekend of art, music, food, fashion, craft and culture held every September on James Street North in Hamilton. Free. More

Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
September 14, 2019
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. On September 14, kids can learn how to build their very own Scarecrow Planter. More

Doors Open Missisauga
September 14, 2019
This year, Doors Open Mississauga turns the spotlight on the Streetsville Community. From live music in Streetsville Square to gardens, cemeteries and places of worship, Doors Open Mississauga-Streetsville provides an opportunity to visit and experience this vibrant cultural district. Free. More

Roncesvalles Polish Festival
September 14, 2019 to September 15, 2019
North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto’s best neighbourhood, Roncesvalles Village! Discover treasures along the 18 blocks of boutique shops and merchants. Features a Car Show and many great vendors with unique products and food. Free. More

Sports Day Markham
September 15, 2019
Join us for Markham’s signature sporting event that builds community, celebrates the power of sport, and strengthens our national spirit while facilitating healthy, active living. There will be lots of free try-it sports for everyone! Free admission. More

Open Streets TO
September 15, 2019
Open Streets TO is the city’s largest free recreation program, unlike any other in Toronto or Canada. A world-class program that connects our diverse neighbourhoods and people across the city. More

Ripley's Aquarium presents Shoreline Cleanup
September 15, 2019
Join Ripley's Aquarium of Canada for its bi-annual shoreline cleanup at Sunnyside Park Beach! Collect shoreline litter as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Help raise awareness around our waste management by creating a cleaner shoreline for our community. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, save animals, and preserve the environment. More

3rd Monday Nights FREE at ROM
September 16, 2019
Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Monday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 permanent galleries. More

Stratford Fall Fair
September 19, 2019 to September 22, 2019
Located in beautiful Stratford, Ontario, the Stratford Fall Fair is host to a variety of great events. Be sure to bring your children through the Old MacDonalds Farm Display and check out milking demos! Other great events this year are the Battle of the Bands Competition, horse show, mini prince and princess competition, baby show, family BBQ, 4H dairy shows, tug o war, lumber jacks, wrestling, live entertainment, exhibits, and more! Admission is free. More

Festival of Francophonie en Fête
September 20, 2019 to September 22, 2019
The 14th Annual Francophonie en Fete Music Festival features a whole weekend of free concerts at the Distillery District. More than 20 artists will be on-stage over this weekend of Family Fun and Enjoyment! Free. More

Fall Festival at Gibson House
September 21, 2019
Tour the heritage garden and try hands-on activities at the annual Gibson House Fall Festival. Watch historic demonstrations, visit the historic kitchen and play games on the lawn. Child friendly activities include a Barn Bouncer, face painting, a craft zone and lawn games including croquet and graces. Free. More

Harvest Day at TBG
September 21, 2019
Celebrate the bountiful harvest of TBG’s Teaching Garden at this FREE family-friendly event. Plant garlic, ride the smoothie bike, create nature art, enjoy garden-themed stories, and harvest veggies for the Dorset Park Food Bank. More

Mount Pleasant Harvest Fair
September 21, 2019
This family-friendly event will see the return of Harvest Fair activities like the Pumpkin Carving contest, crowd favourites like the Kids arts and crafts corner, and of course, a bouncy castle, and assorted entertainers. Free. More

WindFest Kite Fly Weekend
September 21, 2019 to September  22, 2019
Toronto Windfest is an opportunity for all kite fliers to come out, have some fun, show the public some amazing kites and colour the sky for both Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd. General public are welcome to participate. Bring your own kites! Free. More

Toronto Biennial of Art
September 21, 2019 to December 1, 2019
For 72 days, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by free exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time. Free. More

Experience the Meadoway
September 22, 2019
Experience the Meadoway is a free community​ event taking place in the Benshire Dr and Gatineau Hydro Corridor, one of the completed sections of the future park. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy family-friendly activities such as nature hikes, bike tours, meadow plantings, live bird demonstrations, educational and interactive displays, a kids scavenger hunt and more. More

Downsview Park Orchard Party
September 22, 2019
Join us at Downsview Park as we celebrate the autumn harvest at the Orchard! Activities: Tours of the Orchard, Forest nature walk, Apple snacks (while supplies last), Campfire and more family friendly activities! Free. More

Harvest Festival at Todmorden Mills
September 22, 2019
Celebrate the harvest season with a 1940s twist at Todmorden Mills. Visit two historic homes, sample wartime harvest recipes for preserves, snacks and the lunchbox, try the jellied salad taste test, swing to live music with Bertie & The Gents, snap a photo with vintage cars or at selfie stations, play outdoor games, and make a vintage-inspired craft to take home. Free. More

The Word on the Street 
September 22, 2019
Hundreds of author readings and activities. The best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival! The Word On The Street is the place to be for kids and families with a Family Fun Zone. Free. More

Culture Days
September 27, 2019 to September 29, 2019
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. More

Applefest at Markham Museum
September 28, 2019
It's the tastiest event of the year and this year, Markham celebrates its 225th anniversary! Applefest offers access to several exhibitions, rides and games, live entertainment and family-fun activities for all to enjoy. Check out the Cider Mill, which is only open at Applefest – producing fresh apple cider for you to sample and purchase. Enjoy a variety of tasty apple treats, food trucks, an assortment of interactive activities and much more! More

The Big Draw 
September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Ready! Set! Draw! The world’s largest drawing festival is coming to the City’s Toronto History Museums! The free all-ages event invites everyone who loves to draw to make a mark on their city by creating artworks using paints, pencils and crayons, and participating in a collaborative art project. More

50th Birthday Community Weekend at the Ontario Science Centre!
September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019
It’s a free birthday bash for the whole community! To celebrate 50 years of wonder, curiosity and discovery, the Science Centre offers free general admission on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. Presented by TELUS, 50th Birthday Community Weekend features special guests and offers exhibitions, presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities—at no cost. More

The Fried Chicken Fest
September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Get those stretchy pants ready because a massive fried chicken festival is coming to Mississauga, September 28 and 29! It's a festival that celebrates all things fried chicken! General admission and parking are Free. More


Free Summer Movies
Various dates in September
Get the list of al the free movie screenings in parks and at other venues this summer! Grab a chair or a blanket, and catch up on the latest releases. Some dates still available in September. More

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. 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. More

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in September
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. More

Cineplex Family Favourites for September
Saturdays in September
Join Cineplex on Saturday or Wednesday 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. More

Kids Bowl Free Program
Various Dates this September
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. More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
Until September 1, 2019
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. More

Northern Heat Rib Series
Ongoing until September 15, 2019
Northern Heat Rib Series is Canada’s largest Rib & Craft Beer Series featuring some of the best rib teams in North America. With events across Ontario, they bring you the BEST barbeque and food festival experience! More

Summer Music in the Garden at Harbourfront
Until September 15, 2019
The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for another season by the shores of Lake Ontario. Treat yourself to 18 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles. More

Play the Parks
Until September 30, 2019
Play the Parks is back with Free afternoon concerts in the Downtown Yonge BIA district throughout the summer. Enjoy the sounds of summer and hear Toronto artists play the parks. This event is family-friendly! Select dates until September. Free admission. More

ROMwalks - Walking Tours of Toronto
Until October 2019
Walking tours of Toronto - ROMWalks encompass the diverse aspects of Toronto's vibrant neighbourhoods including history, architecture, arts of all varieties, education and more. Most tours are free. More

Cultural Performing Arts Series at Evergreen Brick Works
Until October 27, 2019
Featuring diverse musical and dance performances from May to October. Evergreen's Cultural Performing Arts Series will feature four free music and dance performances designed to activate the space, engage the community and highlight Toronto's diverse arts and culture landscape in an accessible and meaningful way. More

Evergreen Brick Works Scavenger Hunt
Until December 31, 2019
Explore Evergreen Brick Works and discover new things about the site, its history and the Don Valley where we're located. You'll leave with a better sense of what this wonderful place is all about. Free. More

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.

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