July on the Cheap! 2016

Our July on the Cheap list will keep family time fun-filled and free for all!




The Redpath Waterfront Festival

Enjoy top-notch free and cheap activities for kids like festivals, bowling, film screenings and more. Our July on the Cheap list will keep family time fun-filled and free for all! These free things to do for kids will keep 'em busy through the month and you won't mind partaking either. 

Canada Day Celebrations
July 1 to 3, 2016
Plan the perfect Canada Day long weekend with our picks of the best events, outdoor festivals and warm-weather outings for you and the kids. Most events are Free!
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Kids Bowl Free Program
Various Dates in July
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 July
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 July
Saturdays in July
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 July.
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in July
Hit the trail with the friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteers and staff on an urban wilderness adventure! May is here and the park is in a green explosion! Bird migration peaks, spring is full on, wild families welcome new babies. All that's missing is you! Free admission.
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Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront
Until July 21, 2016
Learn to dance on Torontoʼs waterfront to the rhythmic beats and swinging sounds of live bands. Inspired by Harbourfront Centreʼs summer festivals, styles range from bolero to big band and everything in between. Free admission.
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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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TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 24 to July 3, 2016
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz. What began in 1987 as an eight day showcase of jazz now attracts in excess of 500,000 loyal patrons annually over 10 days. The festival celebrates 30 years in 2016. Free and ticketed events.
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FringeKids! The Toronto Fringe Festival
June 29 to July 10, 2016
FringeKids offers programming and daily theatre performances at the George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto), for children ages 3-12. As part of FringeKids, come experience FringeKids Club, where there are free activities, creative play stations, bouncy castles and open air performances daily. Tickets required for performances. Activities are Free.
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The Redpath Waterfront Festival
July 1 to July 3, 2016
'Bring the Whole Crew' to Party on Toronto’s Waterfront July 1-3, 2016. Live Music, Food, Drinks, Tall Ships and more! The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by PortsToronto is an annual event with live music, food, drinks & entertainment on Toronto’s waterfront. Free admission.
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Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival
July 4 to July 17, 2016
St. Clair Avenue West will be transformed into a showcase of Latin Life where live music, dance, fiery food, and fun take over the street. Free.
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Future Routes at Harbourfront Centre
July 8 to July 10, 2016
Artists and performers from around the globe forge new paths and smash stereotypes while drawing on traditional roots music to create bold and far-out sounds. Get caught up in the rhythms of guitars, sitars, krars and more! Free.
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Latin Arts Festival
July 8 to July 10, 2016
The Ontario Latin Arts Festival is a unique three-day event that celebrates the culture of Latin America. This flavourful festival will showcase the finest Latin music and dance found in Canada, along with featured films, art show and dance workshops. The market will feature food vendors, artisans and a children's area.
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Taste of Lawrence
July 8 to July 10, 2016
There are tons of attractions for festival goers to enjoy which include the many International food options offered, along with midway rides and games the whole family can enjoy. Great live entertainment offered up on two stages positioned along the festival route. Free.
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Cultura Festival
July 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2016
Now in its Seventh season, Cultura celebrates the rich diversity of Toronto in a joyous communal celebration featuring world renowned Musicians, death defying buskers, tasty international street food, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars. Free.
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Build and Grow Clinics at Lowe's
July 9 2016
Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Recommended: For children from grades two to five. What Kids Will Take Home: The toy they made, a merit certificate, name tag, apron and goggles. On July 9, make a Birdhouse. Free admission.
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Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
Schedule not available for July
Kids will learn how to build a project with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. From 10:00 am to Noon, the Home Depot at locations across Toronto is hosting a free DIY workshop for kids. Check website for schedule.
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Afrofest
July 9 to July 10, 2016
Held annually, Afrofest takes place the first weekend of July at Woodbine Park in the heart of Toronto. Started in 1989 by Music Africa, Afrofest showcases the best in African music, art, crafts, culture, children's creative village, and food. Now in its 27th year, the festival has continued to grow and so has the calibre of artists that have graced its stages. Free.
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TD IRIE Music Festival at Mississauga Square
July 9, 2016
Join the celebration of music—from Reggae to Salsa, Soul to African; dance from the African Diaspora presented in association with dance Immersion, spoken word, visual arts exhibition, delicious tropical food & drinks and more. Free.
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Maker Festival
July 9 to July 10, 2016
Maker Festival is a celebration of Toronto's vibrant technology and maker community. The festival brings together Toronto’s most creative people and projects, in order to inspire openness to possibilities, a sense of active participation in shaping our world, and a yearning for a more wonder-filled tomorrow. Free.
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TO Food Fest
July 9 to July 10, 2016
Since 2012, the TO Food Fest has been bringing together top foodie-reviewed restaurants and local hidden gems into one exciting event. Established and aspiring chefs can be found at the TO Food Fest, giving the local community a taste of unique and delicious cuisine. Free admission but it is recommended to give a $2 donation or a non-perishable food item for Second Harvest.
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Oakville Children's Festival
July 10, 2016
“Turn the radio on, turn the radio up” because Lisa Loeb will be “singing her songs” at the third annual Oakville Children’s Festival. n addition to Lisa Loeb, this year’s festival will also feature performances by the Big Nazo, FiddleFire, CORPUS’ Camping Royale, TUDS Oakville Urban Dance Battle featuring Gadfly Dance, Sing Along Tim and the Pacifiers, Team T & J, and magicians Ray Chance and Mike D’Urzo. Free.
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Franco-Fête de Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square
July 15 to July 17, 2016
For almost 35 years now, Franco-Fête de Toronto gives to the francophones, francophiles and anglophones in the Southern-Ontario region a gathering place to celebrate summer and francophone culture with music, performance and family-friendly activities.
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Ritmo y Color at Harbourfront Centre
July 15 to July 17, 2016
Explore the streets of Mexico City, bursting with culture, colourful murals and the smells of delicious street food from every corner. Our stages showcase the best theatre, music and dance from the land that combines Indigenous, European and African culture into something wholly unique. Free.
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Festival of India
July 16 to July 17, 2016
TThe event will begin with a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then will shift to Centre Island for two days of festivities expected to draw close to 40,000 people. Admission is free.
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TD Festival of South Asia
July 16 to July 17, 2016
The TD Festival of South Asia creates a window into the East to celebrate and experience the culture and cuisine of South Asia. Activities for all ages – Face painting, hula-hoops, Rangoli floor art, Folk Tale storytime and more! Free.
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Beaches International Jazz Festival
July 21 to July 23, 2016
Toronto's signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people, is filled with great music, large crowds, and an engaging atmosphere. Free & ticketed events.
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Ribfest in Richmond Hill
July 22 to July 24, 2016
Ribfest is a three-day outdoor event that features professional rib teams travelling to Richmond Hill from across North America. Ribbers cook and compete for various Best titles (as decided by honorary judges). In addition to the many delicious food options, enjoy the live entertainment, a children and toddler's Midway, an indoor children's activity area and play all day in one of the region’s largest midways! Free. Fee for food/activities.
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Shield to Shore at Harbourfront Centre
July 22 to July 24, 2016
Following the St. Lawrence River from Upper Canada to the Atlantic, Shield to Shore showcases the contemporary culture of this celebrated region. Each of our stops en route offer unique music, storytelling and more. Free.
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Harbour Day in Whitby
July 23, 2016
Whitby Harbour Day is a free, summer celebration of Whitby's historic waterfront with fun for the whole family. The event highlights Whitby's harbour facilities including Port Whitby Marina and Whitby Yacht Club. The waterfront awaits visitors from Port Whitby Marina and Yacht Club to Rowe House, the Lions Promenade and the Waterfront Trail. Enjoy free entertainment, activities, displays, food and beverage through out the event.
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BIG ON BLOOR Festival
July 23 to July 24, 2016
Car-free Bloor St., Toronto, Dufferin to Lansdowne, celebrates arts, culture, community & small business with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions including: Bloordale Market: more than 200 arts, crafts, vendors and information tables! Free.
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BrazilFest: Toronto International BrazilFest
July 24, 2016
The Festival will offer its attendees the opportunity to be closer to the performers, get a chance to enjoy a taste of Brazil with Brazilian style foods and a family area for families with children to enjoy the day. Free.
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YOUTH DAY
July 24, 2016
YD T.O is a FREE annual festival celebrating the positive achievements of young people showcasing their MUSIC, DANCE, ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, FASHION & FILM in front of some 35,000 visitors! Free.
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Toronto Food Truck Festival
July 29 to July 31, 2016
Come Join Us at Woodbine Park For Great Food! Cold Beer! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Free admission.
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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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AlohaFest Toronto
July 30, 2016
AlohaFest Toronto will take place rain or shine on Saturday July 30th, 2016 from 11 am to 7 pm at Mel Lastman Square and will include dance and musical performances, food and crafts. Free.
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TD IRIE Music Festival at Nathan Phillips Square
July 30 to July 31, 2016
Join the celebration of music—from Reggae to Salsa, Soul to African; dance from the African Diaspora presented in association with dance Immersion, spoken word, visual arts exhibition, delicious tropical food & drinks and more.
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Victorious Festival
July 31, 2016
Be sure to stop by Yonge-Dundas Square on July 31st for this can't-miss event! Filled with crazy bike stunts, fantastic live music and delicious food - You will want to be here. Free. Donations accepted.
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More Free Events for July
Our Events Calendar is always updated so more free and cheap events will crop up in July! 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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