June on the Cheap! 2014

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

Festivals, fairs, and parades abound throughout June and our roundup of the absolute best free and cheap things to do this month includes annual favourites like the Redpath Waterfront Festival, the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, and the Toronto Ribfest. Plus, there are great family activities on tap, like the Toronto Horse Day and the Home Depot kids' building workshops. Here's our list of what's free and cheap this month. Make sure that these events and activities don't pass you by!

Cineplex Family Favourites for June
Various Dates in June

Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.50. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family! The line up for June 2014: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Adventures of Tintin, and Jetsons Movie.
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Mill Pond Splash Eco-Festival
June 1, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 4:30 pm
Mill Pond Splash is a lively, family oriented event showcasing environmental conservation and our natural heritage. With wildlife displays, live music, tree and shrub planting, stream sampling and environmental displays, there's lots to see and do. Free admission.
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The City of Burlington’s Kite Festival
June 1, 2014 - 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Build a kite* or bring your own to help fill the sky with colour. Kite flying demonstrations, entertainment, and vendors for free outdoor family fun! *Kite building materials available while supplies last. Free admission.
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Healthy Kids Day at YMCA
June 1, 2014

Come out to YMCA Healthy Kids Day on June 1st and celebrate our national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids. It’s a free event for everyone in the community. Drop into your local Y to join in on arts and crafts, fitness classes, and family activities. Various locations in Toronto.
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June Weekends at Scarborough Museum
June 1 to 29, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Looking for a fun place to kick-off your Summer? Scarborough Museum is the perfect choice! Bring Dad here for Father's Day! Admission is pay what you can.
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Music in the Orchard - A Concert Series at Spadina Museum
June 1, 2014 - 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm

Spadina’s popular outdoor musical performances return. Bring a blanket. Bring a picnic. Bring the whole family. Kye Marshall will be performing. An eclectic musician and cellist, Kye Marshall performs and composes jazz classical and free music. Pay what you wish.
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Rouge Days Kick-Off - Free Fun at Rouge Park
June 5, 2014 - 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Come celebrate the 5th Annual Rouge Days with live outdoor performances, camping activities and an evening hike - Glee in the Park and Prowl after Dark!  Everyone is welcome at this free event.
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Unionville Festival
June 6 to 8, 2014
The Unionville Festival has been part of this community since 1970. With over 50,000 visitors every year, the first weekend in June is a must in Unionville residents’ calendar! This year, on June 6th, 7th, and 8th, Main Street Unionville will burst with energy and come alive with music, people, and unique shopping opportunities... more so than any other weekend of the year. Free admission.
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Toronto Horse Day
June 7, 2014 - 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

Horse Day is a free, one-day public event designed to educate people of all ages about horses and provide visitors with the opportunity to experience horses up close. Horse Day includes educational stations, riding and driving demonstrations, and information displays in an effort to promote horses and equestrian activity in Ontario.
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Eats & Beats in Riverside StreetFEST
June 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm

On Saturday, June 7th, Riverside will be hosting their spring StreetFEST. Although known for its heritage buildings, award-winning restaurants, and the street that inspired the cult classic Degrassi TV series, Riverside’s secret also lies in its artisans and community builders of many sorts. Experience Riverside’s local eateries’ tasting plates and musical beats in the heart of Queen St. East. Admission is free.
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Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival
June 7 to 8, 2014
The Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival offers all you need for healthy, cruelty-free, eco-friendly green living. You don't have to be vegan to attend! Come and see why people are increasingly adopting a raw/vegan lifestyle. Free admission.
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The Great Big Enormous Storytelling Afternoon
June 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
12th annual Great Big Enormous Storytelling Afternoon featuring performances by members of Storytellers for Children, takes place at Riverdale Farm on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The concert is two hours of story, rhyme, and song for children of all ages. Bring a blanket, hat, sunscreen, and your friends and family! Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Annex Festival on Bloor
June 8, 2014 - 11:00 pm until 6:00 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and Bloor Annex BIA present the18th Annual Annex Festival On Bloor! Extending from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue, this free one-day festival offers the Annex neighbourhood a fantastic opportunity to gather on Bloor Street (from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue) and celebrate its unique local heritage with a wide variety of events and activities for everyone – families, adults, and children of all ages! Features a children’s village. Free admission.
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Music in the Orchard - A Concert Series at Spadina Museum
June 8, 2014 - 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm

Spadina’s popular outdoor musical performances return. Bring a blanket. Bring a picnic. Bring the whole family. VentElation will be performing. VentElation is a group of eight wind instrumentalists who arrange their busy lives to share the joy and fulfilment they find in playing music written for "Harmonie," or classic wind band. Pay what you wish. 
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Mississauga Waterfront Festival
June 13 to 15, 2014 - 11:00 am until 6:00 pm

Mississauga's premiere, award winning family and friends festiva back by popular demand and with a new laser light show: Monster Rock Orchestra. New for 2014: insauga.com Roller Jam featuring DJ Starting From Scratch at Port Credit Arena, Cafe Noisette, Glisse Ice (artificial) Show, The Way We Were exhibit and vintage show, Creation Station, and Bubbleology Show. Old favourites are also back.
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Build a Build a Riding Lawn Mower at Home Depot
June 14, 2014 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm

Kids will learn how to build a riding lawn mower with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, using a hammer and glue. A great free activity for children ages 4-12. Free.
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Build and Grow at Lowe's: Toothless
June 14, 2014
Your child will love to build Toothless. Toothless is the name of Hiccup's Dragon in the film How to Train Your Dragon 2. This product and activity is for children ages 5 and older. Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Free.
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Roncy Rocks! Music & Arts Festival
June 14, 2014 - 11:00 am until 8:00 pm

Get excited! Toronto’s most loved community is painting the streets with talent again on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Roncy Rocks! is returning for its fifth edition in Roncesvalles Village. Free admission.
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The French and British Forts of Toronto - A Bicycle Tour at Fort York
June 14, 2014 - 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Bicycling is a unique and exciting way to view Toronto's early history. On June 14, Fort York and Heritage York's Lambton House will conduct a Bike Month event. Lambton House is a good starting point for the tour, being at the edge of the Carrying Place trail. From there, we will ride to Teiagon, the site of the 17th Century Seneca Village and the Magasin Royal of 1720. Following the Humber Bicycle Trails, we will stop and explore the sights of Toronto's second French fort. Continuing along the Martin Goodman Trail we will go to the site of Fort Rouille, the last French Fort. Participants are admitted free to the site.
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NXNE - North by Northeast at Harbourfront Centre
June 14 to 15, 2014

The 20th annual NXNE festival infiltrates our site with next generation of buzzworthy musicians and interactive programming for kids of all ages. NeXt by NE looks to the next generation of NXNE artists by programming bands made up exclusively of musicians 18 and under. In a few years you'll be seeing many of these young artists headline future festivals and hearing them on the air. Great music for fans of all ages. Free!
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The 1st Annual Chessfest at Harbourfront Centre presented by Scotiabank
June 15, 2014 - 11:00 am until 5:00 pm

The Chess Institute of Canada and the Annex Chess Club provide a day of chess programming for all ages and skill levels. You’ll find plenty of free activities as well as fundraiser tournaments to help support our Canadian men's and women's teams at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. Free.
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Yorkville Exotic Car Show
June 15, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm

The Bloor-Yorkville area, Toronto’s destination neighbourhood for high-end boutiques, restaurants, and hotels welcomes everyone to the 5th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show. Admission is free. Join us on Father’s Day in supporting Prostate Cancer Canada among 120 examples of classic and exotic cars including Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche.
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June 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Rotary Cheshire Homes and the Canadian Helen Keller Centre are proud to present the 12th annual JuneFest. JuneFest is an awareness festival that celebrates June as Deaf-Blind Awareness Month in Ontario. Event organizers invite members of the public and the local business community to come out to learn about deaf-blindness while enjoying music, a charity barbeque, awards, and children's games and activities. Free.
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Oakville Family Ribfest
June 20 to 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Kick off Summer in Oakville! The Oakville Family Ribfest is a fantastic Rotary-sponsored fundraising event that brings people together to have fun, and enjoy great food and live entertainment. Free admission for all.
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Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York
June 20 to 22, 2014

A celebration of traditional and contemporary indigenous art and culture centered around National Aboriginal Day. Featuring The Honouring by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, The Ministry of Grace by Article 11, drum songs, dance, and storytelling by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, music, crafts, food, and more. Admission is free.
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The Redpath Waterfront Festival
Jun 20 to 22, 2014

Learn more about the world’s newest extreme water sport at the 2014 Flyboard. Families can enjoy dog friendly events at the 2014 DockDogs® World Qualifying Championships, presented by the Toronto Port Authority, featuring the top canine record holders for distance jumping, height, and retrieving. Finally, families and kids can bounce over to HTO Park East where kids can play in the adventure filled KIDS ZONE. General admission is free. Some fees for activities.
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Port Union Waterfront Festival
June 21, 2014 - 11:00 am until 3:00 pm

Activities include entertainment, music, and free children’s events and activities, as well as a community BBQ. Everyone is welcome to share this very special day in our community! Admission is free.
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The Junction Summer Solstice
June 21 to 22, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 12:00 am

The first festival of the Summer season, celebrating the longest day of the year. You can learn all about the Junction by enjoying a full day of activities and events showcasing the best Junction has to offer. With fantastic Summer themed entertainment, sunny energy, and a shopping experience like no other in the city. Free admission.
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Redpath Waterfront Festival at Harbourfront Centre
June 21 to 22, 2014

Come down to the heart of Toronto’s waterfront this weekend and take an imaginary journey with us through tropical waters. Discover island cultures from around the Caribbean through music, dance, and games. Experience a true transformation, as Harbourfront Centre becomes your cruise ship to the south. Hop aboard the S.S. Harbourfront Centre, a cruise like no other, and embark on an island journey through the music, dance, and games of several tropical destinations. Admission is free.
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Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
June 21 to 22, 2014
As the festival celebrates its 26th year, it promises to continue to be one of the most exciting Summer events in Toronto. Once again this year, the festival will welcome teams from all provinces across Canada, from the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and Asia. At Centre Island. Free admission.
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Gatsby Garden Party at Spadina Museum
June 22, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Step back in time at the Spadina Garden party. Come in 1920s garb and enjoy live jazz music, dancing, and croquet. Explore our 1920s mansion and help us celebrate our 30th anniversary as a museum. Great prizes for the best costumes. Refreshments available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. Kids 12 years and under are free.
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Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront
June 26 to September 4, 2014 - 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm

Get your groove on and shake a tail feather for a swinging good time on the shores of Lake Ontario every Thursday night! Even if you're shy, live bands and dance-styles from around the world will have you on your feet in no time. Admission is free.
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Toronto Ribfest - Food and Music Festival (Canada Day Weekend)
June 27 to July 1, 2014 - 11:00 am until 11:00 pm

The Toronto Ribfest Food and Music Festival committee and Rotary Etobicoke invite you to enjoy a great weekend full of fabulous food, family-focused attractions, great music and entertainment on three professional stages, a Kidz Zone, a massive Midway, and more. 100% of the profits from Toronto Ribfest go via the Rotary Etobicoke into supporting community activities and requirements. $2 donation requested for admission.
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Canadian, Eh! at Scarborough Museum
Jun 27, 2014 - 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm

You're invited to Canadian, Eh! at Scarborough Museum in celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism Day! Enjoy live music and entertainment, sweets from around the world, dancing, and more! Free for everyone!
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Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre
June 27 to July 1, 2014

It's the biggest birthday bash in town and everyone's invited. We're bringing together an array of visionary artists, ideas, Canadiana, and communities for a lavish weekend full of spectacle, fun, and OLG Canada Eve Fireworks! Free.
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More Free Events for June
We continuously update our Events Calendar so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in June! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month! You can also check this page again, as we will be updating it.

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