100 Free Things to do this Summer

The best things to do for families this summer which are 100% FREE!

After spending your money on vacation destinations, summer camps, amusement park and attractions passes, parents might be interested in enjoying some free activities this summer. Whether you are looking to relax at the movies, dance to live music, lounge on a beach, or take in some festivals, we've got you covered. We've listed 100 great things to do in the GTA that will keep money in your pocket and your family busy in the summer months.

Here are some of the best things to do for families this summer which are 100% FREE!

1. Summer Pet Fest

The Summer Pet Fest is set to be Canada’s largest FREE outdoor pet festival sprawling over 8 acres of Toronto’s finest parkland, a perfect setting for pet product exhibitors, family and pet activities, and all the summer fun pet lovers can handle. Featuring Competitive Dog Dock Diving, Disc Dog demonstrations, Best Dressed Pet Contest, Birds of Prey Demonstrations, Woofjocks Canine All-Stars, Reptilia Mini Zoo, Celebrity dogs and more! June 25 and 26. More info

2. Free Outdoor Summer Movies

Not only is watching movies under the stars a wonderful way for the family to bond but it's a great way to spend time away from iPads and iPhones. How cool is it to watch your favourite flicks outdoors? Get the list of all the free movies taking place throughout the GTA. More info

3. Oakville Family Ribfest

Kick off summer in Oakville! The Oakville Family Ribfest is a Rotary-sponsored fundraising event taking place June 24-26, 2016, that brings people together to have fun, and enjoy great food and entertainment. Free admission. More info

4. Canada Day Celebrations

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! More info

5. Toronto Waterfront Festival

The Redpath Waterfront Festival will once again launch the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes series on Canada Day weekend. This year the RWF will span the waterfront from HTO Park to the Yonge Street slip and welcome for the first time the Royal Canadian Navy. Programming will include the Waterfront Artisan Market and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. Check out live music, dance demos, live art and buskers and more. General admission to the festival is FREE with a nominal charge for ship deck tours. More info

6. Summer Thursday Evenings at Todmorden Mills

Todmorden Mills is open late on summer Thursdays – drop in and unwind! Take a stroll in the Wildflower Preserve, check out the latest art show in the Papermill Gallery, try a retro board game, or explore your artistic side with colouring for all ages. Free admission. Every Thursday in June, July and August. More info

7. Newmarket's Kids Around Town

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m., have fun at 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. Tuesday in July and August. More info

8. YD | T.O.

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! Held in the downtown core of Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, the event features 12 hours of non-stop performances on 2 outdoor stages plus the tented YD Art Gallery. July 24. Free admission. More info

9. Build a Kids' Project at Lowes

Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project on select dates in July and August. Recommended for children from grades two to five. Kids will take home the toy they made, a merit certificate, name tag, apron, and goggles. More info

10. Toronto Fringe Festival - FringeKids Club

As part of FringeKids, you can experience the FringeKids Club, where free activities, creative play stations, bouncy castles and open air performances daily are offered. FringeKids is the place where kids can stay and play all day! This portion of the festival is free. Performances can be seen for $5/child and $10/adult. More info

11. Summer Music in the Garden at Harbourfront

Harbourfront Centre is delighted to unveil its exciting lineup for the 17th edition of Summer Music in the Garden, presented by TD Bank Group. This series features 19 free concerts of Western and non-Western classical music and much more until September 18, most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm. Free. More info

12. Free Saturday Story Time at Toronto Waldorf School

Bring your family to FREE Story Time every Saturday morning! While you are here, shop at the Village Market for organic produce, delicious food and more! Free. Saturdays in June, July and August. More info

13. Free Building Workshops at Home Depot

Kids will learn how to build projects with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. From 10am to Noon, The Home Depot at locations across Toronto host free DIY workshops for kids to build toys or other projects. The workshop is for kids ages 4 to 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Free. More info

14. Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass Program

Visit some of Toronto's top attractions with the Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass for Free. The program allows Toronto families to borrow a limited number of free family passes to local museums, art galleries and other participating venues in the same way they would borrow library materials. More info

15. KidsFest at Centreville Amusement Park

KidsFest delivers 3 full days of free family fun on Centre Island. With face painting clowns, bouncing castle, arts & crafts station, and live animal visits from Far Enough Farm, there is something for everyone! Free admission to the event with entertainment and activities. Regular rates apply for rides. July 6, 7 and 8, 2016. More info

16. Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront

Learn to dance on Torontoʼs waterfront to the rhythmic beats and swinging sounds of live bands.You are sure to find yourself dancing all night long. Inspired by Harbourfront Centreʼs summer festivals, styles range from bolero to big band and everything in between. Thursdays in July. Free. More info

17. Canada’s Sugar Beach

Canada’s Sugar Beach is a whimsical park that transformed a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge. Admission is free. More info

18. Salsa on St. Clair

Salsa on St. Clair is an annual FREE celebration that transforms a stretch of St. Clair Avenue West (from Winona Dr. to Christie St.) into a showcase of Latin life in Canada. Dance in the streets and take in all the Latino beats alongside some of the best local and international entertainers. Take a stroll through the Latin pavilion, get a taste of the authentic Latin American flavours, and enjoy a jam-packed lineup of family fun and children’s activities. July 4 to 17, 2016. More info

19. Toronto Botanical Garden

Termed "The little garden with big ideas", the TBG is nearly four acres and features 17 "city-sized" themed gardens. The gardens are open daily, from dawn until dusk. Access is free. Note that all the gardens are outdoors. Free guided tours are offered from May to September. More info

20. Kids Bowl for Free

The kids bowl FREE program is back at participating locations across Canada. The Kids Bowl Free is a nation-wide program where kids get to bowl for free every day during the summer at their local bowling alley. More info

21. KidsTown Water Park

Kidstown is one of Scarborough's most popular Free outdoor aquatic facilities for kids. It offers a variety of water features, including a tipping bucket, spray rings, squirting aquatic animals, a slide, wading pool, splash pad and so much more. More info

22. Taste of Downsview    

A Community Celebration! Join your neighbours for a celebration of the Downsview community, with great food, music and kids games! July 2, 2016. Free admission. More info

23. Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square

Sunday Serenades returns to Toronto's Mel Lastman Square on Sunday evenings. Hosted by musical director Scott White, this free concert series features some of Ontario's best live jazz, big band and swing acts on Sunday evenings (July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2016) from 7:30 to 9 p.m. More info

24. Fish for Free this July

Go family fishing at an Urban Fishing Festival during the Ontario Family Fishing Event, a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. Valid from July 2 to 10, 2016. Get the list of events. More info

25. Weekend Explorers at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly

A fun family program on the weekends at the Legislative Building this summer. During this one hour program designed for families with children aged 6-10 you will: Explore the Legislative Building and Chamber through a fun scavenger hunt, Play games that teach you about Ontario’s Parliament, Participate in a craft activity, and have fun, all for free! July 2 to August 28, 2016. More info

26. Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. This year is the 48th anniversary with a bigger and better festival! Free and ticketed events. July 5 to August 1. More info

27. Taste of Lawrence

This three-day food and cultural event gets underway the second weekend in July. As Scarborough’s largest street festival, it offers up a vast array of flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. 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. July 8 to 10. Free admission. More info

28. Family Fun Fridays at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly

This free, two hour interactive family program at Ontario’s Legislative Building is provided during the summer months. It offers families with children aged 6 – 10, the opportunity to: Explore the historic Legislative Building, Play a role in a mock debate; dress-up in traditional robes, Participate in a scavenger hunt, Learn how Parliament works and have fun – all for free! July 8 to August 26, 2016. More info

29. Future Routes at Harbourfront Centre

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! July 8 to 10, 2016. Free admission. More info

30. Entertainment District Art Crawl

Presented by Cirque Du Soleil Luzia and Voted TOP 10 Outdoor Art Fair to attend in Toronto. Make sure you mark your calendars for this one! Featuring 60 amazing artists and designers featuring works of art, photography, fashion, pet fashion, sculptures, woodworkers, metal workers, home decor, handbags and more. Admission is FREE and Food Trucks and live DJs are always in tow! July 8, 2016. The event also takes place on August 12. More info

31. Cultura Festival

Multicultural festival featuring family friendly music, buskers, international foods, kids' activities, evening film screenings, and more. Now entering its 7th year, the Cultura Festival continues to serve as a highly anticipated event in North York, providing free admission to a showcase of the arts. July 8 to July 29, 2016. More info

32. TD IRIE Music Festival at Mississauga Square

The TD IRIE Music Festival is a multi-day, family-friendly festival. Saturday, July 9, 2016. Free admission. More info

33. Riverdale Farm

The Riverdale Farm is a quaint little farm, located right in the heart of downtown Toronto, in the Cabbagetown community. Kids can see many farm animals, including cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and farm cats. Visit the farm animals and chat with the farmer during daily chores. Admission is free. More info

34. Latin Arts Festival

The Ontario Latin Arts Festival is a unique three-day event that celebrates the culture of Latin America on Friday, July 8 at North York Civic Centre, Saturday, July 9th at Mel Lastman Square and on Sunday, July 10th at North York Civic Centre in Toronto. 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. Free admission. July 8 to July 10, 2016. More info

35. Toronto Bastille Day 2016

For the third consecutive year, the French national holiday is celebrated in Toronto as a popular and festive day: Toronto Bastille Day! With family or friends, discover French products available in Toronto from exhibitors and lunch on the grass. Enjoy Sunday of July for a game of petanque or volleyball and a carnival for children. The traditional bal populaire will conclude this beautiful day in music. July 10, 2016. Admission is Free. More info

36. Oakville Children's Festival

“Turn the radio on, turn the radio up” because Lisa Loeb will be “singing her songs” at the third annual Oakville Children’s Festival on Sunday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coronation Park. In 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. More info

37. Family Fun Nights At Earl Bales Park

Free family fun all summer long! As part of the Family Fun series, parents and children can join in free adventure and fun activities an hour before the feature entertainment. The stage performances are for children 5 to 12 years. There are also free movies in August. July 14 to August 25. Free admission. More info

38. HTO Park

HTO is an urban beach in Toronto. It faces the inner harbour with the Toronto Islands in the distance. Bright yellow umbrellas populate the white sand providing shade for those relaxing in Muskoka chairs. Admission is Free. More info

39. Free Wednesday Nights at the AGO

A longstanding tradition at the AGO, there is free admission to permanent collection galleries every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Free admission does not apply to any current exhibitions. More info

40. Free Day Use at Ontario Parks

On July 15, 2016, Ontario Parks invites you to join them at their inaugural Healthy Parks Healthy People celebration to learn about and celebrate the link between healthy parks and healthy people. During this event there will be no charge for day use entry* to any provincial park in Ontario. *Charges in addition to regular day use fees still apply for facilities such as swimming pools and equipment rentals. More info

41. Franco-Fête de Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square

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. July 15, 16 and 17, 2016. Free admission. More info

42. Ritmo y Color at Harbourfront Centre

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. July 15 to 17, 2016. Free admission. More info

43. K9 Olympaws at Pawsway

A full day of fun and games for dogs of all skill levels to participate as a team with their human. Geared towards FUN as opposed to obedience, even children can take part with the family pet. July 16 to 17, 2016. Free admission. More info

44. Redpath Sugar Museum

Whether your family has a sweet tooth or not, you'll want to visit the Redpath Sugar Museum to find out everything there is to know about the sweet world of sugar. Admission is free. More info

45. Watch Me Grow at High Park Children’s Garden

Families can take part in gardening and composting activities, garden games, nature arts and crafts, storytelling, and more! The program is open to children 0 to 12 year-olds (older children are welcome as helpers/volunteers). No pre-registration is required. You can just stop by whenever during the program! Children do need to be supervised by a parent/caregiver. Free. More info

46. Franklin Gardens

An interactive garden for kids and families on the Toronto Island Park. Franklin Children's Garden is inspired by Franklin the Turtle from the celebrated book series. The park features Little Sprouts Garden, TD Storybook Place, Snail Trail, Hide and Seek Garden, Franklin’s Pollination Station, Pine Grove and Turtle Pond. Admission is Free. More info

47. Festival of India    

The Festival of India has blossomed into one of Toronto’s most dazzling, head-turning summer events. Experience a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street. Then the celebrations will shift to Centre Island for two days of festivities expected to draw close to 40,000 people. July 16 and 17, 2016. Admission is free. More info

48. TD Festival of South Asia

The TD Festival of South Asia creates a window into the East to celebrate and experience the culture and cuisine of South Asia. Free admission. July 16 and 17, 2016. More info

49. Kids' CBC Days

Kids' CBC Days are on July 20 and 21, 2016 at CBC Toronto! Join CBC for live performances starring your favourite Kids' CBC stars. Take part in lots of free crafts and activities primarily for preschoolers but also includes some activities for school-aged kids. More info

50. High Park

With over one million visitors annually, High Park is the jewel of Toronto’s park system. The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy. Admission is free. More info

51. Edwards Gardens  

A former Estate garden featuring perennials and roses on the uplands and wildflowers, rhododendrons and an extensive rockery in the valley. Among the formal gardens and brilliant floral displays, there are also rock gardens, a greenhouse, wooden arch bridges, a waterwheel, fountains, and many walking trails. Admission is Free. More info

52. Beaches International Jazz Festival & Streetfest

Toronto's signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people, is filled with great music, large crowds, and an engaging atmosphere. July 21 to 23. Free admission. More info

53. Purina PawsWay

Purina PawsWay is a one-of-a-kind pet centre devoted to bringing the pet perspective to life. It’s a unique place where pet lovers can come together to learn, discover, and celebrate the world of cats and dogs. Pawsway holds many free family-friendly events throughout the summer (and the year!). Free admission. More info

54. Ribfest in Richmond Hill

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! Taste local craft beers at the beer garden and cheer on the competitors in the rib-eating contest! Free admission/Cost for food/activities. July 22 to 24, 2016. More info

55. Shield to Shore at Harbourfront Centre

Following the St. Lawrence River from Upper Canada to the Atlantic, Shield to Shore showcases the contemporary culture of this celebrated region. Each stop en route offers unique music, storytelling and more. July 22 to 24, 2016. Free admission. More info

56. Harbour Day in Whitby

Whitby Harbour Day is a free, summer celebration of Whitby's historic harbour with fun for the whole family. The event highlights: Dragon Boat experience, water ski shows, community and boating displays, arts and crafts, food vendors, Station Gallery kids program and Artists, children's activities and live entertainment. Free admission. July 23, 2016. More info

57. Persian Family Day at Mel Lastman Square

It's an event sure to be fun for the whole family, with highlights including live bands playing traditional music, beauty stations, charities, clowns, magicians and comedy shows! July 23, 2016. Free admission. More info

58. Kids get in Free at TRCA Parks

Children up to 15 years old are admitted for Free with families, to TRCA Parks (including Kortright Centre). Excludes select Special Events. Visit website for more details. More info

59. BIG ON BLOOR Festival

A unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions including: Bloordale Market with more than 200 arts, crafts, vendors and information tables! Special activities and games for children. Free admission. July 23 and 24, 2016. More info

60. Toronto International BrazilFest

Canada’s largest Brazilian Cultural Event – BrazilFest will complete its 13th Annual Expression on July 24, 2016 at the Earlscourt Park in Toronto.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. Admission is free. More info

61. Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront

This year, Harbourfront explores the theme of revivalism in the Caribbean and showcases other artistic voices in a constantly evolving society, including that of the French Caribbean. A multi-day, inter-generational weekend of dance, music, visual arts, film, cuisine and family activities. July 29 to August 1, 2016. Free admission. More info

62. Family Picnic

Summer days are the perfect time to move mealtime outdoors. Take advantage of the warm weather and take the kids picnicking to these GTA parks where they can munch away under the shade of a tree, then hit up a fun playground or wading pool afterwards. Most are free for family picnics (permits are required for large groups). More info

63. Scarborough Ribfest

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. This is a great family event! July 29 to August 1, 2016. Free admission and parking. More info

64. Toronto Food Truck Festival

Great Food! Cold Beer! Live Music! And a Children’s Village. Take a stroll through a beautiful green park, where you can sample farm fresh food and organic beers, or browse the wares of the Marketplace, home to amazing artisans and a diverse selection of delicious food from partnering Food Trucks at the inaugural Toronto Food Truck Festival. Free admission and parking. July 29, 30 and 31, 2016. More info

65. DogLoversDays at Country Heritage Park

DogLoversDays is a fun filled family day with your dog! A day when you can relax and watch YOUR dog be the star. A complete interactive "dog" festival where the family dog has fun running agility and speed tracks and much more. July 30 and 31. Free admission. More info

66. TD IRIE Music Festival at Nathan Phillips Square

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. July 30 and 31, 2016. Free admission. More info

67. High Park Zoo

Toronto's largest public park is home to a unique and wonderful animal attraction that is open year round. The High Park Zoo allows kids to experience, appreciate, and learn about animals. Although small, the zoo is home to over 45 animals that represent 11 different species of mammals and birds. Nine paddocks are home to a variety of animal species from around the world. Admission to High Park Zoo is free. More info

68. AlohaFest Toronto

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. July 30, 2016. Free admission. More info

69. The Woofjocks Canine All Stars

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! Please see our website for details. At Pawsway. Free admission. July 30, 31 and August 1, 2016. More info

70. HorseCapades at the CNE

A delightful and free introduction to horses, the CNE interactive horse program returns this year, taking place from July 31 to August 18! This year's program once again will feature a trick riding show called HorsePower Live! in the Horse Palace Ring. New this year: Free pony rides for the kids. Free before the CNE opens. More info

71. Far Enough Farm on Centre Island

This quaint working farm is one of the most unique animal farms located just minutes from Toronto's downtown core. Originally established in 1959, Far Enough Farm is a longstanding Centre Island staple located at the heart of Centreville Amusement Park. There are over 40 different species of farmyard animals and birds, and new animals arrive at the farm throughout the spring and summer seasons. Admission to Far Enough Farm is Free. More info

72. Victorious Festival

Be sure to stop by Yonge-Dundas Square on July 31st, 2016 for this can't-miss event! Filled with crazy bike stunts, fantastic live music and delicious food - You will want to be there! This year's event supports UNICEF. Admission is free. More info

73. Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival

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 admission. August 6, 2016. More info

74. Beats, Breaks & Culture at Harbourfront Centre

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! August 5 to 7, 2016. Free admission. More info

75. JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival

Come and indulge in a wide array of jerk foods - if you dare, try the jerk Frog Legs or jerk alligator! The Kidz Zone remains a major attraction for families. Young ones can enjoy face painting, balloon characters, inflatable rides, rock climbing, midway rides and so much more. Free admission. August 5 to 7, 2016. More info

76. Pickering Food Truck Festival

Come Join Us at The Esplanade Park For Great Food! Cold Beer! Eating Challenges! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Free admission and parking. August 5 to 7, 2016. More info

77. Pilaros Taste of the Danforth

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! Admission is free. Food purchases. August 5 to 7, 2016. More info

78. Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre

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. August 12 to 14, 2016. Free admission. More info

79. Nature Day at Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve

Join us for a full day of family friendly programming at the Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve in Newmarket, Ontario! Free lunch provided. Come meet your fellow neighbours, and enjoy a free lunch on us. There will be crafts and games for kids. Free admission. August 13, 2016. More info

80. York-Eglinton International Street Festival

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. Free admission. August 13 to 14, 2016. More info

81. Rouge Park

Rouge Park is Canada's premier urban wilderness park, located in York Region. Not too far from the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto, you can experience different scenery with historic farms, century-old trees, peaceful meadows, and lush wetlands. Rouge Park is open 365 days a year with unlimited access to 16 km of rustic hiking trails, plus riverside camping, and a sandy beach during the summer months. Admission is free. More info

82. Pan American Food Festival

A cultural festival of art, music and folklore enhances the food experience to celebrate the region’s diverse cultural expression. This year, the featured country is Mexico. Features a Family Fun Zone. August 13 and 14, 2016. Free admission. Food purchases. More info

83. Hot & Spicy Food Festival

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! August 19 to 21, 2016. Free admission. More info

84. Garlic is Great Festival

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.​ Saturday, August 20, 2016​. Free admission. More info

85. Suburban Steam: A Steampunk Fair for the Whole Family!  

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! August 20. More info

86.The Riverview Zoo and Park

The Riverview Zoo and Park, located in Peterborough attracts a quarter of a million visitors per year. This zoo has been described as one of the most ethical zoos in Canada. It features 27 exhibits, and is home to over 49 species of animals. With a splash pad, frisbee golf course, walking trails, a miniature train ride, and beautiful gardens, there is something for everyone. Admission is Free. More info

87. Annual Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest

The Afro Caribbean Festival offers 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. 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. August 20 and 21, 2016. More info

88. Sweets Food Festival

It's the 2nd Annual Sweetery Toronto Food Festival, bringing sweet things & sweet people together on August 20 to 21, 2016. Free admission. More info

89. City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival

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! August 21, 216. Free admission. More info

90. ROMwalks

Join the ROM for free guided walking tours through Toronto neighbourhoods, that are of architectural and historical interest. Available most Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons until October. Most ROMwalks are free however and note that Museum admission is not included. More info

91. TAIWANFest at Harbourfront

Learn about the richness of Taiwanese culture at TAIWANfest! This year's celebration will change your perception of Asia by showcasing the cultural conversation between Taiwan and Hong Kong through cooking demonstrations, family events and live music by top Taiwanese acts. Free admission. August 26 to 28, 2016. More info

92. Coconut Festival Canada

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. Free admission. August 27, 2016. More info

93. Markham-Milliken Children's Festival

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. Rides extra. August 27, 2016. More info

94. Scotiabank BuskerFest

Join comedians, contortionists, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns and daredevils; over a hundred of the most extraordinary
street performers on earth, as they descend upon Woodbine Park for some serious fun! Free - Admission by donation to Epilepsy Toronto. Prepare to be amazed! September 2 to 5, 2016. More info

95. Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival

Come Join Us at Richmond Greens For Great Food! Cold Beer! Eating Challenges! Live Music! And Children’s Village! Free admission and parking. September 3 and 4, 2016. More info

96. Ashkenaz Festival at Harbourfront

North America's premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns to Harbourfront Centre. Over 200 artists and 80 events from more than a dozen countries showcase the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion. Free admission. September 3 to 5, 2016. More info

97. Hit a Beach

Take your family to the beach for more summer fun than you can possibly handle. Free activities for kids are the best, after all! Pack a picnic, some beach chairs and go at any time to enjoy swimming, surfing, and sand castles! Many are Free.  More info

98. Splash Pad Fun

Looking for quick relief from summertime heat in Toronto and the GTA? Running through fountains and splashing in shallow pools of water are often just the solution for kids in the city. We've rounded up some favourite cooling off spots. All are free. More info

99. Humber Arboretum

The Humber Arboretum is a joint venture of the City of Toronto, Humber College, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The Arboretum presents a balance of ornamental gardens and diverse natural areas. Visiting the grounds is Free. More info

100. Toronto Island Park

The Toronto Islands offer activities everyone can enjoy for a fun-filled day! The Toronto Islands provide a great, refreshing escape from downtown with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the city skyline on the other. The Islands area is a great place to bask on blue flag beaches, and offers bicycle trails, swimming, volleyball, picnicking and much more. Admission to the Toronto Islands is free. More info

Note: This information was accurate at time of publication. Offers and events are subject to change so please visit websites before heading out.

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