August on the Cheap! 2019

Buskerfest 2019

Get your calendars ready! Here are the top free things to do with kids in the GTA this August, and most are 100% Free. The last month of summer break still brings a slew of incredible outdoor activities with no-cost festivals, fairs, and more musts for families.


Free Summer Movies
Various dates in August
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. 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 August
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 August
Saturdays in August
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 Summer
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

Kids Get in Free at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Weekdays in August
Soak in the summer at The Village! Explore the heritage buildings and gardens, enjoy outdoor games and discovery stations, take part in musical performance or even visit at night for an experience like no other. And, kids get in Free! Children ages 14 and younger get in free Monday to Friday, in August! More

Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival
Until August 2, 2019
The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting four-week celebration of Caribbean music, delicious cuisine and exciting revelry. It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North America. Free and tickets events. More

Union Summer
Until August 3, 2019
Union Summer - Presented by TD, returns for the annual summer market, bringing together Toronto's top chefs, musicians, film screenings and live performances to Union Station. More

HorseCapades at the CNE
Until August 15, 2019
A delightful and free introduction to horses, the CNE's interactive horse program! Designed for the young and the young at heart, HorseCapades sweeps you away from city life and into the magical world of the horse. Giddy up! Free before the CNE opens (then included with admission.) More

Family Nature Walks at High Park Nature Centre
Until August 20, 2019
Get outside and explore nature in High Park with your whole family! Grandparents, parents, teens, children and babies alike will love this chance to discover the natural wonders in High Park’s incredible savannahs, woodlands and wetlands. Walks are led by our amazing nature interpreters, as well as the High Park Rangers. Free admission (donation suggested). More

Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song
Until August 22, 2019
The Edwards Summer Music Series is back this summer with seven engaging performances from super talented musicians and artists that will get the whole family dancing along! Free admission. More

The Bentway Social
Until August 25, 2019
Join us at the coolest outdoor patio in the city every Sunday until August 25 for music on the Exclaim! Stage, beer garden, food, games, and more! Free. More

Summer Sodas at Spadina Museum
Until August 25, 2019
Mix up a fruity summer soda and enjoy it on the beautiful grounds of Spadina Museum. Come up with your own soda flavor and design a bottle label. Once you're fortified with a cool drink, challenge your friends to an outdoor game like badminton, croquet, or quoits. Free. More

Music in the Park at Kew Gardens Park
Until August 25, 2019
The Beach Village BIA presents the third annual summer Music in the Park Series. The series has been carefully curated to feature some of the Toronto and Canada’s best performers, spanning multiple genres. Free. More

Summer Evenings - World Games Wednesdays at Scarborough Museum
Until August 28, 2019
Wednesdays are World Games days at Scarborough Museum, where visitors can play giant games, go on a scavenger hunt, and guess the number of jelly beans for a prize! Sample Victorian curry and iced tea while you enjoy all the activities! Free. More

Summer Wednesdays at Evergreen Brick Works
Until August 28, 2019
Soak up the sun at Summer Wednesdays! Bask in the setting sun as you kick back with an ice cold drink, grab a bite of delicious summer fare and make the most of those warm summer evenings. The hottest place to spend Wednesday nights is at Evergreen Brick Works, nature's patio. Plus, join us for the Live Music Series. Free admission. More

Watch Me Grow at High Park Children’s Garden
Until August 29, 2019
Gardening and composting activities, garden games, nature arts and crafts, storytelling and more! Free. More

Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront
Until August 29, 2019
Learn to dance on Toronto's waterfront to the rhythmic beats and swinging sounds of live bands. Inspired by Harbourfront Centre's summer festivals, styles range from salsa to big band and everything in between. All ages. Free. More

Summer Evenings – Treats Friday at Scarborough Museum
Until August 30, 2019
Guests are invited to watch a different historic treat being made every Friday in the summer! Taste the special treat, tour the historic buildings and play games all afternoon in the wonderful atmosphere of Scarborough Museum. Free. More

Family Fun Fridays at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly
Until August 30, 2019
A free, fun-filled afternoon awaits youth ages 6 to 17 at Ontario’s Legislative Building this summer. This program introduces youth to provincial parliament during a two hour interactive program featuring a variety of activities. More

Free Play in the Park - Brampton
Until August 30, 2019
At this free drop-in program, participants ages 6 to 13 will have the opportunity to play various organized games and sports with program leaders. 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

Weekend Explorers at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Until September 1, 2019
Join us for a fun family program on the weekends at the Legislative Building during the summer! A one hour program designed for families with children aged 6-10. Free admission. 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


Make Believe Theatre at Celebration Square
Tuesdays in August
Join us as we transform the Square Amphitheatre into a live children's theatre every Tuesday night in August. From Rock the Arts Puppets to Beauty and the Beast, watch and be dazzled as your favourite children stories are brought to life! Free. More

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival
August 2, 2019 and August 3, 2019
The Festival celebrates cultural diversity through the art of dance. The focus is on youth dancers, with participation ranging from local to international dance schools. There will also be food vendors and merchant vendors present through the two days. It is a great opportunity to enjoy a wonderful weekend with your families. Free admission. More

Mississauga Latin Festival at Celebration Square
August 2, 2019 to August 4, 2019
The festival offers a stellar entertainment, succulent foods, extravagance gallery art, and activities for children, local talent showcases and a colourful parade a colorful parade with more than 300 typical costumes on Sunday at noon. Free. More

Island Soul Festival at Harbourfront
August 2, 2019 to August 5, 2019
Harbourfront Centre brings the rich legacy of Caribbean music to Toronto’s waterfront with our four-day weekend festival Island Soul. From Reggae star Etana to a night of comedy with Canada’s rising comedians Trixx and friends, join us for a weekend of Caribbean music, food, entertainment and more. Free + Ticketed events. More

Party 4 Paws: Pet Fair & Adoption Day
August 3, 2019
Party 4 Paws is a family-friendly, fully accessible event where everyone can meet animal rescue heroes and pets looking for their forever homes, learn responsible pet ownership, and support a great cause. Admission is free, and all donations go towards helping animals in need. Free. More

Rogers Cup Community Weekend
August 3, 2019 to August 4, 2019
With a mix of adventurous activities, entertainment and the chance to rub shoulders with some of your favourite mascots, the 407 ETR Free Community Weekend is a must-visit for all families. Free. More

Scarborough Ribfest
August 2 to 5, 2019
Ribbers from all over Canada and the US, along with food vendors, a midway, and craft vendors! To keep you cool, beer and coolers along with pop and water will be available at the two Rotary tents. Live bands will be providing live entertainment free during the weekend. Open mike Karaoke will start each day at 11 AM. Free admission. More

Toronto Food Truck Festival
August 2, 2019 to August 5, 2019
Woodbine Park has never tasted this delicious before. Back for another year, The Toronto Food Truck Festival is serving up some real must-eats! As always, admission is free and there’s something for everyone. More

Joseph Brant Day Festival - A Celebration of Burlington
August 5, 2019
The day will feature main stage entertainment, food trucks, free children’s activities by local organizations, a Museums Children’s STEAM zone, a vendor’s market, and community displays. Bring your own water bottle and fill up at the quench cart. Free. More

Wigwam Chi-Chemung: Eagle Drum Girl
August 5, 2019
This fun family friend event is inspired by the teachings of Elder Dr. Duke Redbird. Young People’s Theatre will perform a theatrical reading of Elder Redbird's play Eagle Drum Girl, featuring Elder Redbird himself! Stick around after the reading to visit the colourful Wigwam Chi-Chemung boat and speak to Elder Redbird. Free. More

Grange Festival
August 9, 2019
Free activities, Family Entertainment, Kids zone, Games, Prizes, Hot dogs, and more. The Grange Festival is a summer highlight for families, kids of all ages, and seniors living in the downtown core. Free. More

South Asian Festival of Mississauga
August 9, 2019
The award winning festival of Mississauga is celebrating its 14th year by bringing to you the best of art, culture and cuisine from South Asia. The two day free festival will feature music, dance, folklore, Bollywood, food and shopping in the heart of Mississauga headlined by the popular artists and performers from India, Pakistan, Canada and USA. Free. More

Habari African Festival at Harbourfront Centre
August 9, 2019 to August 11, 2019
Habari Africa festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts festival, showcasing an authentic African experience. Through presentations and workshops, celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African music, dance, arts and culture. Free admission. More

JerkFest: Jerk Food Festival
August 9, 2019 to August 11, 2019
JerkFest is an annual festival which takes place around the second weekend in August every year. JerkFest celebrates the world renown jerk cuisine. Its a fusion of jerk food, pulsating music, family friendly entertainment and good vibes – all under the Toronto sun. Free admission. More

The Krinos Taste of the Danforth
August 9, 2019 to August 11, 2019
Toronto's annual Taste of the Danforth is happening from August 9th to August 11th, this year. Join us as we celebrate our 26th anniversary of great food from local vendors along with lots of free entertainment and fun. There’s something for everyone! Free admission. More

Pickering Food Truck Festival
August 9, 2019 to August 11, 2019
You’ll want to bring your friends and kids to Esplanade Park for some unbelievable food! We’re transforming the park to a foodie haven, jam-packed with a children’s village, beer garden and live entertainment stage. As always, admission is free and we’ll be beefing up the park with some good tunes. More

Feast of St. Lawrence
August 10, 2019
Join us on Saturday, August 10th for our Market Street Celebration. We celebrate the world famous St. Lawrence Market and Market Street with outdoor food stalls and seating areas, farm fresh produce, live music at the Audi FEAST Stage, kids entertainment, games and activities and more. Free. More

Free Building Workshops at Home Depot
August 10, 2019
Kids will learn how to build projects with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. These free DIY workshops for kids allow them to build toys or other projects. The workshop is for kids ages 4 to 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. On August 10, kids can build their very own rocket pencil box. Free. More

Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival
August 10, 2019
Activities for all ages, talent shows, music, artisan booths, Farmer’s Market booths, a kids zone and a plethora of attractions entertain you and your family on Marine Parade Drive. Free admission. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
August 10, 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

Sweets Food Festival
August 10, 2019 to August 11, 2019
Celebrating the world of confectionery is what this festival is all about. Local chefs and students will be showcasing their culinary talents. A variety of sweet treats and summer eats will be ready at your pleasure. Bring out your friends and family and try a variety of innovative creations. Features live entertainment. On Saturday Night, Sweetery will be hosting its very own movie night right on the lawns of David Pecaut Square! Admission is free. More

Acton Leathertown Festival
August 11, 2019
Come explore the 2019 Acton Leathertown Festival in Canada's Original Leathertown and the largest and oldest festival in Halton Hills! Fred Penner headlines this year, supported by amazing local and regional performers, curated artisanal vendors, exhibitors, demonstrators, and our new Discovery Zones. Free. More

Wild Summer Wednesday at Evergreen Brick Works
August 14, 2019
Enjoy gourmet selections from street food trucks and tasty dishes made in the Wood Fired Oven by Café Belong, featuring wild blueberries and other seasonal ingredients sourced from Evergreen's Saturday Farmers Market and Feast ON certified vendors. Free. More

Vtech and LeapFrog’s Santa Summer Toy Workshop
August 14, 2019 to August 15, 2019
You’re invited! Santa Claus is bringing his workshop to Toronto this Summer! VTech and LeapFrog, two of Santa’s most trusted toy brands in learning toys for children, are excited to host you at this exclusive toy preview event. Free. More

Sparks - A Toronto Youth Shorts Presentation
August 16, 2019
Whimsical animation, heartwarming documentaries, and stories about family fill this collection of short films suitable for younger audiences. Free admission. More

Barbados on the Water at Harbourfront
August 16, 2019 to August 18, 2019
The waterfront comes to life during the largest celebration of Barbadian culture in Canada! Enjoy free concerts, tasty cuisine, children’s activities and so much more. Free admission. More

Dundas Cactus Festival
August 16, 2019 to August 18, 2019
The ‘Cactus’ attracts visitors from across the nation and is the unofficial ‘homecoming’ event for any and all who have lived in the community. Continuing to evolve and expand, the FREE family fun Festival runs for 3 days and includes 4 entertainment stages, event zones and over 100 street vendors. Free. More

Oakville Children's Festival
August 17, 2019
Juno Award-winning singer songwriter Norman Foote will hit the stage with his unique blend of music. Included in the festival line-up are performances by the Lumberjack Show, the eclectic Zoosemobile, stunt ventriloquist Tim Holland, the Ben Show, and CanSpin Awards Hooper of the Year Isabella Hoops. Free admission. ​More

Taste of the Trail at Bob Hunter Memorial Park
August 17, 2019
Get ready for our signature summer event, Taste of the Trail! Come celebrate the agricultural and cultural heritage of Rouge National Urban Park. Get your fix of the great outdoors while satisfying your cravings with local treats. Meet some of our farmers in the park and discover the diversity of the Rouge. Free. More

Pan American Food and Music Festival
August 17, 2019 to August 18, 2019
The seventh annual PanAm Fest will be presented on August 17 and 18, 2019, with a programming focus on Cuban food and music in celebration of Latin and Pan American cuisine and culture. Free admission. More

Toronto Chinatown Festival
August 17, 2019 and August 18, 2019
This 2-days event is filled with many performances, foods and goods to be explored on Spadina. It's a great weekend to spend in Chinatown for fun experiences. The theme for 2019 is “12 Chinese Zodiac”. Free admission. More

The City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival
August 18, 2019
Come celebrate City of Burlington's annual Children's Festival! Celebrating being a kid with activities, interactive games, bouncers, face painting and more! Free admission. More

Open Streets TO
August 18, 2019
Open Streets TO is the city’s largest free recreation program, unlike any other in Toronto or Canada. We've created a world-class program that connects our diverse neighbourhoods and people across the city. Open Streets are programs where the streets are temporarily opened to people and closed to cars. Free. More

3rd Monday Nights FREE at ROM
August 19, 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

TAIWANFest at Harbourfront
August 23, 2019 to August 25, 2019
TAIWANfest returns to Toronto and celebrates Vietnam for this weekend-long festival. ​Free admission. More

Tommy Thompson Park Butterfly Festival
August 24, 2019
Through the many activities, nature hikes and educational displays at this year’s FREE event, visitors can discover the more than 55 species of butterflies and moths recorded to date at the park. More

Scarborough Afro-Carif Festival​
August 24, 2019 to August 25, 2019
Afro-Carib Fest (ACF) is a FREE fun-filled weekend for the whole family to celebrate the diversity of African and Caribbean cultures through music, arts, dance, and cuisine. More

Free Programming Workshop from Nat's Robotics
August 25, 2019
Join us for a free, 60-minute workshop that teaches kids how to code with Lego Mindstorms NXT. Ages 8-12. More

Hamilton Mini Maker Faire
August 25, 2019
The Maker Faire is a festival of invention, innovation, engineering, and creativity. It is an international movement that brings together creators and makers of all types, where people can browse exhibits, talk to makers, share ideas, and learn new skills to become makers themselves. 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

More Free Events in August
Our Events Calendar is always updated so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in August. 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.

Know of any other Free events taking place in August? Share below!

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