May on the Cheap! 2014
No matter what you're looking to do, there's always plenty of free or cheap fun for everyone in Toronto and the GTA. May brings lots of outdoor activities, packed with exciting festivals and fun for the entire family. So head out with the kids to enjoy these free or cheap activities that the city has to offer this month!
Cineplex Family Favourites for May
Various Dates in May
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00am 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!
May 2 to 4, 2014
Jane’s Walk is a global movement of free, locally led walking tours inspired by iconic writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. In 2013, there were more than 800 walks in more than 100 cities around the world, and 150 walks were held in Toronto alone! Event takes place in multiple locations.
International Children and Youth Day Festival
May 3, 2014 - 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm
Children representing the cultural mosaic of Toronto will celebrate the day with shows, folk dances, and share their folk music. Fun-fair activities such as clowns, face painting, magic show, balloon sculpting, and popcorn and cotton candy stations will also take place. Children will have the opportunity to interact with each other, enjoy the day and make friends all while being integrated to the highly cultural diversity found in Canada. Free!
ROM Revealed Weekend - Free General Admission
May 3 to 4, 2014
To celebrate its Centennial, the ROM is throwing open its doors to the public and offering free general admission during its ROM Revealed Weekend on Saturday May 3 and Sunday May 4. ROM Revealed offers a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and explore the areas of the Museum traditionally not open to the public, including the ROM’s DNA lab, its collections vaults, antler room, its 6 floors of Curatorial Centres, and much more.
Free Comic Book Day
May 3, 2014
Do your kids love comic books? May 3, 2014 is Free Comic Book Day! Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to invite new readers into independent comic book stores. Participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores.
Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival
May 10, 2014 - 7:00 am until 4:00 pm
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival. Located on the Toronto Waterfront, Tommy Thompson Park is Toronto's largest greenspace and provides critical stopover habitat for migrating birds. There have been over 300 native bird species recorded to date at the park. At the Spring Bird Festival, you'll learn about the amazing phenomenon of migration and the importance of bird conservation. A variety of free activities will be offered for people of all ages and all birding abilities. Free admission to events but you must register online before attending.
May 10, 2014 - 9:00 am until 6:00 pm
Get your hands on science! Have you ever wanted to walk on water, blow a square bubble, bend light, or even make an object fly? At Science Rendezvous you can! Toronto's universities, hospitals, libraries, and community centres open their doors to present hands-on, interactive science demonstrations that will blow your mind. All Science Rendezvous events are free to the public and family friendly. Science Rendezvous will be held on at: Yonge-Dundas Square, University of Toronto - St. George, Toronto Zoo, and 11 branches of the Toronto Public Library.
Build a Flower Planter at Home Depot
May 10, 2014 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
Kids will learn how to build a flower planter using a hammer and glue. From 10:00 am to Noon, the Home Depot at locations across Toronto is hosting a free DIY workshop for kids. The workshop is for kids ages 4-12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Free.
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
May 10 to 11, 2014
If you’re a fan of comics, manga, or graphic literature, make sure to clear your calendars this May in order to attend The Toronto Comic Arts Festival! With the main exhibition taking place May 10th and 11th 2014 at Toronto Reference Library, and a week’s worth of events leading up to it, TCAF is expected to draw a crowd of 20,000 across all festival events, and will reach new heights as one of the most celebrated literary comics events in the world! Guests include Lynn Johnston, Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, Kate Beaton, Kazu Kibuishi, Michael DeForge, and more! Free.
Build and Grow at Lowes: Flower Delivery Truck
May 10, 2014
Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Recommended for children from grades two to five. Kids will take home the toy they made, a merit certificate, name tag, apron, and goggles. Free admission.
HarbourKIDS Toronto International Circus Festival
May 17 to 19, 2014
Come experience the magic of the circus this Victoria Day weekend. Discover acrobats and jugglers, comedians, and clowns. Take a turn at tumbling and tour the site aboard the HarbourKIDS Express. This weekend is all about you, so bring your sense of adventure! Free admission.
Music with Bite at Harbourfront: Mozart's Flights of Fancy
May 19, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Music with Bite is a refreshing, first-time concert experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and sit front-row for an enjoyable, interactive performance tailored for young audience members. Plus, after each concert, kids can meet the performers and ask them questions while enjoying complimentary cookies and a Natrel® milk beverage. Satisfy your ears and tickle your taste buds at the next Music with Bite performance! Free admission.
Victoria Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
May 19, 2014 - 10:00 pm
The City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division is offering a wide variety of family activities on Monday, May 19. The City of Toronto will host a sparkling display of Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park starting at 10:00 pm. This year the City will be featuring a combination of over 2,000 fireworks complete with a spectacular finale! Free.
Doors Open on Toronto's Waterfront
May 24 to 25, 2014 - 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Experience the the 13 ships docked along the water's edge including vessels from Great Lakes Schooner Company, City View Cruise Lines, Mariposa Cruises, Nautical Adventures, and Toronto Brigantine on a guided deck tour. Queen's Quay Terminal will also be featuring Toronto on the Water, an archival photograph exhibit showcasing the history of Toronto's Waterfront. In addition, get serenaded by our singing Pirates as they share their loot and offer public photo opportunities. Free.
Woofstock - A Festival for Dogs
May 24 to 25, 2014
Bring your dog to North America's largest outdoor festival for dogs! It's a weekend of events, contests, and tons of doggy indulgence! Woofstock is North America's largest festival for dogs. Boasting over 300,000 annual attendees and 250 vendors and exhibitors, Woofstock is an both a non-stop, weekend long outdoor dog festival and a consumer expo.
Doors Open Toronto 2014
May 24 to 25, 2014
Explore Toronto's Buildings! The 15th annual Doors Open presented by Great Gulf offers residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings across the city on May 24 and 25, 2014. This year's theme will highlight secret spaces, stories of spirit sightings, and unexplained mysteries at more than 75 locations, including an underground bowling alley in a downtown church, a secret tomb in another church, haunted tunnels beneath a school and bank vaults in a hotel. Free.
Toronto Bike Month
May 26 to June 26, 2014
A celebration of cycling in the Greater Toronto with hundreds of community events including rides, races, tours, festivals, and more. Since 1989, the City of Toronto has worked with the cycling community to deliver programming encouraging cycling. Toronto's Bike Month has evolved from a 1989 Bike to Work Day event to become one of the largest event of its kind in Canada. Events take place at multiple locations. Free.
More Free Events for May
We continuously update our Events Calendar so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in May! 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.
Know of any other free and cheap events happening? Post them below!