June on the Cheap! 2019

June Family Weekends at Scarborough Museum

The first month of summer brings a slew of incredible outdoor activities. But while no-cost festivals, fairs and parades abound, there are a handful of truly spectacular activities that are a must for families. Get your calendars ready! Here are the top things to do with kids in Toronto and the GTA this June which are Free or cheap. 

Cineplex Family Favourites - June
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. 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, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. 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 June
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

Evergreen Brick Works Scavenger Hunt
Daily in June
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. We have three different hunts, one for families with children aged 3-6, one for children aged 7-10, and a Photo Scavenger Hunt for teens and adults. Free (small suggested donation). More

Weekend Nature Play in The Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brickworks
Weekends in June
This unique and dynamic program and space requires parents and guardians to supervise their children while co-creating a magical world of possibilities alongside our team of Nature Play Animators. More

Primetime for Kids
Wednesdays until June 26
Every Wednesday evening until June, kids from Kindergarten to Grade Six can join us for PrimeTime. This is a free event for the Scarborough-Agincourt community, that takes place at Lynngate Public School. Kids will enjoy exciting games, prizes, songs and stories. More

3rd Monday Nights FREE at ROM
Until March 16, 2020
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

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

​Movie Nights at Celebration Square, Mississauga
Various Dates in June
See a Free Movie at Mississauga Celebration Square during Summer Movies Nights. There's nothing better than the exciting lineup of free summer movies at Mississauga Celebration Square. Plan your visit, because movies are here, and they're starting now. You bring the blankets! May to September. More

Honest Workshop at MOCA
Weekends in June
Anyone can be a maker! Inspired by the Honest Shop, we invite you to a drop-in maker space where you can produce your own useful item to trade with others made in the workshop or take home with you. We will supply different materials each week. All ages. Free. More

Retro Futures Exhibit
Until July 28, 2019
Retro Futures invites you on a nostalgic journey to futures-that-might-have- been. Using the 50th anniversary of NASA’s first successful lunar landing in 1969 as its inspiration, Retro Futures features rare books, magazines, artwork and ephemera from the Toronto Public Library’s Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. Warp speed ahead! More

Unionville Festival
May 30, 2019 to June 2, 2019
Features the traditional Saturday morning Parade, the Fun Zone for kids, the annual Funky 5K race, the York-Durham Heritage Train and don’t forget Family Fun Day in Crosby Park on Sunday. There will be music everywhere and plenty of vendors – including, of course, the unique shops of Unionville. Admission is free. More

CosmoFEST - Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO
June 1, 2019
Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO (CosmoFEST) is Canada’s premier musical instrument & gear exhibition and celebration of live music. An all­-ages free event. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
June 1, 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. Free. More

Riverside Eats & Beats 2019
June 1, 2019
Taste the Eats and feel the Beats in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood! Riverside’s Annual Streetfest spans 10 vibrant blocks along Queen Street East. 50+ local eateries and shops along Queen Street East serve food specials. Features sidewalk sales and live entertainment. Free. More

Riverdale ArtWalk 2019
June 1, 2019 to June 2, 2019
Riverdale ArtWalk is a FREE two-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park and Community Centre in Toronto’s flourishing Queen St. East arts district. More

June Weekends at Scarborough Museum
June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019
Every weekend in June enjoy lemonade and lemon or strawberry baked goods, play board games and giant outdoor games, participate in an animal scavenger hunt, and make animal-themed crafts. Free. More

The Bump to Baby Show
June 2, 2019
Toronto's most exciting event for families to shop, learn, and connect is here to help make life a little easier and way more fun! It's FREE so bring the whole family! Free. More

The City of Burlington’s Kite Festival
June 2, 2019
Join us for Burlington's annual Kite Festival. Build a kite or bring your own to help fill the sky with colour and celebrate diversity. Join us for some free family fun, entertainment and vendors. Kite building materials are available while supplies last. Free. More

Music in the Orchard - A Concert Series at Spadina Museum
June 2, 2018 to June 16, 2019
Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and experience local music performances in the garden paradise that is the Spadina Museum orchard! Every performance is planned with a nod to the Austin family's contribution to the Toronto music scene and highlights the wealth of musical styles that were prevalent during the 1920s. Free. More

Vaughan Celebrates Concerts in the Park 2019
June 5, 2019 to July 31, 2019
The series features free city-wide professional entertainment for all ages with genres ranging from Motown, funk, and rock to pop! This year is an extra special one as we celebrate our 25th anniversary! More

Bowmanville Rockin’ Rotary Ribs and Brews
June 7, 2019 to June 9, 2019
Known for bringing the best ribs, local food, craft beer, musical entertainment, family activities and a fun festival, Ribs & Brews is the place to be! Free. More

Dundas International Buskerfest
June 7, 2019 to June 9, 2019
Dundas Buskerfest is a three day street festival celebrating street theater from around the world. The festival rounds up full-time artists with incredible skills, outrageous comedy, and impeccable credentials. Free. More

Luminato Festival
June 7, 2019 to June 23, 2019
Luminato is Toronto's international arts festival and one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned over 100 new works of art, with more than 3,600 performances featuring 15,000+ artists from over 40 countries. Free + Ticketed events. More

Annual Art Crawl 
June 8, 2019
Held in Toronto’s Liberty Village for the 6th year in a row, this Free & Family Friendly one-day event features 60 amazing artists and designers with a wide variety of works available for purchase. More

Grilled Cheese Challenge
June 8, 2019
Challengers will be offering up their take on "The Best Grilled Cheese" and competing for The Judges Prize of "Best Grilled Cheese" as well as the People's Choice Awards. Stay for the live music, entertainment, amazing food, specialty drinks, beer garden and shopping! Free admission. More

Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
June 8, 2019
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate. On June 8, kids can learn how to build their very own mini putting green. More

Roncy Rocks! Music & Arts Festival
June 8, 2019
Roncy Rocks celebrates their community spirit by showcasing accomplished and rising local talent along Roncesvalles Avenue on a warm day in June, rain or shine. Free admission. More

Rouge After Dark 2019
June 8, 2019
Experience the wildest nightlife in the city and get to know the dark side of the park at Rouge After Dark! Join us around dusk at our Zoo Road Welcome Area when the campfires roar to life and the marshmallows are unleashed. Explore an illuminated forest and follow a network of glowing trails. A series of unique encounters with some of the park’s nocturnal inhabitants awaits you! This multi-sensory nighttime experience is FREE and family-friendly. More

Village Day by The Yonge Lawrence Village BIA
June 8, 2019
An annual Village Day Street Festival which takes place on Yonge Street from Lawrence Avenue to Yonge Boulevard ...  fun for the entire family! Free. More

Sound of Music Festival Burlington
June 8, 2019 to June 16, 2019
So much music, so much fun. Activities include a ticketed Kick-off Concert, Sound of Music Club Series, Grande Festival Parade, Downtown Streetfest, Children’s Village, carnival, vendors and FREE concerts on Father's Day Weekend! Bring the whole family, you’ll find something for everyone. More

Downsview Park Nature Connection
June 9, 2019 and June 23, 2019
A FREE nature program for families. Connect with your natural world and come out to Downsview Park! All ages are welcome. Downsview Park staff will take you on a free indoor/outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world, starting with Downsview Park! More

Learn to Camp: Experience the Great Outdoors with Parks Canada
June 10, 2019
The Parks Canada team will show you how to get started with camping right here in the GTA! A free, all-ages workshop presented by staff from Rouge National Urban Park. More

Mississauga Halal Food Fest
June 14, 2019 to June 15, 2019
The Mississauga Halal Food Festival is a multicultural platform where the community experiences and enjoys the food, fashion and entertainment of South Asia and the Middle East. Free admission. More

CHIN Picnic
June 14, 2018 to June 16, 2019
​An incredible weekend of food, entertainment and music. Visit the 53rd CHIN Picnic! Now part of the Taste of Little Italy on College Street. Free admission. More

Mississauga Waterfront Festival
June 14, 2019 to June 16, 2019
The MWF attracts over 70,000 people to the village of Port Credit over the course of the three-day weekend to enjoy live outdoor concerts, family activities, food and entertainment. Free admission. More

Pickering Village Jam Fest
June 14, 2019 to June 16, 2019
It's the 9th Annual Pickering Village Jam Fest taking place Father's Day weekend along Old Kingston Road. There will be live music, food trucks, vendors and a special visit from Peppa Pig on Sunday, June 16. Free admission. More

Taste of Little Italy Festival
June 14, 2019 to June 16, 2019
A chance to taste classic italian food, fuzion restaurants, wine and cocktails on extended patios, authentic Spiducci and more while taking in over 20 performances from international and local artists as you explore the authentic culture of Italy on College Street. Free. More

Experience IT: CPL Tech Fair
June 15, 2019
Explore cutting edge technology and learn more about virtual reality, robotics, 3D printing and more. Discover the latest and greatest technologies and get involved in interactive and hands-on demonstrations. All ages. Free. More

Springridge Farm Food Truck Festival
June 15, 2019 to June 16, 2019
The farm will welcome food trucks from across the region to celebrate at our Food Truck Festival. A wide variety of trucks serving up delicious cuisine that is sure to please every palate. Free admission. Food purchases. More

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
June 15, 2019 to June 16, 2019
One of the most exciting summer events in Toronto. Once again, this year, the Festival will welcome teams and visitors from all provinces across Canada, from the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Europe and Asia. Free to watch. More

Father's Day at Scarborough Museum
June 16, 2019
Come and celebrate Dad at Scarborough Museum where guests can sample food, crafts, and plenty of fun and historical games. Visitors are also welcome to make a leather keychain for their father (while supplies last). Enjoy lemon biscuits and lemonade while taking part in activities like scavenger hunts, paper animal crafts, world games and giant games. Free. More

Yorkville Exotic Car Show
June 16, 2019
June 16th, 2019 marks the 9th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show presented by Bloor-Yorkville, in support of Prostate Cancer Canada. Guests of all ages are invited to walk the red carpet at this free event and see over 100 classic and exotic cars. Free. More

TD IRIE Music Festival at Mississauga Square
June 21, 2019 to June 22, 2019
Kick off the summer with the tropical flavours and the rhythmic sounds of reggae, soca, Afro-pop, dance, spoken word, visual art, Caribbean and international foods, and more. Free admission. More

Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York
June 21, 2019 to June 23, 2019
The Indigenous Arts Festival is an annual celebration of traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, theatre, storytelling, film, crafts and food. Free. More

Oakville Family Ribfest
June 21, 2019 to June 23, 2019
Ribfest takes place at the beautiful Sheridan College campus on Trafalger Road. This expansive paved site means more ribs, more music, more things to see and do, more fun for the kids, more sweet treats, and more enjoyment with friends and family all weekend long. Free admission. More

TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 21, 2019 to June 30, 2019
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz. The festival attracts in excess of 500,000 loyal patrons annually over 10 days. Attractions include more than 400 performances with over 2000 musicians performing at approximately 50 locations around Toronto. Free + Ticketed Events. More

Birkdale Arts Festival
June 22, 2019
For over ten years, Birkdale Arts Festival (formerly Birkdale Art in the Park) has brought Birkdale Ravine and Community Centre alive with dozens of art exhibits, live performances, workshops and a variety of family-friendly activities. Free. More

Summer Solstice at Scarborough Museum
June 22, 2019
There will be an unveiling of a painting created by Indigenous faith keeper Catherine Tammaro. In addition, we will celebrate the creation of a new Indigenous garden, and focus on all things strawberry including strawberry-topped cornbread and a strawberry drink. Free. More

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival
June 22, 2019
Live music, art market, food, craft, street performers + lots of fun for the whole family! Celebrating the longest day of the year and the kick-off to summer, the theme will be a retro-inspired beach party! Free admission. More

The Queensway Butter Tart Festival
June 22, 2019
The Queensway Butter Tart Festival is a sweet one-day community festival celebrating the Canadian Butter Tart with bakers competing for the title of Toronto's Best Butter Tart. Free admission. More

Fairbank Summerfest
June 22, 2019 to June 23, 2019
A modern twist on a summer carnival, where the Admission, Rides & Entertainment are Free! 20,000 friends and neighbours join in for this 2-day extravaganza that includes food from around the world as well as a sidewalk sale. More

CBC Kids Studio Tour
June 28, 2019
Visit Studio K! Join your favourite CBC Kids Pals Tony and Janaye in Studio K! Tour the vibrant, 360 degree, public-access studio that has been outfitted for fun! With it's retro-style, colourful​ palette and kidified versions of all things TV, Studio K offers a delightful experience for visitors - grownups and kids alike. Free. More

Taste of Asia
June 28, 2019 to June 30, 2019
Each summer, Markham sees the coming together of dazzling cultural performances, culinary artists, iconic celebrities, dignitaries, sports fans, artisans and food connoisseurs. This year’s event will fill the streets with three days of non-stop multicultural performances for families and friends. Free. More

It’s Your Festival
June 29, 2019 to July 1, 2019
“It’s Your Festival” is the oldest and biggest Canada Day Festival in Canada and one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario. It’s Your Festival is organized by Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council and 4,000 dedicated volunteers. Free. More

The Redpath Waterfront Festival
June 29, 2019 to July 1, 2019
Oh buoy! The Redpath Waterfront Festival returns to Toronto's waterfront on Canada Day weekend from June 29 to July 1, with shiploads of nautical fun for the whole crew. Every three years, the Redpath Waterfront Festival welcomes a fleet of majestic tall ships to Toronto’s waterfront. Free and ticketed events. More

More Free Events in June
Our Events Calendar is always updated 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. This page will also be updated so check back often.

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

Photo credit: Scarborough Museum
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