October on the Cheap! 2019

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Now that the kids are fully into the back-to-school groove, families might be looking to escape the weekday routine with some festive — and better yet, FREE weekend events. This October is brimming over with autumn activities, including lots of festivals and of course, heaps of Halloween fun.

Read on for the best Free and Cheap things to do this month...


Poutine Feast Brampton
October 3, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Brampton, we’re coming for you! We’ll have the tunes bumpin’, games for the whole family, tasty treats and many amazing poutines to try! Join us October 3rd to 6th for a great weekend at Chinguacousy Park! Free admission. More

Kid's Collecting Workshop & Auction at the Toronto Coin Expo
October 5, 2019
Kids, Join us at the Toronto Coin Expo for our FREE Educational Workshop & Auction, and learn what collecting is all about. More

Leaside Block Party
October 5, 2019
It's the second annual Leaside Block Party in support of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The neighbourhood will be gathering together for fun activities, delicious eats, entertainment, local vendors, and plenty of ways to learn about Holland Bloorview! Free. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
October 5, 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

Nuit Blanche
October 5, 2019
Experience nearly 90 art projects at Nuit Blanche Toronto! For one sleepless night, the familiar is discarded and Toronto is transformed into an artistic playground for a series of exhilarating art experiences. Free. More

Canada Diwali at Celebration Square
October 5, 2019 to October 6, 2019
DIWALI is the largest community festival and celebration of culture & heritage. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali is a major Hindu festival celebrated worldwide. Free. More

October Weekends at Scarborough Museum
October 5, 2019 to October 20, 2019
During October's Family Fun Weekends enjoy treats and activities like an enchanted scavenger hunt and tour the historic buildings. Try a slice of Devil's Food cake made in a wood burning stove with a cup of pumpkin spice drink, dress up in pioneer costumes and make a 3D pumpkin craft. PWYC. More

Colborne Lodge Fall Festival
October 6, 2019
Celebrate the autumn season in beautiful High Park! A variety of community organizations are coming together to animate the site with music, dance, activations, demonstrations, historical activities and seasonal crafts to create a fun-filled afternoon. Free. More

The Salmon Festival at Highland Creek
October 6, 2019
The Salmon Festival is a family-oriented event that showcases environmental conservation and the natural heritage of Highland Creek. Free. More

Sunday FUNday - We DIG Archaeology!
October 6, 2019
Interact with artefacts from Oshawa's Ancestral Wendat archaeological sites at our Sunday FUNday! Found in 1967 and 1992 these excavations have provided us a link to Oshawa's pre-history. Learn about tools of the trade, dating techniques and put together clay pots! View artefacts on display from past digs at the Museum. Free. More

Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
October 12, 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. October 12, 2019  workshop - Kids can learn how to build their very own Fire Plane. Free. More

Diwali RazzMatazz Balle Balle Extravaganza
October 12, 2019 to October 13, 2019
DRZMZ is all about festive shopping, mouth watering food vendors, corporate vendors, decors, community informative booths and kids activities for all ages and genres. Free. More

PumpkinFest Richmond Hill
October 12, 2019 to October 14, 2019
If you’re looking for something fun to do Thanksgiving weekend, this is it! Richmond Hill Pumpkinfest has something for all ages. Come experience this family event over 3 days with great food, vendors, entertainment and loads of pumpkins! Guests are welcomed to enjoy all things Autumn. Free admission. More

PumpkinFest Toronto
October 12, 2019 to October 14, 2019
If you’re looking for something fun to do Thanksgiving weekend, this is it! Toronto Pumpkinfest has something for all ages. Come experience this family event over 3 days with great food, vendors, entertainment and loads of pumpkins! Guests are welcomed to enjoy all things Autumn. Free admission. More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
October 13, 2019 and October 27, 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

Earth Run and Fall Festival
October 19, 2019
The Earth Run in the Rouge consists of a 10k and 5k course. Registration for the 5k is FREE for youth 17 years of age and under! There will also be a free kids 1k run. More

Pumpkinville! Free Event!
October 19, 2019
Free admission! This fall event has been a community favourite for years. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, No Frill's Pumpkin Patch, inflatable rides, Haunted House, children's activities, live entertainment, interactive experiences and more. More

Boo at the Zoo
October 19, 2019 to October 27, 2019
Calling all costumed kiddies! For Boo at the Zoo weekends, kids in costume (ages 12 and under) get FREE admission* when accompanied by an adult paying regular admission. More

Durham VegFest
October 20, 2019
Hear from interesting speakers, watch our cooking demos, and enjoy live musical and dance performances. Free admission. More

3rd Monday Nights FREE at ROM
Monday, October 21, 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

AGO All Hours
October 26, 2019
All day. All ages. All in. The next must-attend art event has arrived. Join us for AGO All Hours, a new way to experience the museum. Channeling the intergenerational vibe of a classic Toronto block party, the seasonal event offers something for everyone, from engaging and interactive special installations and art-making activities to artist projects, marquee performances and more. Free + Ticketed Events - 25 and under Free admission to AGO. More

Day of the Dead Celebration at Artscape
October 26, 2019
The Mexican Community invites you to the traditional... Celebración del Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration. Full festivities will take over the entire Wychwood Barns site on October 26, featuring altars, ceremonies, performances, installations, food, and more. Free admission. More

Halloween on Queen
October 26, 2019
Join us at Kew Gardends and Ivan Forrest Gardens for a fun afternoon of Halloween Activities! Features Costume Contest (Pets included!), Inflatable Fun, Live Music and DJ, Craft Corner, Buskers, Halloween Games and more! Free. More

Halloween Blast from the Past at Scarborough Museum
October 26, 2019
Wear your Halloween costume to Scarborough Museum for a fun-filled day of activities. No costume? No problem! Come as you are or dress up in one of our pioneer outfits and take some spooky selfies. Try freshly baked devil’s food cake, sample pumpkin spice drink, go on an enchanted scavenger hunt and make a 3D pumpkin craft. Don’t miss out on trick or treating at the museum buildings! PWYC. More

Halloween Hijinks in Bowmanville
October 26, 2019
Join us at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre for a family friendly spook-tastic day! Come in costume! There will be crafts, treats, games and a scavenger hunt! Free. More

Riverside Halloween Fest & Fundraiser
October 26, 2019
Kids of all ages are invited to get into costume and join in for some fun and spooky happenings at Riverside’s Annual Halloween Fest! Free. More

Halloween Boo Barn at Riverdale Farm
October 26 and 27, 2019
Get spooky at Riverdale Farm! Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Great for kids aged 3-9. Face painting and crafts. Find the pumpkin patch! Carve on-site, collect your seeds and take them home. No mess or fuss. Tools are provided, no cost to carve. Donations accepted for pumpkins. More

Bata Shoe Museum Halloween Extravaganza
October 26, 2019 to October 27, 2019
Say boo at the BSM this Halloween and join us for a spooktacular weekend of family fun! Decorate a Halloween inspired cookie, make a special craft and play I Spy in the galleries. Kids who wear their costumes get in FREE! More

Evergreen's Annual Day of the Dead
October 27, 2019
Join us for our 9th annual celebration of Latin American culture with activities for children and adults alike. Evergreen's Day of the Dead celebration takes place at the Sunday Artisan Market and incorporates traditional Latin celebrations, fun family activities and delicious food and drink. Free admission. More

Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
October 27, 2019
Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market is back for a 16th year with a day of games, music, food and fun throughout the market. 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 October
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 - October
Saturdays in October
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

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

Toronto Biennial of Art
Until December 1, 2019
For 72 days, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by free exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time. Free. More

Library Story Time at Toronto Botanical Garden
Until December 9, 2019
Drop in to the Weston Family Library for nature stories and songs. Mondays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. FREE! No registration required. 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

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

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