September on the Cheap! 2013




Toronto Ukrainian Festival

You may be counting down the days 'til back to school but that doesn't mean all the outdoor Summer fun needs to stop! September actually brings many of our favourite free and cheap events and festivals for families, such as the Taste of the Kingsway, Vegetarian Food Festival, Roncesvalles Polish Festival, WindFest, Culture Days, and much more!

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Canadian International Air Show

Canadian International Air Show
August 31 to September 2, 2013
The 64th annual Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) soars over Lake Ontario Labour Day weekend for another awe-inspiring show. The 2013 display will feature amazing aerobatics and delight fans of all ages! Both the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and acrobatic daredevil Mike Wiskus are back with their spine tingling stunts!
Admission: Free

Brazilian Day Canada 2013
September 2, 2013 - 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm

Brazilian Day Canada is proud to hold its 5th edition in Nathan Phillips Square. Local artists, various artworks, and Brazilian foods will involve everybody in the spirit of being Brazilian.
Admission: Free


The Taste of the Kingsway

15th Annual Taste of the Kingsway Festival
September 6 to 8, 2013

Come celebrate and experience fun, food, and music! This Fall Festival features 2 grand stages with non-stop entertainment, a culinary market/theatre featuring celebrity chefs, midway rides, the biggest dog show in Etobicoke, artisan and crafter pavilions, clowns, face painters, auto show, charity pancake breakfast in support of Out of the Cold, and so much more!
Admission: Free


Vegetarian Food Festival

29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival
September 6 to 8, 2013

Regarded as the largest event of its kind in North America, the Vegetarian Food Festival taking place at the Harbourfront Centre gives audiences an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine and shop from over 100 vendors.
Admission: Free

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
September 6 to 8, 2013

Get the blues along with over 50,000 others at Port Credit’s Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle and also enjoy the great pick-me-upper jazz acts throughout the festival. You’ll definitely enjoy feeling those glorified blues.
Admission: Free


Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts

Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts
September 7 to 8, 2013

The 37th Annual Festival is happening again... in Cabbagetown. This street and arts festival runs for two days along Parliament and Carlton Streets. At the same time, is the Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Fest in Riverdale park and the neighbourhood-wide garage and lawn sales!
Admission: Free

NEW'BARK'ET
September 7 to 8, 2013 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

Sponsored by Global Pet Foods and North Newmarket Lions. This is a family friendly dog event with activities, booths and items dedicated to dogs!
Admission: Free


Markham-Milliken Children's Festival

RBC Markham-Milliken Children's Festival
September 7, 2013 - 10:00 am until 6:00 pm

This year, the RBC Markham-Milliken Children's Festival is celebrating its 15th year in the heart of Markham at the Civic Centre! It is Ontario's largest annual children's festival that features a wide variety of entertainment, play zones, crafts and other outdoor activities for children aged two to twelve.
Admission: Free

Toronto Ukrainian Festival
September 13 to 15, 2013

North America’s largest annual Ukrainian Street Festival! Enjoy Ukrainian food and beverages, exceptional non-stop entertainment on a majestic professional stage by performers from across Canada, the USA, and Ukraine, vendor kiosks, craft artists, children’s activities, and the parade.
Admission: Free

Build a Football Ring Toss Game Workshop
September 14, 2013 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm

Kids will learn how to build a football ring toss game with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 4-12.
Cost: Free

Applicious Fall Festival
September 14, 2013 - 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

A fun, family-friendly, community event! Families will enjoy many affordable activities, delicious refreshments and entertainment for all ages. Features contests, entertainment, crafts, games, vendors, food, silent auction, and more.
Admission: Free


Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Roncesvalles Polish Festival
September 14 to 15, 2013

Now entering its eighth year, the Roncesvalles Polish Festival has grown to become North America's largest celebration of Polish culture. Join us for great music and art, wonderful Polish and international cuisine from fantastic restaurants, and some of the best Polish musicians and dance groups from across Ontario, North America, and beyond!
Admission: Free


Crisp Empanadas at the Pan American Food Festival

Pan American Food Festival
September 20 to 22, 2013

Experience the cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean with restaurants, chefs, and national and regional cuisines, art, music, and folklore of the Western Hemisphere.
Admission: Free

Newmarket Buskerfest
September 21, 2013 - 10:00 am until 7:00 pm

Outdoor buskers and stage performers including juggling, magic, puppetry, music, comedy, theatre, face painting, balloon twists, caricatures, clowning, dance, music, and circus stunts.
Admission: Free

The Grapevine Festival
September 21, 2013 - 11:00 am until 11:00 pm

The Corso Italia is ready to be celebrated for its September wine and music festival! Features children’s activities, rides, and inflatables, a stage with family entertainment, such as face painters, balloon artists, and more, unique foods that feature the flavours of the neighbourhood, and much more!
Admission: Free


WindFest Kite Festival

WindFest 2013
September 21, 2013 - 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Windfest is Toronto’s largest kite festival. From expert kite fliers, to kids flying their first kite, there is a space for everyone at WindFest. Kite flying is a fun, safe, creative, and multi-cultural activity that anyone can enjoy! We’ll have workshops on how to make kites, and how to fly kites too!
Admission: Free

The Word on the Street
September 22, 2013 - 11:00 am until 6:00 pm

The Word On The Street is a free festival that celebrates the written word and champions literacy through an annual outdoor book and magazine fair. Each year, we turn Queen's Park Circle into a book and magazine lover's paradise by showcasing Canada's hottest new books and authors, as well as the best Canadian magazines!
Admission: Free

Culture Days
September 27 to 29, 2013

The fourth annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 27, 28 and 29, 2013, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers, and other creative people in their communities.
Admission: Free

Community Day at Ontario Science Centre
September 29, 2013

Presented by TELUS, Community Day is the Science Centre’s way of celebrating science with the whole community. In addition to FREE* admission and special programming in the Centre throughout the day, we invite all adults to become children again!
Admission: Free
*Parking is not included.

More Free Events for September
There are a ton more free and cheap events taking place in September! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month!

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