Free & Cheap Things To Do In September

The Redpath Waterfront Trail opens on September 17!

September is here! Summer is winding down and a new school year is upon us. Not to worry! The fun doesn't end with the final days of summer. In fact, there are many free events for families to enjoy this month.

Check back often, we'll update this page with new free events and activities as they become available.

Admission is Free on Sundays at Bata Shoe Museum

  • Sundays, in September
  • Bata Shoe Museum
  • Free

Discover the treasures of North America's charming and surprising shoe museum. Hundreds of shoes (from a collection numbering over 14,000) are on exhibit. More

TAIWANfest Toronto - Re-Think Asia

  • Until September 6, 2021
  • Virtual - Online
  • Free

From colourful artwork and paintings that attracts the young ones to films and documentaries about stories of the musicians and artists that the older one finds inspiring. These programs are family oriented. More

Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects® at Ontario Science Centre

  • Daily until September 26th, 2021
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Free

There’s still time to check out Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects®, a collection of huge sculptures made from LEGO® bricks! This outdoor exhibition has been extended to September 26. More

CNE Connected

  • Until March 2022
  • Online
  • Free and Paid

Stay connected with the CNE this summer with an online offering, CNE Connected! The membership offers both free and paid virtual content packed with online experiences from Canadian performers and artists, kids content creators, local chefs and much more! More

Nature Connection at Downsview Park

  • September 1, 12 and 26, 2021
  • Downsview Park
  • Free

Nature Connection, a FREE nature program geared towards families, is back! Start exploring the natural world, right from Downsview Park. All ages. More

Asialicious Toronto

  • Friday, September 10th to Sunday, September 12th, 2021
  • Woodside Square
  • Free

100+ participating venues including restaurants, bubble tea shops, hotels, cafes, bakeries, food courts in malls & grocery stores, fast food and food trucks. Asialicious Carnival will feature 3 days and evenings of full entertainment with a free movie night on Friday September 10th. On Saturday 11th there will be a “Starry Night” variety show followed by fireworks. More

Burlington Food Truck Festival

  • Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Spencer Smith Park
  • Free

A festival you won’t want to miss! Free admission, delicious food, a children’s midway and local performers geared to entertain the masses! More 

Sensory-friendly Saturdays: School Strategies & Resources at Ontario Science Centre

  • Saturday, September 11th, 2021 @ 11:00 am
  • Online
  • Free

Make the new school year a positive experience with practical tips. Join us for a live discussion led by a training specialist from Sonderly, Geneva Centre for Autism’s learning and training division. More

Free Admission at the Gardiner Museum

  • Until Sunday, September 12th, 2021
  • Gardiner Museum
  • Free

Discover one of the world's oldest and most dynamic art forms. The Gardiner Museum is one of the world's most celebrated specialty museums and one of the only museums focused on ceramics. Until Sunday September 12, admission is free to the public. More

Richmond Hill - Drive-In Movies

  • September 13 and 20, 2021
  • Hillcrest Mall Parking Lot
  • Free

Take your family to the drive in! On select Mondays in September, we will have a pop-up community drive-in so your family can go and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car. More

Downsview Park Jr. Forest Explorers

  • Mondays, September 13 to 27, 2021
  • Downsview Park Discovery Centre
  • Free

A FREE caregiver and toddler nature program. Connect with the natural world through hands-on outdoor activities. Registration is required for all attendees. More

The Word On The Street Toronto

  • September 16 to 26, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Celebrate the stories that connect us at Toronto’s friendly, virtual book festival. Tune in to The Word On The Street from September 16th to 26th, 2021 for poetry, memoirs, mystery, & more! More

Family Trivia Night Presented by Ontario Science Centre

  • Friday, September 17th, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
  • Online
  • Free

Gather the family for some serious Friday night fun—plus a little friendly competition! More

The Redpath Waterfront Trail

  • September 17 to October 3, 2021
  • Lower Sherbourne to Lower Spadina
  • Free

Take your imagination for a walk on Toronto’s waterfront. This socially distanced waterfront trail will include unique Augmented Reality stops (AR), public art and a number of local promotions at waterfront businesses. More

BARK to SCHOOL with the PC Superdogs

  • Saturday, September 18th, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Bridlewood Mall
  • Free

Enjoy some BARK to SCHOOL fun with the PC Superdogs! Don’t miss these furry friends in a fun-filled, action packed, heart-warming and hilarious show! More

Plant Life Harvest Festival

  • Saturday, September 18th, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Fred Johnson Park
  • Free

On September 18 2021, The Community Arts Guild will present and celebrate creations made during August workshops at the Harvest Festival, an annual event hosted by Scarborough Village Community Garden that takes place at Fred Johnson Park in East Scarborough. More

Taco Fest

  • Saturday, September 18th to Sunday, September 19th, 2021
  • Scarborough Town Centre
  • Free

Taco Fest is back! Let the competition begin. Who will win the the title of Best Taco in Toronto this year? Try over 50 variations of tacos! Admission is Free. More

All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages Virtual Tour

  • Sunday, September 19th, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Bata Shoe Museum
  • Free

Take a fascinating journey and experience the many facets of footwear: its evolution and symbolism through the ages, the methods and materials of its manufacture and its place in our imaginations. More

Culture Days 2021

  • September 24 to October 24, 2021
  • Various Locations + Virtual
  • Free (Some Pay-What-You-Can)

Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide! The Culture Days website will act as a promotional platform for creators of every kind to showcase thousands of virtual and in-person activities. More

Party 4 Paws Pet Fair

  • Saturday, September 25th, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Trinity Bellwoods Park, Dog Bowl
  • Free

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. Fun family activities. More

Mobile In The Sky - Kite Flying Event

  • Sunday, September 26th, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Neilson Park Creative Centre
  • Free

Participants and the public are invited to attend the outdoor Kite Flying Event during Neilson Park Creative Centre’s Culture Days celebration. More

Tree Planting with Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag

  • Sunday, September 26th, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:20 pm
  • Downsview Park Discovery Centre
  • Free

Make a positive impact on Downsview Park. On Sunday, September 26th Downsview Park welcomes the community, in collaboration with Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag Indigenous youth program, to help plant trees! More 


Ontario Parks Admission is Free

  • Monday to Thursday in August, until September 2, 2021
  • Various locations
  • Free

From Mondays through Thursdays, until September 2, 2021, Ontario Parks is extending free weekday daily vehicle permits. That means you can visit any operating provincial park during the week, for day use, at no cost. More

Movies in the Park Aurora

  • Various dates in September
  • Various Locations
  • Free

This year’s movie series will include both Drive In Movies and Movies in the Park. All movies are free of charge. Pre-registration is required. More

Queen's Park Outdoors

  • Weekdays until September 3, 2021
  • Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Free

Join us outdoors this summer as we explore the grounds of Ontario's parliament. Learn about the history of the site, the work of parliament and more. More

Toronto Public Libraries - Summer Wonder: Programs for Kids 6-12

  • Various dates until September 4, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Summer is a great time to explore and discover new interests as a family. Summer Wonder offers free, online programs and activities to do together all summer long. More

Splash Pad Fun in Toronto & the GTA

  • Until Labour Day!
  • All summer
  • Free

If you're looking for a way to stay cool this summer, check out these cities' playgrounds that are loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief from the heat! All are Free! More

Happy 10 MCS

  • Until September 6, 2021
  • Celebration Square Mississauga
  • Free

Celebration Square Mississauga is turning 10! There are celebratory activities taking place at the Square throughout the season... More

Play The Parks: On Location

  • Until September 9, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Returning to the digital world for the second year in a row, Play the Parks goes On Location and takes you inside some of the landmark venues and business staples in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood. More

Tim Hortons Presents Concerts in the Parking Lot

  • Thursdays, July 15th to September 9th, 2021
  • Richmond Hill GO Station Overflow Parking Lot
  • Free

Concerts in the Parking Lot offers a drive-in concert experience in the Richmond Hill GO Station’s overflow parking lot. Come together as a community while enjoying traditional ‘Concerts in the Park’ style-events from the comfort of your vehicle. On July 29, there's a family concert with Splash N' Boots. More

Brampton's Fitness in the Park

  • Daily until October 31st, 2021
  • Various Locations
  • Free

Join us for FREE open air workouts, seven days a week. The City of Brampton has reintroduced an extended offering of summer favourite, Fitness in the Park, a free outdoor fitness program. Open to residents & non-residents, ages 6+. More

Share Your Art with Pillars of Change!

  • Ongoing
  • At-home activity
  • Free

This project is open to all ages and abilities – adults and children alike. Once you’ve personalized your Pillars of Change artwork, share your creations for the chance to see them displayed in large-scale formats such as digital billboards in busy Toronto locations. Go to the PARTICIPATE page to learn how you can download free customizable artwork. More

Check back throughout the month. This page will be updated as new Free events are posted. You can also check the Free Events page in our Calendar.

Redpath Waterfront Trail

Post Sponsored by Redpath Waterfront Trail

For two weeks in September, we invite you to take your imagination for a walk on Toronto’s waterfront. This socially distanced waterfront trail will include unique Augmented Reality stops (AR), public art and a number of local promotions at waterfront businesses. Join us September 17 to October 3 from Lower Spadina to Lower Sherbourne Street. The event is Free! More info

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