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10 places in Toronto to get free stuff on your birthday

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 14, 2011

Birthday Toronto FreeCelebrating a birthday in Toronto just got better because there's plenty of free stuff to be had. Yes, free! These 10 birthday freebies will surely make becoming one year older in Toronto a little more enjoyable. After all, birthdays--at least for me--just haven't been the same since loot bags were unanimously deemed "uncool." Damn fourth-graders. In any case, it's time to bring back the swag.

Cashing in on some of these free birthday deals offer a great way to try out some local businesses in and around the city. Some require that you bring a (paying) friend--but hey, it's your birthday...there are few other days when guilt can be so effectively applied.

Here are the top 10 birthday freebies in Toronto, in no particular order:

Free Coffee

Offered by Jet Fuel Coffee, 519 Parliament Street. Like everything else at Jet Fuel, this is pretty relaxed. You may have to show I.D. to prove it's actually your birthday.

Free Admission to Ontario Place

If your birthday is during Ontario Place's summer operating season, you can get a free Play All Day Pass by showing I.D. at the Guest Services Pavilion.

Free Meal

Offered by Commensal Vegetarian Restaurant, 655 Bay Street (entrance on Elm). Come on your birthday at you'll get a free lunch or dinner if your friends spend a minimum of $30 at the buffet.

Free Round of Golf

Offered by Bushwood Golf Club, 10905 Reesor Road, Markham. If you don't mind the trek, sign up for Bushwood's eClub and get a free round of golf up to one week before or one week after your birthday.

Free (or cheap) Dry Cleaning

Offered by Parkers Dry Cleaners, several locations. Register to become a member on their website and you'll get a $10 off coupon for signing up, and other $10 coupon sent to you on your birthday if you provide them with the day.

Free Buffet

Offered by Imperial Buffet, 3120 Dixie Road, Mississauga. Receive a free buffet dinner on your birthday with the purchase of two adult buffets and valid I.D.

Free Admission to Medieval Times

Nothing says 'happy birthday' like jousting knights and a chicken dinner, right? Sign up for the Birthday Fellowship online and you'll receive free admission on your birthday with the purchase of one regular-priced admission.

Free Dance Class

Offered by Java Dance, 22 Dorchester Avenue. Receive a free dance class if your birthday is three days before or three days after the inclusive Sunday evening lesson.

Free Gelato

Offered by Hotel Gelato, 532 Eglinton Avenue. Sign up for their newsletter and get a free gelato on your birthday.

Did I miss something? Add more birthday freebies to the comments below.

Photo by Tara Noelle in the blogTO Flickr pool



BR31 / January 14, 2011 at 10:38 am
Baskin and Robins offers a free cone on your birthday if you register online! :)
Aaron / January 14, 2011 at 10:43 am
Free dozen bagels at What a Bagel!
Shawn / January 14, 2011 at 10:45 am
Would have been useful 5 days ago... WHEN IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY ;)
Aaron replying to a comment from Shawn / January 14, 2011 at 10:50 am
How Adam Sandler of you...
Ian / January 14, 2011 at 10:54 am
Not sure if it's still going on but Tucker's Marketplace always had a free plate for birthdays back in the day. Do we even have one here in TO?
Vivy / January 14, 2011 at 11:01 am
well, there is a little work involve but it's free to join....with Aveda:
"**To join the Birthday Program, you must provide your full name, full address and birthday. Once enrolled in this program, you will be sent a postcard within 28 days of your birthday that must be brought to your nearest participating Aveda Experience Center to receive your free gift (no purchase necessary)."
They are sending me an email at my Birthday every year to go get my free gift! sweet :)
zxc / January 14, 2011 at 11:02 am
Kind of sucks if your birthday is on a holiday when nothing is open.
Natalie / January 14, 2011 at 11:04 am
Sephora and Body shop if you are members. Body Shop has wiggle room too, you don't have to go in exactly on your birthday. Ah, Aveda too.
Natalie / January 14, 2011 at 11:04 am
If you are a member, Aveda, Body Shop and Sephora all have gifts. All pretty good too.
Amanda / January 14, 2011 at 11:07 am
Rocky mountain chocolates lets you get a free chocolate bar if you. sign up
Alison / January 14, 2011 at 11:07 am
I think Marble Slab gives you free ice cream on your birthday if you sign up for the mailing list.. it says "birthday surprises".. which I guess doesn't HAVE to mean free ice cream.. but I'd guess it does.
Megan / January 14, 2011 at 11:09 am
The new cupcake shop on Queen West "Dlish" gives you a free cupcake on your birthday!
Matt / January 14, 2011 at 11:12 am
Caseys restaurants have a free BDay meal with a paying friend as well.

Jack Astor's will send you a coupon for a free dessert for your bday as well if you're on their newsletter.
jae / January 14, 2011 at 11:15 am
Free meal at Benihana.
love free stuff. / January 14, 2011 at 11:20 am
free drink at starbucks if you register a card and enter your birthday online. they send a coupon in the mail!
Moi / January 14, 2011 at 11:23 am
You get $15 worth of dry cleaning on your birthday.
They also give out $5 for signing up.

What-A-Bagel: Get one dozen FREE Bagels on your birthday! (some locations don't do it, check your store first)

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse gives FREE dessert on your birthday if you make an advance reservation.

Boston Pizza sign up to the newsletter ...Get a coupon for a FREE starter and a coupon for FREE gourmet pasta on your birhday.

Moi / January 14, 2011 at 11:25 am
oops......correct link for The Dry Cleaner
Bonk / January 14, 2011 at 11:30 am
This is relevant to my weekend interests!
Torontonian / January 14, 2011 at 11:33 am
I once got a free pint of draught at Rower's Pub
because the barmaid asked me how I was and I told
her I was fine since it was my 50th birthday.
If you register with the CBC shop, you'll receive
a $5 coupon in your e-mail to be applied against
your purchases.
Angela / January 14, 2011 at 11:53 am
Body Blitz gives you a free lunch around your birthday with any treatment
Ryan L. replying to a comment from zxc / January 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I think many of the places that have you register ahead of time will give you the option of redeeming it within a few days of your actual birthday
Matt / January 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Fat Tony's Top-Shelf Escorts give out free hand jobs on your birthday. All you have to do is book an appointment with an escort and then once you have received the free hand job, jump out the back of the van that you rented and run away cackling with your pants around your ankles. I heard about it on Groupon.
e / January 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Awesome post. Thanks.
makkaphatt replying to a comment from Aaron / January 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm
For real! When I read the title I thought this deal, which is easily trumps all of these glorified buy one get one frees or crummy throwaways, would be here. Article fail.
M / January 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Not in Toronto but in Mississauga, Denny's offers some deal as well if you are on their e-mail subscription.
TantienHime / January 14, 2011 at 02:22 pm
Perfect timing! Mine's on Monday.
mike in parkdale / January 14, 2011 at 03:07 pm
happy birthday BOB!

(in the picture). I didn't know it was your birthday?!?!? haha
S / January 14, 2011 at 04:16 pm
Um... Eglinton Ave., EAST or WEST?

"Hotel Gelato, 532 Eglinton Avenue."
pat / January 14, 2011 at 06:26 pm
free sub at the subway on college and beatrice.
duncan / January 14, 2011 at 07:45 pm
free ice cream cake from the keg
Shawn / January 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm
Here's pretty much THE birthday list:
irina / January 15, 2011 at 02:51 am
Milestones too, as long as you bring 4 friends and they each get entrées, birthday girl's or boy's entrée is free. Info on their website. Sign up for their newsletter or something. I forget.
Alana / January 16, 2011 at 12:15 am
Dolce gelato on College and Montrose? it's near the metro. You get a free gelato bar.
Gabe replying to a comment from Matt / January 17, 2011 at 12:40 am
Do you have the Fat Tony's Top Shelf number?
claudia / January 18, 2011 at 09:56 am
dairy queen if you sign up for their newsletter!
grace / January 20, 2011 at 05:15 pm
how can you forget Mandarin Buffet? Is it because everyone knows this one? Also, i think Mother Tuckers Buffet is free for the birthday person when someone else comes along of course.
glimmercat replying to a comment from grace / June 24, 2011 at 01:40 am
Actually, Mandarin long since stopped offering their birthday deal. They now have no discounts, except for children and seniors at the buffet.
sf replying to a comment from Matt / September 11, 2011 at 11:15 am
@Matt - Your mother would be proud.
sf replying to a comment from Matt / September 11, 2011 at 11:16 am
Matt - your mother would be proud.
sf / September 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm
wondering what kind of person uses a service like "Fat Tony's? Someone that cannot find a date?
sf / September 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm
@Matt - your momma must be proud.
Ann replying to a comment from Natalie / December 11, 2011 at 02:28 pm
You have to buy the $10 Body Shop rewards card to get a free birthday gift (up to $10). It's a card that expires in one year.
Ann replying to a comment from Vivy / December 11, 2011 at 02:32 pm
Aveda birthday: This is not valid in Canada, when you get to the address section, only US states are available from the drop down box
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Eldridge Prosper replying to a comment from Ian / March 9, 2012 at 06:50 am
Yes,you can still have a free plate at Mother Tuckers on your birthday.I was there on Feb.18th (my birthday)and went an had three plates,but they do charge for coffee and pop,so bring a little money with you for that.Call them to make sure if you don't beleive this.I think you can find their number on their webpage.
zita / March 17, 2012 at 10:04 am
user-pic - you get a coupon emailed to you that says you'll 'get 25% off the item you've been wishing for'. You have to print the coupon and bring it to a Dynamite store. It's valid 'within 7 days of your birthday'.
I know it's not a freebie, but if you like this store it's a good deal!
Also, Sephora's birthday gift is valid within 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your birthday!
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DEALHNTR replying to a comment from jae / April 10, 2012 at 09:40 am
To clarify past comments; Aveda Canada gives you $10 off your purchase in your birthday month and Benihana - the restaurant in the Royal York hotel is NOT affiliated with the chain in the US for the free $30 birthday certificate hence you cannot use this deal in Canada.

Casey's, max $14 value, you must purchase a drink and be accompanied by a paying guest.

Shopsey’s was always my favourite but so far this year my dad didn't get his coupon (April 4th birthday) no response from customer service either. That was a great deal since you got a free meal and dessert - no limit on value and it was good for 4 weeks - not just on your actual birthday.

Boston Pizza will give you a free pasta meal OR a free dessert – sign up via email.
Karen replying to a comment from Megan / June 9, 2012 at 06:13 pm
You must LIKE Dlish Cupcakes on Facebook for 30 days prior to your birthday to get one for free. Worth it, as they have the best cupcakes in Toronto.
Eve replying to a comment from Ian / July 11, 2012 at 04:42 pm
Yes it's still a free dinner or lunch at Tucker's! There's one at warden and ellington!
Toby / August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am
I thought most of the things listed in the article were kind of lame. STarbucks, Aveda and Sephora have the best birthday offers I find. Ontario Place??? I'm pretty sure this place is shut down since the province can't afford to keep it open. Maybe it should be taken off the list.
fay / September 14, 2012 at 10:09 am
How is it free when you still need to purchase 2 meals, try getting into ontario place ha ha, nothing is truly free, what if you are by yourself,
CH / September 19, 2012 at 09:09 am
theres a Tuckers market place near Pearson airport,on airport road and also one at heartland center at mavis and britania,mississauga
Matthew replying to a comment from Ian / October 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Tucker's gives a free meal for the Birthday celebrater, but they are required to bring someone with them. and there is a Tucker's at the Airport.
Safiyah replying to a comment from Ian / March 1, 2013 at 11:46 am
Yes we do.
on Eglinton ave east
around walmart...
further down the road actually
Em Kal / March 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm
Cold Stone Creamery gives you a free ice cream on your birthday if you register online
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CATWOMAN / August 28, 2013 at 10:51 am
Sephora!!! They give you a little box of sample-sized goodies. All you gotta do is sign up for a free sephora points card.
Alex / January 17, 2014 at 04:27 pm
Great list. (Also, LOL @ the computer bot fail.)
choubz / April 11, 2014 at 06:52 am
What about people born February 29th ??? we need to talk about this
itsokjo / May 3, 2014 at 06:01 pm
what a bagel no longer does free bagels. as of april 1, 2014, they now do a buy 6 bagels, get 6 free with ID. my birthday was yesterday, so this is pretty up-to-date.
John / June 11, 2014 at 03:19 pm
Not going to help me today. As today is mine.
Mikayla / September 24, 2014 at 09:02 pm
When I originally commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now
each time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment.
Perhaps there is a means you are able to remove me from that service?
Candace / September 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm
Dennys you get a free original grand slam (drinks are extra). Dairy Queen is a buy one, get one free coupon if you sign up for the e-mail. Booster juice is one free on your birthday if you sign up for the email. Tuckers Marketplace is free lunch or dinner buffet (drinks are extra). All need ID but they're great (I share my birthday with my girlfriend so we go for all these things together, no paying diner necessary for Dennys OR Tuckers)
Onyx Barbers / September 29, 2014 at 05:03 pm
Onyx Barbers offers free haircuts on your birthday. Everyone needs to look fresh for their day of birth.
Emily Hribljan / November 11, 2014 at 11:57 pm
Kula now offers a free yoga class any day of your birthday week! Great atmosphere with amazing instructors! And Sephora will give you a free birthday gift anytime during the month of your birthday if you become a beauty insider.
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danielle / April 25, 2015 at 01:55 pm
what a bagel give free 6 bagels on your bday but u got to buy 6 first this is an update to other posting on it
Soledad / May 8, 2015 at 10:15 am
Afterglo give you a free tan not just on your birthday but the month of your Birthday.
Richard / July 11, 2015 at 02:20 am
Archery Circuit offers free black light archery tag and dodge ball +- 7 days of your birthday. Last time I went with a group of 15 friends and 2 people got to play for free, because their birthday was within 7 days. Great experience, highly recommend!!!
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