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The top 5 free events in Toronto: August 17-23 2015

Free events in Toronto will get you excited for the weekend. Throughout the week you'll find enough free outdoor movies to keep you busy, but the weekend is where it's at (so far as free events are concerned). There's five festivals on tap that you can attend without dropping a dime. Look forward to live music, entertainment and plenty of dancing in the streets.

Here's a round-up of free festivals to attend this week.

Tirgan Fest (August 20-23)
The Harbourfront Centre is hosting Tirgan Fest, the world's largest celebration of Iranian art and culture. Look forward to live music, films, theatre and more when the festival kicks off at the end of August. Free events include: the Tombak Workshop (August 21), 1507 performance (August 21), Dance Lounge (August 21-22), and more.

Cityfest (August 22)
Cityfest is a one-day-only event at Canoe Landing Park. Expect all the usual festival shenanigans: a beer garden, live music, food vendors and more. The best part? You don't have to drop a dime for entry.

Taste of Manila (August 22-23)
Taste of Manila offers plenty of free festival fun, from dancing to live music. If you have a few dollars to spare you can indulge in everything from dumplings to deep fried bananas.

BIG on Bloor (August 22-23)
Look forward to two days of shopping and entertainment when BIG on Bloor closes the street off to cars between Lansdowne and Dufferin. The event boasts a lengthy list of vendors, entertainers, and more. See the full list of participants here.

Chinatown Festival (August 22-23)
This neighbourhood is always alive with Chinese culture, but with this festival, the sheer volume of street foods on offer is astounding. You can also catch a dragon winding its way through the area, with lion dances at night.

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Photo of Big on Bloor by Andrew Williamson.

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