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The top 5 free events in Toronto: May 23-29

Free events in Toronto this week celebrate Barbados' 50th year of independence, the first Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington, and the annual exploration of mostly hidden places that is Doors Open. Here's what to get up to in Toronto if you've had to crack your penny bank.

Barbados on the water (May 27-29)
Think of this as a giant, free, dance party down by the water. Soca, spice and soul is how the Harbourfront Centre is helping to celebrate Barbados' 50th year of independence where you'll be able to catch DJs, live music, visual art, a fish fry and theatre. Basically, loads of amazing food, music and art from the islands.

Evergreen Anniversary Celebration (May 28)
For the early weekend risers, head down into the valley and help celebrate 25 years of the Evergreen Brick Works. Taking place from 9am-1pm, there will be vendors, live music, and an interactive mural project.

Doors Open (May 28-29)
One of Toronto's coolest events for urban explorers happens to be free! Head to the official website to map your own adventure.

Kensington Market Art Fair (May 29)
It's the first Pedestrian Sunday of the year! The third annual Kensington Market Art Fair (KMAF) also gets underway with local artists showing off their paintings, drawing, illustration, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more.

Christie Pits art crawl (May 29)
Local art, food, drinks and live music are all on offer at this hill-y art crawl. I bought a bunch of very cool plant and seeds last year and most of them are actually still alive! I challenge you to do the same.

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Photo of Pedestrian Sunday by Anna Sakin from the bloTO Flickr pool.

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