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The top 5 free events in Toronto: August 22-28 2016

Free events in Toronto this week include watching a Prince movie under the stars and a giant dance party on a beach where you're totally allowed to bring your dog. Who said summer was ending? Whoever that was, unfriend them and have a fun time this week with some friends who aren't spreading such propaganda.

Here are my picks for free events this week.

Under the Stars presents: Purple Rain (August 23, Regent Park)
This is the final movie under the stars for the season and it's an epic one. Catch the Purple One at this outdoor film screening in his legendary film role as the Kid trying to make it in Minneapolis. Movie around 9 p.m. pre show activities beforehand.

Family/Animation film festival (August 25, Carlton Cinema)
This is a popular little fest, so make sure to RSVP, but it is free and you can catch some of the finest family-friendly, animated short films from from Australia, Greece, UK, Latvia, Belguim and USA. Showtime is 7p.m.

TaiwanFest (August 26-28)
With activities like the Friendship picnic, a tango with Hong Kong and films, all happening at the Harbourfront Centre all weekend long! A free festival of film, talks, concerts, visual art and food.

CityFest (August 27)
From Noon to 9p.m. head down to the big red canoe and hang out with your neighbours at this laid back one-day festival. Artists, vendors, food trucks and finally seeing that person you've been watching from your condo for months, in the flesh! Totally free, here's the Facebook page.

Promise x Get Leashed: Dog-Friendly Cherry Beach Party (August 28)
This one's for "electronic music lovers and their canine companions" who are invited to bounce to the beats while basking in the sunshine at Cherry Beach. It's a dog-friendly dance party, and you don't need to have a dog to attend, you just need to like them. Animal portion of the day ends around 6 p.m. and the Promise party continues into the sunset.

Did I miss an amazing free event this week? Let us all know about in the comments.

Photo from the CityFest Facebook page.


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