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The top 5 free events in Toronto: September 5-11 2016

Free events in Toronto this week include textiles, a bicycle sound festival and an extremely cool day of DJs, dance and runway at Lawrence Park. Because we're currently mid-TIFF, this money saving gathering of coolness will make sure you can afford groceries next week.

Here are my picks for free events in Toronto this week.

Dan Mangan (September 5, Union Station)
The Union Summer Market is sadly closing up shop for the season after a terrific time all around. Surrounded by 18 food vendors, catch this free show from Command Sisters at 12:30 p.m. and then folk darling Dan Mangan at 2 p.m.

Hard Twist (September 8, Gladstone Hotel)
The Gladstone's annual group fibre art show celebrates 11 years! It's a show of textile-based art, invites artists to give us their own spin on spin. This one's become an important annual event within the Canadian textile art community.

Toronto Bicycle Music Festival (September 10, Evergreen Brickworks)
The 7th annual TBMF starts at Brickworks at 11 a.m. and finishes at Prairie Drive Park at 6 p.m. It's kind of like a mobile concert. Enjoy a glorious bike right with music and dance performances in between! Jason Collett, Lido Pimienta and Nhapitapi are just a few names.

Cabbagetown Festival (September 10, Cabbagetown)
One of the final mega-street-festivals of the year takes over Cabbagetown! Make sure you're there Saturday at 11 a.m. for the opening ceremony featuring Newchoir then stick around for a show from TDot Batu, an Afro-Brazilian rhythmic group. Food, arts, craft, shops and drinks all weekend all over the place.

Parks & Wreck (September 11, Lawrence Park)
Officially the coolest free event this week, this is a one day outdoor event aimed to gather the Toronto street-dance community and local residents at Lawrence Park. "The day includes free workshops in the morning and battles, featuring the styles of House, Waacking, and Popping, as well as showcases throughout the day." DJs Dirty Dale, Fly Lady and M4RS spin.

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

Photo from the Tune Your Ride Facebook page.


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