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The top 15 free events in Toronto this fall

There may be free things to do almost every day somewhere in Toronto, but the top free events this fall are the cream of the crop. Along with the citywide celebration that is Nuit Blanche, there are major film festivals, a weekend for witches, and the final street festival of the year.

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    • September 28
      This is a party to celebrate the launch of the waterfront art gallery's new season of programming. Be the first to check out exhibitions by Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck, Amalia Pica and Michael Landy, then stay for the party.
      The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
    • September 30 - October 1
      The 12th edition of Toronto's free, city-wide sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns with installations and works transforming spaces all around us for one night only. 
      Multiple Venues
    • October 3-24
      This global exhibition presents the best visual journalism of the past year. Check out the stunning, sometimes disturbing photos at Brookfield Place.
      Brookfield Place
    • October 5
      Celebrate Witches, women and the arts with multiple venues and events held throughout the city. This year's theme is Out of the Broom Closet!
    • October 19
      This is an annual typography and lettering exhibition, showcasing work from Toronto and around the world. If you're a fan of fonts, prints, and the design and print world, this is worth checking out.
      Northern Contemporary
    • October 21
      The festival of zines and independent arts returns inside the AGO and it's absolutely free. Check out hundreds and zine, book, and comic creators and well as talks and workshops. 
    • October 29
      The final, car-free street party and gathering in Kensington Market happens today. Expect pop-up performances, vendors and a street party.
      Kensington Market
    • October 31
      A very spooky edition of The Bunz Flea features artisans accepting trades for their artwork, goods, and services. There's also a giant open free trade area.
    • November 8-11
      The second annual Toronto Indie Horror Fest shows horror films from the U.S. and the U.K. The terrifying fun starts at 7 p.m. on each night of the fest.
    • November 9-23
      This is a unique film fest where award-winning films from countries who are part of the EU are screened for free. It's one of the largest free film festivals in the country. 
      The Royal Cinema
    • November 16 - December 23
      The Distillery District is transformed into a winter wonderland leading up to Christmas with carollers, elves, lights, and one of the city's largest Christmas trees. It's free every weekday until 5 p.m. on Fridays.
      Distillery District
    • November 18
      The 10 year anniversary of the tree lighting ceremony at the heart of downtown usually features an impressive light show and over the top performances. 
      Yonge-Dundas Square
    Lead photo by

    Jesse Milns at Nuit Blanche

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at Nuit Blanche

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