free events summer toronto

The top 31 free events in Toronto this summer

Free events in Toronto this summer mean that you can put your money away and experience the city at no cost at all. Check out everything from free outdoor movies, parades, festivals and art events happening all over Toronto, without spending a dime.

  • Free events you don't want to miss
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    • June 21-24
      This downtown park is set to host a four-day celebration of Indigenous culture with music, programming, storytelling, dance, theatre and food.
      Fort York Historic Site
    • June 22
      The Power Plant is launching its summer season with a free party featuring works by Ellen Gallagher, Grada Kilomba and Abbas Akhavan.
    • June 22
      Part of this year's PRIDE celebrations, this massive block party includes DJs and performers for one of the city's biggest dance parties of the year.
      Bud Light Wellesley Stage
    • June 24
      Capping off Pride Month in the city is the annual Pride Parade with glittering costumes, performances and music travelling down Yonge Street.
      Yonge Street
    • June 22-24
      While the giant rubber duck may be gone, this year's beach ball installation looks to fill the void during this festival of art, music, food and shopping.
      HTO Park
    • June 23
      The longest day of sun gets a full day of celebrations along Dundas West with family-friendly activities, music, art, performances, food and drinks.
      The Junction
    • June 24
      Kensington goes carless for one day each month during the summer to make space for dancing, music, makers and meditation in the street.
      Kensington Market
    • June 24
      A season of free outdoor films carries the theme of Cinematic Cities and the first transports us to Baltimore with the 1988 classic Hairspray.
      Christie Pits
    • June 24
      Have a good stretch on the house with nine free outdoor yoga classes offered by local instructors in the Distillery District.
      The Distillery District
    • June 24
      Now in its 20th year of celebrating Black excellence, this huge block party includes music, a marketplace, art, fashion and food.
      Bud Light Wellesley Stage
    • June 29
      Back again is this free concert series in YDS featuring a rotating lineup of local and national musicians, along with graffiti artists, showing off their stuff.
      Yonge–Dundas Square
    • June 30 - July 1
      One of the city's newest public spaces starts the season off by with a two-day party and a summer-long celebration of skateboarding arts and culture.
      The Bentway
    • July 6-27
      A festival of music, art, food and movies returns to Mel Lastman Square every Friday this July with outdoor movies paired alongside musical acts.
      Mel Lastman Square
    • July 6-29
      A celebration of all things jazz music by artists both local and international is set to turn the Beaches in to a paradise for music lovers everywhere.
      Multiple Venues
    • July 7-8
      This free festival is dedicated to showcasing African music from Toronto and around the world with storytelling, music, dance and special programming.
      Woodbine Park
    • July 7-8
      Salsa in the streets is the main event of this three-week outdoor party along St. Clair with events, food, music and, of course, dancing.
      St. Clair Ave West
    • July 7-8
      Makers from all over come to Toronto to show off their creative goods, products, gadgets, and anything else they've been working hard on.
      Toronto Reference Library
    • July 14-15
      Now in its 46th year, this annual festival shuts down the downtown core in celebration of Indian heritage and culture, and ends with a huge parade.
      Multiple Venues
    • July 21
      Bloor Street explodes with music and life during this huge street festival with events, activities, displays and exhibitions peppered throughout.
      Bloor Street West
    • July 28
      Ossington Avenue shuts down this summer for a huge street festival with entertainment, food, activities and wellness programming.
      Ossington Ave
    • August 4
      A month of Caribana celebrations capps off with the Grand Parade; a spectacle of stunning colours, extravagant costumes, music and dance.
      Multiple Venues
    • August 9-19
      Ten days of arts, culture and community takes over with performances, workshops and competitions — ending with a free concert in City Hall.
      Multiple Venues
    • August 10
      Arrive via boat or foot to this two-day outdoor film festival, viewable from the shore or on the water, featuring the world’s first two-sided floating screen.
      Sugar Beach
    • August 19
      Parts of Bloor and Yonge go carless so pedestrians can wander the streets for some physical activity and healthy recreation.
      Bloor and Yonge Streets
    • August 25
      Local Bloorcourt vendors along Bloor Street West come together for a festival of artists, musicians and crafters alongside goods, music and entertainment.
      Bloor Street West
    • August 25-26
      Now in it's third year, Tamil Fest looks to celebrate Tamil culture with exhibitions, traditional food, entertainment and performances.
      Markham Road
    • August 25-26
      A huge celebration of Afro-Caribean culture is going down with two days of food, performances, art, competitions and prizes.
      Scarborough Civic Centre
    • August 31 - September 3
      Woodbine Park gets taken over by spontaneous, outrageous and artsy performances from comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists and more.
      Woodbine Park
    • September 14-16
      Ukrainian culture takes over Bloor Street with dancing, food, music and activities. If you haven't tried real borscht or paska yet, this is the time.
      Bloor St. West
    • September 15-16
      This yearly staple is back on Roncy with Polish cultural offerings of food, music, dance, entertainment — and a polka party.
      Roncesvalles Village
    • September 18-23
      Bisexual culture gets a celebration with events, a marketplace, special performances, programming and a zine launch.
      Multiple Venues
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Hector Vasquez

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