free events august toronto

10 free things to do in Toronto this August

It's the peak of summertime in Toronto and August is filled with free events—none of which will cost you. The Bentway is throwing a huge block party while Caribana wraps up with a big parade, and Sail-In Cinema returns for another year.

  • Free events you don't want to miss
    About the Event
    • August 4
      A month of Caribana celebrations caps 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 take over with performances, workshops, and competitions. It all ends with a free concert at 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 11
      While technically a fundraiser, this pooch party offers free admission, free training sessions and yes, free doggy pats.
      Woodbine Park
    • August 18-19
      Performances, arts, food, and more is going down at this huge, weekend-long neighbourhood celebration of traditional South Asian culture.
      Little India
    • 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 24-26
      A huge Mandarin- and English-speaking cultural event is on at the waterfront with performances, music, talks, exhibitions, and food.
      Harbourfront Centre
    • August 25
      The city's newest public space under the Gardiner is throwing a big end-of-summer party with games, live music, dancing, and more.
      The Bentway
    • 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 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
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