12 Free Movies And Things To Do In Toronto This Weekend (July 27 To 29)

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(Photo courtesy of Star Wars)

We’ve upped our Free Toronto list this week with more things to do, with a heavy feature on outdoor movies.

Some beloved favourite flicks are coming to parks across the city this weekend. And what’s better than cozying up under the stars with Star Wars?

On top of amazing movies, there’s also a great mix of music, food, and art going on this weekend across the city. It’s a great weekend to cross some cultural summer bucket list items off your list before the leaves start to change. (Sorry, we even said that.)

READ: Toronto Road Closures To Watch For This Weekend

1. Beaches International Jazz Festival

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Where: Queen Street E. Woodbine Beach

StreetFest is a Beaches International Jazz Festival signature event showcasing the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, R&B, and Soul sounds that Toronto has to offer. Over 45 bands will entertain you along a closed to traffic 2.5 km stretch of Queen Street East.

(Photo courtesy of Beaches Jazz Festival)

2.  Arts in the Parks: Ward’s Island Fire Parade

When: Saturday All Day
Where: Toronto Islands — Ward’s Island Park

A community celebration of light and dark. Puppets, lanterns, spectacle arts, and live music form a swirling, processional performance with a water’s edge finale.

Prior to the performance, Shadowland will hold community workshops to create lanterns from locally grown willow and tissue paper. Participants are also invited to create costumes and puppet images, stilt-walk, play music and perform.

3. Outdoor Screening Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

When: Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Celebration Square

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

4. Outdoor Screening Of Coco

When: Thursday at 9:00 p.m.
Where: St. James Park

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

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(Photo courtesy of St. James Park)

5. Outdoor Screening Of The Lion King 

When: Friday at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Chinguacousy Park

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

6. Outdoor Screening Of Charade

When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sorauren Park

Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?

7. Outdoor Screening of Finding Dory

When: Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Garden Square Brampton

The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

8. Introduction To Climbing 101

When: Saturday at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: MEC North York

Always wanted to learn how to climb? Become familiar with the various disciplines of climbing from indoors to out with the terms, gear, and activity level required for each level.

9. Fusion of Taste Festival

When: Sunday at 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Albion Islington Square

Come prepared to feast on culture and amazing food. Over 100 artists will be present with over nine hours of programming. All this with over 60 food vendors, a Kidz Zone, Fun Zone, competitions, and lots more.

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(Photo courtesy of Fusion of Taste Festival)

10. OssFEST

When: Saturday all day
Where: Between Queen Street and Dundas Street on Ossington

What the F? Food, fashion, and fitness all come together for this amazing Ossington street party. Expect live music, local performers, local clothing booths and even a pro wrestling rock show.

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11. Ol’ Time Carnival – Bacchanal 

When: Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Confederation Park

A traditional Carnival character story set to narration, music, and dance in an open barrier-free setting. A free, interactive event offering an opportunity to learn about the origins of Caribbean Carnival and folklore.

12. CNE HorseCapades

When: Saturday
Where: CNE Horse Palace

Considered the unofficial start of the CNE, this interactive program is a favourite for families who want to get a hands-on introduction to horses. This year HorseCapades once again features free Pony Rides for kids.

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