10 Free Things To Do In Toronto This August Long Weekend

Free Toronto from its expensiveness! Well, how about a list of free things to do in Toronto this August long weekend?

It’s all about the ethnic street food this weekend in Toronto with free food, food, and more food. If you’re looking for the rich spices of India or the Middle East, we have two amazing food festivals lined up for you.

Looking for something more local? The Toronto Food Truck Festival is on all weekend long.

Whether you’re planning to eat your weight in baklava or tacos, you’ll definitely eat well this long weekend.

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1. Tommy Thompson Park Vistas by Bike

When: Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Nature Centre

Get some exercise and enjoy Tommy Thompson Park’s vistas by bike, from city skyline to open lake views. BYOBicycle, water, and sunscreen. This is the perfect day activity to explore Toronto like a tourist.

2. Youth Jam Toronto 2018

When: Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Christie Pits Park

If your kid is dreaming of becoming a musician this is a fantastic option for inspiration. This all-ages event brings 17 youth musicians and bands together for one full day of music.

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3. Taste of the Middle East 2018

When: Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Yonge and Dundas Square

Learn what a jalab is or how Turkish coffee is made. Appreciate the vibrant art, music and dance that will surround you, as you expand your palate and taste the 1001 flavours Middle Eastern culture has to offer.

4. Toronto Food Truck Festival

When: Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday/Monday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Woodbine Park

Woodbine Park has never tasted this delicious before.

Back for another year, The Toronto Food Truck Festival is serving up some real must-eats. As always, admission is free and there’s something for everyone. Entertain yourself with some of Toronto’s best local talent, participate in eating challenges, and enjoy a cold beer.

(Photo courtesy of Canadian Food Truck Festivals)

5. Taste of India Food Festival

When: Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Let the smells of some of the best street food in the world seduce you while you stroll through the sounds of authentic music, street performers, and artisans.

6. Arts in the Parks: Bard in Berczy

When: Friday 7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Where Berczy Park

This free and family-friendly event is like Shakespeare in High Park’s little brother. Watch a fun and entertaining version of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” in a gorgeous Toronto park.

7. Dusk Dances

When: Sunday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Withrow Park

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk approaches, the host will lead the audience to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.

(Photo courtesy of Dusk Dances Toronto)

8. Yoga In The Square

When: Monday 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Yonge Dundas Square

Get your namaste on this weekend with free yoga at Yonge and Dundas Square. Don’t have a mat? Some will be supplied by LuLu Lemon.

(Photo courtesy of Yonge Dundas Square)

9. Island Soul Festival

When: Friday to Monday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Harbourfront Centre

Didn’t score a ticket to the Caribana Parade this weekend? That’s all right. You can get yourself in the middle of the Caribbean for free at the Harbourfront Centre’s Caribbean soul festival going on all weekend long.

10. Outdoor Screening Of Amelie

When: Sunday at sundown
Where: Christie Pits Park

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

BONUS: The 3rd Annual Walk In The 6 For SickKids

When: Sunday at 10 a.m.
Where: Port Union Waterfront Park

Former SickKids patient Kaitlyn O’Brien and Lifts in the 6 host the third annual Walk in the 6 for SickKids. Born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called VACTERL association, Kaitlyn was a SickKids patient for 18 years and underwent over 52 surgeries to make her daily life livable. She beat all odds to become a supporter of the hospital that saved her life and a true advocate for sick children. Now Kaitlyn gives back to the hospital that saved her life with the Kaitlyn O’Brien Fund.

 

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