The cold winter weather might make you want to stay indoors, but this week’s list of free and cheap things to do in Toronto might convince you otherwise.
From skating with the mayor to a campfire cookout and even a group stroll through High Park, there’s no shortage of reasons to get outside this weekend. If you aren’t an outdoorsy person, don’t worry, we’ve also included a bunch of indoor ideas like a choose your own adventure dance party, a $2 clothing sale and a helpful seminar for first-time homebuyers.
When: Friday from 10 p.m. to Saturday at 2 a.m.
Where: 2111 Dundas St. W.
When: Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
As our bodies age, so too do brains. Join Jill Werner a seasoned physiotherapist and neuro-rehab specialist as she reveals the simple changes we can make now to drastically improve our brain health later.
Where: High Park
When: All weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Everyone goes to High Park in the spring, but have you ever stopped by in the winter? This free group walk offers the perfect chance to explore the park when it’s not so busy. Bring some tea or hot chocolate to enjoy as you stroll through the park.
Where: 1 Meadowcliffe Drive
When: Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Go inside the Scarborough Bluffs home and studio of Doris McCarthy. During the tour, you’ll learn about McCarthy’s life as an artist, writer and educator. Space is limited so be sure to register if you wish to attend.
Where: 1 Delisle Ave.
When: Saturday from 8 p.m. to Sunday at 2:30 a.m.
Ever partied in a room full of paper? Now’s your chance. This fundraiser looks at the life cycle of paper materials and explores alternative ways to use the material. Enjoy live music, dancing and art all in one cool space.
7. First Time Home Buyer – Brunch & Learn – Rescheduled
Where: 50 Prince Edward Island Cres.
When: *Event moved for Feb. 1.
Looking to buy this year but don’t know where to start? This informal seminar covers a wide range of topics for first-time buyers in the GTA. Zehra Cheval and Sarah Gheriani will answer questions on mortgages, interest rates and costs associated with buying a home. Swing by for to get answers, stay for brunch and mimosas.
Where: Mel Lastman Square
When: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Mayor John Tory and the Toronto City Councillors for a family-friendly afternoon of skating, music and warm beverages. Don’t forget to dress warm and don’t worry if you don’t have skates. There will also be free skate rentals on site.
Where: Downsview Park
When: Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Campfire cooking doesn’t have to be limited to summer nights. Downsview Park staff is teaching nature lovers how to roast plantains on an open fire with yummy cinnamon and sugar.
Where: Eaton Centre, Dundas St. Entrance
When: Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Cost of TTC Fare
Ditch your pants and partake on a subway ride like no other. For the 17th year, the No Pants Society is hosting their annual pant-less subway ride and dance party. The event starts upstairs at the Dundas St. Entrance of The Eaton Centre at 3 p.m. At 3:20 participants will be asked to take off their pants and get on the subway where they’ll ride to Osgoode Station before doing a pantsless parade to the afterparty.