10 Free Things To Do In Toronto This Weekend (May 24-26)

Free Things To Do Toronto
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This weekend brings plenty of things to do in Toronto including Anime North and Doors Open Toronto. But if those options don’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other free things to do in the city this weekend too.

READ: 10 Buildings Worth Checking Out At This Years’ Doors Open Toronto

Read on for more free and fun ways to enjoy your weekend in the city…

1. Creativity Everything

Where: Ryerson University – 80 Gould St.
When: Friday, various hours.
Cost: Free!

You don’t have to be a student to enjoy this #freeschool at Ryerson University. Over the course of two weeks, The Creativity Everything Lab will teach and train creatives at all skill levels how to hone their craft. Friday’s sessions include workshops on poetry and comedy. Register here to secure your spot.

2. Eid Market

Where: Scarborough Town Centre – 300 Borough Dr.
When: Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Scarborough Town Centre’s activation centre is being turned into a majestic Moroccan souk in early celebration of Eid. Visit the pop-up and discover a variety of vendors and one-of-a-kind experiences.

3. Mejuri Piercing Studio

 

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Where: 906 Dundas St. W.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Love Mejuri jewellery? Thinking about getting your ears pierced? If you said yes to both, you have to check out this pop-up event. Purchase a pair of 14k gold studs from the showroom and then pop by the studio for a complimentary lobe piercing. Keep in mind it is first come, first served, so you might want to get there early.

4. Planting For Pollinators

Where: Downsview Park – 70 Canuck Ave.
When: Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Downsview Park’s free nature program doesn’t quit. This weekend, families are invited to the park to learn about planting for pollinators. Participants will plant flowers and grass to make the park a better home for bees, butterflies and birds.

5. Bed In For Peace

Where: The Omni King Edward Hotel – 37 King St. E.
When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed In For Peace. The celebration, held at The Omni King Edward Hotel, will include a tour of the hotel’s Beatles’ suite as well as special presentations from rock photographer John Rowlands, Beatles historian Piers Hemmingsen and Emmy award winner Jerry Levitan. Reservations are required for this event.

6. Toronto Poutine Fest

 

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Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Try more than 50 varieties of gourmet poutine at this ultra-Canadian food festival. While the event is free to attend, you may want to bring some cash so you aren’t limited to free samples.

7. Eat Healthy And Save Money Workshop

Where: Gerrard/Ashdale Library – 1432 Gerrard St. E.
When: Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Swing by the Toronto Public Library for this free workshop on how to make healthy food choices and save. This seminar, hosted by Monika Meulman, will cover everything from growing your own produce to supporting local producers.

8. Hoop Talks Playoff Rally

 

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Where: The Rec Room – 255 Bremner Blvd.
When: Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Join fellow Raptors fans as they cheer on Kawhi and the boys for Game 6. This special event is free to attend and even includes some opportunities for fans to win prizes, but you might want to bring some cash to order drinks or play some games at The Rec Room, too.

9. Self-Care For The Self-Less

Where: Runnymede Presbyterian Church – 680 Annette St.
When: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Certified personal trainer Charlene Carroll will take attendees through a 90-minute workshop that teaches participants how to take care of themselves so that they can take care of others. The lessons and strategies taught in this seminar are designed to be effective whether you struggle with being a yes-man at work or a doormat at home.

10. Cities of the Future: Getting Around in 2070

Where: JJR Macleod Auditorium – 1 Kings College Circle
When: Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Ever wonder what the future has in store? Join panellists Dr. Shauna Brail, Dr. Andrew Miller and Dr. Steven Farber as they discuss the future of mobility in cities.

Bonus: Woofstock

Where: 845 Queen St. W.
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1o a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $15

Head to Woodbine Park in the Toronto Beaches for the 16th annual Woofstock festival. The largest outdoor festival for dogs in North America is back with plenty of vendors, contests and treats for your four-legged friend.

Bonus: Pay-What-You-Can Tour Of Downtown Toronto

Where: Art Starts – 3401 Dufferin St.
When: Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Pay what you can

Be a tourist in your own city on this two-hour tour of downtown Toronto. The six-kilometre tour will take you past the city’s most famous squares, landmarks and historical buildings.

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