10 FREE Things To Do In Toronto This Weekend (Aug. 30 – Sept. 2)

Free Things To Do
Photo by BuskerFest Toronto via Facebook.

This weekend marks the end of summer break, but with so many free things to see and do around the city this long weekend, there’s no time to be sad.

READ: Toronto Road Closures To Steer Clear Of This Weekend (Aug. 30 – Sept. 2)

From food festivals to parades to yoga in the park, there’s so much to see and do in the 6ix without spending a cent.

Here’s what you need to know…

1. Artfest Toronto

Where: Distillery District
When: Friday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Back for its 12th year, Artfest Toronto is one of the city’s most beloved arts and crafts shows. Stop by with the whole family and partake in painting, photography, sculpture and live music. Kids will even get the chance to participate in a free art workshop.

2. First Five Festival

Where: Aga Khan Museum
When: Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Aga Khan Museum with cake, cross-cultural music and free admission to the museum’s galleries. Bring the whole family to the party and enjoy a calligraphy table and roaming arts cart from noon to 6 p.m. daily.

3. Himalayan Festival

Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join the Nepalese Canadian Community Services for the 13th Himalayan Festival. This cultural event brings together artists, performers, chefs and innovators for a fun and educational networking event.

4. Canadian International Air Show

Where: Outside
When: Saturday to Monday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For exclusive viewing and priority seating, you’d have to pay between $130 and $275 for Air Show tickets, but if we’re being honest, the best views of the show can be found from windows and balconies of one of the city’s many high-rises. Best of all, it’s free!

5. Labour Day Parade

Where: Nathan Philips Square
When: Monday from 8 a.m.

Early risers should head down to Nathan Philips Square for the annual Toronto Labour Day rally and march. Speeches and entertainment will begin promptly at 8 a.m. followed by the parade at 9 a.m. See Toronto Road Closures for the parade route.

5. Caribbean Street Food Festival 

Where: Daniels Spectrum
When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Missed out on the fun of Caribana? Swing by Daniels Spectrum on Saturday for the first-ever Don’t Worry, Eat Happy: Caribbean Street Food Festival. While the event is free to attend, VIP tickets are also available for $40 and include tasty treats from Chef Noel.

6. Brewer’s Backyard

Where: Evergreen Brickworks
When: Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free for this seasonal beer festival, but you might want to bring cash if you were hoping to sample a few new brews. Be sure to arrive early if you’re looking for a deal. For the first hour, drinks will only cost $6.

7. Yoga In The Park

Where: Trinity Bellwoods
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Join Scoria World Yoga instructor Julian for a one-hour workout session in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Participants should meet in the park next to the community centre on Crawford. This class is open to all skill levels. All you need is a mat and a smile.

8. Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy

Where: Woodbine Park
When: Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This fabulous festival offers plenty of fun and entertainment for the whole family. While the event is free, donations are accepted and go towards Epilepsy Toronto. Stop by, be entertained and help raise funds for a good cause.

9. MuslimFest 

Where: Celebration Square Mississauga
When: Friday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This award-winning annual festival brings 80 local and international artists onto one stage. A joint project by DawaNet and Sound Vision, this is the largest Muslim festival in North America with over 30,000 visitors annually.

10. Moroccan Souk Festival 

Where: Mel Lastman Square
When: Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Experience a Moroccan Souk in the heart of Toronto. Mel Lastman Square will be transformed with live performances, food, fashion and so much more.

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