Free is always fun! Especially in Toronto on Canada Day long weekend. So we’ve put together a list of 10 free Toronto events and things to do this weekend.
This long weekend there are many free things (AND FREE BEER) to choose from to celebrate Canada’s heritage. (And there are so many places for you to watch fireworks, that we’ve created a separate list just for that. Take a look over here.)
Whether it’s rallying for the rights of families at the U.S. Consulate or watching free Canadian Film Greats at TIFF, there are many great (and delicious) ways to join in on Canada’s celebration.
And to make sure you get from free point-A to free point-B, you should also check out our list of road closures this weekend. That’s right here.
Where: Agha Kan Park
When: Friday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Aga Khan Museum kicks off its second annual Dancing in the Park series with a free outdoor concert. The event takes place in the Aga Khan Park adjacent to the Museum and will include various food offerings. With the Museum’s extended hours until 9 p.m., guests are also invited to explore the galleries, with admission by contribution.
Where: Centennial Park
When: Friday to Monday
Since 1999, Toronto Ribfest has been delivering family entertainment to Toronto with the most delicious Canada Day weekend party around. Between the live entertainment, exciting midway and Kids Zone — and of course, the mouth-watering food —everyone has fun and no one leaves hungry.
Where: The Harbourfront Centre
When: Friday to Monday
Featuring a multitude of voices that are feminist, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, newcomer and otherwise underrepresented within Canada, these concerts will showcase the many talents that live, learn, and create together on this land.
Where: Big Rock Brewery
When: Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the expected heat wave with the first summer parking lot party of the season.
Admission is free — and receive your first two beers free!
Celebrate warm weather, amazing beers, good times, $5 Big Rock Beers (after your first two free ones). Food catered by Lisa Marie. AND, free bus shuttle service from Liberty Commons to Etobicoke.
Where: Ashbridge’s Bay Beach Volleyball
When: Sunday at 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This public run drop-in event that’s free for all. If you have an extra net, lawn chair, speaker, or anything else you think might come in handy, bring it along. Expect some bumping balls and some bumping beats all day long.
Where: Ontario Place in Trillium Park
When: Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
All afternoon award-winning children’s performers will be eager to make the whole family sing and dance. Starting at 5:30 p.m. Trillium Park turns into an all-ages dance party, perfect for those who want to dance, or relax by the water.
Where: Toronto U.S. Consulate
When: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m,
In solidarity, love, and rage, joining those rallying in the U.S., on Saturday the LAEN Latinx, Afro-Latin-America, and Abya Yala Education Network will be hosting a peaceful rally. They seek recognition and a grounding that of stolen Indigenous Land, and that on Turtle Island including what we dominantly know as Canada, separation of families has been not only happening presently but as well as historically.
Where: Woodbine Park
A day of live music featuring Q107 Rock & Roll Tributes to Tom Petty, The Tragically Hip, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Eagles and Prince. Then cap off the night with Toronto’s largest fireworks display from Ashbridges Bay, set to a “live” tribute to KISS. Head down and enjoy midway rides, great eats and a great selection of beers in the Mill Street Brewery Beer Garden.
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox
When: Saturday 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6:15 p.m.
Beat the heat with free Canadian film screenings. Patricia Rozema’s I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing at 1 p.m., Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies 3 p,m., and Hard Core Logo 6:15 p.m.
Where: The Bentway Skate Trail
When: Friday and Saturday
CITE, a summer-long celebration of skateboard arts and culture launches on June 30 and officially opening The Bentway Skate Trail for the season.
Things kick off on Canada Day weekend, with the reveal of a new art installation/skatepark, featuring Semblance, skateable sculptures conceived and constructed by Build for Bokma. They even created a 3D-terrain for boarders to ride on, as well as a site-specific art installation by artist and skateboarder Pascal Paquette.