Free Things To Do in Toronto this September

They say that money can’t buy happiness; well, in this case, you don’t need it, because these activities will be a blast and won’t cost you a single penny! Some of Toronto’s biggest festivals, markets, galleries, and more are all offering free admission throughout the month of September; check this list out for locations, specifics, and more information on some of the best ways to spend time without spending a dime (that one was cheesy but I’m proud of myself for it).

Royal Ontario Museum

Photo credit: @bazzanerz

The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the city’s biggest attractions, featuring many installations and exhibitions to capture anybody’s attention. They are offering free admission to their main floor for the majority of this month; check it out!

Where: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6.

When: Until September 25th.

Click here for more information!

Backyard Festival

The Backyard Festival will conclude this weekend, featuring educational workshops, a vendor market, a trivia night, and doggy yoga! This festival is full of fun and things to do, focusing on freeplay and activities for children and families!

Where: stackt market, 28 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON, M5V 0R4

When: Saturday, September 17th at 12:00 p.m.

Click here for more information!

Redpath Waterfront Festival

The Redpath Waterfront Festival returns to Toronto for a weekend of music and more down on the waterfront! With ive music, activities, and more in two of Toronto’s finest parks, this festival is a great way to send off the summer.

Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, M5V 1A2 & Sugar Beach, ​​11 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON, M5A 0B6.

When: Saturday, September 17th to Sunday, September 18th.

Click here for more information!


Roncesvalles Polish Festival

For the first time in two years, the Roncesvalle Polish Festival returns to the streets! With over forty local restaurants, four stages of performances, three beer gardens, and a variety of activities for everyone, the Polish Festival is sure to be a great cultural celebration!

Where: Roncesvalles Ave, between Dundas St. and Queen St.

When: Saturday, September 17th to Sunday, September 18th.

Click here for more information!

Gallery Weekend Toronto

“Sister Seeds” by Azadeh Elmizadeh, exhibited at Franz Kaka.

One of the biggest art festivals in the city, Gallery Weekend comes to Toronto on the last weekend of September; with 25 participating galleries and a variety of exhibits, this festival is one of the more high-brow free things you can do in Toronto this month!

Where: Multiple galleries all over the city; click here for a list.

When: Thursday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 25th.

Click here for more information!

Just For Laughs: Free Street Festival

The world’s biggest comedy festival returns to Toronto, and is hosting their first-ever street festival! Just for Laughs is bringing their Beneva stage to the streets and will feature performances, food trucks, bars, art installations, and more!

Where: Berczy Park, 35 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C6

When: Friday, September 23rd to Sunday, September 25th.

Click here for more information!

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate the Centennial of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with their all-access open house later this month. There will be activity stations, building tours, and a free concert featuring the symphony in full force for a jam-packed day of events!

Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5

When: Saturday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m.

Click here for more information!

Queen West Art Crawl

After hosting their event virtually for the past few years, the Queen West Art Crawl is returning to Trinity Bellwoods for a weekend of beautiful, multicultural art and live performances, aimed at benefitting Toronto residents and artists!

Where: Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3.

When: Saturday, September 24th to Sunday, September 25th.

Click here for more information!

Queen St. Marketplace Fall Market

Focusing on helping small businesses and creating an exclusive space, the Queen St. Marketplace is hosting their Fall Market with a variety of vendors selling locally sourced crafts and goods, as well as giving away free swag!

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M6J 1H3.

When: Sunday, September 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for more information!

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