Looking for something fun (and FREE) to do with friends and family over Labour Day weekend? You don’t have to break the bank on end-of-summer adventures before heading back-to-school.

If you’re staying local this long weekend, here’s your roundup of free activities in the GTA over Labour Day Weekend: 

Canada’s Largest Rib Fest

Head over to Burlington this weekend for Canada’s Largest Rib Fest! Admission is free at the Waterfront at Spencer Smith Park in Downtown Burlington. Ribfest features expert teams of rib cookers from Canada and across the United States who delight 190,000 visitors with their tasty dishes. Also take in a great lineup of music and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Fri, Sept 2 to Mon, Sept 5.

SoundBites Featuring Awestruck Food Truck Awards

Spend your long weekend at the 3rd annual SoundBites Festival and AwesTRUCK Food Truck Awards, celebrating the very best in music and food in Mississauga’s Celebration Square. SoundBites features a massive food truck rally that will see more than 25 of your favourite food trucks serving up the very best in street eats and delicious curbside cuisine. Headlining is hip-hop legend DJ Jazzy Jeff on the turntables. Admission is free to this one-night-only event that is sure to get you moving. Sat, Sept 3 from 5 pm to 11 pm.

Canadian International Airshow

Head down to Lakeshore just south of the Ex with a picnic and grab a seat on the grass. The Canadian International Airshow is back for one day only and will feature aerial stunts over Lake Ontario by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and international daredevil pilots. You might want to bring earplugs for the kiddies as this one gets pretty loud. Sat, Sept 3 to Mon, Sept 5 from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Virtual Reality Adventure Lounge

Head over to Dixie Outlet Mall to travel the world and explore new realms using the latest in virtual reality technology at the VR Adventure Lounge. Dixie’s free VR Adventure Lounge is a fun and inviting environment for shoppers to recharge between back-to-school outlet shopping. The lounge features Samsung Gear VR stations, Xbox Kinect areas and free WI-FI, snacks and beverages. Sat, Sept 3 from 11 am to 5 pm & Sun, Sept 4 from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Community Day at the Ontario Science Centre

For one day only, the Ontario Science Centre is opening their doors to the public for free! Head down to the centre to take part in over 600 activities in 10 exhibit halls. Sun, Sept 4 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Artfest Toronto

Artfest Toronto hosts two popular outdoor arts and crafts shows annually. This September’s Artfest Toronto celebrates painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of The Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto, admission is free to experience this fun-filled arts and crafts show. Sat, Sept 3 to Mon, Sept 5 from 11 am to 6 pm.

Toronto International Buskerfest for Epilepsy

Make a trip to Woodbine Park for the 17th annual Toronto International Buskerfest. This free festival is open to the public (a donation to Epilepsy Toronto upon entrance is encouraged,) and features a larger than life range of performers from circus artists to beat boxers. There’s something for everyone at the Toronto International Buskerfest with a Car Show, Midway, Beer Garden and more! Get ready for four days of non-stop, action-packed fun in a new location. Fri, Sept 2 to Mon, Sept 5.

Labour Day Parade 

The annual parade which celebrates the union members that contribute to our society will head down Queen St. and Bay St. towards Dufferin, making its way to the CNE gates. Mon, Sept 5 from 9:30 am to 11 am.

Mabuhay Philippines Festival 

The largest celebration of the Philippines heritage and culture will take over Nathan Phillips Square for two days. The theme is “Sining” or art, and will feature all expressions including dance, music, theatre, fashion and more. On Sunday, there will be a “Parade of Fiestas” – a recreation of the famous street parades celebrated in the Philippines. Sat, Sept 3 to Sun, Sept 4 from 12 pm to 6 pm.

What are your doing in the GTA over Labour Day weekend?

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