The Holiday season is one of our favorite times of the year! The city comes to life with twinkling lights and there always seems to be something fun and festive to do. That being said, we know that sometimes cash gets tight and the bills get stacked – especially with all the Christmas shopping we have to do. Lucky for you, money ain’t always an issue! There are a ton of activities with free admission or events that won’t cost you in Toronto, so save some cash, ditch the #FOMO and check out 10 free things to do this month.
Free Comedy Classes at the Sony Centre (November 8, 15, 22, 29)
Get ready to laugh it off. If you’re a comedy buff then this is right up your alley. The Sony Centre will be holding free, drop-in comedy classes on several dates throughout November. Learn from Toronto’s best, the funny people from Second City. Doors open 15 minutes before classes so make sure to go early or register as the sessions fill up fast.
Free Lunchtime Yoga at the Sony Centre (November 15, 22, 29)
Need a break from your hectic work day? The Sony Centre is also hosting free lunchtime yoga sessions. De-stress, stretch, and unwind with instructors from Moksha Yoga on the Danforth. Never done yoga before? Register your spot here, or drop-in on a first-come-first-serve basis. No previous yoga experience is required and it is a BYOM (bring your own mat) class.
Free Knife Throwing Session (November 10 and 11)
Need to let off a little steam? The TKTO is hosting an open house with free 90 minute sessions on the sport of knife throwing. Each thrower will receive time on the range and one-on-one coaching. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, head here.
Drop, Swap, and Shop at Evergreen Brick Works (November 13)
Out with the old and in with the new! Evergreen Brick Works is hosting a Drop, Swap, and Shop event. While there is $2 admission, all the shopping and swapping is free! For every item brought, attendees will receive 1 ticket to use on someone else’s goods (all tickets have equal value). Shopping categories include womenswear, menswear, homewares & more. For more event details head here.
Santa Claus Parade (November 20)
We can’t think of a better way to get in the holiday spirit than the annual Santa Claus Parade! Gather up the fam, stake out a spot on the route of HoHo-Happiness and watch all the spectacular costumes and floats go by, including Santa, who will be arriving around 12:30pm. If you can’t make it out to the parade this year, don’t fret! Viewers can also watch the parade on demand at CTV.ca.
Sunday Sweat Series at Academy of Lions (November 20)
Looking to get fit, but can’t afford a gym membership? There are a ton of free workout classes in Toronto, including The Academy of Lions’ Sunday Sweat Series on November 20. The Power Hour will combine mindfulness, movement, and mobility – what we think is the perfect equation to kickstart your holiday workout regime. The event is BYOM (bring your own mat) and you can register here.
The Toronto Christmas Market (November 18 – December 21)
If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, don’t miss the annual Christmas Market at the Distillery! Festive lights, hundreds of local, handcrafted goods, heated wine/ beer gardens – what’s not to love?! Even if you can’t afford anything it’s still guaranteed to be a fun outing. Admission to the market is free from Tuesday to Thursday and Friday until 5pm.
Illuminate (November 19)
Kick off the holidays with an enchanting evening of music, dancing and lights at Illuminate in Yonge-Dundas Square. Along with a stunning tree lighting ceremony, enjoy live music by Toronto soul band, Ride the Tiger and a performance by TDC Entertainment with special guests, the St. Michael’s choir. For more event details head here.
Regent Park Film Fest (November 23 – 26)
Skip the overpriced popcorn and see your next flick at the 14th annual Regent Park Film Fest! All movie showings are free with a focus on local and international independent works, spanning from documentaries to shorts to family films and more – all you have to do is reserve your seating. For a full schedule head here.
Musical Bingo at the Gladstone (Every Wednesday)
This is not your average night of bingo! The Gladstone hotel hosts free “Musical Bingo” every Wednesday night where one’s love for music is combined with the traditional bingo format. Each bingo card consists of an assortment of songs and instead of calling out numbers they play the music – singing is encouraged! No reservations are necessary, just bring best singing voice, whether it’s good or bad (sorry, not sorry).
Take a step back from the news and visit the Aga Khan Museum‘s latest exhibit, Syria: A Living History. The exhibit delves into Syria’s intriguing past with artifacts and artworks, inspiring a new understanding of the country’s present, past, and future. While tickets to access the museum and all its exhibits are $20, on Wednesdays from 4-8pm, the gallery is free and open to the public to explore. And with all the money you save dropping by on Aga Khan’s free night, we suggest heading to the museum’s in-house restaurant Diwan for a Syrian-inspired menu that consists of plates like Shurbat Addes (red lentil soup), Kebab Karaz (sour cherry glazed lamb meatballs), Tarator-style salmon, and more. The exhibit runs from now until February 26, 2017.
Did we miss any of Toronto and the GTA’s best free events? Let us know!
Featured image: Syria: A Living History via Amanda Phuong