After an expensive holiday season, it’s time to buckle down and get to saving. We’re sure plenty of you have made New Year’s resolutions to spend less and put more in the bank but that doesn’t mean that you have to stay indoors. Have a little fun and check out these 10 free events in Toronto and the GTA.
Long Winter (January 16)
Can’t seem to shake the winter blues? Long Winter is here to cheer you up and better yet, it’s a PWYC (pay what you can) event! Witness some of the best exhibits, artists, dancers, musicians, speakers and more at the art-based performance festival happening at The Great Hall – you’ll be feeling upbeat in no time.
No Pants Subway Ride (January 8)
As the No Pants Society puts it, “pants are just a fancy word for leg jail.” On Sunday, January 8, everyone is invited to break free and ride the subway sans pants for the 15th annual No Pants Subway Ride. It may sound silly, but that’s the point! The pantless ride is meant to bring silliness and smiles to commuter’s faces and will be followed up by a pantless parade and after party.
Downtown Coworking Space Free Drop-in (January 10)
If you’re a freelancer in Toronto then you’ve probably noticed the recent wave of coworking spaces opening up across the city. Haven’t been able to try a space out? The Station at 401 Richmond will be hosting a free drop-in day on January 10. Doors will be open to the public and all creative, hard-working individuals are invited to try out the space.
Leslieville Flea (January 15)
Step out of the cold and head over to The Distillery to shop (or rather window shop) a curated selection of vintage and upcycled goods, furniture, collectibles, and work from local artisans at the Leslieville Flea. With 50+ vendors, it’s one of our favourite markets and hands down an awesome way to enjoy a chilly Sunday.
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Winter Edition (January 15)
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is back at The Great Hall and they’re shaking things up with the Winter Edition Market – new year, new vendors, new locally crafted goods and new handcrafted cocktails. Not too mention, it’s also taking place at a new and much larger location. So shop local, love local and head out on January 15 to take a look at what the city has to offer.
Toronto Design Offsite Festival (January 16 – 22)
If Nuit Blanche is your jam, then don’t miss the Toronto Design Offsite Festival! Public spaces around the city’s downtown core will be transformed into design hubs featuring over 100 storefront exhibits, immersive gallery installations, and lectures/discussions by local and international designers. For the full event schedule, head here.
Wild Winter Wonderland (January 21)
Crazy for blueberries? The Wild Winter Wonderland Festival at Evergreen Brickworks might just make ya. On Saturday, January 21, celebrate the antioxidant-rich berry with a day of cooking demonstrations, workshops, and outdoor activities. There will also be a ton of food vendors and food trucks on-site. YUM.
Ice Breakers 2017 Public Art Exhibit (January 21 – February 26)
Toronto is exploding with interesting art events this month, the Ice Breakers 2017 Public Art Exhibit is yet another to add to your bucket list. Explore the urban waterfront as you check out five wintertime art installations at different public locations between Bathurst and Yonge. If you run into any other exhibit-goers why not chat it up too – we dare you to “break the ice.”
Toronto Lightfest (January 27 – March 19)
There’s a brand spankin’ new festival coming to Toronto and it sounds like the perfect remedy for the winter gloom. The first-ever Toronto Lightfest will be taking place at The Distillery starting January 27 simply because winter sucks. Explore the open-air exhibit and witness different forms of light art as they illuminate the night.
Minipong – A Weekly Event of Table Tennis (Various Dates)
If you and your friends are bored on a Tuesday, you’ll be happy to hear weekly mini pong events will be taking place at May Toronto on Dundas Street West. The evening offers a twist on traditional table tennis and a casual, cover-free night of fun!