16 FREE Events Going On In Toronto This August
We’re SUPER excited to announce all these free events going on this month — we’re so lucky to live in a city with so much going on. Make sure you take advantage of the warm weather and last few weeks of August. Here are our top picks:
On Saturday and Sundays, from now until August 26, the morning classes will be offered with no sign ups necessary. Make sure you need to bring a mat for practice. If you’re a dog lover, you’re definitely going to want to check out a Zen Dog Wellness Class.
When: August 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26
Time: Saturday, 10 am; Sunday, 11 am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
It’s Toronto’s largest farmers’ market, offering the widest variety of local and seasonal food in the city in one of the best spots in the city.
When: August 4, 11, 18 and 25
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brickworks
The Taste of India Food Festival is a free and family event featuring more than 100+ different Indian cuisines and entertainment including Bollywood style dances, classical temple dances, bhangra, music and a live DJ.
When: August 5
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Every Sunday this month, The Bentway will be home to Toronto’s coolest covered patio featuring beer from Collective Arts Brewing and cider from Strongbow, along with tasty treats from spots like SPiN and Toronto’s Ping-Pong social club. Expect outdoor games like ping pong, bocce ball, and a curated music program.
When: August 5, 12, 19 and 26
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway
If you’re a huge movie lover, this is the perfect event for you. Enjoy a lineup of non-fiction films that explore the life and times of some of North America’s most beloved musical acts, featuring different artists and their signature sounds each week. These will take place every Tuesday night.
When: August 7, 14, 21, and 28
Time: 8 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Two action-packed nights will feature all of the same exciting activities including, free treats and family fun. This year’s theme looks at life outside the ordinary with movies based on the idea of adventure “In Other Worlds.”
When: August 10 and 11
Time: 9 pm
Where: Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Drive
The Taste of the Danforth turns 25 this year! Every year the festival attracts more than 1.5 million attendees to celebrate the Danforth’s Greek heritage along with Canada’s multiculturalism. Feast on everything from souvlaki and gyro to loukoumades, spanakopita, and so much more.
When: August 10 – 12
Time: Friday, 6 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Danforth
Celebrate the cuisines and cultures of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Feast on delicious Pan-Asian cuisine at this popular festival that features more than 150 food and artisan vendors to check out.
When: August 10 – 12
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 2 pm to 12 am; Sunday, 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: Ontario Place
Summer in Toronto just got even sweeter now that this annual dessert festival is back and bigger than ever. Festival participants will sample culinary delights from aspiring chefs, taste a variety of distinctive award-winning delectables, and partake in interactive fun-filled activities such as a scavenger hunt, a taste testing challenge and a search for the “golden ticket” to name a few.
When: August 11 – 12
Time: Saturday, noon to 10 pm; Sunday, noon to 9 pm
Where: David Pecaut Square
This month’s Christie Pits Film Festival screenings include Before Sunrise, followed by two surprise movies. Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.
When: August 12, 18 and 19
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Christie Pits Park
Brighten up your day and pick through a large variety of stunning flowers and custom bouquets sourced from local and regional growers. Expect vendors like Blush & Bloom and Coriander Girl. The Pop Stand will be back offering up their hand-crafted ice pops, too!
When: August 18
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH (1001 Queen Street West)
At this fun family event, visitors can learn about Monarch Butterflies through many activities, nature hikes, and educational displays, while discovering the more than 55 species of butterflies recorded at the park to date. Kids should dress like their favourite butterfly!
When: August 18
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Tommy Thompson Park
The annual festival features a wide array of visual, culinary, and theatric arts, workshops and demonstrations for the whole family, performances, and exquisite cuisine.
When: August 24 to 26
Time: Varies by day (see schedule)
Where: Harbourfront Centre
Celebrate the cuisines and cultures of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, when the Pan American Food and Music Festival returns to Toronto this August.
When: August 25 – 26
Time: Varies by day
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Don’t miss out on the last of Pedestrian Sunday’s for the summer. There will be performers, musicians, artists, and lots of vintage shopping (ie the perfect Sunday Funday.)
When: August 31
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market
This year you can expect more than 100+ buskers, a beer garden, midway, family fun zone, and more. For the first time ever, The Mac + Cheese Festival will be joining Buskerfest!
When: August 31 – September 3
Time: Friday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm; Monday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park
What other free festivals and events are going on this August? Let us know in the comments!
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