With summer in full swing, I’ve done my fair share of shopping, patio hopping, and adventuring, and my friends, those things don’t come cheap! Lucky for you, I’ve recapped some free things you can do this summer in Toronto and even luckier for you, this summer you can watch free movies in Toronto. With a ticket to the theatre costing upwards of $15, plus the cost of snacks, why not venture out of the cinema and into one of Toronto’s parks for a free film?!
Want to score free movies? Keep reading for 12 places to watch free movies right here in Toronto!
Rotating between Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park, The Beach Village’s Movies In The Park are not only free to view, but also offer free popcorn (score!). This summer’s solid lineup includes some classics like Beetlejuice and newer releases like Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse.
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If you’re finding yourself in the northern part of the city, a free movie night at Friday Night Lights Movies at Downsview Park might be the perfect night out. You can catch a flick twice a month at 79 Carl Hall Road. It even includes free parking!
A popular east-end place to watch movies is Regent Park’s Under The Stars that shows weekly films that prominently feature Indigenous and People of Colour. Even more exciting, this year it’s sharing the park alongside Taste of Regent Park which is a weekly community market!
Until July 25th, you can catch a film at Corktown Common that’s part of a project by the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show. Bring your own blanket and join for some of the most iconic films of cult queer, family, and Indigenous cinema.
The Christie Pits Film Festival is another project by The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show running from June 30th – August 25th. The festival includes a combination of classic feature-length films, as well as shorts.
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Then, out in the west-end of the city, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is presenting a series of films from August 8th – 22th at Bell Manor Park in Etobicoke. First up is the adorable animated film, Ratatouille! The event is free, but donations are welcomed.
If you’re finding yourself right downtown, you can catch a flick at Yonge-Dundas Square this summer. The weekly lineup includes classics like Mean Girls, Cool Runnings, Up, and Austin Powers. Plus, The Second City will be putting on improv acts to warm up the crowd before each screening. Check out the full event listing.
Outdoor movies in Sorauren Park mean local pizza and pierogies are on the menu! Head on over to the park to see titles like Casablanca and The Iron Giant.
Make your way over to Liberty Village and score a great seat to see Ferris Buller’s Day Off on July 19th, or Mary Poppins Returns at Liberty Village Park on August 23rd.
You wouldn’t expect Trinity Bellwoods BIA to miss out on all the outdoor movie fun, would you? Movie Night In The Park is happening July 16th and August 13th. If you head over early, you can score some goodies from the Farmers’ Market, plus on-leash dogs are welcome!
There’s a ton of fun things going down at Union Summer, and movie nights are just a small part of the fun! On top of great eats, games nights, and sample station, you can catch films like Dumbo and A Star Is Born.
Up in North York, you will find the Cultura Festival with free family outdoor programming with music, movies, and art every Friday in July. The movie lineup includes Ralph Breaks The Internet and The Incredibles 2.
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