10 Free Events to Enjoy in Toronto this August
Summer may be drawing to a close in Toronto, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over yet. In fact, August will see a number of fun fitness, cultural and music events around the city. And since the best things in life are free, here are 1o free events for you to attend this month.
TribeYogaJam (Every Sunday at 10am)
Pre-brunch yoga is calling! Every Sunday at 10am, Tribe Fitness hosts a complimentary yoga class at Canoe Landing Park (95 Fort York Blvd.). Classes are 50-60 minutes long and open to all ages — you just need to bring a bottle of water and a mat!
Toronto Bicycle Music Festival Sunset Series (August 1, 15, 29)
Presented by Tune Your Ride Collective, this mobile series sees local musicians perform in parks across the city. The event is free and family friendly, and an excellent excuse to get outside and enjoy the final nights of summer. More interesting yet, the sound system is bicycle powered and uses audience participation. Get full event details here.
Ward’s Island Fire Parade (August 4)
Take a trip to the Toronto Islands and check out the Ward’s Island Fire Parade. This annual evening event, put on by Shadowland Theatre Company, is a celebration of all arts; think outdoor performances, stilt and flag choreography, shadow puppetry, fire artistry and sculpture. Get full event details here.
Caribana Grand Parade (August 5)
This weekend parade is the highlight of the three-week long Caribana festival. Prepare for street to be transformed into a stage full of colourful costumes, masqueraders and musicians. While Exhibition Place, where the parade starts, has an admission fee, most of the parade takes place on Lakeshore Blvd., and will be free for the public to enjoy.
Taste of the Danforth (August 11-13)
Canada’s largest street festival will be returning this year, celebrating the Greek culture and heritage with food, music, entertainment and more. Admission is free and you can enjoy being Greek for a day, as you eat your way through the streets, soak in the boisterous atmosphere, learn different ethnic dances, and join in the joyous exclamations of “Opa!”
Waterfront Night Market (August 11-13)
This huge indoor and outdoor night market is not to be missed. In addition to over 100 vendors selling foods from around the world, carnival games and rides, there will be free interactive art showcases, live performances.
Sail-In Cinema (August 17-19)
For a truly unique movie-going experience, head over to Sugar Beach this summer to see it transform into Toronto’s largest outdoor movie theatre. Over three nights, movies will be shown under the night skies on a two-sided screen set on a barge in the Toronto Harbour. This year, they’ll be showing Edward Scissorhands, Indiana Jones, and Beauty and the Beast.
FIGMENT Toronto 2017 (August 19)
Dufferin Grove Park will be transformed into a interactive forum for the arts and all things creative. The vision behind FIGMENT is to promote art as an interactive medium between the artist, the audience and their environment. It’s a great opportunity to experience art from beyond the galleries.
Open Streets TO (August 20)
Originating in Colombia, the idea behind Open Streets’ programs is to encourage participation in physical activity and healthy recreation by opening streets to pedestrians and closing them to traffic. Along the Open Streets TO route, there will be activity hubs stationed all around where they will be hosting fun and engaging activities like art, dancing and yoga.
Korean Harvest Festival (August 25-27)
The Korean Harvest Festival is a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the authentic Korean heritage and culture. There will be over 20 live performances including traditional dance, drumming, wrestling, and a K-pop dance concert. If you have some money to spare, you can also check the food, beer and shopping vendors.
Did we miss any of the best free Toronto events happening this August? Share them with us in the comment section.
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Lisa is a journalism student at Carleton University and an aspiring travel writer. When she’s not struggling with writer’s block, she loves hitting up the hottest foodie spots around the city and taking photos of everything.