10 Free Events Happening In And Around Toronto This Month

Give your wallet a little break after all that holiday shopping and keep the fun coming with these free events happening in Toronto this month.

The holiday season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean the excitement has to come to an end! This time of year our bank accounts have likely taken a hit from the festivities and we can feel the winter blues starting to set in.

Luckily, there are tons of amazing free events in and around Toronto this month, so you can give your wallet a little break after all that holiday shopping and keep the fun coming!

Here is our roundup of the top 10 free events happening in Toronto this January.

Skate at Nathan Phillips Square (January 1 – January 26)

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If you’re looking to get outdoors this month, why not go skating at Nathan Phillips Square? While it’s fun to skate here during the holiday season, it’s just as fun come January! You can get out for some fun and fresh air while you burn off those extra holiday calories.

Snowshoes and Snow Clues (January 3)

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This family-friendly event is fun for everyone! Located just outside the city in Caledon, you will be able to learn about winter wildlife. Snowshoes will be provided as well! If you enjoy the outdoors, this free event is definitely one to check out. Parking is free. Make sure to bundle up because the event will be held rain or shine!

Karaoke (January 9)

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If you’re looking to plan a fun night out with friends this month, look no further! Every Wednesday night you can head to the Social Capital Theatre for free Karaoke from 10:30 to close. This is guaranteed to be fun whether you’re a great singer or not!

Trinity Bellwoods Flea – New Year – Market (January 13)

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Located on Queen Street West, this incredible flea market will be open to the public from 10-5 with tons of new vendors and brands any shopper will love! If you’re looking to beat the winter blues and treat yourself to something nice, this is the event for you! While it costs to shop, admission is completely free – though we can’t guarantee that the local eats and other products won’t tempt you!

Meditation Series (January 16 – 23)

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This completely free event is perfect if you have ever wanted to try meditation. With the new year, a lot of people are making health-related resolutions and meditation can be great for your mental health! Cassidy from Just Be Meditation will be leading this series at the Sony Centre.

Toronto Light Festival (January 18 – March 3)

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Located in the iconic Distillery District, the Toronto Light Festival is definitely an event worth checking out! The festival transforms the historic neighbourhood into one of the largest outdoor galleries in North America. The display features work from both local and international artists and is fun for all ages!

DesignTO (January 18 – 27)

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DesignTO transforms Toronto into a hub for all things design! From engaging talks to incredible exhibitions, and more, this event has no shortage of events happening. With over 100 exhibits to choose from, there is something for every design lover. While some events do cost money to attend, the majority of them are absolutely free!

Mindfest (January 24)

This free mental health and wellness fair takes place at U of T from 10 to 2. Here you will find inspirational speakers, informative exhibits, and fun workshops!

Afternoon Movies at the Riverdale Library (January 29)

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The Riverdale Branch of the Toronto Public Library will be screening The Book Club at 2:00 and admission is free! The movie is rated PG-13 and it’s sure to be a good time.

European Short Film Festival (January 31)

Carlton Cinema will be hosting the European Short Film Festival on January 3rd. Admission is free, or you can pay what you can. Here you will be able to check out some of the best short films from around the world while you stay warm and cozy inside!

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